We arrived late, due to roadworks on the A127. Rachel (standing in for her family) called us to see how we were going, and then gave us perfect directions through the roadworks.
The hotel is like a showhome; every room we were in was immaculate in decor, design and cleanliness. Not sterile, but there's a good deal of (justifiable) pride in the place and it shows, and the welcome was second to none.
Our bags were carried up the stairs for us, and then Rachel advised us of the local places to go and left us to it, after making sure we had all our questions answered.
The bed was nice and comfy, roomy enough for my pregnant wife and I plus a good deal of spare room.
The room was quiet, with only the seagulls interrupting our sleep in the morning. Free tea and coffee in the room, complementary choccies and the most space age shower I've ever seen! And again, scrubbed spotless before we returned for our second night.
Breakfast was exceptional. Bacon sliced so thick it was almost gammon steaks, a deliciously herby sausage and the best fried eggs I've ever had. Forget the mass produced English breakfast sat drying out and hardening in a bain marie some hotels offer; this was fresh cooked to order and on the table before I'd finished my orange juice.
The welcome, room, breakfast, attentiveness and outright excellence delivered by Rachel and her husband has never been paralleled in any of the many 5 star hotels I stay in regularly for work.
We were cossetted (they even lent us brollies to go out in the rain with!) endlessly, nothing was too much trouble for Rachel and her team.
I'd recommend Hamiltons to anyone. The only downside to the stay was the roadworks, and the weather, and there's nothing that they can do about either! (I wouldn't put it past them to try, though!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hamiltons is a Grade 2 listed Georgian building situated in Southend's historic Royal Terrace, a premier position overlooking gardens, the Thames estuary & the Pier. It has undergone extensive refurbishment and been restored to its former glory full of warmth & character, a small but much loved hotel with quirky and modern touches. The entrance and stairs are decorated in gold toile with French chandeliers and show pictures of Royal Terrace and surrounding areas. Despite the age of the property 21st Century comfort awaits you with flat screen TV, internet and en-suite shower rooms to all bedrooms. Egyptian bed linen & towels, throughout. After a good night sleep, enjoy your breakfast in our dining room and guest lounge, offering cereals, toast & marmalade, fruit, yogurt & full English if required. ... more less
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- Hamiltons Boutique Hotel Southend-On-Sea, Essex