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The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich
  • AA 4 Star Hotel
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Hotel with 14 rooms £125-£210 prpnb


The Quay,
CO12 3HH


The Quay,
CO12 3HH


The Pier was built in 1862 in the style of a Venetian palazzo to provide overnight accommodation for passengers travelling by train and ship to the Continent.

The Great Eastern Railway’s terminal was the Ha’Penny Pier (the cost of entry in those days). Gerald Milsom bought the Pier in 1978 and opened a seafood restaurant. It is wonderfully situated on the seafront overlooking the harbour at the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers. Across the water is Shotley Yacht Marina with Felixstowe in the distance. Yachts and boats can be chartered from the hotel by arrangement.

The visitor enters from the street a most attractive brasserie. The ambience is rustic but comfortable with scrubbed floors, Farrow & Ball paintwork, framed posters and wooden mirrors. Guests jot down their orders on a notepad and hand them to one of the helpful staff.

An elegant wooden staircase, whose walls feature large nautical oil paintings, leads to the attractive upstairs a la carte, 2 AA rosette Harbourside Restaurant. Seven of the en suite bedrooms are in this main building, seven in the adjacent Angel, all very attractive with a nautical flavour and panoramic sea views. Bathrooms have white ceramic tiles and large shower heads.

The Angel also has a comfortable sitting room, with bar & eating area, and large screen TV. This can also be hired for private functions.

PRESS RELEASE: Former head chef of Le Talbooth Tom Bushell has moved to The Pier as head chef in the 2 AA Rosettes Harbourside Restaurant.

We are delighted to announce that The Pier at Harwich has been awarded it's fourth AA star. This award recognises the hotel’s professionalism, high standards and consistency and marks it out as one of the strongest performing hotels in the region.

Open all year.

Dogs Welcome

Rooms: 14

Children welcomeTelephoneRadioTelevisionSatellite TVTea/coffee making in bedroomsMinibar in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Packed lunches providedLounge for residents' useNight porterIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesPrivate parkingTotally non-smokingCentral heatingLaundry facilitiesTelevision availableRestaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedDogs/pets accepted by arrangementVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedWiFi or internet accessEvening mealsHairdryerCots available

Children welcome from any age.


    Young Couple Mr. Jason Barrett
    Essex, United Kingdom
    16 July 2012
    Rated as 4 out of 5

    “Excellent hotel and restaurant. ”

    The location and outlook of the hotel isn't that impressive. The building is beautiful but being located within the dock area and overlooking the container port at Felixstowe rather spoils the overall experience.

    All other aspects of the stay were excellent.

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    Plan route to The Pier at Harwich using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: TM 259328  Lat: 51.94789 Long: 1.28687

    By Road:
    Follow A120 from Colchester to Harwich quay and The Pier at Harwich is on the right-hand side.

    By Public Transport:
    From Harwich town station, turn left at High Street. Follow road to the Quay, turn right and walk 200yds. The pier is opposite RNLI Lifeboat Station.


    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • TelephoneTelephone
    • RadioRadio
    • TelevisionTelevision
    • Satellite TVSatellite TV
    • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
    • Minibar in bedroomsMinibar in bedrooms
    • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
    • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
    • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
    • Night porterNight porter
    • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
    • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
    • Private parkingPrivate parking
    • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
    • Central heatingCentral heating
    • Laundry facilitiesLaundry facilities
    • Television availableTelevision available
    • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
    • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
    • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
    • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
    • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
    • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
    • Evening mealsEvening meals
    • HairdryerHairdryer
    • Cots availableCots available

    Children welcome from any age.

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