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Seabank Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Esplanade, Porthcawl CF36 3LU, Wales   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porthcawl
Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
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69 hotel reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

In the 60s and 70s, this was one of the great hotels in South Wales, where international rugby sides stayed. We held our wedding reception there in the mid 70s. It is in a marvellous position and with a lot of money spent on it could be great again, but it is truly sad to see it in its present shocking state.

We thought we'd give it a try on a trip back home to see family. It was a mistake. There's nothing to recommend it now except its position and superb views.


  • Liked — They can't spoil the view or the memories of past glory
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

This hotel is well situated and has a fairly large, decent bar, but that's as far as the positives go. The entire interior of the hotel is extremely dated and everything in our room looked as though it hadn't been touched since the 1970's. The bathroom was a disgrace, with a rotting window frame, leaky bath/sink and dirty walls/floors. The beds weren't very comfortable at all and all night we were disturbed by the slamming of the fire door on our floor AND the floors above and below.

For £80/night anybody can expect ALOT better. I've stayed in $40 motels that were nicer than this place.

  • Liked — the fact that they sold beer
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed February 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Esplanade, Porthcawl CF36 3LU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Porthcawl
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porthcawl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Seabank Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seabank Hotel - Porthcawl (3 Alpha & AA 2-Star). Porthcawl's most prominent building is situated on a headland, a short walk from the Grand Pavilion and John Street shops. There are spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales coast from the bar, restaurant and most bedrooms. All 89 bedrooms are centrally heated and have bath or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, internal telephones and tea/coffee making facilities. Extensive public areas include the Smuggler’s Bar, Garden Restaurant and large function room with entertainment most evenings. The lift serves all floors. Extensive car parking. ... more   less 
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