Salthouse Harbour Hotel

East Anglia Suffolk Ipswich

  • From £175 a night
  • 70 Guest Rooms & Suites
  • Contemporary Boutique Hotel

A very cool and contemporary boutique hotel at the heart of Ipswich's resurgent Waterfront district

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At the heart of the resurgent Waterfront district, housed in an imaginatively converted old warehouse, the Salthouse Harbour is Ipswich at its boutique best, mixing up the town's maritime legacy with a unique modern style that succeeds on every level – from its superb location to the classy rooms, restaurant and service.

The style of the hotel is full-on contemporary, with bags of personality and public spaces enlivened by quirky modern sculptures and contemporary art along with ethnic items picked up on the owners’ travels. The service is relaxed, confident and attentive but never overbearing, there’s a good restaurant that’s popular with non-residents, 24-hour room service and parking.

Spread across several floors are 70 large, sharply designed rooms, the topmost of which have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the marina and free-standing baths from which to enjoy the views. Squint, and on a sunny day you could be in Antibes. The public areas are classy but never dull, with eccentrically modern furniture and splashes of colour that soften the stark lines, including lots of edgy contemporary art, while the rooms blend the building's maritime legacy with a quirky, modern look and feel. Options range from 'Contemporary' and 'Salthouse' rooms to 'Marina' suites with a balcony and a copper bath positioned to make the most of the view. Bathrooms are large and well-appointed, with power showers, there's free wifi, good coffee and tea, complimentary biscuits and mineral water, a/c, flatscreen TVs, and high-end toiletries and robes.

Finally, there's the ground-floor Eaterie, which is one of the best places to eat in Ipswich, serving great-value set menus and light dishes at lunchtime, and more ambitious fare in the evening, plus a special lunch menu on Sundays. Whatever you choose to eat, try to be here on a sunny summer day at lunchtime or evening when they open the patio doors to the tables on the quayside which overflow with happy punters.

We reckon the Salthouse Harbour is worth the trip to Ipswich on its own, but while here make sure you see something of the town as well, which has a compact centre that is well worth exploring, especially Christchurch Mansion, with its collection of Constables and Gainsboroughs. You're also well placed to see the best of nearby 'Constable Country'  including Dedham and Flatford Mill, and it's worth knowing that the Salthouse Harbour has an ever-so-slightly more traditional older sister, the Angel, in Bury St Edmunds – well worth a stopover on your next Suffolk sojourn!

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A contemporary boutique hotel located in a historical salt warehouse. 


Food & Drink


Open all year.


Double rooms from £175 a night.

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The Salthouse Harbour Hotel sits in a prime location overlooking the Ipswich Marina.  


Contact Website  01473 226 789  Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1AX

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Getting There

Travelling from London on the A12, take the third exit at the roundabout onto the A14 towards Felixstowe, and then take the 1st turning off the A14 to Ipswich and Wherstead (A137), and follow the signs to Ipswich Town Centre. Continue straight across a series of roundabouts, towards the town centre. At the traffic lights, get into the right-hand lane and go straight across and over the river bridge. Stay in the right-hand lane and go straight at the first roundabout then take the second exit at the next (turning to the right on the A1022, Star Lane). Continue and follow the brown tourist signs to the hotel.


  • Bar
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Car-charging points
  • Family rooms
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Foodies
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Sensational Views
  • Waterside
  • Boutique hotel
  • Spa Hotel
  • Sea View
  • Afternoon Tea

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Absolutely fantastic, everything about it was perfect would definitely recommend it to family and friends and would most certainly stay again.

The hotel was amazing and the staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome. Also there are bars and restaurants within a stones throw of the hotel if you wanted to venture out .
Jul 9, 2023 by Peter Marsh

A sleek, stylish & eclectic boutique hotel

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel really is thee place to go to if you are looking to impress, indulge and relax. It's perfectly situated overlooking the Ipswich waterfront, the bar / lounge area especially and forward facing guest rooms all enjoy excellent views of the harbour. The staff are friendly, attentive and have frequently gone out of their way to ensure my experiences really have lived up to every expectation. I live less than a mile away but have had the pleasure of staying, dining and socialising at the Salthouse on numerous occasions; the food has always been of a very high standard, many of the ingredients are locally sourced and there is something on the menu for everyone; although perhaps a little bit static, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, there is nothing worse than someone recommending a dish only to find it's no longer available. Without hesitation I would thoroughly recommend a visit, even if it's just to enjoy a glass of wine on the lime green sofa in the lounge. I for one am very much looking forward to returning in the not too distant future.
Apr 10, 2014 by Thomas Whitman

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