20 March 2006
We arrived a little after 3pm, lady at reception was friendly and helpful. The location is brilliant, close enough to all the local amenities, but far enough to not be interuptted by the remnants on the Southend nightlife. Our room was on the top floor and we had a wonderful view of the ocean, if we looked out of one of the side windows. The staff was particular helpful in helping us arrange taxis for a night out. The only slight hitches, the hotel car park is very small, and we had a little problem trying to find a parking space on the surrounding street as it gets very busy around here. Also, we noticed that every time someone flushed their toilet we heard what must be the pressure pumps doing their thing, as our room appeared to be next to the machinery, but unless people flushed their toilets all night long, you don't really notice it. The upside, an excellent power shower! The hot buffet english breakfast was one of the best, with plenty of choice and not the least bit dry or overcooked sitting under the lamps. Overall, we would definitely recommend this hotel. For a hotel in this class, it is one of the best value and most comfortable ones we have ever stayed in.
Good Points: Good location, friendly staff, comfortable bed and extremely spacious room.
Bad Points: Decor a little dated, but fits in well with the period of the building.