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The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
The hotel has been through lots of changes over the years, but it was successfully refurbished a few years back and these days has a contemporary feel in its ground floor public areas and in 38 comfortable and well-equipped rooms - some of which enjoy wonderful views over Aldeburgh's pebble beach and the North Sea beyond. It has a busy bar and two good restaurants and is in an excellent location to enjoy what is perhaps the East Coast's poshest seaside resort.
It's possible to come here for a long weekend and leave your car keys in the drawer, with plenty to see and do in Aldeburgh itself and lots of places around and within walking distance.
Opposite the beach and 11 miles from Orford Castle, the hotel is ideally situated to for exploring Suffolk's beaches and historical sites.
By car: 1.5 hours from Norwich, 2.5 hours from London, over 3 hours from Southampton. There is a small carpark at the hotel and free public parking opposite the front.
By train: Saxmundham station is a 15-minute taxi drive from the hotel, accessed via Ipswich train station - with regular services from London Liverpool Street (1 hour 10 mins), Cambridge (1 hour 20 mins) and Norwich (2 hours). trainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits Aldeburgh weekenders looking for a hotel that's centrally located, preferably with sea views, but not wanting to spend too much money. Refurbishing the main restaurant and bar was a great decision, giving it a classic yet contemporary décor and furniture that suits a casual table-for-two just as much as a big occasion.
Service & Facilities
There's a sociable feel to the hotel, with a ground-floor reception, restaurant and bar that all flow into one.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free breakfast
- Room service
- 24-hour reception
We love sitting in comfy chairs by the window and looking out to sea - there's always something to see. The spacious two Superior Sea View rooms come with Smart TVs, a small fridge and large separate walk-in showers.
Seaview, Superior and Inland Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower, HD TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi, countryside or sea views
Food & Drink
In a nod to its location, the comprehensive breakfast menu features kippers and smoked haddock along with a good Full English. We love the Uttapam pancakes and tandoori lamb chops in Sea Spice.
Sea Spice: Indian cuisine, coastal Suffolk produce, local craft beer. Dinner served 5.30pm - 9:30pm. Mains from £11.
The Brassiere: British pub-style dishes, temporarily closed.