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“The Place has had an excellent facelift”
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The Gallivant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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141 reviews
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“The Place has had an excellent facelift”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here several years ago when it was called 'The Place'. We were pleasantly surprised with the new decor. The receptionist was very welcoming and took us to our room straight away. it was well equipped and the bathroom, though on the small side, was immaculate and looked quite new. The furniture is made from recycled wood, and adds to the quirky feel of the hotel. The meal we had in the evening was very good, I had one of the biggest plaices I can remember and it was very well cooked and well worth the £18 it cost. However, my wife and I both had scallops to start, and while they were nice, we were disappointed to get only two each at at combined cost of £17!. At one of the good restaurants in West Malling where we live you get 4 or 5 scallops for half that. I mentioned this to the owner in the morning, who said he would talk to his head chef about it, so be warned.
Breakfast was very good as well.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

my wife & I stayed 2 nights ..4th to 6th February 2012. From reception to restaurant staff to back office staff the service was excellent, professional & very friendly. The other key plus point was the food .. which was excellent. Good locally sourced ingredients, cooked perfectly, tasting of REAL food ! We also both enjoyed the 'beach house' style decor. We will certainly be visiting again

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Great attention to detail in all respects. Beautiful, quirky Beach Hut 'suite'. Staff attentive, solicitous and also warm and friendly - went the extra mile! Great restaurant and wonderful breakfast. Thoroughly recommend it - does exactly what it says on the tin! Well done. Ps. "Camber" our dog loved it too. Thank you!!

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed here on a Travelzoo deal which included bed and breakfast and an evening meal.

The location is good but don't come expecting a sea view like the pictures on here and their Facebook page. While they recommend it in summer I think I would avoid it in peak season as it's right opposite the main car park for Camber Sands so there would be a lot of traffic and hordes of beachgoers. It's a lovely place for a quiet off-season break though.

The welcome pack has some great suggestions for local activities and they'll even hire you a bike for £12 a day to go exploring the Romney Marsh. I believe there was Wi-Fi available but they could maybe do with putting the password in the welcome pack.

Our room was clean, comfortable and fresh smelling, with homemade cookies a nice touch. We found the walls and ceiling were very thin though as we could hear the people nextdoor and were woken up at 6 in the morning by the noisy plumbing!

The food was great though. It was both well-executed and very satisfying. Our deal meant we got a pair of starters to share (calamari and terrine) and the same main course (pork fillet), followed by two different desserts (creme brulee and a crumble). I struggled to finish all mine! The only negative was the deal didn't include a drink and the drinks were pretty much London prices (£4.50 a pint or small glass of wine). But getting a good deal on the room and food we were happy to pay a bit more for the drink. They had some good local wine and ale too, always a plus.

Breakfast the next day was again very good, plenty of choice and some homemade bits such as the granola and the tomato relish in my bacon sarnie. The staff were polite and very pleasant throughout our stay.

All in all I would go back for the food but not sure I'd want to pay the full asking price for accomodation as on this occasion it was only up to chain-hotel standards.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed at the Gallivant on a travelzoo deal for two nights. Comfortable and clean room, excellent food and very friendly staff. The hotel is decorated throughout with a beach/sea theme in keeping with it's location, which is literally a stones throw away. The beach itself is an amazing stretch of flat sand the other side of the dunes. In Camber not much else but Rye is only a few minutes by car. Would definately recommend and wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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Heathfield
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Taking up a travel zoo deal which was very reasonable dinner bed and breakfast. The approach into Camber is fairly bleak but the hotel's location is fantastic for beach lovers, located directly opposite the vast expanse of sandy beach and sand dunes.

Our room was clean and comfortable, although we could hear our neighbours in their bath, so not sure how thick the walls are!

The dinner was a set menu due to the deal, with two choices for each course. Whilst simple it was very tasty and the sharing starter is a good idea. Drinks were on the expensive side.

The sitting room facility (with enormous telly) is a nice idea for young families.

The staff were all charming, efficient and helpful.

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed at the Gallivant on a travelzoo deal for one night.We had a pleasant stay in a comfortable clean room. Dinner was very nice with locally sourced produce and some nice local Chapel Down wine and beer.The staff were very friendly so no complaints from me.
The only negative is you are slightly cut off from anything else ie a pub.

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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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Also Known As:
The Place At Beach
Place At The Beach Rye

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