The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Hotel Review


Rear entrance of the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The rear entrance of the hotel

Aldeburgh is a seaside town in Suffolk, south east England situated between the county town of Ipswich and Norwich just across the border in Norfolk.  The town has good road links being just off the A12 and for guests arriving by train, the nearest station is Saxmundham 7 miles away.

Arrival and check-in:

Brudenell Hotel entrance
The hotel entrance

The Brudenell Hotel is located on the seafront and has a car park to one side of the building.  We entered the hotel by its rear door which leads directly up to the reception.  As we stepped inside we were immediately impressed with the seaside decor and ocean coloured paintwork.

Hotel reception, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The nautically themed reception

The receptionist on duty was very efficient and after enquiring if we had travelled far she had us checked in speedily.  We took one of the two lifts up to our room admiring the nautical themed wallpaper adorning the walls as we passed.

The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
View of the hotel from the beach

The Room:

Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Our room at the Brudenell Hotel

We were booked into one of the hotel’s Superior Deluxe Seaview rooms on the first floor which had its own large entrance hall with doors to the bedroom and bathroom leading from it.

Guest room, The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Our bedroom

The room was gorgeous with a huge bay window looking out to sea, so close in fact that we could hear the relaxing sounds of the waves crashing onto the beach as we were so close to the shore.

Guestroom, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Our spacious room

The extremely comfortable twin beds were topped with cushions to match the large padded headboard.  Bathrobes and slippers had been laid out and the hospitality tray came equipped with both a kettle and an espresso maker with a vast selection of luxury teas, coffee and biscuits.

Hospitality tray, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Our well stocked in room refreshments

A large settee and two armchairs faced the window enabling us to sit back and enjoy the view. The settee could be converted into a sofa-bed making it ideal for those travelling with children.

Guest rooms at the Brudenell Hotel overlooking the sea at Aldeburgh
Relaxing with a glass of fizz whilst soaking up the sea view

Other features included a large wall mounted Netflix enabled television, a circular coffee table complete with glossy magazines and  a fridge containing complimentary water.  The large wardrobe was illuminated when opened which is always a bonus as otherwise it’s sometimes hard to find things in dark corners.

Bathroom, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Our bathroom

The bathroom continued the seaside theme with its tiling in shades of blues and greens and came with both a bath and a separate shower.  A full range of fragrant Temple Spa toiletries were waiting to pamper ourselves with and the wonderfully thick bath towels were almost as big as me.

View from bedroom window, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The view from our bedroom window

On returning to our room late evening we were pleasantly surprised to discover that a turn down service had taken place with the cushions neatly tucked into the bedside cabinets and better still, our welcome tray had been re-stocked with more biscuits just in time for our bedtime cups of tea.


Seafood and Grill Restaurant, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Seafood and Grill Restaurant

Dinner is served in the hotel’s Seafood and Grill restaurant which continues the seaside feel with light blue upholstered seats and deeper blue painted walls.  Large windows look out to sea with a large terrace outside for al-fresco dining during the summer months.

Crab Tian starter, Seafood and Grill, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
My Crab Tian starter

Holly introduced herself as our server and handed us our menus.  These featured the best of local produce and naturally the freshest fish possible delivered straight from the boats that day.  I adore fresh crab and savoured every forkful of my crab tian starter whist my son’s salmon gravadlax was equally well received.

Seafood and Grill Restaurant, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Just about to tuck into my whole baked lemon sole

Although the grilled meats looked tempting we were both tempted into also having fish for our mains with choices of whole baked lemon sole and sea bream.

Chocolate and salted caramel marquis dessert, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
My chocolate and salted caramel marquis dessert

We rounded off our meal with delicious sweet treats of apple and blackberry crumble and chocolate and salted caramel marquis and our verdict, superb.

The Facilities:

Cocktail Bar, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The attractive hotel bar

There’s an attractive bar overlooking the sea stocked with a range of local ales, wine and spirits including Fishers Gins whose distillery is located next door to the hotel.  Additionally there are several lounges with deep filled sofas and comfy armchairs to rest after a day out exploring.

Lounge, Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
One of the hotel’s comfortable lounges

Complimentary newspapers and shelves filled with books and board games mean there’s no chance of ever becoming bored even if the weather isn’t at its best and with super fast Wi-Fi, everyone is happy.

Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The hotel’s seafront entrance

Out and About:

Here are my suggestions of things to see and do in Aldeburgh and slightly further afield.


Aldeburgh's High Street
Aldeburgh’s High Street

The beach is almost within touching distance of the hotel with just the narrow promenade separating it from the shore.

Aldeburgh, War Memorial, Suffolk
Aldeburgh, War Memorial,

The promenade is lined with pastel coloured buildings with the town centre shops being set a few minutes walk behind.

View from the top of the town steps, Aldeburgh
View from the top of the town steps

We found a good collection of shops ranging from small independents to high street favourites such as Crew Clothing and Seasalt.

Martello Tower – walk eastwards a short distance to view the Martello Tower which has been recorded as being the largest in the country as it is made up of four towers joined together.

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh
Martello Tower, Aldeburgh

Nearly one million bricks were used in its construction to house its four heavy guns. The tower stands on the edge of the Orford Ness peninsula between the River Alde and the sea.

Scallop Sculpture, Aldeburgh
Scallop Sculpture, Aldeburgh

Scallop Sculpture – part way along the beach in the opposite direction is a large scallop sculpture which was created by sculptor Maggi Hambling as a tribute to the British composer Benjamin Britten who at one time was a resident in the town.

Moot Hall, Aldeburgh Museum
Moot Hall, Aldeburgh Museum

Aldeburgh Museum – located in the Moot Hall, a superb 16th century timber-framed building.  Its galleries relate the town’s rich and varied history.

Thorpeness, Suffolk
Thorpeness, Suffolk

Thorpeness – this picturesque village is located two miles along the coast.  We enjoyed walking there along the beach, breathing in the fresh sea air.  Mock Tudor houses surround its boating lake and we popped into one of its two cosy cafes for warming mugs of hot chocolate.

Thorpeness, Suffolk
Thorpeness, Suffolk

The House in the Clouds – was once an old water tower that used to supply Thorpeness with water.  The tank was disguised to resemble a cottage and in the 1970’s the tank was removed to create more living space.

House in the Clouds, Thorpeness, Suffolk
House in the Clouds, Thorpeness

From afar it really does look as if it is floating in the clouds.  Across the lane from the House in the Clouds stands a windmill that used to grind corn in nearby Aldringham.  In 1923 the mill was transferred to Thorpeness to pump water into the tower.

Thorpeness Windmill, Suffolk
Thorpeness Windmill

Snape Maltings – located six miles from Aldeburgh on the banks of the River Alde, the heritage site of the former Victoria Malthouse buildings have been converted into art studios, craft shops and cafes.

Snape Maltings, Suffolk
Snape Maltings, Suffolk

It’s a lovely place to look around and for a walk along the estuary as its marshes are home to an abundance of wildlife.

Craft shop, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
Craft shop, Snape Maltings

Leiston Abbey – situated just a ten minute drive from Aldeburgh is the 14th century remains of Leiston Abbey which is one of Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins.  It is now owned by English Heritage with free entrance.

Leiston Abbey, Suffolk
Leiston Abbey, Suffolk

Southwold – is another charming seaside resort located a 30 minute drive up the coast.  With streets filled with interesting shops, a historic pier and some colourful beach huts, it makes for a pleasant trip out.

Southwold Pier, Suffolk
Southwold Pier


With its seaside vibe, newly refurbished rooms and public areas the hotel is a delightful place to spend a few days.  Food served is top notch and with service to match the Brudenell is a definite winner in my book.

Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh

Details:  The Brudenell Hotel, The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BU.

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We were guests of The Brudenell Hotel and as always all views and opinions are my own.



46 thoughts on “The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

  1. I love the seaside decor at The Brudenell Hotel – it instantly puts you in a holiday mood! And what a lovely view you had from your room – it’s near perfect. What better place to enjoy fresh seafood then right along the sea – it looks delicious. You also had some lovely views on your walk – I like the scallop sculpture (that’s also the symbol for the Camino). You are right Marion, this hotel (and the town of Aldeburgh) is a definite winner!

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  2. Superb 5 star hotel Marion, fabulous service. Hotels like these are hard to find. Wonderful views from your window.
    The whole area is very picturesque. I’ve never seen a house like that in the sky! It’s a wonder I’ve never come across it in all the magazines I read.

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    1. Thanks for your interest in this post on The Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh Tanja. It’s a gorgeous place to stay at any time of year as it’s in a superb location. We loved being there in March but on warm summer days it must be even more inviting, Hopefully I’ll get back before too long.

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  3. What a beautiful hotel Marion. I imagine it was quite the place in its day when city folk came to take in the sea air. The entire town looks lovely and so interesting to explore. The House in the Clouds is a nice bit of local whimsey. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  4. Externally, the hotel looks much like the Margate waterfront I am so familiar with. Internally, though, it has been given the glamour treatment. I, too, would enjoy sitting up at a window enjoying a glass of bubbly, perhaps even more so when the weather outside was grim.

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  5. What a lovely hotel, Marion – being close to the beach is usually at the top of my wish list when I choose a hotel at home or abroad! I love the nautically themed reception and the splendid ocean views. I am glad to hear you had a great stay. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks Aiva for your interest and welcome thoughts about my stay at The Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh. It was our first visit to the Suffolk coast but I’m sure it won’t be our last as both the hotel with its close proximity to the beach and the town itself were beautiful.

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