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The Rock Hotel

1 Third Avenue, Frinton-On-Sea CO13 9EQ England
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The Rock Hotel is situated on The Esplanade, at Frinton-on-Sea. It faces the greensward and commands uninterrupted views of the sea and sands of the Essex coastline. Owned by the Benmore family, you are certain of a warm welcome and a holiday to remember. Our superbly furnished lounge bar and dining room also offer you magnificent views, as do most of the well appointed bedrooms. The Rock Hotel features: - A licensed restaurant (open to non-residents from Wednesday to Saturday evening) - Free Wi-Fi available for guests - Ample car-parking available in the grounds of the hotel - Magnificent Sea Views Local Frinton-on-Sea attractions include: - Golf course - Tennis club - Connaught Avenue Shopping and Restaurants - Sandy beach - Located between Walton on the Naze and Clacton-on-Sea ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
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Hayley J wrote a review Aug 2021
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom33 contributions15 helpful votes
First of all I have to say the hotel is dated so if you want a modern clinical place is definitely not for you. It oldy worldy & full of nic nacs. The high light for us was the food & Barry & Jan....talk about friendly! Jans a character & does a lovely V&T & Barry's foods to die for....our Saturday night meal was top notch & reasonable. The dog is sweet & Barry helped my partner play a wicked thick on me which gave us such a laugh! Home from home & definitely come back for a weekend. Oh yeah I forgot toothpaste & Barry was there in a flash with a tube.....thanks you guys & hopefully see you soon sending 😘😘
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul56andBrian59 wrote a review Jul 2021
25 contributions30 helpful votes
The hotel is a breath of fresh air. It is great to see a traditional hotel in this era of corporate blandness. Jan and Barry are perfect hosts and not forgetting Ted the dog! The accommodation is comfortable and the food, both breakfast and dinner is excellent. You must try Barry’s fried bread! The hotel is in a quiet location with great views over the green and the sea. We enjoyed it so much we stayed another night. Highly recommended and we can’t wait to go back.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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scarlettmcloughlin2 wrote a review Jun 2021
Chichester, United Kingdom2 contributions
We booked for a week from 19th June to 26th June as a treat for my 60th birthday. It is most definitely NOT a hotel but is rather a tired, run down, dirty, dusty B & B! A dull, dark hallway as you enter, with a a smelly dog to greet you! Ornaments and plates on the walls from the 70's that probably have not been cleaned since! Dining room is the same. Dark, dingy, dirty and smelly! Our bedroom, although it overlooked the sea and we paid extra, had wallpaper hanging off the damp walls and had probably not been decorated in over 40 years! Broken saniflo ensuite toilet which we were told would not be fixed until 24th June (5 days after our arrival) and that we would have to leave the room for at least 3 hours whilst it was fixed. Shower - dirty and old and again did not flow properly due to it being a Saniflo fit. We had booked dinner on the night of our arrival to celebrate my birthday. Small overpriced portions and highly overpriced drinks. Landlady hovers around whilst you eat making you feel really uncomfortable, and removes plates from the table before you have even finished your meal! Oh and the smelly dog enters the dining room and begs at your feet whilst you eat! Same thing at breakfast time! The landlady and dog hover as you eat! We couldn't stand it and left after only 2 nights! The landlady is refusing to give us a refund. £130 per night - simply not worth it. Windows don't open properly as they have been filled with mastik where holes have developed in the frames. The whole place needs gutting and refurbishing. It is now 29th June and I still have a stomach upset from this awful dirty place!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: No good rooms here. Stay somewhere else!
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Response from Jan Benmore, Owner at The Rock Hotel
Responded 4 Jul 2021
Dear Scarlett Mcloughlin, I am sorry to read this and somewhat surprised. Do you and your husband not communicate as he left a very different review in our guest book in your joint names? It read as follows, 19/6 James & Scarlett, (followed by your address), Lovely time. Enjoyed the place. Great people. As you can imagine I am somewhat perplexed! Kind regards Jan
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David S wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom45 contributions30 helpful votes
We booked a two night stay at The Rock to stay in Frinton looking for a bungalow to purchase. We received a warm welcome from Barry and were put in a great room overlooking the green and the sea. Jan and Barry were very friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome - we were the only two guests staying! Breakfast was really good (and they do fried bread! We would highly recommend this Hotel which has a great position and an abundance of old world charm. Some may find the en suite bathroom too small and in need of updating - the sink was in the room rather than the bathroom - but this did not detract in any way from our enjoyment of our stay. Sadly the bungalow search was not successful ...... so we will definitely return.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Sea view at the front
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billcro90 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom85 contributions59 helpful votes
We had a great night, this is a classic old school hotel, such easy parking and with the friendliest of staff too. We felt part of the family, had a great couple of hours in the bar, won't hesitate to return
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Date of stay: October 2020
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United KingdomEnglandEssexFrinton-On-Sea
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rock Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Rock Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Great Danes (0.6 km), Frinton on Sea Beach (0.9 km), and No. 24 of Frinton Art Deco & Antiques (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Rock 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 The Rock Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Rock Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Rock Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Avenue Bistro, The Hat and The Mouse, and Pop-pins.
Are pets allowed at The Rock Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Rock Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting West Cliff Theatre (7.8 km) and St. Mary the Virgin (0.7 km).