Two night stay whilst working in the area. My room was in a newer part of the hotel and was clean. However, the bed was hard as the mattress was thin and the pillows cheap, thin and uncomfortable. Opening window though. A bonus. Some of the plugs were round pin and some square, so I couldn't charge my phone by my bed as the lamps were attached to round pin plugs. Weird! Why? Lovely, contemporary walk in shower. It seems there is a problem with drainage throughout though, as my sink took ages to drain. Colleagues reported the same with sinks and showers. It was reported but not rectified during our stay.
Meals for our party were taken separately from the main restaurant. Breakfast, very disorganised. It was meant to start at 7, but both mornings was not ready until 7.15. The first morning there was no milk on the tables and we had to help ourselves from the buffet. Tea and coffee was slow arriving. Cheap white or brown bread, no speciality bread/rolls. Fruit juice ran out. No brown sauce on day 1, the waitress said she couldn't find any! Goodness!
No fresh fruit, just tinned. Hot food ok. Scrambled eggs, no fried. Food not that hot, which wasn't helped by the cold plates.
Dinner - day 1 meat or vegetarian chilli. Salad ran out. Salsa, sour cream etc was placed at the beginning of the queue. I moved it. No choice. Nice chocolate mousse.
Day 2 chicken or veg curry. Ok for spicy food lovers. Watery, unimaginative fruit salad for sweet. No cream/ice cream.
The old part of the hotel was full of character. Set in a pretty square. Lovely lounge. Friendly, young barman.
Small (inadequate) car park at the back. The receptionist was unhelpful when I arrived as to advice when there may be space to park my car.
The lift was rickety and clunky. I assume it had been maintained, but it certainly sounded unwell!
It was an ok place to stay for work, but I wouldn't stay there for leisure. If the manager reads this, there are lots of missed opportunities to make it better, simply by paying attention to detail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of King's Lynn old town and overlooking the historic market place, the Duke's Head is perfect for discovering what Norfolk has to offer to the business and leisure traveller. Since Georgian times, this impressive classical building has welcomed visitors including Princess Victoria and Sir Robert Walpole (generally considered to be the first Prime Minister of Great Britain) in considerable comfort and style.Its location overlooking the ancient market place in the centre of King's Lynn would have denoted its importance in a town peppered with fine historic buildings. The Duke's Head is located walking distance away from King's Lynn station, nightlife, restaurants, bars and leisure club. Kings Lynn is serviced by regular trains to London and serves as an ideal location for discovering Norfolk. North Norfolk is an ideal tourist destination. Whether you enjoy the lively atmosphere and entertainment offered by traditional seaside resorts, the tranquility of the small fishing villages, which spring to life at high tide, you can't help but be impressed by the beautiful coastline and the fascinating history of its towns. The Hotel has recently benefited from a 3 million pound refurbishment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elizabeth Dukes Head Hotel
- Dukes Head Kings Lynn
- The Dukes Head Hotel UK/Norfolk