I have to say I was rather disappointed when we drove up to the Gallivant. It's not a particularly attractive building, is on a busy main road and does not have sea views, BUT it is literally opposite the beach and so is in a great location. The reception area is warm and inviting and the seaside shabby chic theme is executed well. We stayed in one of the rooms that aren't in the main building - hence why to us this was definitely a motel - and it was clean, nicely decorated and reasonably spacious. There was no wardrobe which I could imagine would be rather irritating if you were staying for more than a couple of nights. The view from our window was of an overgrown garden which was not great. We wanted a drink before we ate, but there is only a very small lounge area and not much room at the bar and so we had to go straight to our table. It was great to see local produce on the menu and, despite the menu being small, the food was good. Unfortunately one of the oysters I ate gave me a bit of sickness (NOT the chef's fault) and I pitied the couple in the next room as they could definitely hear my night time manoeuvres as the walls are very thin! The Secret Escapes deal we had meant the room was reasonably priced and included breakfast, but to be honest I don't think I would pay that much more. I can imagine in summer it's a great place to stay as you're so close to the beach.
- 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
- The Gallivant Camber, East Sussex