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 hotels 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.
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Hamilton’s Boutique Hotel
Literally around the corner from Southend Central train station and high street and overlooking the seafront, Hamilton’s Hotel 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.
Nearest station: Southend Central (5 min walk from the station)
Address: 6 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1DY
The Camelia Hotel
The most superior of the 34 rooms at The Camelia Hotel 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 £120.
Nearest station: Southend East (20 min walk from the station)
Address: 178 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3AA
Roslin Beach Hotel
Southend’s premier luxury hotel embodies coastal cool, bedecked in sandy colours and subtle gold accents. The Roslin Beach Hotel offers a selection of treatment rooms downstairs offer total relaxation using a range of Elemis products, and the 2 AA rosette restaurants serve 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.
Nearest station: Thorpe Bay (20 min walk from the station)
Address: The Roslin Beach Hotel, Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Essex, SS1 3BG
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. Five one-bed apartments, a beautiful basement apartment that sleeps 4 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.
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. Park Inn provides 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. The 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 (6 min walk from the station)
Address: Church Road, Essex, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2A
Ilfracombe House Hotel
Nearest C2C station: Southend Central (9 min walk from the station)
Address: 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 hotel 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 six fully-serviced, themed apartment suites and and Wi-Fi. Standard doubles start at £102 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 amazing panoramic views across the Essex countryside. Plus it has 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.
Nearest station: Southend Central
Address: 77 Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS2 6XG