My partner and I had a deal booked for 2 nights. There were not any double rooms available so we had a twin room.
The Hotel is full of character and looks good from the outside. It definitely had quirks, we were in room 8, the wardrobe door only stayed locked by inserting a piece of wood at the top, there were little steps in the room leading up to the fire exit door in the room. The chest had seen better days but suited the room although both the chest and the wardrobe could do with a good wash with hot soapy water and a polish. There was rusty water in the kettle and there was no coffee, milk or biscuit portions in the room. The bathroom was in what you would think to be a wardrobe, how very lovely. Clean with fresh white towels and some shower gel etc in a dirty rusty box with discoloured doilies (yuk, this really spoilt the bathroom's look)
We ate in the restaurant, wow.. amazing food, cannot fault the food at all.
We were not offered to taste the wine, it was just poured and not really cold enough.
Breakfast was a bit weird, we could help ourselves to cereals, fruit, toast (the worlds slowest toaster) and tea and coffee. It was odd that we were not served tea or coffee to the table.
We could chose what we wanted for breakfast, the food was, again, of very high quality and very tasty, although I didn't eat the scrambled eggs, they had an odd taste.
We were unable to lock the door from the inside, this does need to be rectified as soon as possible as I am sure a lot of people would not feel secure.
We did hear some noise, but, that is to be expected.
I didn't sleep so well but my partner did, my bed was too soft.
All in all, I would go back for the food without a doubt.
The place needs a bit of atmosphere, it just felt that something was missing but we did have a lovely weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bell At Sax' is a laid-back welcoming 10 bedroom restaurant-with-rooms, in the heart of Saxmundham, surrounded by the Suffolk Heritage Coast and the stylish destinations of Southwold, Aldeburgh, Framlingham and Woodbridge. Here at The Bell, we are all about good cooking, carefully prepared by owner & head chef Jonathan Nicholson and his team, into hearty elegant dishes, made with fabulous local ingredients from our artisan producer friends around East Suffolk. We welcome weekenders, business travellers, holidaymakers, parties and small weddings. ... more less
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