Norfolk Coast Hotels: 18 of the Best Places to Stay by the Sea

The Norfolk coast is a wonderful place to retreat, recharge the batteries and explore the gorgeous beaches, pretty villages and abundant wildlife under the glorious huge skies for which Norfolk is famous.

And what better way to explore than by staying in a delightful Norfolk seaside hotel? We have chosen a selection of country house hotels, boutique hotels, hotels perfect for a family holidays and dog friendly hotels, all conveniently located close to the beautiful coastline and offering unrivalled opportunities to discover Norfolk.

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Titchwell Manor, Brancaster

Once a Victorian farmhouse, Titchwell Manor is a stylish Norfolk boutique hotel that overlooks the coastline of North Norfolk and the RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh. The house has been lovingly restored but still has a wonderful contemporary vibe running throughout, making it one of my favourite North Norfolk coast hotels.

This dog-friendly manor house hotel has 26 rooms inspired by the colours of the sky, sea and dunes. Rooms are located in the main house and renovated outbuildings which surround the fragrant herb garden. In the meadow are a couple of luxury shepherd’s huts which are perfect for a romantic weekend.

All rooms enjoy beautifully designed modern en-suite bathrooms and superb facilities, like Nespresso coffee-making facilities and luxury toiletries. Some have hot tubs and private terraces, perfect if you’re celebrating or just fancy a splurge!

The hotel also has a cosy bar and a fantastic three AA Rosette restaurant that serves locally sourced and inspired foods. The breakfast, which is included in your room rate, is served in dining rooms with endless views towards the marshes and sea and is every bit as good as you’d expect.

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Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea

A Grade II* listed tower mill, Cley Windmill dates back to the early 19th century and is now a cosy boutique-style guesthouse. The windmill has nine rooms, three of which are in the windmill tower itself and have glorious uninterrupted views of the sea, Cley marshes and the NWT Cley bird sanctuary, all in the Norfolk coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Rooms are beautifully appointed and have period features like exposed brick walls, stable doors and ceiling beams, which make this iconic Norfolk property an atmospheric place to stay, and one of the top choices if you’re looking for a hotel near Blakeney.

Located on the north side of the village, the windmill is within walking distance of good pubs, restaurants and independently owned shops. It’s also a great location to explore the surrounding villages and walk the Norfolk Coast Path west to Blakeney or east to Salthouse. Bring your furry friend with you as this is a pet-friendly hotel!

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Blakeney Hotel, Blakeney

The Blakeney Hotel is privately owned and family-run, with a magnificent quayside location affording panoramic views across the estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point, home to one of the UK’s largest Atlantic seal colonies.

The hotel has over 60 bedrooms, two spacious sitting rooms, a bar, restaurant, and leisure facility, making this a great year-round spot to enjoy exploring historic Blakeney village and the surrounding area.

On the days when the weather is poor and outdoor activities are not quite so appealing, the indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and mini gym offer an alternate way to spend your day. After a day of relaxing in the spa head to the bar, a wonderful cosy retreat with squishy sofas and an open fire.

The creeks and waterways around Blakeney are perfect for exploring by kayak or paddleboard and both can be hired at Blakeney quay during the high season. You can paddleboard along the channel to Cley or head westwards towards Morston along Agar Creek, an ideal and fun way to take in the amazing coastal scenery of North Norfolk.

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Morston Hall, Blakeney

Morston Hall is an intimate country house hotel five minutes walk from the quayside in Morston, where seal-watching boat trips regularly depart, and is just two miles from beautiful Blakeney.

The traditional Norfolk brick and flint 17th century building has been transformed into an elegant coastal hotel. With thirteen rooms, all individually decorated to invoke comfort and relaxation, Morston Hall is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to a luxury short break, and is one of Norfolk’s top wedding venues.

Morston Hall restaurant is internationally recognised for its outstanding Norfolk cuisine and has held a Michelin star since 1998, as well as many other awards. The tasting menu changes every single day, allowing the kitchen to showcase the finest seasonal produce the beautiful Norfolk coastline has to offer.

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The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

If you’re looking for a great place to stay that is brilliantly positioned for walking and bird watching holidays, look no further than The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham.

With some parts of the hotel dating back to the 16th century, this atmospheric smuggler’s inn has a collection of simply decorated rooms, a cosy bar where you can get a local Norfolk ale, and a good restaurant.

Located on a quiet lane with views over the marshland and sea to Thornham Old Harbour, The Lifeboat Inn offers direct access to the nearby Norfolk Coastal Path and nature reserves and fabulous birdwatching areas are close by.

This is another pet-friendly hotel, so if your holiday is not complete without your beloved pet then you can happily bring them along and they can dine with you in the bar or lounge.

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The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-Sea

This former Norfolk coach house in Wells was renovated back in 2018 and has become a lovely restaurant with nineteen rooms. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated, and they have a wonderfully funky vibe.

This boutique hotel in Wells-next-the-Sea boasts family-sized self-catering apartments, hip loft suites and standard doubles rooms set around a courtyard, with classically styled rooms in the main building overlooking the Buttlands, a tree-lined green.

The restaurant focuses on local produce, especially seafood, and the menu offers pub classics such as fish and chips and burgers, and changes seasonally. They have a special dog menu for your four-legged friend (who is welcome all over the Globe Inn) including items to nibble, chew, gnaw and drink. Genius!

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The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea

The Crown, located in Wells-next-the-Sea is a lovely hotel with 20 luxury en-suite bedrooms. Each room is uniquely and individually designed to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A few rooms have splendid copper baths, some of them outside, so you can enjoy bathing in the open air!

The hotel also serves fantastic food and makes the most of the finest and freshest seasonal produce. You can choose one of three areas in the hotel to eat; the Chancery Room, the Gun Room and the Library Room. Alternatively, if weather permits, eat on the sun-soaked south east facing terrace.

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The Ship Hotel, Brancaster

Set in the tiny coastal village of Brancaster, The Ship is a boutique hotel and restaurant offering excellent dining and memorable stays. The hotel has nine beautiful sea-themed rooms, with unique touches and stylish decor. Some rooms can be re-configured into family-friendly rooms and all are dog friendly.

The restaurant and bar are popular with both locals and residents, offering excellent locally sourced food and carefully selected wines. They have an extensive gin selection including their own Ship’s Black Diamond Premium Gin which is hand distilled by Whatahoot Distillery along the coast in Kings Lynn.

Brancaster is ideally situated to discover some great walks along the edge of Brancaster Marsh with superb views over the coast, and to enjoy the miles of sand and huge skies of Brancaster beach.

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The Victoria Inn, Holkham

The Victoria sits between the Holkham National Nature Reserve, the golden sands of Holkham beach, considered one of the best in the UK, and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall. The Vic has 20 individually decorated rooms, across two historic buildings, with ten rooms in each.

The Victoria’s menus showcase the very best locally sourced ingredients. Fish and shellfish from the North Norfolk coast, meat from one of the farm tenants and fruits and vegetables from Holkham Hall’s own walled garden, all make for a delicious meal.

Alongside the restaurant is an orangery, offering amazing views of the nearby North Norfolk coast, and there’s a traditional ‘snug’ bar where you can get cosy by the fire in the cooler months.

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The Grove, Cromer

The Grade II listed Grove in Cromer is a wonderful family-run hotel, sitting in fantastic grounds offering lots of exploration and things to do for the whole brood. The Georgian hotel is a short walk through the forest to the promenade, blue flag sandy beach and Victorian pier, which is perfect for crabbing, making it one of the best Norfolk beach hotels.

The Grove really does have something for everyone. You can stay in one of the lovely rooms in the main house, or if you prefer, book into one of the self-catered cottages for your family and furry friends. They even have glamping on site, which is a fantastic option for couples looking for a romantic break.

There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, and to relax after your swim head to the massage hut to be pampered. With a formal restaurant and the Sundown tapas and pizza teepee (which has amazing views to the sea), you really are spoiled for choice.

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Heacham Manor Hotel, Hunstanton

The Grade II listed Heacham Manor country house was built in 1680 and has been operating as Heacham Manor Hotel since 2009. Only 1.5 miles from the Norfolk resort town of Hunstanton and fifteen miles from historic King’s Lynn, there are plenty of activities in and around the hotel to keep you busy.

There are 52 rooms ranging from bright and airy doubles, to the opulent manor suite. There is something to suit everyone’s needs and you can also bring your pooch.

As well as being a hotel, Heacham Manor also has an 18-hole golf course,which is considered one of the best in East Anglia, and receives rave reviews. Be sure to check out their special offers as often as you can find a great deal.

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Hero at Burnham Overy Staithe

The Hero is a delightful pub with rooms tucked away in the quiet coastal village of Burham Overy Staithe, named after Admiral Lord Nelson, Norfolk’s most famous son who learnt to sail in these waters.

A laid-back and lively pub, The Hero is a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the coastal walks & remote nature trails of Nelson’s County, and the perfect place to stay to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The three unique rooms are located in a separate building from the main pub with their own private entrance. All rooms are dog friendly and come with a fantastic a la carte breakfast included.

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Thornham Rooms at the Chequers, Thornham

Thornham Rooms at The Chequers is a unique, room-only place to stay. The Rooms are the latest evolution in the rich history of The Chequers Inn which has welcomed visitors to Thornham since the 16th century.

Now, the eleven elegant bedrooms and comfortable downstairs sitting rooms have become the base for unforgettable stays on the glorious North Norfolk Coast. Thornham Rooms is a great hideaway and a wonderful place for walkers and wildlife spotters.

As this is room-only, guests can discover their own favourite spots for food and drink in the wonderful surrounding area. You can always pop to The Lifeboat Inn just up the road, which is owned by the same company.

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The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

The White Horse is a local village pub with rooms, featuring fifteen bedrooms of which eight are garden rooms, beautifully designed with their own terraces and sedum roofs which blends with the marshland beyond.

These rooms are ideal for walkers or cyclists, as they are just yards from the Norfolk Coastal Path, with direct access from the pub itself, making this one of the best Norfolk coast hotels. Head west for Holme-next-the-Sea, famous for Sea Henge or west for Burnham Overy Staith and the boat to Scolt Head island.

The restaurant is passionate about seasonality and the provenance of the ingredients, and they aim to explore, experience and use every available local ingredient in their menus, with locally caught seafood like Brancaster mussels taking pride of place.

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The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms, Old Hunstanton

This fabulous restaurant, with four adults-only rooms, is a stone’s throw from the beach at Old Hunstanton and gives you an opportunity to explore the bustling Norfolk market towns and stately homes and castles of the region, as well as both the West Norfolk and North Norfolk coastlines.

The restaurant serves modern British food, served in relaxed surroundings with attentive, friendly service. The restaurant has an emphasis on fresh, local produce and has retained a Michelin star since 2009.

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The White Horse, Blakeney

The White Horse sits just up from Blakeney Quay and is a modern and stylish pub full of character. It also has nine rooms, all en-suite, that either overlook the coastal marshlands and sea beyond, or the quaint and quiet Blakeney High Street.

The restaurant serves classics with a coastal flavour. There is a large bar and at the rear of the pub you will find a light and airy conservatory and courtyard which provides a welcome break from the sea winds.

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Sea Marge Hotel, Overstrand

Built to take advantage of its commanding seaside position, this Grade II listed house has been lovingly restored to create a luxurious seaside family hotel near Cromer. Original features combine with modern comforts and impeccable service to ensure you enjoy your Norfolk break.

Each of the 25 en-suite rooms has its own style and many rooms have sweeping sea views. The deluxe wing provides larger suites for the ultimate in luxury.

Five acres of peaceful gardens give you room to relax. Terraced lawns run down to the coastal path and open beach and you’ll find quiet suntraps for a lazy afternoon and shady spots to read a book or enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

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The Imperial Hotel, Great Yarmouth

Located at the relaxed end of Great Yarmouth seafront with outstanding sea views, the traditional four star Imperial Hotel is perfect for a seaside holiday in Norfolk.

Overlooking the beach, sea and refurbished Venetian Waterway Gardens, this award-winning family-run hotel is a fantastic spot for exploring the local beaches and attractions and the wonderful Norfolk Broads, just a few miles inland.

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