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The best Southend on Sea hotels

Southend on Sea hotels are in high demand since the building of Southend Airport, now operating flights to a dozen European destinations and prompting many frazzled travellers to stop off for a seaside break.

From boutique B&Bs up on the clifftop to luxury hotels on the seafront and sophisticated serviced apartments tucked away in the suburbs, right here you’ll find many of the best hotels in Essex.

Hamilton’s Boutique B&B

Literally around the corner from Southend Central train station and high street and overlooking the seafront, Hamilton’s B&B couldn’t be more conveniently placed. The Grade-II listed Georgian building is teeming with character but brought right up to date with flat screen TVs, internet and high quality furnishings in bright colours. Upon request, afternoon tea can be held in the lovely dining room.The Balcony Suite is particularly lavish, with a large private lounge and (of course) balcony.

6 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1DY

Nearest station: Southend Central

The Camelia

The most superior of the 34 rooms at The Camelia offer staggering views of the sea (plus the choice of a private balcony or terrace) but all include an en-suite, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. There’s a rather sweet restaurant downstairs, but if you fancy a walk before dinner the hotel is ideally located at the quieter end of the seafront. If you’d prefer to venture out to eat, there’s a plethora of restaurants and beachfront cafes to be found. Standard doubles start at just £76 – which includes a Full English breakfast.

178 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3AA

Nearest station: Southend East

Roslin Beach Hotel

Southend’s premier luxury hotel embodies coastal cool, bedecked in sandy colours and subtle gold accents. A selection of treatment rooms downstairs offer total relaxation using a range of Elemis products, and the AA rosette restaurant serves up a great lunch or afternoon tea, overlooking the water. For dinner there’s a selection of fresh seafood (what else) alongside free-range meats and local produce of an excellent quality. Sprawling views across the hotel’s manicured lawn and beyond to the Thames estuary create instant calm in many of the bedrooms – but those looking for excitement can be in the heart of town or Southend seafront in under ten minutes.

The Roslin Beach Hotel, Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Essex, SS1 3BG

Nearest station: Thorpe Bay

Tower Apartments

Combining the convenience of your own private space with the luxury of a hotel, Tower Apartments are designed for cosmopolitan types seeking a few days of sea air, without having to sacrifice city sophistication. Six one-bed apartments, a beautiful basement apartment and an impressive penthouse are available for any length of visit – and longer stays mean attractive reduced rates. King-size beds with Hypnos mattresses, contemporary bathrooms and classic, muted colourways create a serene feel and the location is perfect too: minutes from the centre of town, the Palace Theatre and Southend Airport.

Nesrest station: Southend Central or Westcliff

146 Alexandra Rd, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1HE

Park Inn by Radisson Palace

Perched above the heart of the tourist district, this 137-room hotel offers undulating views of the Thames Estuary, visible through floor-to-ceiling windows. Clean, comfortable rooms provide the perfect base for a weekend’s exploring, with Adventure Island amusement park, the arcades, beachfront cafes, Rossi’s ice cream and much more right on the doorstep. Benefitting from a £6m overhaul this summer, the brand new Grosvenor casino boasts a 100-seat poker room, restaurant, sports bar and lounge so you’ll never be short on things to do.

Nearest station: Southend Central

Church Road, Essex, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2A

Ilfracombe House

Nearest C2C station: Southend Central

9-13 Wilson Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1HG

Enjoying a prime spot on the seafront close to the Palace Theatre and Adventure Island amusement park, this friendly, family-run B&B is everything you could want for a seaside weekend away with family. Southend airport is but a ten minute drive away, and if you want to try some of the area’s best restaurants you’ve literally a five minute walk to consider. Choose from 20 en-suite bedrooms, or four fully-serviced, themed apartment suites, all with a free Full English breakfast and Wi-Fi. Standard doubles start at £69 and there are various promotions available.

Holiday Inn Southend

As if the ridiculously convenient positioning weren’t enough (the hotel sits next door to Southend Airport, though we hasten to add it’s fully sound-proofed), Holiday Inn offers the 1935 Rooftop restaurant and bar, with fantastic panoramic views across the Essex countryside, plus fantastic positioning to explore the rest of the town before or after your flight. Whether it’s windsurfing in Shoeburyness, lunching in Leigh-On-Sea or wandering along the beach.

77 Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS2 6XG

Nearest station: Southend Central

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