What’s The George Hotel like?
This stylish boutique hotel is located in a quiet conservation area around a 15-minute walk from Norwich city centre. It is housed in a charming Victorian mansion, which has recently been renovated throughout. The hotel, while independent, is operated by Best Western.
How dog-friendly is The George Hotel?
Very good. The hotel has a handful of dog-friendly rooms – or ‘cottages’ – which are located in a separate ground-floor building. All cottages have their own front door so there is easy access to outside space. Pets are welcome inside the main hotel though, and can dine with their owners in the spacious bar area. There is an additional charge of £10 per night for dogs to stay.
Tell me more about The George Hotel
There are 43 standard and executive bedrooms at the hotel, as well as a two-bedroom annexe with its own walled garden. We stayed in Room 203 – one of the three dog-friendly ‘cottages’ a few metres away from the main hotel building. These have the same specifications as the hotel’s standard rooms and, as everything has been recently renovated, are nice and fresh. Our spacious room was decorated in neutral shades but, with cute bird-print curtains, Norfolk-themed cushions and feature panelling behind the bed, it felt very cool and contemporary.
The en-suite shower room had a similar vibe, plus excellent water pressure and Mineral Spa toiletries. We also had tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary biscuits, which were replenished every day. The great WiFi and air conditioning was a big bonus, too. While our room overlooked the car park, we weren’t troubled by too much noise – although be aware that parking can sometimes be tricky. It would also have been nice to have a throw for the bed and an information folder with things like menus but aside from that, everything was spot-on.
What’s the food like at The George Hotel?
The No.10 Arlington Coffee Lounge, Bar & Bistro serves food all day every day, much of which is locally sourced. From burgers to scampi and Sunday roasts, there is something to suit all dietary requirements, from committed carnivores to vegans. While we didn’t actually eat off the main menu, I can confirm the veggie breakfast, pictured above, is delicious and there are a great range of continental and cooked options.
We were impressed by the selection of drinks on offer, too. From beers brewed in Norfolk and Suffolk to cocktails on tap, all tastes are catered for – and the prices are very reasonable too. No.10 is also a popular place for people to stop for coffee and a cake during the day, or to celebrate a special occasion with afternoon tea.
Are there resident dogs at The George Hotel?
No, but you may well meet some others who are staying there. You’ll meet lots of other dogs when you’re out and about walking, too.
Where are the best dog walks near The George Hotel?
Head to historic Eaton Park, just over a mile from the hotel. Spanning more than 80 acres, this large green space is incredibly popular with dog walkers and is also home to a model boating lake, miniature railway and crazy golf course. The cute Eaton Park Cafe, housed in a Grade II Listed rotunda, is also dog-friendly and a great place to grab a cuppa.
From the hotel, it takes approximately 15 minutes to walk to Norwich city centre and depending on the route you take, there are several green spaces to visit along the way. These included Eagle Park, Jenny Lind Park and Chapelfield Gardens. The nearby Mousehold Heath nature reserve and Whitlingham Country Park also come highly recommended.
What Ernie and Stan loved about The George Hotel
Having direct outdoor access from the room, the breakfast sausage
What I loved about The George Hotel
The stylish decor, the peaceful location, the great range of food and drink
How to book The George Hotel
Overnight stays start from £95. For more information or to book, call 01603 617841 or visit The George Hotel website.