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Traveller's Choice

55 Wherstead Road, Ipswich IP2 8JJ England
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#29 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Ipswich
The Traveller’s Choice is a Boutique Hotel located close to marina and town centre, no more than 10min walk. It has been carefully restored to retain their original features dating from 1760 and including fireplaces with a blend of antique, original and modern design. Each room provides a fully-fitted modern en-suite bathroom, tv and WiFi. Parking available
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
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Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
French, Portuguese
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Bill H wrote a review Sep 2021
Lowestoft, United Kingdom45 contributions14 helpful votes
We booked this place on the basis of the free car park and the relative proximity to Ipswich town centre. On that basis it passed the test. However there were certain aspects of our stay which will not encourage a return visit. We received a phone call in the morning, asking us if we were definitely going to turn up? This was a little strange, but maybe encouraging. A least they care? We booked through booking.com with cancellation permitted up to the day before, so they should have known. On arrival, we found the friendly, but a little ruffled concierge conducting check-ins in the car park. I don't know what would have happened had the weather been bad? Incidentally, it was also a good job we have a small car. The car park was a bit tight to manoeuvre in. But back to the check-in. I was asked "cash or card?". I said card and was handed a phone and asked to talk to the "owner" who told me he could not accept card payment. Perhaps I'd like to do a BACS transfer instead ? I said I could pay cash, but that I didn't have sufficient funds on me, whereupon I was directed to a local shop with a cash machine. On my return I was asked how much I had to pay? Yes, that's right, he asked me! When I told him he plainly did not believe me and another telephone conversation with the owner ensued. The amount was correct (of course) and I duly paid. I must state that all of these exchanges were very pleasantly and politely conducted. It's just that it was all a bit strange. We were then shown to our room which was back out to the main road and into the "house" next door, up the stairs and into the ensuite double at the front. The room itself was adequate, with tea/coffee making facilities, but it was a little tired and uninspiring, and the misses was not impressed. It gave the impression of being a bit grubby, although I'm not saying it was. We went out to meet friends, eat and go to the theatre, so we got back quite late. However our "neighbours" got back much later than us and there were strange goings on in adjoining rooms untill the early hours of the morning. The noise through the paper thin walls was impossible to ignore. Outside it is also quite a busy road with a traffic light controlled junction, so all night vehicles were stopping and starting, and late night revellers walking home were a constant source of noise too. Of course the outside stuff is beyond the control of the hotel. The ensuite bathroom functioned well, although the shower water pressure was a little low, and I had to give up trying to watch Match of the Day on the TV, as it was such a small screen and so far away that I couldn't make out what was going on. On departure we had been asked to post the keys through a letterbox, so check-out was quite straightforward, although again, a bit strange. All in all, it was not a bad hotel, but maybe we'll go for something a little more conventional next time, and be prepared to pay a bit more.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
andrewpX6427RS wrote a review Sep 2021
Bradford, United Kingdom2 contributions
On arrival at the hotel there was a man waiting for us at the bar. He passed me his phone and told me to give my card details to an unknown third person. He then gave us the keys for our room and promptly disappeared. We were told that free Wifi was included, but there was none available for us to connect to and we were not given any password. There was no reception and no-one available to ask. In our room, we noticed a strong, offensive smell like vomit. We had to go out and buy a can of air freshener to make it a bit more acceptable. At about 11:30pm my partner woke me complaining of insect bites all over her body. We discovered that the bed was infested with bed bugs! After killing a dozen of them, still more were coming out of the mattress. We had no choice but to abandon the room and find somewhere else to stay. At 1am we checked into another hotel, where we could finally get a decent night's sleep. If it had been possible to contact the manager, he/she might have offered us an alternative room, but ask yourself would you stay in another room knowing that there could also be bed bugs in there?
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Traveller's Choice
Which popular attractions are close to Traveller's Choice?
Nearby attractions include Escape Ipswich (0.9 km), Partyman World of Play (1.0 km), and Ipswich Waterfront (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Traveller's Choice?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Traveller's Choice?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Traveller's Choice?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Traveller's Choice?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Fish Platter, Takayama, and Mariners.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Traveller's Choice?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Traveller's Choice?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Peter's by the Waterfront (0.6 km), Pykenham's Gatehouse (1.2 km), and Jean Ingelow House and Archway (1.1 km).