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The Pier Hotel at Harwich
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Had lovely fish and chips here - a little pricey but worth it . The wine is overpriced for the quality tho . The little Scottish lady who waits on tables is a little gem. Don't settle for eating in the bar area tho it's too noisy and crowded with people standing at your elbow while you try to eat . A little rough around the edges for a Milsom place but there's little else in town, the desserts are nice especially the pannacotta with orange .

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful hotel with interesting views. We booked a room in the main hotel overlooking the harbour. The room is decorated to a very high standard and very tasteful. Staff couldn't do enough for you and the whole place has a very slick, professional vibe.
Breakfast was good and we much appreciated the veggie sausage (a lot of hotels don't bother with this). Lots of pastries and fruit too. A nice leisurely breakfast, not at a all rushed.
A lovely night away :-)

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed one night on a dinner bed and breakfast package. Our room was in the annex, although it was very small it was very comfortable, it didn't matter anyway because we had unlimited access to a splendid lounge downstairs. The location of the hotel is in the old part of the town which is charming. Food at dinner was fine although service was quite slow and the waitresses did not know much about the menu. Surely a place to visit if you are in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a lovely hotel, the service is excellent and rooms were very well appointed and comfortable. Our room had a fabulous view over the pier towards Felixstowe which may not sound too romantic but it was very pleasant! The restaurant in the hotel is good, perhaps a tad overpriced but the fish was fresh with a good choice of different types of fish. The only thing I would say is that you are limited to either fish or steak or a vegetarian pasta dish. The restaurant does have amazing large windows overlooking the sea view and it is worth going just for that! The service was very good generally but particularly in the Harbourside Restaurant.

The room was very hot at night but opening the windows cured that problem. I suppose if we had a problem it was noise from the restaurant on the floor below that seemed to go on until the early hours although in the end I just used some trusty ear plugs which solved the problem! They're always handy in hotels! We weren't asked about our stay at the check out process which seemed to be as fast as possible - may be there had been other comments. Luckily though in a hotel this size you do avoid the wedding nightmare that you can get in large hotels/country houses in pretty locations.

I would return to this hotel as although it is pricey there is something special and different about it.

Harwich is not particularly scenic but it is different and relaxing! It could have been better preserved but there is a feeling of it being a working harbour town rather than a piece of history.
A lot of the North Essex/Suffolk border area is very beautiful so it is an area well worth a visit.

Room Tip: sea view is a must here in my opinion!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Perhaps it shouldn't have been as the website gives a really good impression of the Pier. A large room with sitting area and large bathroom together with a huge bed made for a very comfortable stay. The staff were brilliant nothing too much trouble. Two gripes - we were in the "annex" next door and whilst this, as I have said was very comfortable it wasn't mentioned when booking (on the internet) secondly I would have hoped that breakfast was included and a full english, one of the delights of staying away, wasn't. Would we go back - no reason not too especially as the Harbourside Restaurant is on the first floor and is excellent.

Room Tip: Make sure you know where your room is and ask fo a harbour view it one's available
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Friendly staff, Nice accommodation and nice food. We enjoyed our diner and deserts before entering the ferry. First time here but we will remember this. High class feel. highend feel food and staff. Nice terras.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

We went to The Pier last night got there and it was fairly empty, we were four adults, sat down and ordered food which took awhile to arrive but the food arrived before were had any cutlery we went to find our own although someone did bring it about five minutes after we had started, the food was very good, ask if we would like desert said yes but we never got the menu by this time they were busy so perhaps we got overlooked we gave up as we had a hour journey so just asked for coffees. The bill was paid by our senior citizen friend who was asked if everything was ok he said yes as didn't like to make a fuss !!! We were on table 33

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Pier Hotel at Harwich

Address: The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Harwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Harwich
Price Range: £133 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pier Hotel at Harwich 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We thank you for your feedback, however we do not respond to individual comments. Following on from a 1.5 million reinvestment over the last 5 months, The Pier at Harwich is once again open and set to become East Anglia's number one coastal destination for food and drink. The redefined brasserie is located on the first floor of the completely modernised 1860 listed building in historic Harwich. Experience all-day dining (all-year-round) and outdoor dining - whenever the sun shines - with a menu celebrating modern classics, an exciting grill menu and wonderful fresh fish and shellfish landed on The Pier's doorstep. Guests can select from a predominantly European wine list or enjoy Prosecco-based cocktails, craft beers and cask ales. The stripped back and raw textured interior, designed by Geraldine Milsom, makes reference to the industrious and hardworking Harwich port, but achieves a balance between function, luxury and glamour. The harbour wall is only 20 metres from the door and The Pier's newly extended first floor balcony (for drinks and outdoor dining) overlooks the water, ships and working docks. With estuary views from every table, The Pier, only a stone's throw from the confluence of the Stour and Orwell estuaries is a very special destination for lovers of great food and drink. NAVYÄRD on the ground floor is a continental bar and terrace adjacent to the working harbour, the ideal place for fun and relaxation. Cask ales, craft beers, a great drinks list, Prosecco-based cocktails and one of the most carefully sourced and extensive gin lists makes the NAVYÄRD 'the' go-to bar for The Pier's neighbours, friends and welcomed guests. The NAVYÄRD is undeniably and unashamedly a 'love letter to the continent' - celebrating and championing the influential and historic links that Harwich holds with Scandanavia and wider Europe. The wines, beers, ales, drinks list and a gin library have been sourced from across Europe and are complemented throughout the day by Nordic-inspired small-plated food. Great coffee, fresh pastries and the simplest tastiest late breakfasts (think eggs, rye bread and avocado) through to open Scandinavian sandwiches, sharing platters and fresh oysters. The 14 bedrooms are individually styled to match the seascape and take full advantage of the brilliant light that you only get when staying on the coast. Harwich enjoys glorious sunsets with molten coloured horizons and the setting sun on the Stour estuary is a special feature of staying at The Pier. All bedrooms are equipped with complimentary soft drink mini-bars, Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products, Sky In-Room and free Wi-Fi making The Pier an exceptional small hotel. ... more   less 
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