My partner and I have stayed at the Wayford Bridge Inn Hotel on several occasions now merely because it is somewhere local enough to stay at short notice, yet far enough away from home to feel as though we have actually been somewhere. The hotel is as the name suggests located nearby to a bridge that crosses the River Ant that is part of the Norfolk Broads in a village called Stalham. As well as being right on the Norfolk Broads it is also within 10 miles of the Norfolk coast and Norfolk's main city Norwich is an easy drive of just over 15 miles offering good shopping and leisure facilities. Another reason we choose to stay at this hotel is the fact that they are dog friendly and only charge £5 on arrival for the privilege of allowing the dog to be allowed on the premises and in the room. The only place the dog understandably is not allowed is the restaurant area however they are quite happy to serve food in the bar area if you do not want to leave the dog in the room unattended. Getting There and Checking In:-
The hotel is located on the A47 and is very easy to spot from the main road so in turn is quite easy to get to even first time round in what seems a little like the middle of nowhere. Once pulling off the main road and into the car park there is ample free parking, however later on in the evening once people who haven't booked rooms start turning up to make use of the very well thought of restaurant and bar the car park does get full with some people having to park out of the designated bays but still managing to fit within the car park which is quite important as there is no way you would get away with parking on the quick flowing A47.
Checking in is an easy process as with most places these days and I find it is more the staff that you are greeted by that make the ultimate difference after an hour and a half drive on a hot day. Luckily the staff here on the three times we've visited have been more than pleasent and perfectly polite, being able to deal with any queries we have had with regards to booking a table for both dinner and breakfast the morning afterwards. Checking in time is 2pm and kick out time is 11am however on the one occasion that we did arrive an hour early the staff were more than accomodating and we were allowed to grab our keys and go straight to our room as it had already been cleaned.
Upon arrival the hotel looks pretty modern from the outside however as soon as soon as you enter reception there are features such as beamed ceilings that give the place a cosy established feel and this are mixed well with contemporary sofas and tables in the reception area. The reception desk takes up minimal space and is purely functional with enough room for a member of staff a computer, and a cabinet for the room keys and not much else, however this area is more than adequate for the purpose it is designed for.
When we visited here we have always been given a room on the ground floor, and all of the rooms we have stayed in were pretty much the same size and layout with all of them being described as luxury 3 star accommodation which I would most definitely be inclined to agree with.