The George is a historic townhouse right on the waters front in Yarmouth. It is full of history and it’s famous visitors included King Charles the II.
At the entrance to the hotel is a large hall with a beautiful dark wooden staircase leading to the bedrooms and an enormous display of flowers. The bar feels a little dated and in need of refurbishment, and despite the rainy and cold weather, the fires were not lit when we stayed.
The restaurant has rather old-school patterned seating but is glass panelled meaning you can look out to the sea, and in the sunshine, there is a wonderful garden to eat breakfast right on the seafront and that backs onto Yarmouth Castle.
The hotel is located right by the ferry terminal in Yarmouth, so perfect if you are visiting the island without a car. Yarmouth itself is a quaint, pretty harbourside town with a couple of pubs and a few tourist shops selling trinkets. It is also home to the longest wooden pier in the UK and the planks are inscribed with various sponsors names, including strangely the Owl and Pussy Cat.
We stayed in one of the newly refurbished Prestige rooms which had a huge King size bed and was tastefully decorated in navy blue. The room came with all the usual tea making facilities but also had a teapot which was a nice touch. Our only disappointment was that there was a shower rather than a bath (all be it a very good shower) so make sure you specify a room with a bath. The room was quiet and a good size.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel but the lunch and dinner menu looked good. Breakfast was included in our room price and was a huge full English, as well as a continental option.
Staff were very helpful but at times tricky to find and not overly attentive. If you want to have a turndown service you have to request this rather than it being done automatically.
We enjoyed our stay and I expect in the sunshine the garden really makes the hotel, although our room was lovely, the rest of the hotel feels in need of a bit of an update.