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“All rather pleasant...” 4 of 5 stars
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Priory Bay Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Priory Drive, Seaview PO34 5BU, England   |  
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3-night Christmas Break
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Seaview
Bristol, England
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56 reviews 56 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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“All rather pleasant...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I found the hotel to be warm and welcoming stay over a rather bleak Christmas, weather-wise. A laid-back, friendly atmosphere pervades and they did everything to accommodate our needs. Managed to get to their private beach one day which is very pretty. Would doubtless be a good summer hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Arriving at this delightful hotel in the height of a storm did nothing to detract from our welcoming surroundings. From huge Christmas trees in many rooms, log fires, candles in abundance, bowls of clementines and chocolates, it was a magical setting. Christmas Eve Carols in the drawing room, Father Christmas visiting the next day followed by a superbly entertaining display by a local falconer on Boxing Day ensured a relaxed and interesting stay. Having access to the beach and grounds with views from the main rooms across the sea all helped to make our stay special. Together with excellent food and exceptionally high calibre staff in all roles, we couldn’t have wished for more.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews 141 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The acid test of how well a hotel that purports to welcome children performs is how they deal with an excitable and noisy 3 year old in the public spaces before dinner. The answer: with unflappable friendliness. That's impressive. Anyway, the hotel was not busy on a wet December weekend but the hotel was warm and welcoming with log fires, subdued lighting and efficient personable service. We had a great room (9) which was in fact two interconnecting rooms. Dinner was perfect in the formal Oyster room, helped along with a very good house champagne. We slept soundly in the cosy rooms and when we woke up, the full English breakfast was just right. Having been an infrequent guest at the hotel, my observation is that it is actually better out of season, preferably with the rain lashing against the large Victorian windows and the wind howling through the weatherbeaten branches whipping up an unforgiving grey sea several hundred yards below. You could almost be in the outer Hebrides, except you're only 2 and a half hours from London...

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newport, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Beautiful hotel in a lovely location with private beach. I was part of a wedding party and this hotel makes the Perfect venue. Food was especially nice. Really looked after us. Gorgeous room (4). Can't think of a down side....

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Isle of Wight
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I went last evening to one of the "Supper Club and Wine Tasting" evenings....It was absolutely amazing and the best night I have ever had at the Priory- and I have been going for many years. The atmosphere, the culinary delights, the presentation and the wine were just mind blowing! - What made it MOST OF ALL THOUGH - the staff!!! My goodness, nothing was fake, they were all genuinely really enjoying and so full of enthusiasm with their jobs! (Rare these days!!) The lovely welcome from Ralph (who had also been just SO charming on the phone) - and James Trevaskis -(Also, so charming, smart and professional ) , Oliver Stephens the head chef (Who is just so skilled) .....and the absolutely lovely waiters/waitress, Martin, Domonic - and a young French girl.. - All of them looked after us so well we were totally spoilt ....and even more of a treat they all sat with us for a few minutes afterwards as we retreated to the bar. Such really lovely people, they made our night.

This event was incredible value for money - at £50 a head, so many courses I lost count and the wine was far more than tasting....

Well done Andrew Palmer - you have the best crew I have ever experience anywhere!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed at the Priory Bay for a weekend in September, for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We wanted to go somewhere with a bit of luxury but that also welcomed our two boys (10 yrs & 9 yrs). We booked the family treat package. This included two night accommodation in a Tithe Barn, the accommodation was spacious (1 king size master with ensuite, a bunk bed room, a smaller double, a shared bathroom and a combined lounge, dining area) overlooking the solent just a short walk away from the main hotel. The package included breakfast on both mornings, a meal for all four of us in the bistro restaurant, high tea for the boys on the Saturday night and a meal in the Tasting menu restaurant for my husband and I. The package also included tennis and golf for us all. We did have to remind the reception staff that this was included in our package whenever we went to collect equipment. Having it's own private beach is a marvellous addition. The boys did have a swim in the outdoor pool but did have to wear their wet suits as it was not heated, but we knew this is advance and came prepared.
The food was wonderful in both restaurants. We have eaten at a few 2 star Michelin restaurants and my husbands rated the tasting menu better than them all, so our compliments to the chef.
The only complaint that we do have is that when we came to check out our we had been charged for meals on top of our package and unfortunately the guy on reception was not experienced enough to deal with the problem and had to ask the duty manager to come down and sort it out. We did have a lovely time and ordinarily would not pay as much for a weekend away, but would say that in the height of the summer the location and outside space at the hotel would be unbeatable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Very peaceful off season. Roaring fires and a lovely deserted beach. Food reviews seem to be mixed but we chose to eat in the more casual Priory Oyster where the food was exceptional. Salads and veg from the garden and foraged mushrooms, really very good. James the restaurant manager and sommelier really knew his stuff and is a lovely guy. richard running reception and bookings was also great. Recommended if you want some peace and to relax in a beautiful setting with excellent food and drink -perfectly made martini. Emma and John, Surrey

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Priory Drive, Seaview PO34 5BU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Seaview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Seaview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Priory Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Priory Bay is the Isle of Wight’s leading country house hotel. Set within a 60-acre estate, it's period buildings have spectacular views out to sea, with gardens and woodland running down to the bay. It inspires our chefs to use the finest seasonal ingredients, whether foraged, farmed or fished we are passionate about local produce. James Trevaskis and Oliver Stephens have both returned to the Isle of Wight to run the restaurant and kitchen at the Priory Bay Hotel. James and Oliver started their careers at Priory Bay and then went on to hone their skills in London, Paris and Copenhagen. ... more   less 
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