Getaway: A romantic break at The Angel Hotel

It’s been a couple of months since the husband and I have packed a bag and headed off for a romantic break. So, when the opportunity for a road trip to Bury St Edmunds and a stay at The Angel Hotel came up, we were there like a shot.


I had spotted this pretty, ivy clad hotel when I visited the Suffolk town for their wonderful Christmas market back in December and had made a mental note to have a stay there sometime. It proved to be the most ideal spot to enjoy a romantic, relaxing getaway, with everything on the doorstep we could need, yet with a calm and peaceful environment to unwind in and just be together. We adore our home, but the fact I missed our Contemporary Suite when we left says it all. And that copper bath, wow.

The hotel is undergoing a refurbishment programme, with more of these show-stopping bath tubs being introduced to renovated rooms. Although the look of the bath is beautiful, we were sceptical about how comfortable the cold metal and upright shape would be. How wrong were we! As soon as it’s full with bubbles, the metal sets to work and keeps the water hot for an age, enabling you to lay back in pure indulgence with your chosen bath mate!

Our suite was full of wonderfully quirky details, like the chrome old-fashioned telephone and the hand-shaped coat hooks, a trend which follows throughout this venue. Over dinner, we were captivated by the apparent randomness of the artwork which covers the walls. A real talking point while we swooned over our steak dinner and luscious desserts. Not that we were overly hungry, having enjoyed warming up after our mooch around town with a delicious cream tea and hot drink in the lounge earlier in the day. A few other couples and groups had the same idea, with some making the most of the afternoon tea package on offer at The Angel.

But, down in the historic arched basement of the hotel, the Wingspan bar and lounge offers the most incredible, intimate space; ideal for a romantic drink or cosy wedding party with your nearest and dearest. The little nooks where comfy, mismatch sofas and armchairs have been placed demand to have loved-up couples sharing a drink on them.


The four-star coaching house hotel in the heart of town makes it a convenient place to celebrate your big day. While the hotel can’t cater for ceremonies, it can put on the most special and bespoke wedding breakfast and celebration party to get your married life off to a classy start. And, of course, what newly-weds and wedding guests would be able to resist those special copper baths…



Disclaimer: Our night at The Angel Hotel was offered free, in return for a write-up on the blog

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