Need to know
35, including six suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $208.60 (£167), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include the hotel’s à la carte breakfast. Keep things light with pastries and fruit from the Continental buffet, or go hearty with a Full English, made with bacon and sausages sourced by nearby farms. Eggs can be done however you like them.
If you’re wondering why the hotel has Georgian exteriors when it’s over 400 years old, it’s because it was completely destroyed – along with most of the town – in Southwold’s great fire of 1659.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: Samsung smart TV; Bose portable speaker; minibar; Nespresso coffee machine; free 20cl bottle of Adnams gin; tea-making kit; free bottled water; Temple Spa bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Outstanding Rooms offer serious leg room, with space for a separate lobby, living area and a king- or superking-size bed. The Fabulous Rooms around the garden are the only ones without four-poster beds, so you might want to ask for a different room if you’ve got your heart set on sleeping in one.
Don’t forget your cycling gear – you can bring your own bike or hire one at the hotel; just ask your butler to arrange it.
All the common areas are wheelchair accessible, and there’s a lift to all floors. Room 47 is specially adapted, and has a wet room shower with a fixed seat.
Pets can stay for a flat fee of £10 each. Dogs aren't allowed in any of the public areas, only in the Garden Rooms. If you don’t want to leave your pooch alone, you’ll need to dine in-room or in the Courtyard (which is open in the summer). See more pet-friendly hotels in Suffolk.
All ages are very welcome. The hotel run a ‘cygnet’ programme for children, which includes stickers, a postcard from the manager and a teddy bear. There’s a Hamley’s draughts game in each room, and Garden Rooms open onto an enclosed lawn.
The Swan sends its food waste to an anaerobic digester that provides renewable energy for Adnams’ brewing operations, and recycles cardboard and plastics; the housekeeping team use eco-friendly cleaning products. They’re also keen on conservation: the hotel keeps 250,000 bees in hives at Reydon, and many of the staff are regulars at Southwold beach cleans.