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176-178 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3AA England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Camelia Hotel
Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 20 hotels in Southend-on-Sea
Travellers' Choice
Multiple Award winning family owned and run Boutique hotel. Located on the Southend seafront in Thorpe Bay with a large car park at the rear.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Street parking
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Bay View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, German, Italian
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Popular mentions
Wendy B wrote a review 17 Jul
Billingshurst, United Kingdom4 contributions
We spent one night at the Camelia, all Covid 19 precautions were in place and adhered to. It was lovely to have a room upgrade to a superior twin room with a walk in shower. The room was scrupulously clean with lots of storage space and 2 comfy beds. All the staff were courteous and pleasant, especially the young man who served us dinner in the evening. The dining area in the bar was not too crowded even though the football was on. The food was excellent and not overpriced, as the young man said, they have a very talented chef. We sat outside after and watched the sun go down over the beach, it was a very comfortable and relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Robert Cammidge, Owner at Camelia Hotel
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your lovely review Wendy which is most appreciated. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your whole experience at the Camelia and hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you again on another occasion. Please remember to contact us direct for the best rooms/rates available.
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Guy M wrote a review 2 Jul
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I booked a room and a meal in your hotel on the 19/06/2021, for our wedding anniversary, I received a phone call on the 17/06/2021 for my card details, which I gave over the phone, I was told to book the room online as a complimentary breakfast was included but only if I booked online. On arrival, we sat down and had drinks, after my third drink I went to check-in, the young lady asked me to wait and she went to get another waitress, on her return the girl asked me my details, name, etc, which I confirmed, she then asked me for my card, I explained that I had already given my card details over the phone on the Thursday and I didn’t have it with me, but she insisted that she could not book me in without my debit card, I said not a problem and counted the £140 for the room out in cash, she then asked if we were having breakfast? Which I replied I was told we had a complimentary breakfast, apparently not, I only had a room only booking, nowhere on the booking page did I see a box that said breakfast, but anyway, I asked her how much was the total, £165, so I added another £25, she then asked me for my driving license, I told her that I didn’t carry my license with me, her reply was “well I can’t book you in then”, I said that the situation was ridiculous, her reply then astounded me, “there are other hotels you know”, my reply was “well I will go and speak to my wife to see what she wants to do” As I was speaking to my wife the waitress appeared by our table and said she thought I was coming back, I replied I was speaking to my wife to see what she wanted to do, then I could not believe what came out of her mouth, she accused ME of being rude to her and upsetting her! I explained I was not the one who told me to go to another hotel and I was talking to my wife and did not want to talk to her anymore, she then said she would go and get the owner. Before he arrived the barman slapped the drinks bill on the table and said “pay the bill and go” When the owner arrived I explained my version of what happened and he said that he could have sorted the whole mess out, to which my wife replied “it's a bit late now as your barman has asked us to pay the bill and go” He apologized for the whole mess but by this time we had both had enough. Your reply to my email was basically to accuse me of being rude and lying, not a good way to run a business, i wished i could give it no stars1
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Robert Cammidge, Owner at Camelia Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that you were unable to stay with us, but in common with all other hotels and without exception, we will not accept guests who do not provide a valid debit/credit card as security and, when paying with cash, the requisite photo ID. The Managers on duty followed procedure and dealt with this situation in accordance with our terms and conditions. Your comments have been addressed in full by private email, prior to this posting.
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nigel4936 wrote a review Jun 2021
Harrietsham, United Kingdom23 contributions20 helpful votes
Great stay as usual stayed here many times over the years. Loved the new bar/ restaurant set up. Lovely food and staff very friendly and helpful. In a good position for the beach and town. It is the only hotel we ever stay it when we have a quick break in Southend.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Free car park at the back of the hotel.
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Response from Robert Cammidge, Owner at Camelia Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to post your review which is most appreciated. We are pleased that you like the changes that were made during the most recent lockdown - we feel we spent the time well! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Please remember to book direct for the best rooms/rates available.
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Sharan O wrote a review Jun 2021
Essex, United Kingdom16 contributions7 helpful votes
Second stay at The Camelia, Thorpe Bay. Seaview room, all facilities covered.and lovely shower and bathroom. Very comfortable and relaxing room. Dinner was delicious and the vegetarian full breakfast was excellent. Piping hot and cooked to perfection. The Camelia has made excellent changes since our October 2020 visit. They have made an internal conversion and now have a really lovely dining room with patio doors opening to the terrace. They also now have a fabulous bar area which has additional tables for dining. The colour scheme and decor is fabulous. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. We will definitely pay a third visit to this charming stylish hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Robert Cammidge, Owner at Camelia Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review Sharan - it is most appreciated. It was lovely to be able to welcome you back again now that things are returning to something like normality! We are pleased that you like what we have done to the place, having taken advantage of lockdown to do some major renovations. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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mariongran wrote a review Jun 2021
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom26 contributions6 helpful votes
We had a table booked for my sisters birthday this afternoon, I have to say this was the best afternoon tea I have had in years. From the sandwiches to the beautiful cakes and wonderful scones it was excellent. We were made very welcome by the staff and shown to a very large round table. The staff were very attentive but not in your face. Overall a lovely afternoon spent with family. Thank you to Kirsty and her colleagues.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Robert Cammidge, Owner at Camelia Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at the Camelia. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Afternoon Tea and hope that your sister enjoyed her birthday. We hope to be able to welcome you on another occasion soon.
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US$104 - US$161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camelia Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Camelia Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Southchurch Park (0.5 km), Bar Vic (0.3 km), and MFA Bowl (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Camelia Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Camelia Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Camelia Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Camelia Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gold Coast Chinese Restaurant, Billy Hundreds Fish n Tapas Restaurant, and Ocean Beach.
Are any cleaning services offered at Camelia Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Camelia Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Camelia Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Prittlewell Priory (3.6 km) and Southchurch Hall (1.1 km).
Does Camelia Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Camelia Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.