Stayed Friday `till Sunday with my wife, my brother and his wife and whilst our rooms were clean, comfortable and hot (despite the cold February weather) there was just something missing !
The Shearings Hotel seems to be VERY geared to Shearings coach parties and us private guests appeared almost to be trespassers ! Having eaten in the Lounge Bar on Friday night we emerged into the foyer where there was a table laid out for teas & coffees with a notice saying "For residents only" we were then informed quite tersely by the duty Manageress that it was only for the coach parties ! (so we weren`t residents then ?)
Breakfast was a good selection, well cooked and served quickly, tho` we did arrive in the dining room well before the coach party guests !!
Our meal in the bar on Friday evening was a different story, my brother and I ordered Prawn Green Thai Curry, our wives, Cheese omelettes, we were told at the Bar that the Curry had been removed from the menu and no longer available (so why was it still printed on the menu?)
The barman, having consulted with his bar manager informed us that it WAS available after all, so that was ok ! Food arrived, our Thai curry a grey "gloop" in a bowl with about 6 prawns, the rice was ok though, and the omlettes very dry and both wives doubted the presence of any cheese !
Saturday afternoon, late, my brother and I watched the 6 nations rugby in the bar along with several others and played a great game called "find the bar staff" !!
We ate out on Saturday night.!!!!!!
Despite all this, overall we enjoyed we enjoyed our stay, the Hotel has character and I like the fact that every room is slightly different, it just needs more attention to detail, just because the majority of guests are probably elderly (we`re not that young either) doesn`t mean they should have to accept second best. ( the disabled lift from outside is still out of order by the way)
So why do I use the above title ??? Well anyone who reads the well produced glossy brochures for "Coast & Country Hotels" which are available in reception, would struggle to match up the Hotel with the description in the brochure I rather think, for none of the standard rooms seem to be shown, only the ones to which you can upgrade.
Perhaps I`m being "picky" we really did enjoy our stay and the majority of the staff were friendy and helpful
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Grand Atlantic Hotel you’ll find a magnificent turreted period property typical of the historic resort of Weston-super-Mare. The hotel stands in an excellent position on the town’s seafront, just a stone’s throw from a safe sandy beach. As well as its proximity to the town, the Grand Atlantic Hotel makes an excellent base from which to explore the West Country. The Hotel houses all of the amenities and facilities you would expect from a Coast and Country venue. In addition, our staff will offer you a warm, friendly welcome, and ensure that your stay is as relaxing and memorable as possible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Atlantic Weston Super Mare
- Grand Atlantic Hotel Weston Super Mare
- Hotel Grand Atlantic