I have fond memories of staying at the Blakeney Hotel as a child, and decided to return with my girlfriend for a two night stopover midweek. The first thing I noticed was that the hotel is approaching the end of a substantial refit, bringing eggshell panelling in neutral colours and contemporary lighting together with tastefully maritime-themed fixtures and furniture - the large table with ship model in reception is of particular note.
We had booked at late notice with only a couple of as yet unrefurbished rooms left available, but upon arrival were upgraded to a "B" category room at no extra cost, with which we were both delighted. The room was large, bright and like the corridors tastefully decorated. A couple of very minor but obvious housekeeping oversights (foundation smeared on the door frame, a couple of stray hairs and unwiped blue toilet cleaner spilt on the toilet seat) were the only things that slightly let down an otherwise outstanding experience. The pool/gym/hottub/sauna complex has also been refitted since my last visit, creating a relaxing and pleasant environment to be in (though I miss the deep end!)
The evening and breakfast menus are excellent, using local, traditional ingredients presented in an attractive way that equals the food we've eaten at restaurants in central London at a reassuringly non-London restaurant price. Portion sizes will suffice all but the most committed gluttons. Take care not to over indulge at breakfast though - you'll not want to move for the rest of the morning! The service is friendly and in an industry that's renowned for its high turnover it was nice to see some familiar faces after a such a long time. Afternoon tea (10gbp per head) was our personal food highlight: a carousel of cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and finger sandwiches served with a large pot of tea and a broadsheet in one of the two comfortable lounges was an indulgent and lovely experience.
The hotel is located in a prime spot on the quayside - the spring high tide at Easter is a particularly fond memory of mine. A boat trip to see the seals, a couple of outstanding National Trust properties and a handful of heritage railways are all within easy striking distance by car. The historic market towns of Holt, Aylsham and Sheringham are all a short distance away as are the fishing towns of Wells next the Sea and Cromer - all are worthy of a visit.
Overall, we were both really happy with our stay at the Blakeney Hotel and hope to return again soon.
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