I had fixed my mind on spending a week away in a country manor down in Devon when my wife read an article in the Waitrose magazine praising the Gallivant Hotel and made up her mind she wanted to go here instead.
I set off in an apprehensive mood as to what to expect as some of the reviews on Tripadvisor had not been that good but when we arrived I was pleased to find it was much better than expected and they had obviously spent a good deal of money on a refurbishment.
We stayed for three nights and the small standard double we booked was fine in size and very clean, the housekeeping do an excellent job and the room was also nicely furnished and was in keeping with the beach theme featured throughout the hotel.
The hotel has a great prime location and is just across the road from an incredible beach but it will certainly test your fitness climbing the sand dunes to get to it.
As others have said, the food in the hotel is excellent and we ate their every night, the service was also excellent and Lily deserves a special mention as she was simply an outstanding waitress in every aspect.
The only gripes I could mention was the bathroom which could do with a power shower instead of a traditional mains low pressure one, I mentioned this to Mark, the Hotel Manager, and he recommended that before we leave we see one of the newly refurbished deck rooms and this we did, I have to say they were gorgeous with a superb new bathroom and wish I had been aware of these when I booked, all the rooms will be refurbished to this standard and a news mains supply installed to overcome the shower issue.
From my initial reluctance to come here I cannot wait to come back again and would have stayed longer had they not been fully booked for a wedding.
Definitely recommended and will be back at the earliest opportunity, great hotel, lovely staff and excellent food, perfection!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Times Newspaper - No 6, Best British Beach Hotels, 3/3/12.Welcome to our beautiful restaurant with rooms opposite the dunes. New England arrives in Camber. Delicious food, sourced within 25 miles of us, lovely people, amazing sandy beach. Relax and enjoy. Our 20 lovely bedrooms and beautiful restaurant are a relaxing coastal hideaway by the sea. Surrounded by the wildness of the Romney salt marshes and opposite the dunes we are a true escape from the stresses and strains of life, an hour and a half from central London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Place At Beach
- Place At The Beach Rye