Good Hotel Guide Review
Cranes, container ships, Holland-bound ferries … The views from this quayside Victorian hotel with its striking iron-lace balcony overlooking the Stour and Orwell estuaries are ocean-going, stirring, never dull. It is owned by the Milsom family (see Talbooth House & Spa, Dedham), and rejoices in its maritime surroundings, from the industrial-chic ground-floor Navyärd bar, serving Scandi-inspired small plates, ales and interesting gins, to the first-floor brasserie with exposed brick walls, bare bulbs, leather banquettes and an eye-catching work by Essex’s own James Dodds, ‘boatbuilding’s artist laureate’. An all-day menu includes burgers (beef or chickpea), Harwich crab, fish and chips, thyme-roasted celeriac with crushed butterbeans. The bedrooms, in neutral shades with splashes of colour, are ‘comfortable enough’, and have complimentary snacks and soft drinks in a minibar fridge. The stand-out is the spacious Mayflower Suite in the adjacent former Angel pub, with lots of seating, a telescope in a huge bay window. Neighbouring Dovercourt – home to Maplins holiday camp in the sitcom Hi-de-Hi! – has a sandy Blue Flag beach. Ho-de-Ho!
14. 7 in annexe, 1 on ground floor suitable for disabled.
bar, lounge (in annexe), restaurant, private dining room, small lift, in-room TV (Sky, BT, Freeview), civil wedding licence, balcony, small front terrace, parking, EV charging, restaurant, bar wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in the bar.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £20.
allowed in bedrooms (no charge), bar, lounge.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £140. À la carte £40.
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