If you want a classic English seaside break with an upgrade, then the Roslin Hotel is the place to stay.
It feels like it has passion and pride built into it, with its careful decor and neat rooms.
The food and drinks were the highlight of my stay here. My soya latte (which seemed to be an unusual request, but taken without difficulty) and cake for elevenses were delicious and the wine (which was part of a compelling list) and seabass I had for dinner were a real treat. Sadly I didn't get the sea view I expected from the website photos to accompany my meal, but I was able to sit out to enjoy an aperitif.
We went to the Palace Theatre during our stay and were surprised by the truly talented young actors who took on Godspell with gusto! We came back to the party end of a wedding reception, which whilst tucked away and hardly noticeable from the bar, was disappointingly apparent when I went back to my seafront room. I'd paid extra for the view, but when it came to it, I was more than happy to switch my single room above the sounds of the Macarena for a peaceful double with a view of the hotel walls and windows. The only thing that let the Roslin down was that the room change wasn't as forthcoming as I would have expected, considering I could hear the lyrics to the music downstairs, it was so loud.
The spa attached to the hotel seems like a nice touch, although I never got to sample it as I was too busy eating fish and chips and ice cream amongst the tat of Southend on Sea and enjoying the old fashioned train on the pier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With lovely views of the Thames Estuary, this Southend-on-Sea hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. The hotel also has beautiful treatment rooms offering Elemis treatments and an OPI nail bar . The Roslin Beach Hotel is set opposite a sandy beach, just over a mile from shops and an amusement park on the vibrant seafront. Southend also boasts one of the best records for sunshine in the UK. The light, airy rooms each have a flat-screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and free toiletries. Some of the Roslin's rooms have a balcony and great sea views. Tides Restaurant offers seafood specialities and classic British dishes with a contemporary twist. Guests can dine in the restaurant's conservatory or on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the estuary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Roslin Beach