The View From The Salthouse | The Older Sister
What’s even better than visiting a great hotel? Discovering it has a sister!
The Salthouse’s sister, The Angel hotel, is located in Bury St Edmunds.
The Salthouse and The Angel have distinctly different external décor and are found in contrasting towns. The Salthouse features a glass-fronted façade looking on to the beautiful Ipswich Marina, whilst The Angel’s regal front is coated in ivy and looks out to the historic Abbey Gardens. Yet once inside, the same atmosphere strikes you, the same nods to eccentric furnishings and the feeling of class and extravagance incited by grand pieces. Two beautifully unique hotels that share the common thread of incredible décor and opulence.
Inside The Angel, it is obvious that the internal beauty of this grand location matches that of the exterior. Although a different layout to the Salthouse, the same unique styling is apparent. The dining room features high ceilings and large windows which help to create a light, grand and elegant space. Meanwhile alcove seating, harlequin pieces and distinctive wall art combine to reflect the innovative styling of the Salthouse. The lounge warmly welcomes you, its cosy statement sofas inviting you in. Like the Salthouse, The Angel exudes a comforting, relaxing atmosphere, whilst ornate pieces and grand chandeliers remind you of the sheer luxury offered here.
One striking difference between the Salthouse and The Angel lies in the 12th century vault under the latter hotel. The Wingspan bar is a space unlike any other. Fashioned from secret tunnels that run under Bury St Edmunds, the unique historic setting gives it an air of mystery and intrigue. The individual styling follows through, and the mixture of unusual pieces - such as the bar created from an aircraft engine - contrast the decadent architecture in a way that creates a magical setting. The seating alcoves make what could be a cold space comfortable, warm and welcoming, and whilst some bars may be loud and overbearing, this one allows for an intimate and personal experience.
In completely different but equally serene settings, both the Salthouse and The Angel are unique hotels. They mix contemporary and historic features to create a comfortable yet luxurious setting, and the sheer attention to detail both these hotels display is what makes them exquisite.
I can assure you a visit to the Angel is a truly heavenly experience.