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An idiosyncratic hotel that has maintained its character and ancient layout while at the same time bringing its rooms right up-to-date. 

Maids Head Hotel

Tombland Norwich NR3 1LB 01603 209 955

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This ancient hotel claims to be the oldest in the country, dating back to the 1100s, and without question it enjoys one of the city centre's best positions right by the cathedral on the edge of the city's most atmospheric quarter, very handy for its best shops, restaurants and pubs. The fact is Norwich is not blessed with loads of hotels, with the result that those that are here often don't have to try too hard. The Maids Head is an exception, under new ownership and determined to raise what was already a decent game, with an excellent restaurant and re-furbishments of a lot of its 80-odd rooms. 

The Maids Head is a funny old building, and there's no getting around the fact that it's a nightmare to navigate, a warren of corridors on different levels, made up of the original twelfth-century, slightly sprawling coaching inn and a 1960s extension that sticks out behind into the carpark. The rooms too tend to be all shapes and sizes, varying from nicely furnished, contemporary and spacious doubles to more characterful beamed affairs, some with four posters, in the old part of the hotel. Bathrooms are decent sizes although nothing special, but whatever room you stay in will be comfortable, and equipped with Freeview TV, tea-and-coffee making facilities, air-con and free wifi – plus they've introduced iPads to guest rooms. There's parking, too, and an excellent in-house restaurant and cosy oak-panelled bar, making it one of the best-value places to stay in central Norwich, bar none.

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Sleeps

Eighty guest rooms, ranging from standard doubles to sumptuous suites.

How much?

Classic rooms from £90 a night.

Facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Bar
  • DAB Radios
  • Family rooms
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wedding/Party Venue
  • Wifi

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When?

Open all year.

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