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“Clean & Tiday” 3 of 5 stars
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The Hotel Continental
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 - 29 Marine Parade | Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3RG, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Manchester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Clean & Tiday”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Could not fault the hotel for the room, it was clean and tidy. The rooms on the upper floors have low water pressure so the showers are slow.

However the rooms are good and those with a sea view are great.

Breakfasts good as well

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I never write reviews but after staying at the continental for a birthday party I felt like a have too. We stayed in the hotel for 1 night and it was a basic double room. Views of sea were lovely!!

But as soon as we walked in the corridor outside our room it smelt really badly of stale smoke and in our room even after leaving windows open it was bad. Also decor all a bit tatty, bathroom door wouldn't shut properly, plug sockets hanging off slightly and couple of the lights wouldn't work. Because we didn't have a lot of time in hotel we chose just to put up with it.
After coming back from the evening out at about midnight we found ourselves left standing at the door being locked out. It took quite a while for anyone to come out to let us in. This was annoying because we were not told that the doors were going to be locked at a certain time. However when we did get into room the bed was a lovely comfy bed and it was fairly quiet so had a good night's sleep. Shame about the rest because it has made us not want to stay here again!!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Columbus, Georgia
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27 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

The hotel is situated on the waterfront and our room had a view of the bay. The hotel appears to be run by a family. Our room, though small, was very neat and clean. We had two twin beds, each with its own TV. The small, compact bathroom had newer fixtures that all functioned well. the bathroom had been added to the room and had glass blocks for much of the wall. The door was not really a door but glass beads.

Our room on the second floor had an excellent view of the bay and we watched the sunrise. We also ate in the hotel dining area which was "intimate" even for a small hotel. But the food was outstanding.

The furnishings in the room were eclectic to say the least. The desk had a wooden silhouette or a woodpecker, the ceiling had a simulated cloud and model airplanes. A metallic sheep sculpture was looking in our balcony window. The place was really high on personal service. But the eclectic nature and the bathroom openness may not be for everyone. But we travel for the experiences and this is a place we would stay at again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The owners (Gordon and Blossom) have been here for 17 years and the hotel reflects their values and interests;- quality, attention to detail, value for money, art, design AND excellent food. The hotel and restaurant are a work of love which is not obvious from the exterior. I know of nowhere else like this in the area. If you enjoy individuality, you will not be disappointed. Don't be put off by the locals in the bar - they are a friendly and helpful to visitors.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

My partner and I stayed here as a last minute trip due to the fact we were `child free`for a couple of nights. Blossom was so helpful when booking a room, we told her what rooms we liked the look of online and what we wanted from our trip and she advised us what she thought we might like. She even said we could select a room on our arrival if we wished, as she wasn't too busy.
We opted for Room 5 and on our arrival we were pleasantly surprised at how homely the room felt and arrived to a bottle of Prosecco and some Thorntons chocolates which my partner had requested ad a surprise. The room over looks the sea and although I can imagine it could be noisy in the summer months, we did not hear a thing! Apparently on the Fri night there was a bit of a `scene` in the bar below us but we were not disturbed in the slightest.
I can see where some people are coming from re their comments, as the bar of the hotel is open to locals and stays open til whenever Gordon decides its time to shut up shop, and both sat and sun morn there were locals in there drinking pints while we were eating our breakfast at 9.30am! However, the service is good and the staff are friendly and the food we had there (all 3 meals) was really lovely. Proper home cooked food and the veggie menu is fab! Blossom even allowed me to mix a couple of veggie dishes up to cater for my tastebuds!
Some of the decor needs addressing, but Blossom and Gordon are working through this and the room we had was very clean.
The boutique individual style of the rooms is great and each room contains a piece if weird and wonderful art which adds to the character of the hotel. We loved the jacuzzi bath in our room and the unusual wooden furniture created from wood recovered from bush fires etc!
Blossom is such a lovely lady and was more than happy to chat to you and ensures you are happy and that anything you need is provided
Harwich isn't the nicest of areas but really does have so much potential. We walked up to old Harwich and had a few drinks in The Pier pub which is also a hotel. I would imagine in the summer months it is more attractive and you would be more inclined to take the foot ferry over to Felixstowe.
This trip for us was all about relaxing and spending time together as a couple and this is exactly what we did with the help of Blossom and her staff. We had a lovely stay here and Blossom gave us a bottle of our favourite wine when we left which was so so lovely of her.
Be open minded when staying here! Don't expect too much and see it for what it is, a family run hotel with good food and good atmosphere.
We will definitely return!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Real home-cooking in a delightful setting is on offer at the Hotel Continental, properly presented and prepared exactly as requested. It is a pleasure these days to be able to report excellent and honest food.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights for the Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival (highly recommended if you like the music!). The Continental fitted the bill perfectly. It is on the sea-front in Dovercourt, 20-25 minutes walk from Old Harwich. The room (room 3) didn't have any of the artwork, but was spacious and comfortable. The bathroom (with shower) was to a good spec. The tea, coffee and biscuits in the room were good quality, a cut above the normal. The same went for the breakfast; excellent quality bacon and sausage, all freshly cooked. I had a pint from the bar which was very well kept. I had a sandwich from the light bites menu which was well filled and reasonably priced. I didn't have any of the cooked food on the dinner menu, but the portions I saw coming out were generous and looked good. I heard no complaints!
As others have said, it's not a holiday inn. Much of the maintenance looks like it is done in house, and there was ongoing maintenance while I was there. This in no way affected my stay. On the busier morning there was a 15-20 minute wait for breakfast, as was advised on the website and the menu. I thought the wait was worth it for fresh cooked food. There was a good selection of cereal and yoghurt with fruit salad while I was waiting. The coffee was also good quality.
I find some of the comments in other reviews hard to believe. Harwich is a quiet town, and the hotel is at the quiet end. It's difficult to imagine a bar-room brawl there at 5 in the morning. I suggest you give it a try yourself if you don't mind something individual and homely as opposed to 5* impersonal.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 - 29 Marine Parade | Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3RG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Harwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel Continental 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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