Best Western Priory Hotel
(Bury St Edmunds)
3 3 Star:
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- Ideal for exploring Bury St Edmunds at your leisure
- On-site restaurant
- Free parking at hotel
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Bury St Edmunds. BEST WESTERN Priory Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is one of those rare and delightful discoveries; a privately owned and run hotel where the welcome is warm and personal, the standards high and the hospitality unique. A true oasis of calm, the hotel is ideal for business travellers seeking peace and quiet away from the office, while our Grade II listed building is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend too. Landscaped gardens and old priory walls only add to the tranquil environment! With 2 AA rosettes for our food, free parking inside our walled grounds and excellent banqueting facilities, you'll want for nothing during your stay. And when you do visit, you'll see exactly why the hotel enjoys its reputation as a premier venue in East Anglia!
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 4.0 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 4.0 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 5.0 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 4.0 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 349 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
enjoyable weekend in bury st edmunds
Stay Date: 21/10/2016, a customer aged 65+ who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
The priory best western was about 20 mins walk to the town centre ,the rooms were nicely laid out with comfortable beds, the full english breakfast was very good (more choice available)and well presented and the staff on duty were excellent , making… See more
The priory best western was about 20 mins walk to the town centre ,the rooms were nicely laid out with comfortable beds, the full english breakfast was very good (more choice available)and well presented and the staff on duty were excellent , making it a very nice stay. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
- st edmundsbury cathedrsl: 4 out of 5
- vc indian: 4 out of 5
The staff where very good
Stay Date: 10/2017, Bubbles190 wrote this review.
The staff where very good, the bed was comfortable. The room was a bit run down. Breakfast so great and again the staff where very good Tracy , she really understands people. Not to sure about some guests, seemed to be four woman in one room that s… See more
The staff where very good, the bed was comfortable. The room was a bit run down. Breakfast so great and again the staff where very good Tracy , she really understands people. Not to sure about some guests, seemed to be four woman in one room that spent a lot of time outside smoking in there dressing gowns Collapse
Lacks effective management
Stay Date: 10/2017, Brian L wrote this review.
A group of 28 sports car enthusiasts have just spent the weekend at this hotel following arrangements made many months ago by a couple of our Club members. When the booking was being arranged they dealt with a manager called Anna and all seemed well.… See more
A group of 28 sports car enthusiasts have just spent the weekend at this hotel following arrangements made many months ago by a couple of our Club members. When the booking was being arranged they dealt with a manager called Anna and all seemed well. However, we understand she has left and that there have been at least two replacement managers since then. So, let me begin by saying the staff are very friendly and welcoming but that there is a distinct lack of effective management and that the staff are not very well trained and if they have been trained at all their subsequent actions are not being properly supervised. On arrival at reception we were asked as part of the check in process to choose our evening meal and that was before we had even taken our luggage to our room. Also, as part of the check in process we were given a card with our room details on it which we were asked to sign and present during our stay when making any purchases at the bar. This is common practice and with one exception when buying drinks at the bar I was asked to sign a docket. The one exception was when we were served by a person who purported to be the manager! At dinner the pre ordered bottles of wine were brought to our tables but we had to ask for wine glasses every night since although there were already wine glasses on the table (one per person) these were being used for water. At the end of the meal we had to complete a form making our choices for the meal the following night. This time there was a column for us to add our name so our expectation was that the staff would know who had ordered what when serving out the meals. This wasn’t to be the case. Leaving the dining room we soon realised that there were insufficient chairs in the lounge to accommodate everyone so I asked reception to make more chairs available and this was dealt with promptly. However, given that the size of our group had been known to the hotel for a very long time this is very disappointing and demonstrated that the venue is reactive rather than proactive; poor management and supervision. On the following two nights we helped ourselves to additional chairs from the dining room (just as the receptionist had done on the first night). Returning to our room I was alarmed to note that the door does not have a deadlock and would have complained at reception the following morning except that I discovered this was not an isolated case. Let me explain how the door is secured. Entry is gained from outside by turning the key clockwise about 10 degrees to release the latch. From the inside the only means of additional security is a chain. This primitive means of securing the door means that when absent from the room, with ones possessions inside, the door is only secured by a latch, so could easily be busted open by any amateur criminal with a strong boot and in my opinion is thus totally inadequate for a hotel which the AA has given a 3 star rating. In the morning the electric shower would not work and I note a previous reviewer had the same experience which staff looked into and didn’t find any fault. Well, I can tell management that the system cannot cope with too many guests drawing off water at the same time and as a consequence in our case, when we needed hot water for a shower there wasn’t any and I had no desire to take a cold shower. We resorted to a bath which worked without any problem. 15 minutes later when I tested the shower it worked because by then less guests were drawing off water. Not rocket science but seemingly beyond the comprehension of management to realise and get the system fixed. Breakfast was acceptable but on more than one occasion during our stay the waitresses brought out cooked food before we had finished our cereal. Now, the evening meal on Saturday night. Remember we had all pre ordered and our individual names were against the choices we had made. However, this had not been communicated to the waiting on staff who proceeded to bring food to table without knowing who we were because there were no place names in front of us and they didn’t call out our names (for example, “I have beef for Mr Smith, Mrs Jones and Mr Thompson” etc). The consequence was that 3 people on our table of 6 were not initially served a main course and when this was realised and queried by staff they were surprised that those 3 were without a main course of beef. The pre order forms were obtained and the staff checked against this becoming bemused because they had served out the right number of beef courses. Another case of poor management and poor systems procedures. Staff rectified this as best they could but further damage was done to the hotel’s reputation. You would have thought after this fiasco that management would have got their act together for the meal on Sunday night but the same procedure was applied so I asked to see the manager (the person who didn’t ask for a signature when I was buying drinks at the bar) to ask what was the point in putting our names on the pre order form if this information wasn’t used by the waiting on staff. The response was that the receptionist normally did a place setting for each guest. That’s a weak excuse and again demonstrated poor management and supervision. Finally, when a market smallholder asked me on the Saturday afternoon where I was staying and I told him he just rolled his eyes, a sign to me that this hotel has had a poor reputation amongst locals for a long time and that my review and those of other guests that have posted poor reviews here is justified. I hope this review comes to the attention of the owners and that they act promptly to deal with the concerns expressed my myself and other guests. Many of these concerns can be rectified simply by getting good and effective management, supervision and staff testing in place. Longer term issues such as inadequate door locks can be dealt with temporarily by not letting out these rooms on those occasions when the hotel does not have full occupancy. Collapse
Stay Date: 10/2017, arsenal2525ab wrote this review.
Pros...nice big room and bathroom, big comfortable bed, great staff, charming surroundings, good shower plenty of hot water, didn't utilize the main reception area, but it looked cozy and other guests seemed happy with amenities, good restaurant righ… See more
Pros...nice big room and bathroom, big comfortable bed, great staff, charming surroundings, good shower plenty of hot water, didn't utilize the main reception area, but it looked cozy and other guests seemed happy with amenities, good restaurant right across the street Cons...our room had no AC, a fan would be nice, had to sleep with windows open Loved this hotel nice grounds and it had that small cottage feel, good price, will stay there again Bill D Oklahoma City, OK Collapse
Stay Date: 10/2017, Ian W wrote this review.
Good location to walk into town Nice rooms Clean Dog friendly Need a happier bar man... 90% staff that we encountered happy, attentive, professional, just the barman that took the shine off, but not a significant issue.
Good location to walk into town Nice rooms Clean Dog friendly Need a happier bar man... 90% staff that we encountered happy, attentive, professional, just the barman that took the shine off, but not a significant issue. Collapse
Possibly our 10th stay at the Priory.
Stay Date: 10/2017, Nigel K wrote this review.
Once again we've stayed at the priory. Once again we had no reason for complaint. The hotel is showing it's age and desperately needs a revamp but this adds to it's charm. We actually spoke to a chap (I have to apologise as I've forgotten his name. I… See more
Once again we've stayed at the priory. Once again we had no reason for complaint. The hotel is showing it's age and desperately needs a revamp but this adds to it's charm. We actually spoke to a chap (I have to apologise as I've forgotten his name. I believe he is an area manager?) and he mentioned they were having a lot of work done this winter. We stayed in room 38 (in the annex) Nice room, clean comfortable and warm. The water from the taps was too hot, as if that's a bad thing. But you couldn't put your hands under it. The hot tap on the sink is flapping loose. It cost us £130 for one night which is the most we've ever paid there. Tad over priced this trip. I would still recommend the Priory and we will use it again on our next trip. Room 3 in the main building is the quaintest but has very low water pressure in the shower and an automatic light that goes off unexpectedly and other times stays on for ages. Collapse
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