The Blakeney Hotel

Blakeney, Norfolk

Widescreen vistas of salt marshes and big skies rush to this family-friendly, quayside hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Widescreen vistas of salt marshes and big skies rush to this family-friendly, quayside hotel. Helmed by Emma Stannard, with ‘universally friendly and efficient staff’, the north Norfolk grand dame is approaching its centenary. The inside, however, hits a contemporary note, with soothing greens, creams and greys, nature prints, comfy seating, and log fires, plus those ‘wonderful estuary views’. Holidays can be busy with families but the upstairs lounge is a tranquil retreat. Bedrooms are ‘comfortable’ and ‘tasteful’. ‘Mine was no less attractive for being just slightly down at heel,’ says a regular reader this year. ‘It had all one could want.’ More expensive rooms have more still, proper coffee, perhaps a four-poster, a balcony, a garden patio. Interconnecting rooms suit guests with children. Adam Thompson’s locally sourced dishes, served ‘attentively and pleasantly’ in the stylish restaurant, include the likes of grilled plaice, mash, roast fennel, courgettes, chive butter sauce. Breakfast ‘has something for everyone’. Indoors, a games room, a heated pool; outdoors, a windswept coast, seal-watching, crabbing, ochre beaches. (Susan Willmington, AW, PR, and others).

Hotel details


The Quay
NR25 7NE


01263 740797


64. 16 in Granary annexe opposite, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, lounges, bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, heated indoor swimming pool, steam room, mini-gym, games room, terrace, ¼-acre walled garden, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per person B&B £122–£194, D,B&B (2-night min.) £134–£206. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.

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Comments about The Blakeney Hotel

I have already submitted a review for this visit but in the light of your "kipper" campaign I thought I should single out the kippers I had here for breakfast every morning - from the nearby Cley Smokehouse - perfection. - David Sefton - January 2020
A lovely, comfortable hotel with an excellent pool. Their January three-night package was tempting. I will certainly return, - David Sefton - January 2020
I took advantage of their January offer - just £115 pn for a single room (with estuary view) D,B&B. I enjoyed it so much I have rebooked for later in the month. Excellent staff, lovely pool, relaxing lounges and delicious food. I was particularly pleased that there were no 'extras' on the daily dinner menu (even for cheese - my particular bete-noire). Top notch. - David Sefton - January 2019
I was upgraded to a double room which was comfortable, with all one could want, and no less attractive for being slightly down at heel. Service was pleasant at dinner in the bar. Breakfast was OK. When weekenders arrived there was not enough car parking for all the guests. - Susan Willmington - February 2018
A classic country house hotel, offering a range of public rooms, some with wonderful views over the estuary, but all with armchairs and sofas distinctly more comfy than those available even in a large bedroom; an indoor swimming pool, steam room and lukewarm jacuzzi; comfortable beds in tastefully decorated rooms; universally friendly and efficient staff; an ambitious menu,with some unusual combinations; and a first rate wine list. It is by any objective standards rather pricey. It has insufficient parking facilities. - Andrew Warren - January 2018
Yes it's true what everyone says about The Blakeney. It's in a great position overlooking the harbour and marshes on the edge of the town. Very friendly staff make it clear that they like looking after people. Relaxing, comfy lounges with sea views. Delicious locally sourced food available throughout the day, and marvellous breakfasts to suit all tastes. Dinner up there with he best. - Patsi Ryan - October 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide