My wife and I arrived at the hotel in the middle of August, first impressions were very good, an elegant drive with views of the surrounding gold course leads to the front courtyard and reception.
The reception staff were polite, friendly and efficient and it wasn't long before we were in our room. The main elevated corridor overlooks the swimming pool (if you're not comfortable with people walking to and from their rooms seeing you in your swimming costume be aware, they can, very clearly).
The room was clean and well presented with a well lit bathroom featuring power shower and bath. There were two televisions, one in the living room space, the other at the foot of the bed, both are linked and share the same channel, the view from our room was of the wing perpendicular to ours so not that scenic.
We requested a continental breakfast to be brought to our room, this was where one of the few shortcomings came to the fore, it was missing butter and jam for the toast and the milk was completely inadequate for the breakfast provided. The young lady who delivered it was re-summoned and very apologetic, to her credit she brought a bountiful supply of the missing items most promptly, to her detriment she told us the error was because she 'was in too much of a hurry'. Whoops.
The only other minor issue was the toilet roll holder which was loose which was more of an irritation than complaint worthy.
The Golf Club bar seemed to me to be rather spartan and lacking character, a case of function over form methinks, the hotel bar was also little better, not what I'd call 'charming'.
Overall it was a nice hotel, not perfect by any measure but certainly nice, it has classical architecture in places and has a pleasant atmosphere to it, I didn't come away swearing a return visit but neither did I leave swearing not to, it was ...nice. Three stars.
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- Enjoy a luxury countryside escape at the Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Located in Norwich, England, our guest rooms offer a seamless blend of historic elegance and modern comfort. We offer a world-class golf course, on-site spa and a variety of event venues, perfect for any travel needs. Book a memorable vacation at our hotel now. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Norwich
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