Bury St Edmunds has a selection of places to stay that mirrors the personality of the town itself. Regardless of where you choose to stay after gallivanting around the medieval streets of the town, you’re in for an authentic East Anglia experience come sundown.
Roundly acknowledged as the town’s best hotel, the 75-room boutique hotel, replete with designer furniture and chic art, offers lavish, modern accommodation for travellers. Angel Hotel also provides elegant dining at the AA Rosette Eaterie and cocktail and brews at the Wingspan bar.
Ravenwood Hall Hotel:
The historic Ravenwood Hall Hotel, formerly known as The Rookery, offers 14 luxurious bedrooms with ornate carved oak walls and 15th century paintings. Built in 1530, the hotel is situated inside seven acres of quite Suffolk countryside, complete with vineyards, a goat farm (the Garden Room restaurant offers homemade goat cheese) and rows of flower beds.
The accommodations here include an eight-hundred-year old merchant house and a five-hundred-year old Tudor house – that should set your pulse racing. The family run hotel offers cooked to order traditional meals, as well as laundry service and a simple business centre.
The 14-room Chantry, built in 1870, has a quaint feel about it – you can imagine fictional characters from an Agatha Christie novel playing board games in the parlour while drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. The hotel, which is a Grade 2 Listed building, also offers daily breakfast using locally sourced free range meats and eggs. There’s a well-stocked lounge and bar as well to unwind at after a long day of walking about town.
The five-room bed and breakfast, situated just a 15-minute walk away from the railway station, is perfect for the budget-conscious, students and backpackers. The bar downstairs has an genuine English tavern feel to it, and the traditional menu of sandwiches, fish and chips and stakes is not too shabby at all.
The 3-star, business class hotel offers 76 comfortable, modern rooms equipped with all the standard amenities. The Dragonfly’s facilities also include a restaurant and bar/lounge. Since it was taken over by the Surya Hotels Group in 2015 for a reported £3 million, the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishments.