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Riverside Hotel
Ranked #23 of 23 Hotels in Colchester
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“good value”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Stayed this weekend. Two rooms overlooking the river - bit dated but clean and comfortable. Small ensuite clean but one of showers temperamental. Staff very friendly and helpful. Central location easy to find off A12. Quirky old building so if you want modern go elsewhere . Good value.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

from the outside I knew I had made a big mistake. the hotel smelt musty, net curtains looked dirty & did not fit windows correctly. there was no reception area just a shabby bar area which was empty. we were taken up the narrow staircase which is in need of a good lick of paint.
the room we were shown looked awful. the staff member was helpful and did change it straight away to a room that at least did look clean. all I can say is never again

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at the Riverside Hotel and found it good value for money. The location is great- close to the centre of Colchester- and free parking very convenient. Our room was OK, but a bit dusty and tired. However the bed was very comfortable and there was no noise from outside or surrounding rooms. The en-suite bathroom was clean but could have been improved by a few simple additions- a towel rail, hook and shelf, as there was nowhere to put toiletries and towels. The breakfast was included in the price and was fine. We only met two members of staff and they were both friendly and helpful.
If you're looking for a relatively cheap but comfortable place to stay, this fits the bill.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Arriving and seeing surroundings of the hotel should have given me a clue - not care at all to the grounds.
What door to go in? Very dark bar where reception was. Narror stairs, small room. Chester of draws that should have been thrown out years ago. I sat on bed and thought "I can't stay here" - then went to open window - frame disgustingly dirty. I didn't stay and just walked out.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

This "hotel" is a used as a half way house for homeless people. The room we stayed in smelled damp / musty and faintly of the soil pipe in the adjoining en suite. We showered under a dribble of water and went into town to eat. When we came back at 9 we laid on the bed to find that the matress was terrible (you could feel the springs through the sheets). We decided life was too short to stay in such a hovvel. We went downstairs to see the manager I told her that we didnt want to stay, she just said ok? Didnt ask us why etc... It is no wonder that they take your money in advance (we didnt get a refund and £55 for such a place is a rip off).

We quickly found a premier INN and stayed there!

Room Tip: do not stay here at all!!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2013 via mobile

The first room I was offered smelled of a blocked or broken drain. The aroma came from the shower drain and without using any water a tide mark of black scum and: hair was to be seen around the outlet. I did test it and with a flow of water black sludge bubbled up and accentuated the pong.

The young lad on reception did change the room type me without hesitation. The new room shower was ok. This room like the other was shabby, at best. There are no complimentary shower gells or shampoos.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Firstly the location is brilliant, right by river! But that's my only good point! Me and a friend walked in to hotel to find a more than useless woman ironing, then taken up some dodgy stairs to a shabby rundown hall way with squeaky flooring to be shown our room, at a first glance looked ok and then it began the tv did not work, we were told this would be fixed shortly, we then proceeded to get some food from local spoons (lovely mixed grill and a pint for 8 quid) we then returned to find a portable Ariel that done naff all! We complained again, we were told that we could have a key to another room and watch the tele in there, but have to return to our room once finished!! The room was freezing, curtains don't fit, windows pooh, broken tiles in bathroom, and no happy medium with there water temp as there are poohy mixer taps running off boiler (a decent shower is needed POWER SHOWER A MUST) I had to wash in sink. All in all a pooh place! Never ever go there!! And if you do don't take your car as you can't park more than 5 cars in carpark, they have like 10 rooms ???!!?? oh and very dangerous outside as not sufficient lighting, especially when the carpark has a foot high drop in some places as I found out the hard way!

0 STARS!!!!! Oh I never ate there as looked like it was run by a monkey with no common sense!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Riverside Hotel
Address: 2 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 23 Hotels in Colchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riverside Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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