We spent 2 nights here as part of a wedding party. We had been told it was pretty basic but that the price reflected that, but for £84 a night I would have expected so much better than what we got.
You could not stay here if you have any issue with stairs - the final flight up to the 2nd floor is near vertical!
We had one of the 'standard ensuite rooms' which are shoved into the attic - our room was so tiny we could hardly move around it. When you opened the bathroom door it touched the bed. The 'wardrobe' was a tiny cupboard about 6 inches wide and only big enough to hang a shirt. The bathroom was basically a cupboard with an ancient loo and sink. There was no hot water from the taps, one of which was broken. The shower cubicle had an unpleasant rusty concertina door thing - once inside it was almost touching you (I am not large) which was claustrophobic and nasty. In terms of toiletries, there was only a bottle of non-branded liquid soap.
Around the window were patches of repair work that had not been finished - patched up plaster and filler, and bare plasterboard .
The bed was a very small double, with a wobbly lumpy mattress. Everything was shabby and old.
Like I said, we would not have minded if we had been charged say £55 but considering other friends who were staying here had rooms with twice the space for about £5 more, I can only assume we were paying for the view, which is very pretty, although since of course it pissed it down with rain all day this was not too relevant.
The breakfast was surprisingly good.
We did not eat there in the evening - were planning to, as a group of 10 of us met there the night before the wedding. The bar was full, the dining room was empty. We preferred the look of the bar menu to the dining room menu, so I asked the lady behind the bar if it would be possible for us to order the bar food but eat in the dining room as there was no space in the bar. She said yes, but we would have to pay extra. Pay extra, for the same food, served in a different room? We said no thanks, and they therefore lost out on about £200 of business as the 10 of us went elsewhere in town for our food and drinks. Ridiculous.
I can't say we didn't enjoy our stay, as the sheer Fawlty Towers nature of it all became a source of amusement - we were there with several friends, we had a great time at the wedding and so just had to laugh at the pathetic accommodation. However if you had come here for a romantic weekend, I think you would be sorely disappointed, unless you have a fetish for grubby enclosed spaces, in which case, fill your boots!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ye Olde White Harte Hotel & Restaurant is a traditional 17th century English establishment located on the bank of the River Crouch. With an abundance of character and numerous open fires mixed in amongst plenty of original wooden beams, The White Harte is unique, situated in a truly idyllic location. The hotel has a total of 19 bedrooms, a large bar area and a traditional yet stylish restaurant with a modern tasting menu, the White Harte has come a long way since it opened in the 1650’s, yet retaining much of its original style and character. ... more less
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- Ye Olde White Harte Hotel Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex