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The Seaton Lane Inn
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Seaton Lane, Seaham SR7 0LP, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 7 Seaham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Durham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Also a pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

This place is always a pleasure, we've eaten here many times over the years but mainly Sunday lunches. However we treat our girls to an unplanned treat last night, we had a set 2 course meal, which had great choice & something for each 1 of us @ £12 a head was well worth it, the food is delivered posh nosh but a very adequate amount, lovely food, lovely service would always recommended.
The decor in here is beautiful, plush which gives a very soft relaxed feel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stayed here just for one night. Excellent room for the money - overlooked field although noise from nearby dual carriageway could be heard with window open. Food in restaurant was excellent with good choice of menu and swift service. Breakfast - selection of cereals/fruit/ croissants to help yourself with cooked options to order. Decor throughout modern and tasteful. Would definitely stay here again and recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Not normally an Internet reviewer, nor do I particularly take any notice of on-line reviews unless they come from a credible unbiased source, but since I now have an account on tripadvisor why the hell not.
I travel the country on business and usually stay in South Shields guest house down on the Sunderland coast. I was recommended this place as it is near Durham and close to Sunderland with fantastic access to the A19 and A1 motorway.
The rooms at this hotel are small but adequate and well appointed. Bedding was of a decent quality and the room clean. The adjoining bar is welcoming and serves a good ale. Food nothing to write home about, and I think the chef pats himself on the back a bit too much. Had much better quality offering at Premier inn and Bewleys, thus I remove one star from my rating.
Would I revisit? Hell yes, if only for the ale.

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I have stayed many hotels and can recommend this one, best recommendation I can give is that I have stayed at least 20 times and it is my 1st choice, rooms are a good high standard, food is a treat, restaurant is always busy, and best thing of all are the staff Adrian and his staff make you feel very welcome,almost a home from home

Room Tip: All the rooms are good and almost identical
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We booked one nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast to break our journey from Scotland to Whitby. Having read the reviws of the Hotel we looked forward to our stay. The room was excellent although the bathroom was very small but all well maintained and clean. Dinner was excellent with good attentive service enjoyed in a good atmosphere. After a good nights sleep we looked forward to breakfast. This was when the whole experince changed. The three waitresses seemed more intent on discussing their previous nights experience than looking after the Three customers then trying to take breakfast. We were directed to the buffet table which was sparse to say the least with empty baskets which had obviously had earlier contained croissants etc. No plates or dishes where available. We asked the waitress who made no apologies but did provide four from the kitchen. our orders were taken and we were served tea which was luke warm served with an empty milk jug. No teaspoons provided the waitress provided two from the kitchen which she came into the restaurant wiping on a tea towel. My two soft boiled eggs took over 20 mins, and were served rock hard. No surprise there then! I had to again ask for a teaspoon to eat the eggs We had saga with my wifes Scrambled eggs which again took over 20mins. At this stage a workman walked through the restaurant and into the kitchen where he started to use a hammer drill. At this stage we decided to wave the white flag and escape. Unfortunately what started out as a really good experience degenerated into what can only be described as a shambles. We left wondering which were the true standards, the excellent dinner or the shoddy breakfast.

Room Tip: Room 11 has a small bathroom and shower cubicle.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

visited between xmas and new year.Fabulous place to stay and eat with a good "old style" bar with locals that genuinely wanted to talk to you.Food was extremely good with first class service.
Good base to visit north east cities for sightseeing or shopping.Good walks along the coast.

Room Tip: all very good
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I stayed at the Seaton Lane Inn for a couple of nights during December 2012 whilst on a business trip to Peterlee. It was easy to find, there was sufficient parking space and it presented attractive first impressions.

My check in was friendly and efficient. My room (No. 5) was clean and spacious, well presented and appointed and very comfortable. The en-suite bathroom appeared similarly attractive and maintained however it was let down by the rather cheap and tacky shower cubicle. The slide door handles were corroded and the semi-circular door itself jammed whilst I was in the shower. Someone even fatter than me might have had trouble getting out again. I did manage to sort out the jammed door once I had extracted myself and was careful not to shut it fully next time. There was a small amount of black mould in one corner of the cubicle.

There is free WiFi throughout, including the bar, restaurant and guest rooms. It was rather patchy in its coverage and was quite slow once connected. Fortunately, I found a BT WiFi signal that had a much better signal strength and which I could use with my BT Broadband account credentials.

I made my way to the bar and restaurant for dinner and a drink. This area was attractively and tastefully decorated, making very clever use of mood lighting. I availed myself of one of the real ales available; it was excellent. The restaurant has a good selection of dishes available, all at reasonable prices. The meals were well prepared and were served quickly and efficiently by friendly and helpful staff.

Breakfast was also good; a tasty and freshly prepared English breakfast appeared promptly after my order. But, oh dear, it's not very nice seeing the plates and cutlery covered in fingerprints - yuk! This appeared to be a particular issue associated with the breakfast service as it manifested itself on both mornings of my stay, but not during my evening meals.

Check out was equally friendly and efficient.

I have removed one point for the dodgy shower and the fingerprint infested breakfast cutlery, however I did enjoy my stay and would use the Seaton Lane Inn again on the next occasion I am working in the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seaton Lane, Seaham SR7 0LP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Seaham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Seaham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Seaton Lane Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
\Imagine you find your ideal country pub, enjoy a fine meal and a few drinks – why move on? Well, now you don’t have to because the Seaton Lane Inn will provide you with somewhere luxurious to lay your sleepy head – at a price you can afford. The roadside inn has been extended with an 18-bedroom hotel which is attached to the main building and overlooks a paved, outdoor area. It is well sheltered from the prevailing winds and surrounded by colourful plants – including a herb garden. At night, the paved area twinkles with sunken lights and you won’t feel cold – the powerful heat lamps do their job. The hotel’s boutique-style bedrooms have been tastefully furnished by a top quality interior design team, decorated in different styles to a high standard and equipped with plasma TV, WiFi and king-size and super king-size beds. En suite shower rooms are of a high standard and hair dryers and tea and coffee making facilities are provided. There is also luxury, ground floor accommodation for disabled guests. Door entry is by card key and guests can take their choice of visiting other North East attractions – or spend a relaxing evening enjoying the culinary delights and friendly atmosphere of the Seaton Lane Inn’s restaurant, lounge and bar. Comfort, pleasant surroundings and a choice of locally sourced food and drinks to tempt the most discerning of palates – what more could you desire? For a start, you may be looking for an ideal base to savour the best of all the North East of England has to offer. That place is the newly extended and tastefully renovated Seaton Lane Inn boutique hotel. Situated by a country road through a village, it is only a few hundred yards from the A19 – making is less than 30 minutes to Newcastle upon Tyne and equally convenient for Durham City. Sunderland is just minutes away. The Seaton Lane Inn has come a long way from its early incarnation as a blacksmith’s forge; it now incorporates a stylish lounge/dining area, traditional bar and a new two-story hotel attached to the original building. The pub/hotel is run by owners who head a talented team. Their purpose is to make your stay at the Seaton Lane Inn a memorable one – for all the right reasons. These include the friendliness of the staff, the affable type of clientele you meet in a country inn, a tempting and varied menu (try the seafood) and wide range of beers, including excellent cask conditioned ales served from the hand pump, wines and spirits. You can relax in the comfort of the lounge, which has Sky TV, or join the regulars in the adjacent bar. The new hotel has 18 en suite double rooms which are tastefully furnished and have all modern conveniences including TV and radio, wireless internet access, toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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