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Historical Traveler Reviews Blyth Hotel Southwold
On previous visits to Southwold we have stayed in The Swan. On this occasion we wanted to find somewhere which is a bit brighter and appeals not just to the 'retired set'. At Blyth we found this and a lot more. The decor in all areas is bright, fresh and superbly co-ordinated. Towels and linens are of excellent quality. We paid a little extra and stayed in one of the suits - well worth it! All staff were very friendly and willing to help with anything we asked. Breakfast and dinner were delicious. Any subsequent trips we make to Southwold will definately include a stay at Blyth.
We have just returned from a weekend at the Blyth Hotel, Southwold. The hotel is wondefully newly refurbished and the service was incredible. It was so lovely that we didn't go anywhere else!! The rooms were all beautifully decorated and very comfortable.
We had drinks in the bright and spacious bar in the afternoon and again before dinner. We dined in their restaurant and the food was well presented and delicious. The service was great and they coped admirably (we were a party of 16).
From the minute we booked the rooms to the time we left we experienced the most friendly, courteous and helpful service from all the staff.
The owners of the Blyth made our weekend very special indeed and we shall certain stay there again and recommend it to all our friends.
Thank you very much The Blyth Hotel!
The best weekend ever!
The Blyth Hotel Southwold far exceeded our expectations on every count. The decor is delightful; New England meets Suffolk. The food was superb a fantastic selection of dishes and delicious English Breakfast, whilst service was attentive without being intrusive. The owners Charlie and Richard exude enthusiam and have done an absolutely brilliant job with the refurbishment of this well placed hotel.(It's only 5 minutes from the famous pier and lighthouse, and 5 minutes from the centre of Southwold with its art galleries and designer shops)
The bedrooms were luxurious with beautifully co-ordinated furniture, fabrics and bed linen. The rooms had excellent en-suite facilities with lovely Molton and Brown goodies provided.
The ambiance of this hotel when we visited was great, a relaxed bar where you can enjoy the open fire, a smart restaurant and superb lounge area, where you can sink into the sofas after a really delicious meal.
There really is nothing to fault with this hotel, all I can say is go there now before every one else finds out, this hotel is going to be busy!
The young couple who've done up the Blyth have really tried hard. Lovely Laura Ashley decor, all brand new, friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere. Don't expect a funky boutique hotel, though -- this is a privately owned, sweet place that's trying to bring something new to the area. The food's fine but not brilliant, and there was no hot water for a shower for some reason. Better than anything else available locally, and trying hard, but still some way to go.
Special Valentines Night
I was surprised by a special one night stay at the Blyth for valentines night. We only live locally in Lowestoft, but would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. We had a lovely stay and were really spoilt. The meal in the evening was excellent and the staff were young and friendly. The decor is really nicely done. It was very good value for money only £99 for dinner with bed and breakfast, although I understand this was a special offer. I hope I get taken back there again soon, even if it is just up the road!
Southwold's hottest new hotel!
Adnams hotels better watch out! I have been a huge fan of the Crown and Swan in the town and have stayed at the latter on several occassions. However, I have now stayed at the new style Blyth Hotel and have been converted. They have done a terrific job and the hotel offers a beautifully relaxed environment. The decor is very stylish - a contemporary twist to this great Edwardian building. The staff are fantastic and cannot do enough to help and the owners are on hand to look after guests.
Bedrooms are delightful - we stayed in the Aldeburgh Suite which is decorated in soothing chalk pinks and has a huge corner bath. Everything is brand new and the attention to detail is apparent everywhere in the hotel. We were shown some of the other rooms and the king size rooms were just as stylish as the suite we chose.
Food was fresh, simple and delicious. Restaurant was very busy so do book if you want to eat.
We loved it - please do ignore all the previous comments about Basil Fawlty! He is nowhere in sight now!
Fantastic newly refurbished contemporary seaside hotel!
What a change! Absolutely delightful! The new owners took over last October and closed the hotel for 12 weeks to refurbish and opened last week 12-01-06. We were some of the first guests to stay and what a great weekend we had. Charlie and Richard are the new hosts. They are friendly, attentive and a real pleasure to be in the company of - a breath of fresh air for the Blyth! The bedroom we were in was a kingsize superior and the decor was breathtaking. Chandaliers, silk lamp shades, scatter cushions, beautiful hand picked drapes all in a calming sea green colour. Luxurious but not at all stuffy. Even the tea cups match the fabric! I have never seen bathrooms like theirs in small independent hotels before - huge tubs with modern chrome fittings. Lovely warm towels and Molton Brown toiletries. The bar is great - fresh and clean looking in duck egg blue and cream and serves a lovely pint of Adnams. Loads of wines to choose by the glass. Food was great - simple fresh food but cooked brilliantly by their new chefs. Well done to the new owners - they have transformed this great building into the newest and best place to stay in this great seaside town. Can't wait to get back!
This has to be the worst hotel I have ever stayed at! The previous reviewer who rated this as excellent must be the owner. The bed had woodworm, there was mould all over the bathroom, the rooms were not clean (cobwebs etc in the room), it was exceptionally overpriced and the staff were rude. I had heard great things about Southwold, but unfortunately this hotel simply lets down a great area. I am surprised the tourist board even lets this place be called a hotel. Do not even think about staying there - it is that bad!!
We booked in advance and were greeted by a very friendly receptionist who showed us to a lovely large sunny room with a beautiful 4 poster bed Room 6.
It must have been the best room but we did sneak a look into some of the others and I really liked room 9 as well.
There was a baby screaming in one of the rooms but the parents soon managed to stop that by taking out for a walk.
We had a lovely stay and the whole place was clean ' comfortable and lovely and warm.
I would really recommend a visit here.Southwold is very old worldy and there are some fantastic walks.
They even accommodate dogs at the hotel so we were a bit disappointed that we had put ours into a kennel.Next time we are definitely taking him with us
Basil Fawlty eat your heart out
My husband spent a lot of money treating me to a surprise weekend away.
We took our baby with us, so my husband was looking to get a nice room as we would be spending more time in it in the evenings as we would need to put our son to bed. He spent £115 per night on this hotel room, which for us is a huge sum of money, normally we can only afford B&B.
Unfortunately the surprise was on us both as we ended up staying in a Fawlty Towers equivalent.
The room was worse than any £20 per person per night B&B we have stayed in. The pipes clonked throughout the night, so loud it would wake you up. The bed linen was so worn I could feel the holes waiting to appear in it and it was so bobbly that it was awful to sleep in.
We complained to the 'proprietor' about so many things, including the fact my pillow had blood on it, the side lamps weren't working, the tv also didn't work, it just fuzzed. The bathroom was dated with mould at the windows. Basically to cut a long story short (as the list is endless) the hotel didn't provide what I would view as adequate service for such an amount of money.
The proprietor basically wasn't budging, he said he corrected the major issues (i.e. lamp and pillow (no apology though, blamed housekeeping)) although disagreed with the tv said it was fine!! When pressed that it wasn't value for money and wanted him to act on this he then went on that he was due a heart bypass op, whether that is true or a sick way of getting someone to stop having a go at him, I am livid at this poor service.
My husband paid in advance, as you do nowadays booking on line, so couldn't withhold any money as it was already taken.
Interestingly at breakfast this morning (if you can call it that!) every guest was complaining and getting no where!
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