We only stayed one night as we were visiting friends in the area. Firstly the greeting was exceptional... My partner (27) and myself (24) were initially told that if the hotel owners weren't away for the weekend we wouldn't be allowed to stay, as we're too young. Not only am I not a huge fan of ageism - we are hardworking professional couple leaving a penthouse in Central London to stay here for the night - but great to be judged nonetheless!
My partner asked about the bar, visible from Reception "what time does it open?" she said, "It doesn't work like that here, you won't be going out all night and using it after" the receptionist replied, subscribing more to the ageism thing again rather than providing a legitimate and helpful answer to a simple question.
Being shown our room reminded me of the film "The Shining", starring Jack Nicholson. Not because it looked grand and full of character, but because it had a mark in the door from where someone had swung at it with an axe. Inside the room however, although generally clean resembled Leigh-on-sea's answer to "The Shawshank Redemption", the door opened against the bed and the toilet was a one-man capsule, enabling you to use the toilet, wash your hair, brush your teeth and make a cup of tea at the same time. I did look for tally marks on the wall but all I found was a tunnel leading out to another B&B. Which I would have considered crawling through if I hadn't have already paid £60 for the room/cell.
Also - despite being told by the Receptionist "we don't have any restrictions here except: keep the noise down, you dont drag me out of bed" - Room noises ( yes those ones) were heard loudly from 2 different directions. I guess they didn't have to go thought the highly strenuous vetting process that we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is in an ideal location for visitors to the historic area, being just two minutes' walk from the beautiful town seafront and all its amenities. And if you need to get about, we are also less than 10 minutes' drive from London Southend Airport and within very easy reach of main road and rail links to London and beyond. Whether you are staying for a holiday or are working in the area, our guest facilities will provide everything you need to make your stay enjoyable at a highly competitive rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Welbeck Hotel Westcliff-On-Sea, Southend-On-Sea, UK