More about The Place Camber Sands
Someone described this as a travelodge with sisal matting, and that's pretty much right. If we had been staying there whilst attending a conference, for example, we would have been very pleasantly surprised, but as a supposedly charming hotel it's a disappointment. If you want to go to Camber Sands, it's probabaly the best place you'll find, but it's not worth a trip itself. - and it's separated from the sands by a busy main road. There are plenty more places with charm in Rye (check the Apothecary's House on East Street, with charming doubles for £65).
The room was nice, but small (and this was the king sized room for £85 during the week), and had a view of the car park. I think that most rooms do. The shower was amazingly bad, like being misted with a water spray. The breakfast was average, and this is where I would agree with the comments about staff and management - they don't bother to turn on the espresso machine for breakfast, so your only option is a cafetiere. To be fair, the dinner menu looked very nice but we didn't eat there.
Not to be recommended.
Disappointed with The Place
Did not stay at hotel but visited Brasserie for lunch after reading reviews in Times and Guardian. We were sorely disappointed, food was just about ok but service was indifferent and we were certainly not made to feel welcome. The place did not seem to have any personality but was sterile. It should not be compared with the Crown & Castle Orford or the Continental Hotel Whitstable, it is not even in the same league.
A mess of contradictions
The other reviews are pretty much spot on. Great food, but disappointing rooms. Beautiful surroundings, but unattractive building and grounds. Casual, relaxed atmosphere, but casual service, too.
We really enjoyed staying here; it's a wonderful location and the food was excellent. The vegetarian choices on the dinner menu were imaginative and used fresh, local produce. There was good local wine and a pleasant buzz in the dining room. Next morning, however, the breakfast buffet was unappealing and the milk was sour. Above all, the hotel needs significant investment to improve the quality of the accommodation, soundproof and revitalise the rooms, and make the setting much more special.
Visited The Place on a Saturday night - despite having read the unfavourable reviews here! Found it to be "OK". They must have the greatest PR company, because the amount of exceptionally favourable press they receive is nothing less than incredible. If I had visited after reading one of the magazine / newspaper articles I would have been very dissapointed, as the decor is very IKEA, the food average, and the service stressed and rushed, with far too few staff. The showers are worse than pathetic and the views non-existant. However, my expectations were low after reading the reviews here, so it was much as I expected it to be. In actual fact, despite the list of complaints above, I enjoyed my stay - it's a very unpretentious and low key hotel in a location that is great for cycling or walking. It is particularly suited to families, but perhaps not so great for a romantic weekend. 6/10.
Lovely place, great for walking, taking photos, etc
The place is a great base for a weekend break by the sea. The room was clean and modern with lovely pillows and white sheets on a kingsize bed. The food was good and the restaurant was full, good atmosphere and some good wine on the menu too! Take your camera and explore the coastline!
nice idea, a little lacking in execution....
live in brighton but stayed at the place on a cheap deal offered through a local paper. paid £40 for two including breakfast and at that price was well worth it. a bit unfair to complain on here as never mentioned my gripes to the staff at the time to see if they could fix them (past experience shows this rarely happens!). as others have said the shower was a big dissapointment and the walls a little thin but had a good nights sleep on the comfortable bed. room was of an average size and fairly clean, though dust was in evidence and a discarded contact lens from a previous guest in the bathroom.
enjoyed the meal in the evening and a good selection of wine on offer, as mentioned by others service was a little lacking of a smile or two and no real conversation from the waitress, also she couldn't remember who had ordered what meal - which is a shame as there were only 2 other couples in the room at the time so it wasn't exactly busy.
Camber Sands had a great sandy beach for walking on and Rye was nearby for a day trip. overall enjoyed the stay but wouldn't rush back.
Paper Thin Walls
We have just arrived back from a bad nights sleep at The Place at Camber Sands. The dividing walls were hopeless and we spent the night listening to a guy in the next room snoring. Not his fault but surely a basic requirement of a hotel is to give your guests a good night sleep. I also found myself having to use towels to block up the window of our door which overlooks the carpark and basically flooded our room with light. I think this sums up the place because although it had a prety fabric covering the window it had't occured to anyone that guests might like a dark room to sleep in. A lot lot of show and no substance.
Great Rooms, breakfast, superb for families.
Just had a night at The Place. I would say it is excellent for families (we have a 6 year old and a four year old) and offers good, clean, simple rooms. Overall, it is excellent value for money for a family (£99 for a family of 4 including breakfast). The location right on Camber Sands is superb.
The food in the evening was not very well executed - maybe we had the Sunday night chef? It was slightly over-ambitious and too many dishes seemed to feature mash(!) In hindsight we would have ordered more simple dishes - the kids chicken nuggets were home made and excellent. Service was fine.
Would have made 5 stars if not for the lacklustre evening meal.
Thoroughly recommended and we will definitely return.
Don't believe the hype!!
I was taken in by all the publicity and reviews that had been mentioned on their website- all I can say is that an investor in this hotel must either be a journo or work for a top PR Agency!!
The Place wasn't bad, but don't believe the self opiniated hype about it.
To me it was a glorified Travel Inn or Travel Lodge at almost double the price.
The rooms were minimalistic, fairly bright but as was the sun that shone through the window early morning with its inadequate curtain/blinds..
Bed was comfortable, although that was about it - as basic as it comes really.
They should provide binoculars to view the TV if you want to watch it in bed and the video/dvd machine didn't work which was a shame for my little boy.
We didn't eat in the resturant apart from breakfast. Breakfast was good although if you put a time to eat until please stick to it as they seemed to be shutting everything down and taking food away as soon as we got there and it was still 20 mins to 'last orders'.
Perhaps I am being a little harsh, but at £100 a room a night and the rave reviews in all the 'top' magazines, this did not live up to expectations.
Location wise was good, a step over the road to a beautiful sandy (if very windy) beach and Rye is delightful as long as you stick to the touristy areas of the main streets, (The rest was like chav city).
Take a trip on the RH&D Railway, but make sure you turn back straight away at Hythe and come home again, we decided to spend a few hours in what is described as 'a picturesque seaside resort full of interesting shops..' the place should be re-named 'dive'.
Full of charity shops and nothing picturesque about it at all!
Summary - an adequate resting place but overpriced and certaintly no better than a Travel Lodge etc...
This is a former motel given a makeover and a new lease of life a couple of years ago. We only went for lunch and didn't see the rooms but are happy to recommend it as an eating destination. The restaurant uses local produce to good effect. Reasonably (not cheaply) priced and with a wine list to match. Very young waiting staff (we were there on a Saturday during school holidays and all bar 2 were definitely school age) but very friendly and accomodating.