“ Address: nr Stalham / Norfolk NR12 9LL / United Kingdom / Tel: 01692 582 414 „
We recently stayed at the the Wayford Bridge Inn Hotel for a Valentines night out. The Hotel is located on the River Ant on the Norfolk Broads near Stalham. Most of the rooms here have a view of the river on both the ground and first floor.
The hotel is in an excellent position being in a perfect place to explore the broads from, only 10 miles from the Norfolk Coast and is also close to Norwich well worth a visit if you like shopping. The hotel is easy to spot from the main road as you approach so no problems there, on entering the hotel car park there was ample free parking, although the hotel got busy later on there was always available parking.
On entering the hotel we were expecting it to be quite modern as this is how it looks from the outside. We were greeted with a small reception desk in a fair size room with beamed ceilings which I wasn't expecting, with a couple of modern looking sofas and tables in also.
The receptionist was polite and quick to point us to our room and wish us a good stay and also advised us the best times to get a quite meal in the restaurant as they had a large party coming in.
We took our room key and entered what the hotel described as a "Luxury 3 Star Room". I must admit I'd have to agree with this statement. The king size bed was very comfy indeed, with a flat screen TV and Digital Free-View channels, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press, desk and hair-dryer the room was very well equipped. The heating in the room was excellent and with the windows shut not a peep could be heard from outside. The en-suite bath-room was larger than you're average 3* hotels, contained both a bath and shower and also a heated towel rail.
When we first arrived in the room it was very clean and we could not find fault anywhere except the fact that there was no shower gel in the bath room but luckily we had bought our own.
We booked to have dinner at 18.30pm and we were asked if 2 hours would be enough for us. I thought this was more than enough and didn't leave us feeling rushed to finish our meal. The restaurant was quite large and doors at the end opened out onto decking with benches looking out over the river. The size of the restaurant although it started to get busy by the time we finished meant it never actually appeared this way.
Service in the restaurant was excellent and we were seated quickly. We ordered the Valentines Special which was £25 per person for 3 courses each. The food was delicioius and service was quick and we were never kept waiting to long for anything.
The bar area of the hotel is the smallest and has an open fire near the end of the bar and beams in the ceiling again. Staff at the bar was also very polite and never kept us waiting.
Leading off from the bar is a lounge area which has a TV and ample comfy seating and coffee tables dotted about. This is the biggest room in the hotel and would happily sit four or five big groups with no problems. The way the room is laid out and decorated makes for a very relaxing area with the added bonus of a door leading through to the hotel rooms in which we were staying, saving us from walking through reception every time.
Hotel stays here cost from £45 - around £70 depending on how you book and when you stay. I would say that this was worth every penny especially with the hotel staff working as hard as they can to make your stay nothing else but excellent.
Overall a great family run hotel for a relaxing stay, with great customer service, and even better staff. Will definately be visiting here again in the future.