My wife and I travelled to Southend to attend a family event and stayed for one night in the Hamilton Suite. This is a lovely bright spacious room with 3 windows overlooking the Esplanade with views of the amusement park and pier. The bed is king-size and was comfortable and there is a small sofa. The ensuite bathroom is also spacious and is equipped with a large powerful shower including body jets. The toiletries provided are confined to mini containers of soap, shampoo and lotion.
Having been provided the opportunity to view the other bedrooms we would say the Hamilton is the nicest. The popular balcony room sits beneath the Hamilton and therefore has similar views but the sleeping area is separate and the suite seemed a little darker and more austere. Accordingly, unless you have a penchant for sitting on a very narrow balcony (watching the rain!) then I consider the Hamilton is much better value. The other bedrooms are quite small by comparison.
The accommodation is incredibly clean throughout. The owners were convivial, helpful and accommodating.
We enjoyed the breakfast. A choice of cereals was available and there was a predominantly grape based fruit cocktail. The ‘full English’ was excellent with good quality bacon and sausage. In fairness, the owner could have been a little more attentive in enquiring whether extra toast and a fresh pot of tea were required.
It is unfortunate that parking is an issue. The meters are both prolific and expensive - £4.50 for 3 hours. The car parks are cheaper but invariably full with drivers jockeying for position. The owners kindly provided a map showing where free residential parking was available but we failed to find a vacant spot during our stay unless prepared to park a considerable distance away. Fortunately, overnight meter parking is free (6pm to 9am)
Notwithstanding the parking problem, we enjoyed a comfortable stay and on balance I would have no hesitation in recommending the Hamilton’s Boutique Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hamiltons is a Grade 2 listed Georgian building situated in Southend's historic Royal Terrace, a premier position overlooking gardens, the Thames estuary & the Pier. It has undergone extensive refurbishment and been restored to its former glory full of warmth & character, a small but much loved hotel with quirky and modern touches. The entrance and stairs are decorated in gold toile with French chandeliers and show pictures of Royal Terrace and surrounding areas. Despite the age of the property 21st Century comfort awaits you with flat screen TV, internet and en-suite shower rooms to all bedrooms. Egyptian bed linen & towels, throughout. After a good night sleep, enjoy your breakfast in our dining room and guest lounge, offering cereals, toast & marmalade, fruit, yogurt & full English if required. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hamiltons Boutique Hotel Southend-On-Sea, Essex