My wife and I spent three nights here in early June. Once you have survived the terrifying entrance - on a blind bend of a fast road - you enter a different world, one of peace and serenity.
The building is magnificent, especially viewed from the entrance drive, and the grounds and gardens are stunning. We were made very welcome and taken to our room which was in an adjoining building (possibly once stables) This first floor room was vast! As well as a double bed which was about 8ft wide, there were two armchairs, a three seater settee, a chaise, dressing table, chest of drawers and two bedside tables. In addition to the bedroom there was a separate dressing room with a toilet and bathroom off. The windows looked out over formal gardens. The rooms were serviced twice a day. The bed was very comfortable and the room quiet and airy.
We had dinner in the hotel on the first and third nights. The food was to a very high standard and very well presented. The dining room staff though young were very professional and Gordon, the maitre d', had his finger on the pulse of the room the whole evening. The breakfasts were of the same high standard with a vast choice of food.
It is no criticism of the hotel but the water here is extremely 'hard' which made the tea scummy and revolting.
All the staff were polite, helpful and professional throughout our stay. The unusually late check time of midday was a pleasant surprise.
Were there any negatives? Just a couple: the car park is too small - with evening functions in the hotel it could be difficult to park within a comfortable distance of the building. The tea tray in the room comes with tea, coffee and mineral water but no biscuits.
My biggest complaint, however, is the floor covering in the bathroom and toilet. Carpet is never a good idea in these rooms even at home, but in a semi-public space such as a hotel it is positively disgusting. The carpet in our bathroom and toilet was revolting. Such a shame!
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- Hintlesham Hall Ipswich
- Hintlesham Hall Hotel Ipswich
- Hintlesham Hall England - Ipswich