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The Thomas Paine Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thetford
Certificate of Excellence
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“Friendly staff, nice surroundings”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Stayed at The Thomas Paine hotel in early September on a Sunday, prior to visiting the nearby Center Parcs complex (Elveden Forest), with family. I wanted to lodge nearby to avoid a long drive on Monday morning, so found this establishment via booking.com

Arrived at about 1PM and parked easily in the large car park (which is free to guests). Although check-in isn't available until 2PM, I enquired as to whether I could leave my suitcase and belongings in the room. The staff were very accommodating and said it would be no problem at all, even though it was halfway through being cleaned.

So with the rest of the day decided to have a look around Thetford, it's a lovely place with plenty of character. Being into real ale, popped into some of the towns pubs, The Bell, The Red Lion (Wetherspoons), Kings Head & The Railway to pass the time. By all accounts, The Bell is definitely the best in my opinion, only being a 5 minute walk down the road from the hotel too.

Returned later on in the evening to find the room had been cleaned spotlessly and settled in for the night. Even though my room looked out onto the main road, I heard minimal traffic noise during my stay.

Woke up early next morning and had a shower, although it was large, the pressure didn't seem very good. I also noticed the toilet flush was precarious and sometimes wouldn't activate, unless it was pressed very hard.

Needless to say though even with these minor niggles, I would not hesitate to book again if I was ever in the Thetford area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Wonderfull to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our new concept is proving fantastic so please do try it next time you are with us.
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stratford upon avon
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Three of us booked at short notice, just for one night, but we were made to feel like kings. From the moment we pulled on the carpark with race trailers and tow vehicles we were welcomed and accomodated in every way. The rooms are spectacular as is the food. Woold i stay here again? I can't wait till next year!

Room Tip: we had rooms one and three, both fantastic
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We enjoyed your company as much as you enjoyed ours, we thank you for such great comments about what we are trying to achieve. Rome wasn't built in a day and to have such great people giving us the time to get it right is great. Look forward to your return and the bubbly will be on me.
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Luton
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed in room 2, which was the larger room for a 2 night stay. It was very spacious and clean. Very comfortable and we experienced no noise at all. Bed very comfortable. Big walk in shower with lots of very hot water. All in all a very pleasant stay,. Did not sample the food as we eat out,. The little market town of Thetford is just a two minute stroll away, so a good location. A handful of eating places to choose from, fairly quite. The staff seemed very pleasant and made you feel very welcome. Would definately stay again and would definately request the same room.

Room Tip: The larger room is well worth the extra. Room 2 was very good. Very spacious and bright and very cle...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, our new bedrooms and bathrooms are some of the best in the area and it shows with great feedback such as yours. Please do enjoy our cuisine next time you are here. We look forward to your return.
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

From our Friday afternoon arrival to the next day the welcome and service were exemplary. Our bedroom, one of the largest I have stayed in in England was light and well appointed. An equally spacious bathroom (although the shower head was positioned to suit the diminutive owner) was as spotless as the rest of the Hotel. A very wide ranging menu, sensibly priced. My crab mousse starter at under £7 was freshly made and plentiful. My wife chose the Dover Sole (following recomendations on t/adv.) and it was presented perfectly, off the bone as requested. My burger was made from the finest minced beef and again, plentiful. With no room for pudding the choice of cheeses was imaginary. Accompanied by an excellent Beaujolis. The chefs fry-up at breakfast again fresh and filling. A wonderful nights stay and great value for money. However, now for Thetford. Hosting much of historical and cultural interest. The Ancient House Museum, Dads Army Museum and the superb Charles Burrell Steam Engine Trust, staffed by the most enthusiastic volunteers. So much to enjoy, and above all the Thomas Paine Statue and connection. So whatever must the American and French visitors who visit the birthplace of the founder of their revolutions think? A meander through the streets makes the Youtube Walmart site look like Harrods. With those wonderful museums and the authorities plans to regenerate the town it will all come to naught less the populace change! However, visit, there is much to see and this Hotel deserves so much to succeed. Thetford needs it!

Room Tip: Room 3 was superb, and even the local attempting to murder his comfortably proportioned wife under o...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Excellent to hear you had such a great time with us, our cuisine is making us feel proud of our new product and we thank you for your feedback. Thetford has so much to offer which we feel that we can encourage more tourists into the town. After your wonderful comments I am sure it will enhance Thetford. Thank you once again.
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stayed here for one night on the way to a family gathering, obviously money has been spent on this property and the decor is tasteful, the staff are pleasant. Can not comment on the food as we did not eat there. We stayed in room number 5 which is a good sized room with quality furniture and bed with a nice firm mattress, the bathroom is also a good size with a good shower.
I have to say the room was very hot as it was a hot day we opened the sash windows (single glazed) sadly the room is close to the Norwich Road which is very noisey all day and evening and there is a pedestrian crossing so you suffer with the almost constant beep beep beep until quite late on. There is a need for air con in the room and double glazing.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet stay avoid room 5
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments it is always a pleasure to welcome such lovely people to our hotel. With regards to the heat as everyone knows it has been an unexpectedly warm summer and have taken note of your comments for next year.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Apparently under new management the ambience is welcoming and we were shown some delightful rooms if we wanted to make a night of it in the future. Certainly better than most other restaurants in the area. We enjoyed fresh Dover Sole from Lowestoft beautifully presented and a bar that serves real ale. Well done!

If this restaurant is not number one in Thetford, it soon will be. We recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind and truthful comments, we are so happy that our efforts are being recognised so heart fully by all our guests. To have such great feedback is only making us stronger and with all our new healthy option menus and fresh local produce we thought we would do quite well, and are still learning day by day. The Dover sole is an excellent addition to our fresh fish menu which changes daily. We are happy that you experienced our hotel and cuisine and await your return.
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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to stay on 10th Aug before a family meet up at High Lodge on the Sunday
Didn't have much choice as stayed at the Bell last year which was really poor
We were surprised as we arrived here entrance/bar area was very tastefully decorated as is most of the hotel
Room was lovely and modern with an old twist
Restaurant had a great feel about it and the food was excellent
Staff very attentive throughout our stay especially the restaurant manager
Booked bed breakfast and 2 course evening meal
When we discussed our stay with family they wished they had come to.especially when they heard the price
Well done to all a small hotel that got it sooo!!! Right

  • Stayed August 2013
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Gez C, Owner at The Thomas Paine Hotel, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Again we thank another guest for experiencing our culinary delights and customer service, with only taking over 3 months ago we have gone a long way but there is still room for improvement, with that in mind we aim to make our place the place to be. We await your return so that you can be rewarded with great food and service again.
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Property: The Thomas Paine Hotel
Address: 33 White Hart Street, Thetford IP24 1AA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Thetford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thetford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Thomas Paine Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FREE WIFI througout the hotel in all of our totally refurbished bedrooms.If you want excellent local meats and seafood then you should visit this ambient restaurant and boutique hotel,our new sizzling dishes tantalite all taste buds, whether you want indian,Chinese or Mediterranean its all here,efficient and friendly service, good local ale and fabulous surroundings you’ll experience this hotel. Recently totally refurbished and under new management, The Thomas Paine Hotel offers a new level of comfort and service. Situated within walking distance of many of the town's attractions, it makes an ideal base for exploring the area or for the businessman needing a good night's sleep. Steeped in history having been the birthplace of Thomas Paine who wrote the Rights of a man, come visit history in its making. Only 30 minutes from Cambridge and 20 minutes from Newmarket excellent for the races. Plenty of free car parking. ... more   less 
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