Like the promenade in Douglas, the Sefton hotel has probably seen better days, particularly before the onset of package holidays in the 1960s.
This was my first time on the island and thus, my first time at the hotel. The first thing that struck me concerned the hotel overall: it was obvious that parts of it had been redeveloped, while older sections remained untouched.
Lifts to various sections of the hotel were located in different places, and for some older residents this seemed to cause a little bit of confusion.
The hotel bar, 'The Sir Norman Bar', paid homage to the English actor. Unfortunately, it was hideously decorated and looked like a room out of an average semi-detached house from 1970s England, or even a British Legion bar! In the absence of a re-model, I'd give it a wide berth.
The breakfast room - the Harris room - is situated at the front of the hotel and basks in glorious sunshine. It too was a little old fashioned, as was the breakfast. I simply stuck with cereal and croissants, as the cooked option - beans, sausages, bacon, etc - looked awful.
The pool was closed and this was a real shame. I'd say this is one of the reasons it has a '4-star' rating, but as it's not accessible, this rating should definitely be reviewed.
But I keep the best to last. The room allocated was one of the best hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. It had a balcony that overlooked the atrium and caught the evening sunshine, and was spacious and well fitted out. Perhaps the only negative aspect was the shower: for someone a tad larger than myself, it would probably be too small, but that's only a minor point.
Would I stay here again? The answer is probably 'yes', but I wouldn't take the breakfast option (there are a few cafes in the town centre that are accessible on foot) and I'd pay that little bit extra for the same room again.
I've given it '3' but would like to have given it '3.5'; '3' probably doesn't do it justice, but '4' is too high.
With a little improvement it could be a fantastic hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- he 4-star Sefton Hotel is located in Douglas on the beachfront. It boasts a unique indoor water garden and eateries. The rooms at the Sefton feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and some rooms have views of Douglas Bay and the water garden. There are also luxury 5-star suites, complete with hot tubs, iPod docking stations and their own kitchenette. Enjoy a light bite, main meal or dessert in the themed Sir Norman's Bar and enjoy its extensive selection of wines and local ales. A more fine dining experience can be had in the Harbour Lights at The Sefton. The Sefton Hotel also boasts a tranquil pool and a library where guests can relax with a drink or a book. The Atrium Water Garden provides a stunning backdrop to enjoy a drink. The ferry port is a 10-minute walk away. Parking is available onsite, nominal parking charges apply. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sefton Hotel Douglas
- Sefton Hotel Isle Of Man/Douglas