My wife and I had to go to Clacton for a reunion over a bank holiday weekend. I left booking a hotel a bit late and all the best choices were gone. However the reviews for the Ocean sounded good so I booked it as I seemed to have little choice. First impressions were that it wasn't as bad as I feared it could be. Yes the corridors were narrow and stairs steep, but this wasn't a problem for me as we only had light luggage. The welcome was friendly and the room although small was clean and tastefully decorated. The breakfast was also excellent with the staff very friendly. But......when I booked the room I was told there would be a disco on on the Saturday night. I agreed therefore to have a room on the second floor to be away from the disc as far as possible. This was a pointless exercise as the place across the road - directly opposite the room also had a disco. This was going both nights of our stay and even with double glazing windows shut and earplugs in there was still lots of noise until after 2am.
Also, although the bed in our room looked a very big bed, which is great, it was just 2 singles pushed together. Single beds are no good for me as I am over 6' and my feet just stick out the end! The shower in the bathroom was also the smallest size which makes showering very difficult especially when the water flow is very limited. The only soap was also a Carex dispenser.
The toilets were also masserator units which were very noisy and someone in an adjacent room seemed to want to operate theirs for an extended period in the middle of the night to add to all the disco noise.
So a nice try at trying to provide a decent hotel, but for me it fell down badly with 2 nights of bad sleep so reason for my low score.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You are assured a warm welcome at The Ocean Hotel, where the focus is on customer service. This family run Hotel is ideally situated on Clacton seafront just 100 yards from award winning sandy beaches and the town’s Victorian pier. The main shopping areas of Clacton are also just a short stroll away. The Hotel provides 17 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, as well as first class dining facilities in The Ocean Restaurant and a friendly bar area, with plenty of outside seating space and live music every Friday night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Ocean Hotel Clacton-On-Sea, Essex