I don't usually review the places that we have stayed, but I was so disappointed with the Gallivant that I feel like I need to get it off my chest. Overall, I think the hotel is hugely overpriced for what it is. The location is the first issue. Although the hotel is very close to a lovely beach, there is a very busy road in between, which could be heard from the room at all hours. This was also the view from the bedroom window (via the carpark). The other thing that other reviews didn't mention, was that Camber itself is just a Pontins, with no personality, or prettiness at all. The rooms are not at all sound proofed and we could hear the people staying in the room next to us using the bathroom. The room itself looked very tired. With chipped paint, dirty grouting, a broken window blind and a worn out bed.
Having read other reviews I was expecting good things from the food. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. The restaurant was of reasonable quality, the lamb was overcooked, the service slow, sparse and forgetful. The desserts were completely disgusting; I had donuts that were like sugar covered pebbles, and chocolate 'crisp' that tasted like cardboard.
The free afternoon tea was another disappointment.
The final issue was that on our way home, my husband became extremely ill, with an upset stomach. It can only have been from the hotel, as he hadn't eaten food from anywhere else for more that 24 hours previously. I note that ours is not the only review that reports a gastric upset as a consequence of staying at this hotel.
Rye is a beautiful village, with lots of lovely places to stay. I recommend that anyone considering the Gallivant looks there first.
- 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