Situated 10 minutes' drive from Harwich International, we stayed at the Continental after getting off the Holland ferry. The hotel has been described as 'quirky' and 'individual' and both words fit the hotel perfectly. And I mean that in a good way. If you expect a penguin in a bow tie to bow as you open the car door then this isn't the place for you. If you prefer to be greeted by a genuine, friendly guy who really wants you to have a pleasant stay then book now.
Automatic bi-fold doors (so handy when weighed down with luggage) lead on to the reception area where we were booked in quickly without fuss. We felt we were being greeted by an old friend rather than a faceless receptionist and were soon shown to Room 14, which must have the best view of any room in the hotel - 3rd floor overlooking the sea. Through the two large windows we could see the coastline stretching away to the derricks of Harwich port and a row of beach huts in the other direction.
Our room contained everything we could have wanted and more - the usual drink-making facilities (with plenty of supplies) bottled water, wall mounted TV, built in clock/radio, really comfortable bed and more storage space than we could use. Even a fold-up table fitted to one wall. In the bathroom were soft towels, a very fetching turquoise bathmat, a wonderful translucent purple wash basin and a twin headed shower that had me puzzled for a while but worked very well once I figured out what to do with the valves, levers and dials.
Breakfast was served in the ground floor dining area, with all food sourced locally and most is organic (excellent booklet in the room explaining more about the sources of supply). I opted for the continental breakfast and got what I would term an 'English style' meal fresh sliced tomatoes, thick slices of ham and chunks of cheese served with a basket of warm bread. Absolutely delicious and very filling, too! After breakfast we crossed the road to the sea front and watched the cargo ships and ferries sail in and out of Harwich. Dovercourt is a very peaceful, quiet area with no pressure to do anything but chill out.
The Hotel Continental is a good place to stop overnight but would be even better to stay long enough to sample the food in the 4-star restaurant. Highly recommended.
Rooms at the front on the second or third floor offer amazing sea views and are very quiet.
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