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Suffolk hotel review: Inspector stops at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket, horse racing fanatic

Inspector calls a hotel in Newmarket, crazy about horse racing, which leads forward some distance (in a weak field)

  • The inspector checks in at the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket, Suffolk
  • Her bedroom – one of the 77 – is decorated with “dark furniture” and “sumptuous pillows”
  • He spots a range of luxury cars parked outside the hotel – including a Rolls-Royce
  • Remember, the inspector pays his way … and says it like he does










Considering the money that circulates in Newmarket, it’s surprising how few fancy hotels there are in this horse-racing town of Suffolk.

But the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, between Luca Cumani and Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Stables, leads forward into an admittedly small area – at some distance -.

Originally built for the 6th Duke of Bedford in the 18th century, it has been a hotel since the 1940s and has clearly undergone a transformation over the years.

The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, pictured, has been a hotel since the 1940s

Most of the hotel's 77 rooms open onto two long corridors behind the reception

Most of the hotel’s 77 rooms open onto two long corridors behind the reception

You enter through large doors that appear to come from all of Dynasty. Then a brisk stroll leads to a series of brash-lit buildings – or at least bright enough for the light to bounce off a Bentley, Aston Martin, and a few Porsches.

We go through the front door of the main house but no one is there. No big surprise.

We have arrived at the wrong entrance – but we can head into the Cambridge room, which is set for a meeting.

“All more corporate,” says my wife. It’s rather corporate but super efficient. Order a cab here and it arrives right on time. Ask for a Bloody Mary and it comes quickly, spiced to perfection.

In his room, the inspector finds

In his room, the inspector finds “dark furniture, offset by a pale velvet headboard” and “sumptuous pillows and duvets”

The view of Newmarket from Warren Hill.  Inspector describes Suffolk town as 'horse racing mad'

The view of Newmarket from Warren Hill. Inspector describes Suffolk town as ‘horse racing mad’

TRAVEL FACTS

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX.

Doubles are priced at £ 118.

For more information call 01638 663175 or visit bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk.

Evaluation:

Most of the 77 rooms open onto two long corridors behind the reception. Dark furniture, offset by a pale velvet headboard; sumptuous pillows and duvets; hot towel rack. There is a large pool, gym, sauna and the like on the ground floor – not to be confused with the spa in a separate building on the grounds.

Most of the bar and restaurant staff wear tweed waistcoats; all are friendly and engaged. At the moment there is a special Christmas menu (£ 35 per person for two courses) including turkey with all the trimmings as a main course. We enjoyed it, unlike the couple sitting behind us who called on the manager to complain about their chateaubriand. He invites one of them to leave the restaurant with him to discuss further.

The racing world wakes up early. Breakfast starts at 6.30 a.m. As I leave, I see the luxury cars from the day before having been joined by a Rolls-Royce. It’s that kind of place and explains why room prices can double when a race meeting takes place.

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