On a whim, my boyfriend and I decided we needed to get out of London and booked last Monday off work. We settled on The Gallivant as a windy walk on the beach would blow away the cobwebs (it did) and it wasn't too far out of London. As we were there on a Sunday, we went for their package: £145 (we upgraded to the largest room), 3 course lunch, and breakfast the next morning.
Food - Very nice food. Service was a little slow but it gave us breathing space between courses. We were randomly seated on the sofa for 15 minutes even though our table was free, which seemed odd. And then due to a communication error we were brought the bill for the meal because they hadn't realised we were on the package despite telling them. The second time the bill came back we had been charged twice for service, although the waitress was very apologetic. The breads, granola etc were good at breakfast, and I liked that you could select your freshly cooked hot item, but whilst my boyfriend like his, my eggs benedict had undercooked bacon (instead of ham) and was drowned in the hollandaise sauce.
Room - We did upgrade as my boyfriend planned to watch the Superbowl and we thought a larger room would make it easier when I wanted to go to sleep. But we didn't expect the room to be so enormous, with a separate sofa area in front of the TV which was perfect for our needs. Everything was clean, I loved the New England beach house decor, and the little touches such as the biscuits in the jar. I would recommend that they improve the tea, coffee selection though as a hot chocolate would certainly have been appreciated. Also, please add net curtains to the rather large windows. A little more privacy would have been nice.
Hotel - Check-in seemed a little chaotic but everyone was nice. Decor was consistently attractive throughout. It does have a motel feel to it but it still felt luxurious.
Location - We had no problem finding it with google maps but you should plan the route in advance. The beach was literally across the road, which seemed rather quiet as we certainly had no problems crossing. Obviously no views but I already knew that from other reviews.
Overall though, we have already recommended to family members, and would definitely think about returning again, something we always avoid. Maybe in the sunshine this time though!
- 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