Staying at The Alma

Guests at the Alma are provided with superbly comfortable double beds, luxury cotton linen, flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines, stunningly equipped power showers, fluffy towels, lovely Liberty & Green toiletries, free Wi-Fi, full English breakfast and a certain amount of ‘Je ne sais quoi’. All situated above the finest pub in the Eastern Angles.

Chamber’s Chambers

The Chambers family arrived in Harwich in the 1930s and stayed innkeepers throughout two generations (Bill and Arthur) until the 1980s. Members of the family still live in the town.

The standard double room has some excellent examples of mullioned medieval windows as well as some fine ships timbers, these won’t add to your night’s sleep but they look lovely. Partial sea view.

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William Hammond was the first ever Alma innkeeper as well as ferry boat agent. fish dealer, councillor and bankrupt. A jack of all trades he stayed for 5 years. There’s a pronounced slope to this standard double room so roller skating is not allowed but people with one leg longer than the other will feel right at home. If you lean out of the window you shall have the same view of the estuary that Christopher Jones the master of the Mayflower had.

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Kingsford’s Cabin

Henry John Kingsford was a carpenter who fitted out the bar in 1887. We know this because he left a bit of wood with his name and date on it in a void behind some panelling. It is written on the same wood in which the cabin is panelled, in a beautiful copperplate hand.

Kingsford is small, it’s compact and bijou. If you like that sort of thing it’s perfect. However if you’re oversize and like swinging cats please chose another room. No sea view without a periscope. This room may not be suitable if you have mobility issues.

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Charles Cullingham was the merchant brewer from Ipswich who put up the money to transform the Alma from a merchant’s house to the pub we now know.

The superior double room is large and has a bath as well as a shower.  The double sofa bed makes it possible for this room to sleep a friendly 4.  It boasts a sea view and a view of a quite charming electrical substation.

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The Deanes were prominent Harwich residents, there name appears on the deeds throughout the centuries, Anthony Deane was the MP for Harwich at the same time as Samuel Pepys. The room has a side room that contains a single bed so can be used as a family room.

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Spraklins Suite

The Spraklin name appears on the deeds for most of the 18th century and our attic rooms are named after them. There is one double and one twin bedroom and a bathroom taking up the whole top floor. Sea views but only at high tide. A tight staircase needs to be negotiated to reach the attic.

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While renovating this very room, we found an army dog tag that belonged to Joseph Newbiggin, he lived here with his family for a short while.  Now you can enjoy the same view of Lambards Salt House’s garden as he did.  Standard double room on first floor with wet room and a monkey.

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Gardener’s Garden Room

Named in honour of the last family to own this as their home, Gardener’s Garden room is a superior double room with 4 poster, king size bed, views over the walled garden, exposed Tudor brickwork, a massive TV and the first Japanese style “sit tub” in a Harwich hotel room.

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Ginger’s Garret

A garret is a habitable attic space, ours is named after the master builder of this crazy restoration project.   Ginger’s garret looks out of the roof tops of Kings Head Street.  The standard double room has a splendid wet room and distant sea view if looking right out the window.

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When the innkeeper has decided what to call our twin bedded room we will update this.
Until then we will simply say that its a room with twin beds, wet room and charming view of chimney pots through the Velux window.

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