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“Cute Motel, near the beach. Very friendly staff”
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The Gallivant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 November 2013

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.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Somewhere, out on the far edge of the haunted Romney Marsh, where the tide and the sky collide, framed by the waving Marram Grass, and the eerie sand dunes, and surrounded by hidden creeks and waterways, redolent of ancient folk memories of smugglers and highwaymen, stands the Gallivant Hotel and Bistro. You have got to want to find this little gem, because your journey would not naturally bring you here to pass its door. It sits quietly and unobtrusively, almost squatting against the low skyline, and unless this was your destination, you would pass it unnoticed. This is as it is intended to be because the Gallivant keeps its surprises inside the hotel. It is an old Motel, which has been taken by its owners and given a very clever facelift. Adopting the New England Beachfront motif, it sports a wide variety of sun and wind-bleached wood, white scrubbed furniture, and wood floors. Its 20 comfortable rooms reflect this theme, and unashamedly use the beachcomber motif to the full in the furnishings. But you don't come here for the rooms alone. They are fine and need no more said.

You come here for the food. And what food. A full menu offering only the freshest local produce locally sourced. Wonderful fish dishes, brilliant meat, simply cooked and presented in elegant but non-fussy ways. The breakfast menu is sublime, offering just about every possible option of breakfast dishes.

We spent 2 nights here, using the days to explore the surrounding countryside (which is spooky and full of memories of our dark past), but we spent the evenings, cosily ensconced in the bar having a quiet drink before being shown to our table. The staff are quietly efficient (from Poland, Romania, Hungary and Ireland) and they know their business well. They are around when you want them, but leave you alone to enjoy yourselves and your incredible food.

This is really a fantastic restaurant, with 20 rooms attached to the side, and really, not a hotel in the true sense of the word at all. Go there and enjoy a unique experience.

But beware, I went out for a breath of air before turning in, and I am convinced I heard the sound of muffled hooves and creaking harness of smugglers' ponies carrying barrels of brandy up from the beach. There are old ghosts in these deserted flatlands, so '...watch the wall my darling as the gentlemen go by..."

Room Tip: Rooms facing the front are possibly better.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was a travel zoo deal and it was a pre-christmas break with my husband, brother and sister-in law. The hotel was previously a motel but has been renovated to a very high standard and is now very modern and comfortable. The staff were so pleasant and helpful. The food was out of this world and the hospitality second to none. Complimentary afternoon tea was on offer, comfy sofas to chill and relax in. Our evening meal was to die for and I continue to salivate just thinking of it and the breakfast was delicious, the home made bread and jams were such a lovely touch. Our room was very comfortable, lovely linens and snuggly duvet. Complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee and little home made biscuits. This was such a wonderful experience and we shall certainly be coming back again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Worth the 250 mile journey. Food excellent delightful staff. Bed really comfortable and good heating slept well no disturbances. Thought management very good can't be this good with no management ? More than makes up for the "motel look" of the hotel at first site

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2  Thank slimlymer
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We booked into the Gallivant for Fri & Sat and stayed in one of the newly converted deck rooms.

The rooms were quite small but very well kitted out. Really comfy mattresses and lovely linen. Very nice modern bathroom with a huge bath and very nice Noble isle toiletries. We didn't get to make the most of the terrace it would be lovely in the summer.

What makes this place special is the food. We had a dinner bed and breakfast deal which included a 3 course meal both nights. We had a really large choice on the menu and it was a hard decision as there was so many lovely things. I would highly recommend the goats cheese soufflé and the devilled crab to start and the lamb and catch of the day for mains. The tarte tatin for two topped it all off -stunning.

The other thing that made this place standout was the staff. They were very friendly and helpful throughout and gave us loads of great recommendations for dinner. On Saturday night we managed to get ourselves stranded in Rye (due to the fireworks and bonfire the town was locked down) and no taxis were working. . In desperation we called the hotel and the Genral Manager, Mark came to pick us up. Amazing.

Whist the hotel doesn't have a view of the beach you can reach camber sands in a 2 min walk over the dunes. Beautiful expansive beach.

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1  Thank Philippa W
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Okay, so it is motel like, but inside: inside it is so lovely!! Wonderful atmosphere, music, amazing food, beautifully decorated in a funky, relaxing, surfer vibe. We had a great room with a HUGE bed, home made cookies, thoughtful touches - like 'all house guests are invited for complimentary tea and cakes at 4pm' - and the bed and treat for the dog who came with us to enjoy the bliss of running free on camber sands. The beach, across the road is simply breathtaking in all weathers. We also enjoyed time in beautiful Rye - galleries, vintage, crafty stuff, great places to eat. Thank you to the friendly staff at The Gallivant and to the outstanding chef in the bistro - we are coming back, this time with the kids and friends....

Room Tip: The big rooms for families and dogs are perfecto - bright, clean and comfortable - great temperature...
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1  Thank MThorneywork
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Stayed for one night with my wife on a Travel Zoo deal. Very attractive hotel and a lovely room, if a little small, but fine for one night. The disappointment with the room was the small standard size double bed. I thought that most hotels had larger double beds for comfort. We did not sleep very well.
The second disappointment was the second class citizen Travel Zoo menu. A choice of just two starters, one veggie, 2 main courses, nothing veggie although they did offer something from the main menu and two sweets. The main menu was large and had a good choice of food but that was £15.00 extra per person for travel zoo guests. Why do hotels offer an attractive deal then spoil it with a limited choice for dinner. Having said that, we were lucky to find meals that we enjoyed and the food that we had was extremely good and the service was excellent. Breakfast was also very good with a very good selection.
Great location near Rye with the beach across the road.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms with a king size bed.
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1  Thank John M
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Address: New Lydd Road | Rye, Camber, Rye TN31 7RB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Camber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Price Range: £89 - £230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gallivant 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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

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