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The Gallivant
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   New Lydd Road, Camber TN31 7RB, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Penrith, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wedding stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Stayed here in August on the evening of our son's wedding and we were delighted with the whole event. I agree that the rooms are rather small but they are very comfortable. I cannot fault the service we received from the hotel staff during our stay and in the run up to the wedding. Their attention to detail was excellent.
A previous reviewer mentions the breakfast which was served to the whole wedding party as part of the wedding package. The normal breakfast when paying full price for the rooms is a different menu and from what other people said it is excellent. We did have a very decent breakfast however and it did have fresh fruit included.
The food for the wedding reception was excellent and probably the best we have ever had at any wedding. Whole plaice and salt marsh lamb sharing platters and a lemon tart which was second to none. We also spent a lot of time at the hotel the day after the wedding and saw many meals being served at lunch time. These too looked superb although a little on the pricey side.
The full price for the rooms I would have to agree are a little pricey but having said that we stayed in a B & B in Rye the next night and that was the same price. We checked other prices in the area and they all seem to be around the same which I would say are not especially good value for money.
Wouldn't hesitate to book this hotel for a wedding but might be less inclined to use it for more than one night as it would make a very expensive week's stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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snagger, General Manager at The Gallivant, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear 804JanetB

Many thanks for your recent review and I am delighted that you were impressed with our service running upto and including your sons wedding.

I have noted your comment regarding our breakfast and following this and a previous review, I am investigating this. Breakfast at the Gallivant should be memorable and enjoyable with the same standards applied regardless of it following a wedding or leisure stay.

We do special offers throughout the year, and I can assure you that a stay at the Gallivant is not as expensive as it may appear.

Kind regards

Mark O'Reilly
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed in one of the beach rooms for a couple of nights and were extremely impressed.

The owners have gone to a lot expence converting this once old Motel. More importantly, all the staff were exceptional, helpful and friendly.

The Restaurant, the food and the Service was better than some five star hotels we have stayed in.

Would definitely return.

Well done everyone involved!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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snagger, General Manager at The Gallivant, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear macgeth

Many thanks for your amazing review and I am delighted that you were impressed with the hotel, restaurant and service.

The refurbishment of the old motel bedrooms and internal space is ongoing I hope you get an opportunity to revisit.

Kind regards

Mark O'Reilly
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were here for just one night for a wedding. They do weddings very well. The hotel stands across a road, opposite the dunes and long, beautiful Camber Sands. It has been variously described as 'a TravelLodge with driftwood ' and a 'motel', which it once was. There was a lot to like about the hotel rooms, but not a lot to get excited about where the hotel buildings are concerned. Our room, which was not particularly large and described as 'de luxe', was nicely decorated, in a bucket and spade style. 'White Company' shampoo and shower gel, white bathrobes, super beds, full length mirrors and a nice bathroom. All very clean.
However, terrible bedside lights, no wardrobes, just hangers on knobs - ( OK for one night, but I might have carped if we had stayed longer.) We also had a rather pervasive smell of drains, which, since we were only staying one night I couldn't be bothered to mention. The hotel staff were working flat out for the wedding, and we thought they had enough to think about. They did have two really beautiful rooms, newly renovated with private patios, however these cost £160 per night, which seemed exorbitant. We had a package price for our room, but the standard price would have been £150, and there's no way that was value for money. We have stayed in far better hotels for less.
I can't comment on the food, because we didn't have the bistro experience.
Breakfast was a disappointing. The bacon was excellent, as was the scrambled egg, but if you didn't want a full English, there was little on offer. No fresh fruit and pretty basic offerings, all buffet style. The staff were very pleasant and worked hard. If they want to charge these prices, they need to revamp all the public areas. Poor outside seating, no lounge area that we could find. Lots of potential, but don't believe all their website tells you.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front overlook the car park and road, and are therefore noisier.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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snagger, General Manager at The Gallivant, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear Fabian735

Many thanks for your feedback following your recent stay as a guest of a wedding.

I am disappointed that you feel that there is not a lot to get excited about where the hotel buildings are concerned. It is particularly disappointing as The Gallivant was chosen as a wedding venue with the style of the hotel being one of the reasons why. I received fantastic feedback from family members and the bride and groom also extended their stay as they were so happy.

It is a shame that you "couldn't be bothered to mention" the rather pervasive smell of drains and therefore giving us no opportunity to rectify this problem, yet felt the need to include this as a negative point in your review. Had we been made aware of any issue, I can assure you that we would have done everything in our power to resolve this.

I am aware that you viewed our two new deck rooms and many thanks for your comments regarding how beautiful these are.

We feel our bedroom tariffs are competitive within the local market and currently in the early stages of a bedroom refurbishment program with no rate increases currently scheduled when this is complete.

Once again man thanks fro your feedback.

Kind regards

Mark O'Reilly
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

The Gallivant hotel was lovely to stay at. Management were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The dinner and breakfast was very fresh and tasty. I had the scrambled egg with salmon which was a great way o start the day.

The hotel itself is only a stones throw from the beach (5 min walk) and only a few miles from the kitesurfing centre.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed here on the way back from France. As it was the last day of our holiday we splashed out and upgraded to a "Bigger" room. At £160 B&B this was fairly expensive, but the hotel website made it look worth it.

It wasn't.

To be fair, although the room was quite small it was also very comfortable - excellent bed, and the quirky 'shabby seaside' decor was quite fun. Unfortunately, whilst the bedroom had been refurbished, the bathroom had only had a quick lick of paint - still an old bath with a poor shower and shower curtain (yuk) and a chipped toilet seat - definitely not the "pristine en suite white bathroom" advertised. The room was on the ground floor looking out onto the car park (this used to be a motel); the beach is on the other side of the road behind an enormous sand dune, so there is no sea view at all, despite the impression from the website.

Service was mostly very good with a warm welcome from reception - I especially liked the offer, and prompt delivery, of fresh milk for the tea tray.

The hotel also hosts a bistro; again the website makes much of the food, chef and ambiance. (We found out quite a lot about the chef since he spent a good 20 minutes regaling the couple next to us about his experiences with Marco.)

Apparently the space is light and airy with a relaxed atmosphere, and more sophisticated at night. Well, it's certainly light and airy, but also hard and echoey - made worse by the staff sorting cutlery into a metal container during any quiet moments - the noise ruined any relaxed atmosphere.

Service in the bistro was a bit mixed during dinner. Our (rather scarily teutonic) waitress rushed us to our table, then went off to serve someone else before bringing us our menus. When asked for tap water she returned some time later with a jug almost completely full of ice which she proceeded to dump into my glass - when I pointed out that I didn't like ice she took my glass away completely and ignored us thereafter. It took some time to get the attention of another waiter. The place wasn't full, although there did seem to be a film crew having a buffet in a tent next door, but surely they could have cleaned up the pasta dropped onto the floor by one of the children eating in the restaurant?

To counter this, breakfast in the same place was a much quieter, better catered affair and the two young waiting staff did an excellent job of looking after us.

The food was ok, but needs a bit more thought. My scallops still had the corals - which looks pretty but means that either the scallop is under cooked, or, as in this case, the scallops are fine but the coral is overcooked - a shame as these were good quality scallops. The main course of salt marsh lamb was accompanied by a tasty sauce - which promptly dribbled off the flat wooden board it had been served on and onto our laps - pretentious and unnecessarily messy. Oh, and when the menu says "braised little gems" I expect more than two tiny, wilted lettuce leaves! The pear tarte tatin to share was delicious though.

Overall, this is a hotel with aspirations; so far, although there are signs that they are on the right track, only the prices have really met those aspirations.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Out of this world food . Young helpful team . The hotel is comical. Paper walls , no hot water or pressure and no privacy.
Should be a restaurant or invest in some sound proofing and less entrance in rooms and more space for a decent size bath and shower .
Bed very large and comfy but the pillows need to match .

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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snagger, General Manager at The Gallivant, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Dear Zolly 8989

Many thanks for your recent review and for your amazing comments regarding the food, however I was disappointed to read your comments regarding the rooms.

Since your stay with us, we have invested in new pillows throughout all 20 of our guest bedrooms. In addition to this, we have just opened 2 new bedrooms, the style of which we aim to roll out across the whole hotel in the next 12 months. I am confident that should you return for a stay at The Gallivant, you would find the pillows to be exceptionally comfortable, and the room layout, style and privacy to be greatly improved.

I do hope to get the opportunity to welcome you back in the future and should you wish to make a reservation, please feel free to contact me directly so I can personally oversee your reservation.

Kind regards

Mark O'Reilly
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London, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I stayed here for a wedding and thought it was a great place for the event and as somewhere to stay. The room was a little bit on the small side but the bed was very comfy and the bathroom was new and a good size. I actually liked the lack of wardrobe/hanging things on the wall; it made it easier to make outfit choices! It was clear that the hotel team work really hard on weddings; providing flip flops for everyone for canapés on the beach was a really nice touch - definitely one of the best weddings I've been to! All in all a wonderful place to stay, especially if the weather's on your side which it was for us!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: New Lydd Road, Camber TN31 7RB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Camber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gallivant 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our restaurant with rooms across the road the the beach. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, we're a bit shabby chic, but above all relaxed and welcoming. Almost all of our food is sourced within 15 miles of us, most of it only hours old. Our beds are the most comfortable we could find (we tried a lot). Our beach is extraordinary. In 2014 we were included in The Sunday Times 'Top 100 UK Hotels - for foodies'. ... more   less 
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