I stayed here for 3 nights and had a top floor small double room at the front of the building. I was a lone female travelling for business purposes.
PRO's: I found the gentleman running the hotel to be very helpful. I asked for a small jug of fresh milk as the milk had been off in the room, which he gave to me - no quibbles. On arrival, the toilet on the top floor was blocked by too much toilet roll, I told the owner and by the next time I had need for the loo it was unblocked. In the room was a (small) TV that had freeview channels. The view from my room was nice, to the right was the sea. In fact location, location, location is the major + for this hotel. Being a few minutes walk to Clacton pier and the amusements, eateries, bars, etc. There is plenty of parking on the road at weekends and overnight. The breakfast was good. Some cereal choices, juice (better if it'd been chilled), kettle, toaster with bread, butter and condiments. The cooked option was cooked and served by a friendly fella, who remembered what you'd had the morning before. Honest and well-cooked full English.
CONS: As mentioned by others, the cleanliness is an issue. The communal shower rooms/toilets are soooo important. The shower on the top floor is horrid. To improve, take all the bottles of shampoo/shower gel that people have left behind out and throw them away, also the step/stool. There is very bad staining/limescale on the floor of the shower room. My reserve stopped me from asking at reception for some bleach/cleaner. I had one shower during my stay. Get rid of dusty 'things'. I always take slippers with me, and am always glad that I do! I didn't dare start looking closely at the bed, but as someone who goes camping regularly, sometimes ignorance is bliss! I slept fairly well. If you like good, matching decor.. do not come here. It's shabby and tired looking for the most-part. There's no street parking during the week, in the daytime.
In conclusion, I felt safe and welcome. I slept fairly well. Breakfast was filling and cooked with charisma. Would I stay here again? Possibly, if I had to go back to Clacton and if I was armed with cleaning products!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're a tourist or travelling on business, The Laxfield Hotel is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Clacton on Sea. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations along with Sea View rooms. We are a 14 bedroom hotel with Single rooms, Double Rooms, Twin rooms and Family rooms. All rooms share facilities and some have fantastic views! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Laxfield Hotel Clacton-On-Sea, Essex