This little Boutique B&B has a fantastic reputation in the area.
When the Mrs suggested a 'romantic weekend away', I can't say Southend On Sea was the first destination to spring to mind. Still I fell a little bit in love with the place. We found it really hard to find a place to stay, TripAdvisor being next to useless on the subject, we eventually came across the Pier View website and booked straight away. Lots and lots of gorgeous pictures that didn't disappointing in person.
The B&B has only actually been around since 2008 and has since won lots of awards. The owners Ian and his wife (sadly we didn't meet her) live just down the road. Ian was a delight from check in to check out. Very friendly, informative and pleasant. He gave us some great suggestions for eating out and things to do.
I also have to give a little shout out to David the Duty manager. He'll be there making sure you're coffee's topped up all breakfast and is a sweetie. Breakfast is continental, self-service. Its a good selection of pastry, toast, boiled eggs, fruit and cereal. Even a selection of babybells. The breakfast room is just the epitome of good taste. Bright, comfortable, clean. There's a little balcony out there too if you wish to enjoy your breakfast al fresco with an amazing view of the coast. Sadly, Southend may boast the smallest rainfall in England, but safe to say bank holiday weekend in August, we saw a bit of downpour.
I love this place because it is here that I had the best nights sleep ever. The bed is the most amazing thing ever. The bed itself is just right, not too soft not too hard. The pillows are out of this world. Huge and sooo comfy I would happily pay a hundred pounds for those bad boys.
The rooms are however smaller than you think they are from the pictures. However, we moved around just fine and what do you expect in a house like that. Now, big bad point. The shower. The bathrooms are tiny but practical. However the showers are just not good enough. No pressure, very dribbly. We coped as we both have short barnets, but if I still had my long locks, a shower would take me an hour.
Still, despite that I just loved the place that much, I'd have to give it a big old 5*.
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