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The Tower Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road, Harwich CO12 3PJ, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“GN”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

We stayed for one night and was very pleased with the hotel,the staff were very helpful,the room was clean & tidy .We had a nice meal in the evening & the breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We recently sailed on "Jewel of the Seas" out of Harwich. We flew to London from Washington, DC and rather than stay in London we went directly to Harwich and spent the night. We stayed at the Tower Hotel and it was terrific! Karen is a wonderful Innkeeper! The room was clean and the hotel was very quiet. We had a wonderful full breakfast the next morning before heading to the ship. It was a great start to an awesome vacation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

After deciding to settle on this area for the start of a two-day romantic trip up the East Anglia coast and being disappointed by some of the crazy prices of some b&b's, as well as the inevitable Bank Holiday rush that meant most rooms everywhere last-minute were scooped up, my girlfriend and I decided to check in to The Tower.

The staff were friendly from the off and the actual hotel really charming, with our big room priced very reasonably for the night. Old Harwich is a short walk, so it's a nice location for a bit of exploring, and everywhere else (Frinton and the naze etc.) is only a short trip away.

Everything was clean, the Beatles-themed bar downstairs being an off-kilter (helter skelter?) highlight and the breakfast was hearty. Plus, big bonus points for being lovely and peaceful - a thankful respite from noisy ol' London!

Room Tip: Call up! The art of phoning places is sorely forgotten. ;)
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Midlands
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed in the Nelaon room for a night. The room was warm and clean, although my slight niggle was you could hear quite a lot of noise from the bar below.
There was loads of free parking and we took a walk along the sea front which was nice.
Had a drink on the patio from the bar, which was reasonably priced. All in all, it was a good option for staying in Harwich.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kristiansand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

When faced with a early morning ferry from Harwich to either Holland or Scandinvia, with either Stena Line or DFDS, you either have the option of driving from anywhere else in the UK through the night, or starting up far too early in the morning. Or how about the better option?
Get a good nights sleep at Harwich in a really nice, no nonsense "luxury budget " hotel.
The Tower Hotel is good value, spacious, and actually quite charming. Comfortable beds, safe parking, and of course the bonus that there is a good bar and garden to have a beer and a snack the night before, and you can take it easy before you know you have to get on the ferry and begin the journey onwards in Holland or Denmark, across the North Sea.
The Tower isn´t in the "best" part of Harwich, but then again... if you just need a good stopover, and a great room for a night, so what!
Out of curiousity I checked out the more expensive hotel on the pier, which in some ways is more picturesque. But, the prices there are far more steep than The Tower, and it´s a far more stressful place - with a busy bar and restaurant not quite coping with the rush of Dutch tourists and locals!
The garden at the Tower Hotel is really nicely maintained, and a great place for kids to run off some energy. Any Beatles fans will also find it quite amusing, as the bar has masses of memorobilia up on the walls. Strange, but true!
Only quibble was as we had to get up quite early for the ferry we could only have a "continental breakfast"... (Note this is an *extra*).
It would have been nice touch if the hotel could also provide a "full english" for the earlybirds too - especially as many of the hotel guests are also catching the early ferries! It was also noticeably understaffed this early. The same chap who served the breakfast and coffee was also swapping hats and struggling a little with the invoices and settling up of the bill!
Anyway. The Tower Hotel works, and it´s a charming place. I´ll gladly stay again next time I have to catch an early ferry! Let´s hope they keep the prices competitive and good standards.

Room Tip: For families... I would recommend the
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wuppertal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

A very individuell hotel with spacy rooms, impressing staircase, clean and comfortable;
nice, friendly, helpful but inexperienced staff; perfectly located to ferry / cruise-terminals.
Restaurant nice, food British, above average. Considering usual hotel-prices in UK, Tower Hotel has a really excellent price / value relation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

Nice Dinner and breakfast.Ideal place to stay for cruises parking only 3.50 per day not 8.00 as at the dockside.Karen and staff excellent .

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Road, Harwich CO12 3PJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Harwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Tower Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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