Somebody once said that all disappointment is due to unrealistic expectation. So when you book a £50 a night B&B in Clacton-on-Sea, having had plenty of opportunity to see exactly what it is like in advance via the many pictures on booking.com and the rest, I think you should know exactly what to expect.
The building and the decor are dated and tired (exactly what we expected) the carpets stuck to the soles of the shoes a bit, and the bedroom was pokey and sparsely equipped with mis-matched furniture, exactly what we expected. The en-suite shower room was tiny beyond belief, and there was a curious smell in the corridors. Exactly what we expected.
We didn't book The Dorchester, we booked a £50 B&B in Clacton, so we weren't disappointed. It was really quite nice. The staff were helpful, making sure we had somewhere to park the car even though the hotel's car park was full. The bar was quaint in a 1970s Watney's Red Barrel kind of way, and we got chatting to the proprietor and the other guests in the manner that is only possible in a British seaside B&B. And the breakfast was really good, served by chirpy staff in a nice clean breakfast room.
The sea front is a two minute stroll round the corner, as are lots of cheap & cheerful pubs and restaurants.
It wasn't the best hotel we have ever stayed in, because it's a £50 B&B in Clacton. My advice would be; look at the pictures, look at the price, stay at The Langtry, and enjoy the fact that you've got a cheap night's kip and enough change in your pocket for a nice Chinese at Charlie Changs round the corner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to shops, beach and all local entertainments, theatres, etc. On site parking is limited so we can only reserve under special circumstances,however ample space is available at public car park directly opposite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Langtry Hotel Clacton-On-Sea, Essex