We stayed for three nights with our adult son and agreed that the hotel is very clean and modern with many of the amenities of a four star hotel. Although not a beautiful old building in the pretty part of town, it is only two minutes walk south to 'The Lanes' which are very charming. Turn left out of the hotel and cross straight over St Andrew's Street into St John Maddermarket and you are immediately there at the northern edge of the old part. In the parallel Exchange Street there are branches of Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia which we found convenient dinner places on a wet night without walking far. There several more upmarket bijou restaurants around town such as the St John just across the road at the bottom of St John Maddermarket. We also ate in the hotel's own restaurant and had a good meal at a reasonable price. The staff in the hotel were always friendly and helpful, both at breakfast time and also at the reception desk. We were particularly pleased that there was a medium price for continental breakfast (with no hot food) and, if you wanted the cheapest a very low price for just croissant and coffee. At the medium price (which I think was £5.75) we could have fruit juice, cereals, fruit salad, toast and tea or coffee. The room had a large bed (no collisions in the night) and was well appointed with tea and coffee making equipment, hair dryer, two sorts of pillow if needed, but no frills such as bottles of shampoo and tablets of soap, though the wall-hung dispensers at the side of the basin and the shower had two types of Cussons liquid soaps. The only major and we assume temporary disappointment was that none of the five BBC TV channels were working due to a problem with the aerial on the roof. We are not certain if this is something to do with the recent national retune-ing of TVs, but we were told that the hotel is waiting for a 'cherry picker' platform to go up to the roof to fix the problem. However, when we mentioned this to the reception desk, the hotel manager phoned us in our room and having apologised he said he would refund us the cost of one night's stay which we thought was a very generous offer. As we are keen arts lovers and fans of BBC 2 and BBC4, it was sad not to see some of our favourite programmes in the evening, but Premier Inns have restored our faith and we would certainly stay here again. This particular branch is directly under the control of Whitbread and is not one of the company's franchised branches.
As regards things to see and do in Norwich we kept to the obvious places such as the wonderful Cathedral where we recommend the new
Refectory restaurant, the Castle Museum (don't miss the extraordinary collection of hundreds of teapots) and the Sainsbury Arts Centre at U.E.A. The last of these is more of an ethnographical museum of objects from around the world, each displayed in free standing cabinets so that you can view them from any angle. The Building (by Sir Norman Foster) is extraordinary. You can also see a permanent collection of 'Art Nouveau' objects and for the moment a temporary exhibition of Japanese characters including 'Hello Kitty' !! On route from London we stopped in Wymondham to see the Norman Abbey which consists of just the huge nave of the original abbey plus a truly stunning early 20c altar reredos which is truly amazing. Our other trip was to Blickling Hall, about 15 miles north of Norwich just off the Cromer road. The outside of the house is amazing and there are lovely gardens with hidden parts for children to discover. So, all in all we had a good three days despite the weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the heart of historic Norwich with Premier Inn Hotel Norwich City Centre (Duke Street). Whether you're looking for arts and culture, shopping and shows, or are here for work, you'll find us a great place to start. Marvel at the cloisters of Norwich Cathedral, or uncover the city's history at the Castle Museum. Treat all your senses with a wander around Norwich's traditional market. Catch some drama or comedy at the Theatre Royal. Then unwind in our tasty restaurant and relax in your extra-comfy bed.Chargeable off-site at St Andrews multi-storey car park which is a short distance from the hotel at a discounted rate of £4 per night. ... more less
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