Fodor's Expert Review The Maid's Head Hotel

20 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LB, England

A charming and eccentric lodging in the middle of Norwich, the Maid's Head claims to be the oldest hotel in England. That may be stretching it a bit (there was no such thing as a "hotel" in the Middle Ages), but it is true that previous guests included Elizabeth I and Catherine of Aragon. Today the comforts are much more modern, including free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and digital radios. The lobby, bar, and restaurant retain more in the way of historic charm, although bedrooms in the eaves have exposed beams and sloping ceilings (which means watch your head). The Wine Press restaurant serves good, Modern British meals, made with plenty of East Anglian ingredients—Norfolk quail ballotine with dauphinoise, for instance, or beef marinated in treacle.

PROS

  • Historic and full of character
  • Modern comforts where they count
  • Good restaurant

CONS

  • Low ceilings
  • Restaurant is pricey
  • Breakfast not included in lower rates

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01603-209955

HOTEL DETAILS

84 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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