Strangely located adjacent to one corner of Carrow Road stadium, Holiday Inn caters predominantly for the business traveller (and presumably travelling football fans during the season). It’s not going to win any prizes for beautiful location, but the area is perfectly safe to walk around. Having said that, Norwich is a surprisingly beautiful city – don’t let Alan Partridge put you off, Norwich is well worth a visit as a city break, and despite it’s business clientele, Holiday Inn is well located to visit the city.
Not the largest of Holiday Inns, but very friendly and helpful reception staff at check-in.
Must have a new chef who is keen to shift some experimental Moroccan cuisine, as I was asked by no less than three different people if I wanted to book a table for the Moroccan night, before I had even reached the lift! In fact I did not dine in the hotel, as the city is only a short walk away (past the railway station and aim for the cathedral spire – easy!) and there is a good selection of restaurants there.
Rooms are spacious and clean. If they have not been recently refurbished, then they are certainly wearing well, as I could not fault the standard of decor or maintenance. TV has a limited number of satellite channels, but enough to keep you entertained – if you’re visiting this hotel just to watch TV, then you are sadder than me, and that’s saying something!
Bathroom is clean and spacious too – separate large shower (none of your “over the bath stuff”), so great for those who prefer a shower.
Breakfast is buffet style – nothing special, but selection of hot and cold foods available – certainly good enough for me. What did annoy me, however, was cost of breakfast. I noticed that I had paid £16 over the basic “Room Only” rate to get B&B rate. However, there is a sign at reception saying that Priority Club card holders can get a “breakfast voucher” for £11. I only noticed this after I checked out – not much difference for an individual, but if you’re a family, it all adds up.
Overall, it’s a good hotel – I have stayed here before and will do so again, so I guess that’s a recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This contemporary, stylish, award winning hotel (Hotel of the Year 2011) is the perfect property for business and leisure guests visiting historic Norwich. Holiday Inn Norwich City is the newest full service property in the city and has 150 air conditioned, light, modern bedrooms all of which are non smoking. Many of the rooms offer a pitch view of Norwich City's premier league ground and with a mix of executive, suites, standard, twin and accessible rooms we can offer something for everybody. The hotels atmospheric bar is a meeting place for everybody and serves a superb selection of wines, beers, bar snacks or full meals from our dine anywhere menu, or dine in style in our superb restaurant, the choice is always yours. Thinking of exploring? The hotel is in walking distance of Norwich's two cathedrals, its stunning Castle dating back to the Norman Conquest and the superb Norwich Lanes for individual bespoke shops. Alternatively head for the Chapelfield Shopping Centre with over 90 well known outlets making it a shopping paradise and placing Norwich in the top 10 of UK shopping destinations. With only a 5 minute walk to Norwich station leave the car at the hotel and let the train take the strain and visit the beautiful North Norfolk coast, the delightful Norfolk Broads or the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth what could be easier? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Norwich City Hotel Norwich
- Norwich Holiday Inn