We booked two nights for two people with groupon for £100. There were no standard rooms available so we had to upgrade to a sea view room for £20 per night extra.
We were very glad we did. The view from our room was stunning and it made the trip. We feel that if it hadn't been for the view we would have been very disapointed with the hotel.
The room was clean and comfortable but was like a blast from the 1980's. Cheap orange pine furniture finished the look off nicely. The shower, despite looking like an ancient relic, worked very well. The bedroom doors were not at all soundproof - the couple along the corridor from us sounded like they were having a great weekend.
The dated feel continues throughout the hotel, carpets in the gym area being very threadbare in places.
Sitting in the conservatory for a drink gives stunning views also, but I noticed spiders and webs on the frames.
The garden is lovely and well kept, and the hotel has access to the beach via steep steps.
The breakfast was ok. My other half had a full english breakfast which he said was lovely. As a vegetarian my options for hot breakfast ware limited to baked beans and grilled tomatoes. Coffee was good and hot.
Staff seemed sparse. We seemed to have to wait where ever we needed attention, be it reception, bar, breakfast room or pool. That said, staff were all lovely, no complaints there.
We found it strange that there was a charge for towels in the pool, so took the towel from the room. The pool and jacuzzi were lovely. The sauna a bit old and creaky.
Overall, we would definitely stay here again, but only in a sea view room. This hotel without the view wouldn't feel like a treat.
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