Salthouse Harbour Hotel
At the heart of the resurgent Waterfront district, housed in an imaginatively converted old warehouse, the Salthouse Harbour is Ipswich at its boutique best, with 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 sensibility. Bathrooms are large and well-appointed, with power showers, there's free wifi, and lots of thoughtful touches, like cafetieres and nice coffee, high-end toiletries and flatscreen TVs; and some rooms have their own balconies. Then there's the ground-floor Eaterie, which is one of the best places to eat in town, serving great-value set menus and light dishes at lunchtime, and more ambitious fare in the evening – if you're here just for one night, you'd be mad not to try it, although there are plenty of other good options nearby. So... well worth the trip to Ipswich on its own; plus we also love its ever-so-slightly more traditional older sister, the Angel, in Bury St Edmunds.
PriceDouble rooms from £140.
Opening TimesOpen all year.
70 beautifully designed and decorated double rooms and suites, many with harbour views and some with balconies, divided between a new building and the original converted warehouse.
Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Neptune Quay Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1AX
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.
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