Recently we stayed at The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich. Before this trip, Mr C and I had put hours (and I mean hours) of research into finding the perfect hotel. As the girls were going to be staying with the grandparents, we had decided to treat ourselves to a very adult hotel. We chose The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich, because it looked like a hotel that oozed cool out of every snug corner. We were not disappointed.
Location Of The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich
Perfect for us as it was within walking distance of the city centre. Therefore, we had a lot of fabulous restaurants and funky bars on our door-step. Just what Mr C and I were looking for. We don’t like being in a hotel where we feel forced to eat at the hotel. We like to have choice and choice we had! One night we ate in the Grosvenor Fish Bar. Fantastic value for money and the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. One night we tried the Jamie’s Italian and we were slightly disappointed. One night we ate at the hotel and loved it. Everything was within easy reach of the hotel. We could walk to the cathedral, castle and the shops. Brilliant.
The hotel might be in an excellent location but that doesn’t mean that it is the prettiest. Situated on a busy ring-road and near a block of high rise flats means that it is fighting a bit of a losing battle when it comes to pretty locations. However, don’t let that put you off. Once inside the hotel you soon forget that you are on a busy ring-road and you can’t see the flats. Our first impressions of the hotel were good. You feel a million miles away from the ring-road. The receptionist was friendly and offered to help us with our bags. There was a lovely reception area which was shabby chic and very cool. The bar was buzzing as it was late Saturday afternoon. The hotel had a lovely quirky feel with the decoration in the bar and the mixture of artwork and what looked like reclaimed chairs and tables. In the bar there is also an excellent children’s room with a television and toys. I almost felt guilty that our two were staying at granny’s house. Then I saw the gin menu and didn’t feel guilty anymore ;-). Out the back was a lovely garden with raised vegetable and herb beds. Also, another lovely play area for the children.
We loved our room. It overlooked the garden at the rear. The room was stylish and quirky with a nod towards the retro. There was also a well-stocked mini bar in a sublime Smeg fridge. The room also had some amazing snacks. Packets of salami. Oh it might sound disgusting but they were divine! The room was light and bright with a sash window letting in lots of natural light. The bed was so comfortable. Perhaps a little too comfortable because I was asleep by 9pm every night. Yep, I am so rock and roll! The room was not over big but size isn’t everything. It was perfectly formed. The bathroom felt luxurious and I didn’t mind that it was just a shower. This hotel only has 22 rooms so it has a real boutique feel.
The food was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Breakfast is included in your rate. This does not mean that they scrimp though. It is a feast. There is an excellent cold buffet with a table that is laden with so many goodies.
The table groans under delicious pastries, fruit and smoked salmon. Then there is the hot menu. All freshly made to order. Sublime eggs benedict, full English, bacon and eggs to name but a few. You can make your order and then watch as the chef gets to work. It probably was one of the best hotel breakfasts we have ever had.
Dinner was equally delicious. We ate on a Monday night and it was surprisingly busy and obviously popular with the locals. A good sign! Mr C had the burger and declared it delicious. For pudding I had the cheese board and it was one of the best cheese boards that I have ever had.
The bar had an impressive array of drinks. A vast collection of different gins. Obviously I had to sample a few and I can confirm that they were all delicious. It also had a great selection of draught ales and Mr C worked hard to sample a few. The bar was always busy and had a laid-back feel to it.
Would we stay here again? Yes! In a heartbeat. We loved it and felt that it was pretty much perfect on every level. It might not be the cheapest hotel to stay in but it is worth stretching your budget to stay here. It feels like a real treat. The only let down was that I didn’t see Alan Partridge sat in the bar 😉 However, I can confirm that Norwich is pedestrianised. Alan would be happy.
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Disclaimer – This was NOT a paid for post and the hotel did not know that I would be writing this. I just wanted to share my love for the hotel 🙂