I have been visiting the Sefton at least once a year since 1995 - long before any of the extensions and other improvements took place.
All I can say is that the hotel gets better every time! The hotel combines the best of both worlds - traditional and contemporary. A splendid period facade houses and interior that has been enhanced and extended over the years.
Arriving at the hotel at 12:00 - three hours before check in time (15:00) on August 23 - there was a room ready for me, though I hadn't expected there to be - just took a chance and asked.
In recent years I have always had an atrium room. This time it was 274 up at the Fountain / Waterfall end. Despite some comments on Trip Advisor about noise from this water feature - I don't find the sound intrusive and I can easily sleep with the balcony door open and only the curtain drawn. The water feature is off between 22:30 and 07:00. It's nice to wake its sound in the morning.
The room was, as always, spotless and well turned out.
I had one lunch in Sir Normans - an excellent steak baguette - very generous filling and overall size.
Dinner was taken in the Gallery Restaurant which now has two AA rosettes. Service was attentive and pleasant. The food superb!
I tried the Yorkshire Red Deer the first evening and the grilled Dover Sole the remaining two evenings which was excellently filleted at the table.
Coffee after dinner on two evenings was served with a selection of chocolates with a couple of strawberries. There wasn't any explanation as to why these were not provided on the other evening. But it didn't really matter one had already eaten enogh anyway! There appeared to be quite a lot of people using the Gallery Restaurant, both residents and locals.
Since the refitting of the Gallery Restaurant just over a year or so ago it is now much more cosier and less clinical than the original 2000 design.
Breakfast at the Sefton is superb and always has been. [When booking it is always best value to book B&B rather than room only don't miss this meal unless you need to catch the early sailing!]
Usually a selection of fruit (including fresh figs), cereal, juices, croissant etc. The hot breakfast food is also excellent - the Sefton probably provides the best fried bread I have encountered anywhere!
Earlier this year I had the misfortune to try another Douglas Hotel when the Sefton was full it just helped reinforce my opinion that the Sefton is probably the best hotel in Douglas. I don't really want to have to try somewhere else again!
- 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