Me and my mum stayed here for a week whilst visiting family who live in Stowmarket and we would recommend this hotel.
We paid just over £260 for a twin room for whole week, which we felt was very good value for money at only £37 per night. The location is very good as it is a quiet area of the town but only a few minutes drive to the local Tesco and 5 minutes drive to the train station or high street. There are a number of restaurants/pubs, takeaways, supermarkets as well as high street and charity shops only a short drive away. For entertainment, the Museum of East Anglia Life and a small cinema are local. A car is certainly recommended as public transport links are poor though trains do go fairly regularly to Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough and London and stations on those lines. There are many lovely places to visit within an hours drive which are not on a train or bus route.
Regarding the hotel, check in was reasonably quick and the staff were very hospitable and couldn't do enough for you.
The bedroom, whilst slightly dated, was very clean and tidy with a modern TV, and tea/coffee making facilities as well as free wifi. Unfortunately, due to covid-19, we did not have a daily cleaner but as we were there a week, they did come in mid-week to clean and replace the towels, and bed sheets etc. We were told that if we needed anything such as more coffee or replacement towels, we only had to ask and even though staff numbers were limited, we were always able to find someone either at reception or in the bar.
Foodwise, the hotel restaurant was closed due to covid, but there is a separate lounge bar which is open to the public as well as guests. The food here was very good and the staff great though it is a bit expensive for what is essentially pub food. We did have a very enjoyable evening here with family though. We didn't try the breakfast as we did feel £6 for a croissant and drink in a box was a bit steep, but the local pub, the Willow Tree, does some very nice, cheap breakfasts.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our stay and will stay here again when next in Stowmarket. less
Julie Campbell, General Manager at Best Western The Cedars Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for you lovely review in connection to your recent stay at Cedars Hotel. We now have a very small but dedicated Team who all read TripAdvisor Reviews, this will mean a great deal to them.
We were due to have a complete New Build this year which did start before Covid and we hope this will continue in Spring next year.
If you are planning another trip, do not hesitate to contact me direct.