We visited the Plough on a Groupon deal, which gave excellent value for money. But after reading some reviews, I was a bit nervous as to whether we'd find a perfect hotel or a filthy dump. Happily, although it wasn't quite immaculate, it definitely tended towards the clean and comfortable end of the spectrum.
The main plus point was the friendliness, politeness and helpfulness of the staff. Top marks for service! We felt very welcome.
The hotel is on the A12, but set back a little, and the traffic caused us no problems. The location is excellent as it is within easy reach of many beautiful and fascinating parts of Suffolk. All rooms are set around a courtyard, and are probably the same. We were in number 2. Coming in through the front door, there's a small entrance lobby with coat hooks and space for shoes and luggage. Off this lobby are the bedroom and bathroom, both large and spacious.
The bathroom had a separate bath and shower, and lots of room for spreading out your toiletries. We didn't use the bath. The shower cubicle was over-sized, and the water spray was lovely and powerful. One sad negative point was the state of the shower head and - worse - the shower hose. These both had mould on them, and need a serious long soak in bleach, or, preferably, chucking out and replacing. Otherwise the bathroom was very clean. Soap and shower gel were provided, as well as fluffy towels and plenty of toilet paper. There was a heated towel rail which is capable of belting out a lot of heat.
The bedroom had a double bed, bedside storage, a couple of soft tub chairs, a coffee table, a dressing table/desk with tea/coffee facilities and flatscreen TV, another chest of drawers and a very large wardrobe. Despite all this furniture, there was still lots of empty space, showing what a large room it was. It would be possible to stay here for extended visits. Bedclothes were white (which I always much prefer) and the duvet was fine. The mattress was perhaps a bit bouncier than I like, but not enough to grumble about - I got quite comfy. Because of previous reviews, I checked the cleanliness, and can't complain. The room was mostly spotless. However, the chairs were a little grubby, but maybe this only showed up because of the very light fabric they were covered in - a dark or patterned fabric would have hidden this. An upgrade the hotel owners might consider would be to get rid of the chairs altogether, and replace them with a comfy sofa. The other thing that let the room down slightly was the ugliness of the very practical fitted wardrobe - it looked a bit cheap and dated. And mismatched coat hangers, while not causing any problem or spoiling a visit, give a cheap feel.
We ate dinner in the pub, and it was delicious. A bottle of wine was included in our deal, and this was pleasant. Breakfast was included too, and was OK. The scrambled eggs and mushrooms were declared much nicer than most hotel scrambled eggs and mushrooms. My soft boiled egg was done to perfection. We asked for, and got, brown toast. I was disappointed that there was no fruit and no muesli. There were Kelloggs cereals and juice, but little else for people who prefer uncooked breakfasts.
This was not a top quality experience, but it was a very pleasant and comfortable stay with nice staff in a lovely part of the world. With our deal, it was also brilliant value. I hope we'll return some time.
- Also Known As:
- The Plough Inn Wangford Hotel Beccles
- The Plough Inn Beccles, Suffolk