There are four hotels in Suffolk listed in one of the nation's most prestigious and trusted guides. 

Hotels that receive AA Red Stars are among the very best that the UK offers, with the accolade only awarded to establishments with "excellent levels of quality and outstanding service throughout."

The hotels that hold the prestigious award are decided by a dedicated team of inspectors. 

In the UK, there are only 152 establishments with three, four or five red stars, and on the list are four Suffolk hotels with four stars and one with three.

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Here are the hotels offering the most exceptional stays in the area, according to the AA Guide.

4-star hotels:

Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham

Hintlesham Hall Hotel is a luxury manor house with a history dating back to the 1400s.

Located just outside of Ipswich, the secluded hotel has a spa and golf club on-site, making it an ideal spot for a quiet weekend away. 

The restaurant is also recognised locally for its delicious cuisine and can be visited without booking a room for those looking for an evening of luxury.

Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich

Bury Mercury: The Salthouse is full of quirky interior designThe Salthouse is full of quirky interior design (Image: Charlotte Bond)

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is located right on the Waterfront, one of the most attractive locations in Ipswich and full of buzzing restaurants and bars. 

The boutique hotel has some of the best food and drinks in the area, and diners may wish to stay overnight in one of the individually styled rooms and suites. 

Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, Newmarket

Nestled into three acres of manicured gardens outside of Newmarket, this four-star hotel also has a restaurant with an impressive two AA Rosettes, so visitors can expect a stay that is nothing but luxurious. 

The on-site spa adds to the sense that Bedford Lodge Hotel really is a location recognised for 'excellence.'

The Swan, Southwold

Bury Mercury: The Swan Hotel is owned by AdnamsThe Swan Hotel is owned by Adnams (Image: Google)

The Swan is part of the group owned by Adnams and is located right in the heart of the seaside town of Southwold. 

The bedrooms are contemporary and colourful, and all feature a four-poster bed. 

Visitors to the hotel have the choice of three different classification of room, helping the 'outstanding' hotel to cater to a range of budgets.

3-star hotels:

The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston

Bury Mercury: The Bildeston Crown also boasts a restaurant with three AA rosettesThe Bildeston Crown also boasts a restaurant with three AA rosettes (Image: Charlotte Bond)

The only hotel in Suffolk with three AA Red Stars, The Bildeston Crown also has three AA rosettes, making this one of the most hotly-booked establishment for foodies looking for a luxurious getaway. 

While all of the rooms are decorated differently, each is sympathetic to the style of the old coaching inn and it is a cosy place to escape for a weekend.