First of all, I could have been put off staying at this hotel after reading the various reviews. After ringing the hotel and asking for a room with a garden view, we arrived to be given keys to a room overlooking the car park. This was soon rectified and we had a lovely room overlooking the brook. I would just like to point out for what the rates are for this hotel you are getting a lot for your money! The swimming pool looked great - but we didn't use it but it looked the same as another Swallow hotel I have stayed at. It is a great hotel to use as a base for exploring Suffolk and surely that is why you go on holiday. The hotel does need refurbishing especially the bar area where the seats are threadbare and dirty - so we just took our drinks up to our room. The oak panelled dining room is lovely and I found the breakfast enjoyable and when there were only a few people there it was made to order. We stayed for four nights and would stay again but would not eat there in the evening as we did not like the food there, so we would use it as a bed and breakfast establishment. We found two lovely old pubs on two different river estuaries miles from anywhere. Again, it is in very peaceful grounds and for what you pay I would say perfectly adequate for a short break. I believe if it was refurbished completely the price would be at least double.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an 88 Bedroom Hotel set in our own grounds but only a 5 minute Drive into Ipswich Town centre. The Manor House section of the Hotel is the original part of the building dating back to the 16th century and a lot of the original fittings still remain and this is also the location of the Restaurant . We also have the leisure centre which is free to use for all guests this includes Swimming Pool, Steam room, Jacuzzi, Gym and treatments are available by prior arrangement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belstead Brook Ipswich
- Hotel Belstead Brook
- Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel Ipswich, Suffolk