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“Miles better than I thought it would be....” 4 of 5 stars
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Camber Sands Holiday Park - Park Resorts
2.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   New Lydd Road | Nr. Rye, Camber TN31 7RT, England   |  
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Bedford, UK
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“Miles better than I thought it would be....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We are very much a family that makes the best of things, whether it be a 5* super resort or a campsite in Skegness.

I have to admit though when my wife told me we were going "old school static caravan" my heart sunk, a week in Camber Sands - mid September = not a happy bunny!

Straight away when we arrived the check in was dealt with quickly & politely (on to a winner), the site was clean and tidy.

We were booked into a gold caravan with two bedrooms and a sofa bed so could sleep 6, We had 3 adults and a 6 month old and it was a tight fit.

The living room was good size - no wrap around furniture in sight, we had a flat screen TV with built in DVD player, 2 half leather armchairs and a sofabed, kitchen was well stocked too - microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle. All the plates, glasses etc. were all clean and tidy. The main bathroom had a shower which was amazing, no bath so struggled with the little one a bit. Overall I would give the Caravan - 8/10 this would be 9 but the van got so cold at night that the drop in temperature woke us up.

We went on a little explore of the site and ended up at the long beach entertainment hub of the resort, this housed the Arcade (this brought me straight back to my childhood, 2p machines ohhh I love them, I think I wasted about £20 on them!), the Showbar, Boathouse and the park shop. All of which were clean and well staffed.

I got slightly despondent at this point - the prices in the shop were hideous £3.50 for a tube of Pringles, 4 x Peroni £6.99, the only products that were at a normal price were newspapers.

The Boathouse has a Costa coffee franchise which was nice, the £1.99 breakfast was well worth the price.

In the Showbar the entertainment was quite good, plenty of staff at the bar, very very loud though, which was a shame because it would of been nice to have a chat while listening to the singers etc.

The on site Fish & Chip shop which had a good selection of food was vastly overpriced and the woefully understaffed, this was a shame because the food looked good.

Now the one thing that really gets up my nose is the no photography of my family in the pool, I do not understand this policy, all other family based resorts allow this - Center Parcs coming to mind straight away - This would be a deal breaker for me returning to a Park Resort.
The flume was out of order throughout our stay which was also a shame as the main pool area was really nice.

Overall I would recommend The Camber Sands, Park Resort.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We used the Mail's offer, but as there are only two of us and we had to pay for four, not such a bargain as you first think. We almost didn't go after reading the reviews, and when we first arrived we wished we hadn't. Two members of staff on reception, one chatting to her mate on the 'phone, and the other couldn't be bothered giving directions for check in. (We finally found it in the 'show bar' after following another couple around for about half an hour). We were given a small carrier bag containing all our paperwork, but the caravan was really difficult to find, and we had to ask a couple of times.

The surrounding area is smashing, Rye is beautiful and really quaint, we went there most days as it's only three miles away, and we also went to Hastings for a day, which was bigger than I expected. The shows in the park were good for the first couple of nights, although both said it was their last night, so good thing we didn't book for the following week, the entertainment team did the same thing every evening, and City Limits (resident group) need to rethink their act, too loud, the accoustics in the bar cannot take it. It was just noise, and you couldn't recognise the songs straight away.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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pitsea basildon essex
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

what can one say about park resorts in camber sands east sussex .the first canavan i saw suppose to be this years model .well if it was then all i can say it must be the cheapest of the cheap. it had nothing going for it . the seating was so hard i think a park bench would have been better . there was mould all in the shower . dirty windows in all the rooms . and i mean dirty . the sheets from the last people were left outside the door off the caravan for the 4 days we were there .dust all on the fire . the radiator in the bathroom had what looked like dry wee on it . it is so close to the toilet i am not saying its the big boys or little boys fault but they do sometimes splash . i dont know who cleans these caravans but they are not doing a good job of it. as for organizing whoever is in charge of this camp site really needs to get their bum into gear . i would not go to park resorts ever again . if your thinking about going to camber sands please look at other people 's reviews before you do

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Used the Sun newspaper offer so was very good value. 4 swimming pools so is very good for families with young children as pools cater for all ages. Restaurant good value but bar prices a bit expensive. New child's club for children under 5 years in restaurant early morning so can relax and have your breakfast while the little ones are kept entertained.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

We took a caravan in this resort so that my daughter and granddaughters could be with us st the seaside.

It was so much better than expected. My husband had been refusing to come but was amazed by the size of the living space in the caravan the on board facilities and the large shower.

The park was clean and quiet (apart from the seagulls) and the caravan was spotless.

The kids amenities were great for 2 to 5 year olds and would have suited kids up to ten. The food was good for kids and acceptable for adults although not very healthy!

Do give it a try if you are wondering. The location is excellent, right on the beach and the kids loved it. It was pretty painless for adults too! I wouldn't recommend the entertainment though unless you are a real fan of old fashioned club type actyd

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

after reading the slander on here i was really worried about the holiday i had booked but from the moment i arrived it was very good i first went into reception to check in and they were very helpful and directed us to where we needed to go.The complex was ok very small for the size of the park but had everything we needed . we checked in at 4:30 caravan was ok got w
hat we payed for as we only booked a bronze clean and tidy couldnt falut it.we didnt eat at the complex so i couldnt comment on the food but the high light of our holiday had to be the pool where do i start from the moment we walked through the doors the staff where happy welcoming and couldnt do anoth for us kylie i think her name was the girl on receptionist showed us round talked us through all the times activities and what they had to offer then we went into the changing area and they were clean and tidy apart from a few cubicles. we went in the pool all pools were very inviting and warm and the lifeguards were by far the most vigirlant lifeguards i have ever seen felt 100% safe they only bad thing i really have to say is that the park is not sign posted very well and the entertainment was awful so if u go to the club take ear plugs!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stansted, England, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Upon arrival at Park resort Camber Sands it looked run down, My caravan had a strong musty smell, upon futher inspection it was the main bedroom, the floor was wet and smelt very stail. It took the park reception three days to get us another caravan, two (uncomfortable) nights spent on the sofa. the next van just smelt like an ashtray and was rundown. Kids bouncey castles were £1 ago for 5 mins, surley these should be free?? we found reception were not to helpful either and it seemed like a task for them when i asked for help. I would not recommend this place to anyone EVER!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: New Lydd Road | Nr. Rye, Camber TN31 7RT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Camber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Camber
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Camber Sands Holiday Park - Park Resorts 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy 7 miles of deep sandy dunes, with direct beach access from the Park. Camber Sands Holiday Park has it all, including 4 fabulous indoor pools, spa bath, sauna & solarium, all weather sports court and adventure playground. The perfect destination for a seaside holiday. ... more   less 
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