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“Second visit as good as first” 4 of 5 stars
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Camelia Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   176-178 Eastern Esplanade | Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3AA, England   |  
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Best rate+ free breakfast
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Southend-on-Sea
Bungay
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Second visit as good as first”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Given recently refurbished Room 7 in main building with double-poster bed at the back of the hotel on seceond floor. Clean, well-equipped room. . A quiet night, and an excellent breakfast with sea-view served by friendly staff. Reception staff also very welcoming. This was our second stay, and we shall certainly come to the Camelia again.

Room Tip: Recommend Room 7
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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 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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English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Excellent night stay. Great location, service, cleanliness and atmosphere. Fully stocked bar and great breakfast in the morning. Would highly recommend to any one looking to stay in Southend. I would especially recommend the sea view rooms.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shropshire
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186 reviews 186 reviews
158 hotel reviews
Reviews in 125 cities Reviews in 125 cities
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed just one night prior to flying from Southend Airport and booked on the strength of Tripadvisor reviews.

The hotel is in a really good position (pity it was winter and with gales blowing in from the sea.) The room we were allocated was in the annexe. It was well-furnished, comfortable and very clean.

We ate dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The food was acceptable but we were disappointed at the boring menu choices. Breakfast was the same. Alcohol prices were very reasonable.

Staff were efficient and friendly.

Our enduring memory is of a clean hotel, but one totally lacking in character.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gillingham, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Had a brilliant time the room was lovely all friendly and very welcoming
Breakfast with a sea view we loved it
Can't get better than going to sleep to the sound of the sea
Had a sixty milkshake and walk back along the front

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton,UK
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171 reviews 171 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Sister in law who lives near to the Camelia suggested we stay for Christmas night and managed to book the last room, as my 80 year old mum was coming we needed one on the ground floor, large free car park behind the hotel, lovely twin room with tea/coffee making facilities with great en-suite, wooden floor and crisp white linen and fluffy white towels. Breakfast was amazing, selection of cereal, fresh fruit with a menu on the table to choose anything from Kippers to full English.. which was plentiful, rounds of tea and toast. Definitely hot/tasty and wholesome.
What I enjoyed most about the Camelia Hotel was the Customer Service which was second to non, very attentive, but not intrusive staff, who were first rate.. in fact so much so other establishments should send there staff here for training.
If I could give any negatives, I did see some dust on the radiator and a bit of mould starting on the window frames but I do have OCD when it comes to cleaning.
This Hotel was definitely the Best I have stayed in for many years.
Well Done.

Room Tip: Room facing the sea
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Hornchurch
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We have had family christmas dinners here for several years and always been very pleased with the restuarant and the immaculate presentation of the whole place.
When we needed to stay in Southend for one Friday night we booked a sea facing deluxe room. Whilst not particularly large it had a brilliant view of the sea through large windows .As per the rest of the hotel it was immaculate and very clean. Breakfast in the restuarant was really excellent, being plentiful and of very good quality.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and will definately come again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crewe, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I have stopped at this hotel over the past three years for business. The staff have made me feel very welcome and great service. Form the friendly cleaning staff and Doreen in the restaurant.

In the 16 weeks I have stayed there I have stopped in many of the suites which is like living in a serviced apartment. Best regards to all the staff that made my stay so good.

  • Stayed December 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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Additional Information about Camelia Hotel

Address: 176-178 Eastern Esplanade | Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3AA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Southend-on-Sea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Southend-on-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Camelia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and run Boutique hotel situated right on the seafront ... more   less 
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Camelia Hotel Southend-On-Sea, Essex

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