As a regular traveller to Southend and Ramsgate, it is not unfair for me to say that I have stayed in several different dwellings. I have come to the conclusive opinion that guest houses or the old style 'BnB' are not for me. The reason for this revelation came on Easter weekend when I stayed at the Gleneagles guest house. I arrived and really just wanted to get my keys and start my break.
We began by waiting in the hallway, which also doubles up as a reception, for several minutes before we were ushered up several flights of stairs. On the way another guest was on his way down which caused another problem because the stairs were very narrow. When we eventually came to the room the initial opinion was that is was very tiny but very clean and bright. The furniture was again very compact and was reminiscent of a room you would find in a caravan. Where space was not readily available the layout obviously suffered. The shower room door had to be a slide door the tiny bedside cabinet doubled up a the tea service and the wardobe had to be seen to be believed.
I spend very little time in the room so was unperturbed by these shortcomings and had no more concerns until the next morning. We awoke and I decided to have a shower, sliding the door aside I stepped into the space designated for the shower and toilet. The shower itself would have impressed a resident of lilliput but for a man over 6 feet tall would have meant holding the shower head above my head. Although the plumbing was such that the shower head had to be removed before the water came on and the on off tap was so loose and the nut came off. My patience gave up and I had a strip wash in the sink. The toilet although clean took an eon to refill which leads me to think that the room was a former loft and had issues with water pressure.
My previous stay in the Park Inn was completely different, the lobby and the attentive staff member booked me in and gave me directions to a lift. The keycard of which there were two opened into a gargantuan room with a kingsize bed and oodles of floor space. Wardobes that you could walk into and a wet room which was almost the size of the meagre offering of the entire room at the gleneagles. A large power shower and immaculate lodgings came a price tag of £85.00 which is £20.00 more than my recent stay. I feel I am being a little too harsh on the Gleneagles and maybe because I have came to expect more for my money and if you find yourself unable to book at the Park In or the Radisson and you can forgive the above, then the Gleneagles will provide a pleasant, clean if not a little cramped and dated place for you to explore Southend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gleneagles is a Grade 2 listed building built during the 1850’s.It operated as a Hotel until 2001 and now operates as a Guest House. Under new ownership Garry and Penny look forward to welcoming you soon.Gleneagles is only 15 minutes from Southend Airport and is situated in Southend’s tranquil conservation area, overlooking the beautiful cliff gardens with panoramic sea views. Over recent years Gleneagles has undergone extensive improvement and many of the mid-Victorian design characteristics have been restored the new owners intend to continue this work The Gleneagles is Visit England 4 star Guest House .We offer:• A warm and friendly welcome • Ensuite to all rooms • TV in all rooms• Tea and coffee facilities • Sea views • A quality breakfast • A peaceful location just steps from seafront and the centre of town • Free wi-fi access• Airport transfers ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gleneagles Guesthouse Westcliff-On-Sea, Southend-On-Sea