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The Dolphin Inn

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Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, pillow-top beds, free WiFi
Double Room (Room2) | Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, pillow-top beds, free WiFi
Double Room (Room3) | Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, pillow-top beds, free WiFi
Double Room (Room2) | Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, pillow-top beds, free WiFi

Overview of The Dolphin Inn

The Dolphin Inn

3.5-star property
3.5-star inn in Leiston with restaurant and bar/lounge

8.8/10 Fabulous

10 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
Old Homes Road, Leiston, England, IP16 4FE

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Norwich (NWI-Norwich Intl.) - 65 min drive
  • Saxmundham Station - 15 min drive
  • Darsham Station - 20 min drive
  • Melton Station - 22 min drive


  • Thorpeness - 5 min walk
  • Ash Smoked Fishes - 4 min drive
  • The Lighthouse - 4 min drive
  • Prezzo - 4 min drive
  • The Upper Deck Diner - 4 min drive

About this property

The Dolphin Inn

Situated in the heart of this unspoilt unique village, a short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk heritage coast and the very popular Meare which is on our doorstep. An ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and our neighbouring towns Aldeburgh and Southwold, or just a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve plus many more local must sees. The Dolphin offers three 4 star, spacious, en-suite rooms, which are all decorated with old pine furniture and kitted out with flat screen televisions, digital radio alarm clocks and free access to our wireless broadband.All with a view of the Dolphin garden the three rooms are available as single or double rooms. We can also supply a travel cot, and well behaved dogs are welcome to join you.


Afrikaans, Romanian, Zulu

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 3 rooms


  • Check-in time from noon until 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Reception hours are 11 AM-3 PM and 6 PM-11 PM Monday-Friday, Saturday 11 AM-11 PM, and Sunday 11 AM-10:30 PM. During July-August, Reception hours are 11 AM-11 PM Monday-Saturday and 11 AM-10:30 PM Sunday.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast each morning 8:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Afrikaans
  • Romanian
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Dressing gowns

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillow-top mattress

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Cots/infant beds are available for GBP 10.00 per stay


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 per pet, per day

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Dolphin Inn Leiston
Dolphin Leiston
The Dolphin Inn Inn
The Dolphin Inn Leiston
The Dolphin Inn Inn Leiston

Frequently asked questions

Does The Dolphin Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Dolphin Inn does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Dolphin Inn?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Dolphin Inn?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of GBP 10.00 per pet, per day.
Is parking offered on site at The Dolphin Inn?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Dolphin Inn?
You can check in from noon - 10 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Dolphin Inn and nearby?
The Dolphin Inn has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Dolphin Inn?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Thorpeness (5-min walk), The Lighthouse (2.1 mi) and Prezzo (2.2 mi).
What's the area around The Dolphin Inn like?
The Dolphin Inn is a short 5-minute walk from Thorpeness Windmill and 7 minutes' walk from Thorpeness Golf Club.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


6/10 Good

we cancelled our booking on 8 June with you as unable to visit and cancelled as agreed when booking Ruth Williams
3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Friendly staff, fabulous food!
We had a wonderful stay at The Dolphin Inn. I would highly recommend booking in for dinner as the food was delicious. The staff were all very friendly, good breakfast and the bed was so comfortable. We would definitely sty again!
Benjamin, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Pleasant stay
Staff were great and rom comfortable. The only problem was the room had no bath shower mixer tap and needed to borrow a jug to wash and rise hair.
Philip, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Lovely Pub
Lovely pub, great food especially the homemade granola for breakfast. Perfect spot for dog walking on the beach all year round
Amanda, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Would Book again
1-night business trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Lovely stay in quaint Thorpeness.
Really enjoyable stay at the Dolphin in a well presented quiet room with everything you need, including a hot water bottle which fortunately wasn't required in June! Comfortable bed with cotton bed linen and all very clean. Plenty of hot water. Supper and breakfast were both freshly cooked and plenty of choice. On Thursdays there is a special offer of two vegan meals for the price of one. Close to the beach and a good walk (5 miles there and back) to Aldeburgh on the level. The bric a brac shop in Thorpeness is worth a visit too.
Kate, 1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Everything was superb great stay and would happily recommend the dolphin and stay again
MAUREEN, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Great Place to escape to
A nice place to escape everything, barring the sea and fresh air. Good service and good food. Be aware check-in is between 11-3pm and then from 6pm, not a problem if you plan for it.. An easy walk ( 1 mile each way) to along the beach.
Kim, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Great experience, friendly, clean and in a great location.
Ben, 1-night trip
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