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14 rooms from $159 per night

“A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms also capture the views over the harbour. The fish restaurant in a converted pub in the harbour is lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the Essex coast. ”

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“A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms also capture the views over the harbour. The fish restaurant in a converted pub in the harbour is lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the Essex coast. ”

Hotel Overview

“This distinctive 1864 waterfront hotel was built to accommodate passengers for the Continent. Today people pile into the contemporary fisherman’s wharf-style bistro/bar for proper fish and chips and daily specials. You write your order on a notepad and hand it in at the bar. Bedrooms have deep, white-sheeted beds and tongue-and-groove panelling. And the view – a seascape of pier, tugs, ferries and boats beetling about on the water – never palls.”

Recommended for
  • Foodies
  • Wonderful fresh seafood meets a creative chef, simply divine! Not to mention the a gin library and Prosseco cocktails!
  • Total relaxation
  • Sit in the suite's bay window, or indeed the restaurants balcony, and watch the sunset on the sea- heaven!
 

Written by Fiona Duncan

Facilities

  • Meeting Room
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Car not required
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Free parking.
  • Towelling robes
  • Good wine list
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Safe
  • Child friendly
  • Children of all ages welcome.
  • Pet friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Two restaurants.
  • Sitting Room
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Suites
  • Room service

Activities

  • Museums
  • History buffs won't be able to resist the nearby Mayflower Museum.
  • Local markets
  • The harbour is a vibrant and lively place to explore.
  • Other Activities
  • Spend a long evening on the balcony of the elegant Harbourside restaurant, sipping on cocktails and watching the ships roll by.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.

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“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
It’s a unique hotel in a unique location – the harbour is opposite

What is there to do in the area or on site?
Walking, sea fishing, sailing (we can arrange the last two)

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full English and continental

Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Yes we offer lunch and dinner in two restaurants. Plus one of the restaurants is open all day with the full menu so turn up when you want – perfect when you arrive by sea as there’s no rush

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All popular but I’d say the deluxe rooms with a sea view and of course, The Mayflower which has a huge bay window and a telescope – great for watching the people and boats going by!

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The Pier at Harwich is a great hotel in a great location with two superb restaurants. The Harbourside on the first floor takes its influence from the sea and specialises in fabulous seafood – much of which is landed in the harbour opposite.”

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Hotel website
14 rooms from $159 per night

Stay and Sail break - We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Viking Mariner to offer a special 2 night break and sail. The ‘Stay and Sail’ break includes 2 nights' bed and full breakfast at The Pier at Harwich (in the best available room) and a day’s sailing on either Viking Blue, a luxury 52 foot yacht, or the catamaran Alchemy. £300 per person.

Hotel Overview

Recommended for
  • Foodies
  • Wonderful fresh seafood meets a creative chef, simply divine! Not to mention the a gin library and Prosseco cocktails!
  • Total relaxation
  • Sit in the suite's bay window, or indeed the restaurants balcony, and watch the sunset on the sea- heaven!
Activities
  • Museums
  • History buffs won't be able to resist the nearby Mayflower Museum.
  • Local markets
  • The harbour is a vibrant and lively place to explore.
  • Other Activities
  • Spend a long evening on the balcony of the elegant Harbourside restaurant, sipping on cocktails and watching the ships roll by.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.
Other highlights
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Less £
  • Lively
  • Owner managed
  • Organic food
  • House party feel
  • Good wine list
  • Full of character
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Gourmet
  • Views
  • Great views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries.
  • Child friendly
  • Children of all ages welcome.
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • Inn
  • Historic
  • Boutique
  • Seaviews
  • Restaurant
  • Two restaurants.
  • Townhouse
  • Free wifi
  • Romantic
  • Intimate
  • Charming
  • Traditional
  • Beach nearby

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