Well my dog pals,
It is a small world it seems. Human Mum (Hum) was invited to her friend Tessa’s birthday party which took place on a boat in the Norfolk Broads (will tell you all about that later) and she booked us into the Dog Friendly Hotel Wroxham.
Well what do you know – we knew the new manageress of Hotel Wroxham! It was only Wendy who we used to see up at the Golden Fleece in Wells-Next-the Sea with Steve! She took over Hotel Wroxham just 4 weeks ago – how amazing! And she is one stylish lady! That hotel is going to be super good when she is finished sorting it out!
As it is just now, the hotel is still a bit tired in places but then she has only been there 4 weeks and according to lots of people Hum spoke to, it was in a shockingly bad state! And Wendy said it took them ages just to clean all the dirt off the windows!
So back to my stay at the Hotel Wroxham. We got a great welcome from Tom who had taken our booking on the phone. He was really lovely, friendly and good fun! See photo of me with him 🙂 Hum did say it would have been nice to have had help to the room with our stuff but there weren’t many members of staff around so she just had to manage. And after all, this is not a 5 star establishment with porters and all so what exactly did she expect!
The room was really nice – big and bright and clean with a balcony overlooking the water – a really super view! And we know now how much Hum loves a good view. She was extremely happy with her balcony – said again and again and again – ‘isn’t this just LOVELY! What a BEAUTIFUL view!’ And there were chairs and a table so she could sit and watch the boats go by. So a happy Hum indeed. The bathroom needs a ‘Wendy refurb’ as Hum is now calling it – shower apparently not very powerful and the look a bit dated just now.
Downstairs there were 3 tables provided in the restaurant where I was allowed to sit with Hum for dinner and I could go anywhere in the bar and reception. Both the bar and restaurant enjoyed that wonderful view with floor to ceiling windows so again happy days for the Hum!
Food-wise Wendy is proud of her chef and I must say I have discovered something else yummy – whitebait – little fish in breadcrumbs – VERY tasty! We were served by the lovely Pam – nothing was too much trouble for her. She made a HUGE fuss of me and really worked hard to make sure everyone was happy.
I was a tad upset when Hum sent her scotch egg back 🙁 I mean I LOVE scotch egg BUT Hum said it should have been served warm with a runny yolk and it was cold and hard so back it went and we got pork stroganoff instead which Hum really enjoyed.
The next morning we were joined by family and had breakfast together. It was a buffet breakfast and I now know that I don’t need to do my separation anxiety thing when Hum goes up to nice smelling big metal boxes ‘cos that’s where breakfast is hiding…
I enjoyed the scrambled eggs and although some of the residents said they looked a bit dry, Hum said they tasted better than the Hilton in Northern Ireland so that is good! And she loved the mushrooms and crispy bacon.
She also said the Americano coffee was excellent! And she is SO fussy with her coffee that is praise indeed!
So all in all Hotel Wroxham is a nice place to say in an excellent location. Really close to all the boat tours; near all the shops (including the famous Roys of Wroxham) and with a lovely walk nearby along the water for us dogs to exercise and explore. Just find the tourist info place and go down the path beside it to get to the walk.
There is still a lot for Wendy to do in terms of styling the place but for having been there for only 4 weeks Hum thought it was Fab and wants to return when more refurbishment has taken place.
I hope as well that when Wendy sorts it all out she starts providing stuff for us doggies. Hum showed her what some other hotels did and she said certainly that would be something she could add.
I award 3 paws for now – I am sure when we go back it will be a high 5….