We stayed here at the end of January on the Travelzoo deal which was amazing value. Lovely bottle of champagne and body cream gift in the room when we checked in. Beautiful building and very charming, but unsurprisingly for such an old building it was incredibly cold, we had to make use of the portable heater they had placed in the room.
We had an end of corridor room and were looking forward to a peaceful nights' sleep so were not best impressed at 11.30pm when the people in the room next to ours (who were extremely drunk) started shouting in the corridor right outside our room. There was a group of them - about 6 people, and it degenerated into a mock fight with the women screaming.... I rang reception several times with no answer so had no choice but to go into the corridor in my pyjamas and ask them to keep the noise down. They all stank of alcohol and weren't very polite to me when I asked them to keep the noise down, but I think accepted their behaviour was out of order as they soon quietened down. Just really wish someone had been at reception to avoid us having to deal with this directly. Our neighbours didn't feel that sorry about their behaviour though as they slammed their door loudly several times upon leaving their room the next morning - nice!
Clearly this is not the hotel's fault, but just a warning that there is very little soundproofing between the rooms, so maybe avoid it during busy times of the year if you're after peace and quiet.
Our three course dinner was lovely, great food and decent sized portions - only gripe was we seemed to be forgotten after our main course and had to wait a long time to place our dessert order. Breakfast was nice but I do prefer a buffet style as this does enable you to choose exactly what you want instead of ordering most things via a menu - but the food itself was very nice.
Lavenham is a gorgeous village and we had a lovely long walk in the surrounding countryside. A very pleasant weekend break - just make sure you don't get lumbered with noisy neighbours!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is The Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of AA 4 Red star, two AA Rosettes & Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2013. Ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance for rest and relaxation. The historic old bar boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia, including a wall signed by British and American airmen stationed at Lavenham Airfield during World War II. The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st century innovation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lavenham Swan Hotel
- Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham England