THE coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many of us having our summer holidays cancelled this year.

Lockdown restrictions have been in place since Covid-19 first reached our shores in March and advice from government has resulted in an upturn of people looking at where they could go on holiday within the UK.

Although staycations have become increasingly popular in recent months, localised lockdowns in various regions mean it has been difficult for those looking to get away to book a last minute getaway.

Consequently, a huge number of us are deciding to stay closer to home, so we have looked into where the top 10 Southend hotels, according to TripAdvisor, are when it comes to value for money.

According to the popular site, the Roslin Beach Hotel is the seaside town’s leading accommodation option for Southend holidaymakers, while Travelodge - which creeps into the top 10 - is at the affordable price of just £37 for a one-night stay.

All prices listed below are correct as of September 18.

Roslin Beach Hotel


Top spot - the Roslin Beach Hotel

THE Roslin Beach Hotel finds itself at the top of TripAdvisor's list of best value hotels in Southend - and it is easy to see why.

With lovely views of the Thames Estuary, the hotel can be found opposite a sandy beach on Thorpe Esplanade and is just over a mile from shops and the Adventure Island theme park.

The Roslin offers free wi-fi and parking, while there are also beautiful treatment rooms offering Elemis treatments and an OPI nail bar.

The light and airy rooms each have a flat-screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and free toiletries.

Some of the Roslin's rooms have a balcony and great sea views.

The Tides Restaurant offers seafood specialities and classic British dishes with a contemporary twist.

TOP REVIEW: Stayed for two nights and it couldn't have been better. The room was extremely clean and very attractive. The air conditioning was very efficient, especially in the recent heatwave. The large balcony area was a real bonus and we'll definitely be back!



Gleneagles Guesthouse


Historic - Gleneagles Guesthouse

COMING in just behind the Roslin Beach Hotel in TripAdvisor's list of best value for money hotels in Southend is the historic Gleneagles Guesthouse.

Found on Clifftown Parade, Gleneagles is a Grade Two listed building which dates back to the 1850s.

Situated just 15 minutes away from Southend Airport and in the town's tranquil conservation area, the converted guesthouse offers panoramic views and overlooks the beautiful Cliff Gardens.

Gleneagles has undergone extensive renovations in recent years and many of the mid-Victorian design characteristics have been restored.

TOP REVIEW: A lovely warm welcoming atmosphere helped make this a great break. The room was very clean and well furnished. It is situated in a quiet area with sea views and just a few minutes walk to the very long pier! Breakfast was cooked to order and was consistently excellent. There is an attached tea shop with homemade cakes which is a must. Congratulations on your consistent high standards. Most highly recommended.



Suenos Guesthouse


Recommended - Suenos Guesthouse

SUENOS Guesthouse is an award-winning five-star luxury guesthouse situated on the seafront in Thorpe Bay.

The accommodation, which bags the bronze medal position for best value hotels in Southend according to TripAdvisor, has five individually decorated en-suite rooms with quality features throughout.

Found on Eastern Esplanade, Suenos' rooms come equipped with a flat screen smart TV, iron, safe, hairdryer and mini fridge.

There is also a welcoming guest lounge and an outside terrace with fabulous views.

The full English breakfast is locally sourced and includes homemade granola and preserves.

Suenos, which also offers excellent cooked produce, has received a breakfast award.

TOP REVIEW: The location was perfect, being right on the seafront in Southend. Our room was so comfortable with every amenity provided. The breakfasts were amazing and we will certainly tell our friends about our stay. If we are in the area again, we will go back to Suenos!



Holiday Inn Southend


Overlooks the airport - Holiday Inn

LOCATED just a stone's throw away from Southend Airport, Holiday Inn Southend is ideally located for those preparing for a trip abroad or visiting the town for the first time.

The hotel boasts 129 air conditioned bedrooms and features 27 executive rooms, along with four king superior rooms.

Built over five floors, the hotel also houses the fully sound-proofed 1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, which offers spectacular views of flights taking off and landing at Southend Airport.

The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, while the bar offers coffee, bar food and a range of beverages.

Holiday Inn also has a variety of conference and banqueting facilities, plus various event spaces for up to 140 people.

TOP REVIEW: Our stay was good. Lovely clean room and although nobody could come into the room to clean, we were still able to have clean towels and linen if we required them. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was excellent. We would definitely recommend it.



Park Inn by Radisson Palace


Exterior - Park Inn by Radisson Palace

PARK Inn by Radisson Palace squeezes in to TripAdvisor's top five for the best value hotels in Southend.

The hotel is ideally located, on Church Road, for those looking to visit some of the town's most popular landmarks.

Southend Pier is just a short distance away from the popular hotel, along with Adventure Island, the Kursaal and Southchurch Hall.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a desk, while getting online is easy as free wifi is available.

A fitness centre can be found within the hotel and guests can take advantage of a 24 hour front desk, room service and a complimentary newspaper.

Popular restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel and paid public parking is available nearby.

TOP REVIEW: This has long been my go-to hotel in Southend. It’s perfectly located and many rooms have great sea views and balconies. I felt really welcome in all aspects of the stay. The breakfast was fantastic with many hot and cold options. Throughout our stay we were looked after by friendly and helpful staff. Things were very busy with the increased restrictions due to coronavirus but all members of staff were very professional with a personal touch and a smile on their faces. I would really recommend this hotel. My stay couldn’t have been any better.



Seven Hotel


Breakfast in bed - the Seven Hotel

A BRAND-NEW hotel is already making waves just a stone's throw from the Thames Estuary.

The Seven Hotel is located on Clifton Terrace and has 37 stunning bedrooms - including five luxury suites - a 60-seater modern British restaurant, cocktail bar and outdoor sun terrace.

Sat high up on the cliffs, within the Clifton Conservation Area, the boutique hotel boasts panoramic views of Southend Pier and the coastline.

Situated directly opposite the Cliff Lift, guests are able to access seven miles of the seafront and the longest pleasure pier in the world from the hotel.

High windows and stunning statement lighting add to the unique atmosphere for guests.

The Seven Hotel's philosophy is based upon seven key principles: a superb location, a unique award-winning design and ambience, great modern amenities, luxurious ethos within a competitive price, fine gastronomy, first-class service and memorable hospitality.

TOP REVIEW: We stayed in a sea view room and it was outstanding. The room was impeccably clean and smelt lovely and fresh. All of the staff were friendly and accommodating. We sat on the terrace for drinks and tapas and everything was first class. We also dined in the restaurant and the food was outstanding.



Hamiltons Boutique Hotel


Inviting - Hamiltons Boutique Hotel

THE Hamiltons Boutique Hotel can be found on Southend's historic Royal Terrace.

The Grade Two listed Georgian building is in a premier position and overlooks gardens, the Thames Estuary and Southend Pier.

Hamiltons has undergone extensive refurbishment and been restored to its former glory.

The small hotel is much-loved thanks to its quirky and modern touches.

The entrance and stairs are decorated in gold toile, with French chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and pictures showing Royal Terrace and the surrounding areas.

Despite the age of the property, 21st century comfort awaits guests with a flat screen TV, wifi and en-suite shower rooms on offer in all bedrooms.

Breakfast can be enjoyed in the hotel's dining room and guest lounge, with cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurt and full English breakfasts on offer.

TOP REVIEW: There was a lovely balcony with tables and chairs, offering a view of the beach and pier. There was a large dining table, two comfy sofas and an elegant bedroom. Furnishings were tasteful and sophisticated. Breakfast was cooked perfectly. I recommend their full English breakfast and I'm looking forward to going back again.



Camelia Hotel


Close to the seafront - the Camelia Hotel

THE Camelia Hotel also finds itself in TripAdvisor's top 10 hotels for best value in Southend.

The family-run boutique hotel has won multiple awards due to its impressive customer service and rooms on offer.

Located along the inviting Southend seafront, on Eastern Esplanade, the hotel has proved a hit since opening its doors and the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped it hitting its high standards.

Changes have been made inside the Camelia Hotel in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Floor markings have been put in place to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to, while there is a minimum vacancy of 24 hours between guests in rooms.

But the new measures have not stopped those visiting Southend enjoying their stay.

A restaurant, which is incredibly popular, also offers a host of dining options.

TOP REVIEW: This hotel is a little gem, perfect for a staycation getaway. It was easy to find, easy to park and ideally situated for a quiet stroll along beaches, to the fairground attractions and town centre. The level of service provided was exemplary, with social distancing adhered to at all times. We were treated to a delicious Sunday lunch which we would highly recommend. Our room in the annexe had been beautifully refurbished. Thank you for making our stay so lovely.



Pebbles Guest House


Outside - Pebbles Guest House

THE Pebbles Guest House offers a charming setting for those looking to enjoy a staycation a little closer to home.

Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it has an array of amenities within striking distance of its Eastern Esplanade location.

The historic Southend Pier is nearby, while thrillseekers are close to Adventure Island and Southend United's Roots Hall home - which is currently closed to supporters due to the coronavirus pandemic - is the ideal place for football fans.

If you are more interested in heading away from the tourist hotspots, Southchurch Park can be found just 0.3 miles away.

The Pebbles Guest House offers a flat-screen TV in all rooms and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is available.

A sun terrace is an added bonus, while baggage storage is also ideal, along with free parking.

TOP REVIEW: I can't say enough nice things about this place. They made us feel welcome from the first minute we walked in. The room was so spacious, well decorated and had a very comfortable bed. It has a built in wardrobe, lovely silver side tables and a silver dressing table with a big mirror, while the fireplace in a nice centrepiece. I would recommend this place to anyone.



Travelodge Southend


Affordable option - Travelodge

COMPLETING TripAdvisor's top 10 of best value hotels in Southend is Travelodge.

The budget-friendly hotel is situated on Chichester Road and is ideally placed if you are interested in taking in some of the seaside town's top attractions.

While Southend Pier, Adventure Island and the town centre are close to the hotel, Southchurch Hall is also less than a mile away.

Rooms at Travelodge offer a flat-screen TV, provide comfort and convenience.

Guests can also take advantage of keeping up to date on social media, with wifi available.

Steakhouse favourites, such as Bobby Jo's Diner and Il Palazzo, are within striking distance.

Travelodge is also in a good location for those who like big open spaces, with Priory Park, Southchurch Park and Gunners Park nearby.

TOP REVIEW: I stayed at Travelodge for two nights and enjoyed my stay. The rooms were large and clean, while all members of staff were friendly and the hotel itself was very quiet. You get what you pay for - a basic service. I couldn’t fault it. The location was so central within the town and, with that being the case, there was some noise from surrounding pubs. But I think that’s to be expected in any central location.