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“The Place- not recommended”
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The Gallivant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Certificate of Excellence
london SW
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The Place- not recommended”
Reviewed February 6, 2008

It is completely over rated in my opinion. The website makes it look fantastic, but Travel Lodge type places offer better value for similar accom. Fish Pie at dinner was bland and the overall atmosphere and ambience was poor. No bar!!! No proper seating area in reception. Rooms clean but very average and soul less,n not even a picture on the wall, and really high up tiny TV on the wall. Unless you are desperate I'd look elsewhere. Rye looked like it had more potential accom. wise.

  • Liked — Beds good
  • Disliked — over priced
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 2, 2008

I booked this based on all the media coverage I had seen since it opened. Usually i look at Trip Advisor first, but I forgot to... luckily I did check it out before going so I wasn't too disappointed/knew what to expect.

Plus points? I guess for England it's quite cheap. However, when I rang up I was quoted £99 a night for 2 for dinner, B & B. I asked whether this was really the price - it seemed odd that the weekend rate was the same as the week day (we went Wed - Sat) - and was assured it was. So when the confirmation email arrived saying she'd made a mistake and it actually averaged £109 a night I was a little annoyed. It was still cheap though so off we went.

Pleasant suprise on arrival - the kingsize room had a two seater sofa, and there was a bathtub (which I hadn't expected given the amount of grumbling here about the showers). Shower pressure was feeble as stated though. Aother plus point was that it was very clean, congrats to the people who do the rooms.

Also the bed was superbly comfy with two pillows each, and it was nice to get a free bottle of water each day. Someone mentioned a nasty duvet on here - ours was lovely.

However - not so plus points:

If you don't know this area (we do) then you may be surprised at how grotty Camber is. Between the motel and the beach, there are dunes, a road and a carpark (it is a motel, remember) so, even though the nice woman on the phone said we would have a beach view, the view from our room was in fact of the carpark. As you see from my photos it's nicely done - best carpark I've ever looked out on, but I would have been really disappointed had I believed her when she said we had a beach view. The other side seems to overlook the marshes and, currently, a residential building site. Latter not the motel's fault of course.

TV is indeed needlessly high up, almost on the ceiling so if you have children don't expect them to be able to dump them in front of it! We don't and didn't want to watch TV anyway.

Dinner? Room is designed for summer - all wood and bright lights, so not so cosy on a windy wet January evening. Service was bizarre and erratic, friendly but amateur. One evening we were the last table still eating, at (only) 9pm, and they started laying out breakfast which I thought was pretty rude. Food was good to very good, but we weren't asked to sign for it so it was only when we checked out that we saw we had been charged service (which we happily paid but it would have been nice to see it on each night) and they had added a dinner we didn't have. Despite the request that children stay seated, there was a 7 year old girl running in and around all the tables evening one night and no one said a word.

Breakfast was nice, but they did have a strange habit (same at dinner) of cramming everyone into inches-apart adjacent tables and looking appalled if you said 'can I sit over there instead'. That happened at dinner too, Croissants appeared only at the weekend and had all been nabbed by the time we sat down (9am) one morning and they weren't replenished. Empty fruit salad bowls left out showed what you could have had if you'd been up earlier (why not just clear away or refill?)

Overall I would say that the reviews on here are accurate, that it is a case of wannabe trendy, that a few apples in the rooms, while nice, don't make up for the lack of a 'face' to the place. I had no idea if the people on reception/in the restaurant were owners, managers or what. They were nice enough but at times I felt a bit as if they wanted everyone to be out all day, and go to bed by 9. There was one older guy on the Sat who seemed much better - I even had a chat with him! - but overall there were a lot of very young locals (17 year olds) who were very well-meaning but a bit inept.

We didn't hear much from other rooms, a low level TV noise. The windows had Venetian blinds and thick curtains so it was nice and dark.

Overall, I did enjoy it, and for the price it was good value. A little more clarity re sea views and pricing, a more personal touch from the staff, less cramming into adjacent tables at mealtimes and it would have been much better.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2008

This is a pleasant hotel, located just opposite the Sand Dunes leading to the beach at Camber. Main attraction for a family is that you can get a room for 5 people. The room although not huge slept 5 people comfortably, had a basic TV set, but with a DVD Player.
There is dinner available in the brasserie, with the emphasis being on local produce. There is a standard children's menu, but still locally sourced, so the Fish and Chips, had home made thick chips, and Mackerel as the fish, which may not be to everyone's taste, but was locally sourced, and appropriate for January. My children ate it.

  • Liked — Good Family Accomodation
  • Disliked — No Digital TV
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2007

We stayed at The Place on an offer from a local newspaper, primarily to check out the restauarant and we weren't disappointed! The room was clean and pleasant with neutral decor and the nice touch of an interesting selection of DVDs for guests to borrow. We both collapsed in a fit of giggles at noise from the room opposite having read a previous reviewer's comments about the thin walls but the noise was short lived and we were so replete with the delicious food and wine that we would have slept through anything! The motel is also in a quiet location with no traffic noise. We had a wonderful meal of local produce, good value wine and excellent and friendly service. Breakfast the next day was also very good. This motel is in an unrivalled location if you want to walk on Camber Sands and is just a short drive from the historic town of Rye.
Value for money with the offer was brilliant and the evening meal was excellent value. We will be looking out for special offer stays there again.

  • Liked — The restauarant and food
  • Disliked — Nothing significant
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 24, 2007

We booked a double room (£90) for two nights in June. The accommodation was basic and comfortable. The restaurant was simple and pleasant, as was the menu, with liberal use of locally sourced produce - sustainably caught fish, local lamb, a fantastic cheese board, etc. There was a good selection at breakfast, and the cooked breakfast was cooked to order. However, despite booking months in advance they ran out of cots so our 1-year-old had to sleep on a 'z-bed' - not a problem, but if she was any younger it would have been. They also ran out of high chairs in the restaurant so she ate sitting on my lap! The staff were apologetic, but for somewhere that is suposed to be family family this was unacceptable and we told them as much. On the whole, 'though, I liked it. It is a welcome change from fussy B&B's, it makes great base to explore the coast and there are lots of other local attractions to visit if it's not beach weather. I expect we will be back again.

  • Liked — Simple and clean
  • Disliked — Small rooms
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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london england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2006

tihs hotel is a restaurant with rooms- its not a hotel- they do not understand the basic principles of guest management. I booked on the basis of good press reveiws and a good website and was very disappointed. They really didnt seem to get the fact that we were staying there!- no phones in the room, no communal area apart form a sofa in the restaurant-, no bar, no ambience for guests. loud music booming out at 10.30 in the morning when you are trying to read your papers in peace. Food was ok but london prices so over priced. there was no atmosphere in restaurant, staff were polite but not very bothered.

Reception staff did not say thank you for staying, please come again etc.. papers werent orderd because we forgot to request them. the bed was very comfortable -however king size and luxurious in very small room with no space to manouevre -with motel furnishing and stupid small tv /dvd on the wall-offering a personal dvd rental service is pointless with that tv. The room charge for a room that small in a small hotel with no facilities on a busy road is is too high. Generally I was disappointed and annoyed becsue it takes a bit of understanding of guests expectations to make a success of ahotel.....

  • Liked — the bed
  • Disliked — lack of atmosphere, bar,attention
  • Tips/Secrets — dont expect too much and demand more-
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2006

We were a party of two families (9 total) and stayed for a weekend Aug 18 -19. Booked in February and expectations were high. Generally our concensus was that the hotel/motel is fine, but nothing spectacular. We each had family rooms (numbers 19 and 20) with a double, single and pull out sofa. The rooms were musty and sofa worn. Carpets dirty and stained, tiny TV/DVD mounted high on the wall. Bathroom was clean, but barely a trickle from the shower. Giving the kids a bath took ages. The highlight was the location and the lovely sandy beach across the road. The restaurant is also nice, with local seafood and a good wine list. They do offer proper food for children, rather than the usual fried fare, which was appreciated. Overall, overpriced for the quality of accomodation but our kids spent the day on the beach and had a great time. Next time I'd opt for one of the charming Band B's in Rye.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Tired musty room
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Property: The Gallivant
Address: New Lydd Road | Rye, Camber, Rye TN31 7RB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Camber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gallivant 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our coastal restaurant with rooms, across the road from the dunes of Camber Sands and beautiful sandy beach beyond. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, we're a calm and relaxing hideaway from the stresses and strains of modern life. We have 20 amazing bedrooms all decorated with an eye to the Hamptons and serve great food using almost exclusively locally sourced fresh ingredients. In 2016 we were included in The Times 'Coolest Beach Hotels - No. 4', The Mirror's 'Top 10 Seaside Hotels in the UK' and Squaremeal's 'UK's Best 100 Restaurants'. The private coastal garden incorporates mini secluded decks behind all the Garden and Luxury Garden rooms and is also home to The Beach Hut, where guests can enjoy relaxing massages and lovely facials after a day on the beach using ethical and natural health and beauty products that are exclusively blended in the UK. ... more   less 
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