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Seacote Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in St. Bees
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“Not quite the Bees Nees, BUT ....”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Just returned from a National weekend away and wished we could have stayed an extra night. Yes, the hotel does look tired from the outside and yes the rooms aren't disimilar to those in a motel but otherwise this hotel is great; downstairs interior, very nice and everywhere is really clean. Good choice of food and excellent service from all the staff. Situated in a lovely spot overlooking the Sea. St Bees village is worth a stroll from the hotel, some lovely pubs there too. Really enjoyed this holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

just come back from a national trip weekend staying at the seacote hotel and cant wait to visit again staff were brilliant a credit to the hotel nothing was too much trouble the hotel itself is in a lovely place we stayed in room 3o6 and what a view , our room was lovely and clean food was good and plenty of it asked for extra toast at breakfast and it was brought straight away the hotel could do with a lick of paint outside but apart from that could not fault it we will definately be back to visit well worth the money we paid

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Essex
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Wonderful setting, right on the beach. Very friendly staff but not too efficient. Shower/shampoo not replaced - had to make emergency call to reception 7.15am for toilet rolls ! Very clean. Stated "Recently refurbished" but it was still tired looking. Holes in our dining table cloth, torn chairs in dining room. Woodwork in our bathroom recently painted but most of the paint was all over the tiles, very poor workmanship. Also loose bathroom tiles. Very poor menu, lukewarm food every day, breakfasts particularly bad with hard cold bacon. Just because it is the only hotel in that area shouldn't mean it can't up it's game.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the beach can hear noise from below in the bar areas.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in october 2012. Very friendly staff, clean rooms, good food, located overlooking beach, ideal place for a relaxing break. Yes it could do with a freshen up to modernise it but you get what you pay for. Value for money.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

National holidays weekend trip to lakes. What we didn't know that every 4th Saturday night they have a sort of Big Band night on 4th floor, and guess what floor they put our party of 4: yep! Right below on the 3rd floor and the racket went on till 2330hrs. The following morning, my wife and I couldn't get the shower to work at all. The 3 heat settings on the rather ancient unit gave 1. tepid;2 cold and 3 colder! It instructs you to restrict the flow for a hotter shower, all this did was to cause the water to trickle out down the flexy hose and onto the bathroom floor.
As I am advanced in years, I cannot get in/out of baths easily, so had to make do with a wash down in the sink. Our travelling companions experienced the same problems in their adjacent room.
I think they are re-furbishing the place as the strong smell of fresh paint was evident when we first stepped out of the lift on the 3rd floor. Pity they hadn't done our two rooms. The food was fairly good, and the staff excellent serving it. I would not return until they sort out the showers, and would calculate every 4th Saturday from 9/02/2013 so to miss their band night. Come to think of it, probably not return at ALL as 1000's of other hotels!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Newton Aycliffe, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I recently stayed at Seacote Hotel. The warm welcome ,the food , the lounge and bar areas, and all the staff were wonderful.
My only complaint is that the single room was really awful . It was tiny and cold, there was damp and peeling paint on windows. Burn marks on carpets from an iron . The furnishings were shabby and torn in parts. I feel quite strongly about paying an extra £10.00 single supplement when I am not taking up a double room, and its such poor quality.

Room Tip: Ask for sea view
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Stockport, England
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed at the Seacote Hotel for one night as part of a National Holidays weekend trip to the Lake District. My first thought was that the location was not exactly convenient for any of the places we actually visited. That fact aside it’s fair to say that the experience was, on the whole, satisfactory. After travelling from Stockport, watching the coverage of snow slowly decrease, we made a comfort break at Tebay Services before arriving at Keswick for a two hour stay. It was from Keswick that we made our way to the hotel, a journey of approximately seventy-five minutes through some of the most fantastic scenery this country has to offer. This fact was enhanced by the presence of some snow on the ‘tops’ and some angry looking clouds that we felt sure were due to divest themselves of serious quantities of the white stuff in the not too distant future. Disappointingly this proved not to be the case and, indeed, the closer we got to St. Bees the thinner the covering of snow became. Sorry if I’m going on about the snow but, in contrast to most people my age, I love the stuff and it brings out the child in me. Something we should all succumb to more often in my opinion.
On arrival at the hotel first impressions are that it looks OK from the outside. A little in need of a lick of paint maybe but consider the location. Right on the coast at the mercy of the wind and spray from a, not always friendly, Irish sea. After waiting on the coach for a member of staff to give us our welcome speech come pep talk, which included notification of our room numbers, we disembarked and made our way to our rooms. We were a party of four, two couples, and we had been allocated rooms 307 and 309 on the second floor. My wife and I had room 307 and on entry we were quite happy with what we saw. As many other reviewers have stated, the rooms are clean, if not a little tired, and functional rather than luxurious. There is a small chest of drawers either side of the double bed and a larger one against the opposite wall. A small cupboard/wardrobe is built into one corner and there is a small flat screen TV on the wall just above a shelf containing the tea/coffee brewing facilities. Supplies of tea, coffee, sugar and milk are plentiful and the 2 packets of biscuits are of good quality. The main feature of the room is the large window offering a fantastic sea view including the impressive St. Bees Head. The electric heater is positioned below the window and can be turned on or off as you choose without it being, as I’ve suffered at some smaller hotels, on a timer. The bathroom is smallish and contains a full-sized bath, pedestal and sink. There is an over bath shower which we didn’t use as our preference is for a bath due to the lack of one in our own bathroom at home. Overall the condition of the bathroom could be considered as run down. Saying this, it appears clean and all in working order. Sure there are some cracked/missing tiles but nothing that should cause you too much concern when you consider the cost of the overnight stay with dinner and breakfast included. Basically you get what you pay for and anyone who uses National Holidays with any regularity will be accustomed to the standard of accommodation on offer. There are some toiletries supplied and the toilet rolls are of surprisingly good quality. Back to the bedroom and the TV, channel selection is OK but the signal is lost on an annoyingly regular basis. If you need a hairdryer or an iron they are available from reception at no extra cost. The bedding is clean and there are spare pillows and blankets in the wardrobe if required. The quilt was of sufficient TOG rating for us not to require any additional blankets even though it was fairly small. It would not be an exaggeration to describe the bed as being as hard as a snooker table and, for this reason, it wasn’t very comfortable. Funnily enough the other two members of our group complained that sleeping in their bed was like wallowing in a water bed. Enough about the room, they were basically OK for the money and the brevity of stay. Just to note that the view from room 309 was straight out to sea.
Evening meal was at 7pm so we met up in the bar somewhat earlier to enjoy a drink. The bar is split into two areas, one designated the lounge and the other is the public bar. There is a decent selection of beers, lagers and ciders available and the prices are probably typical for a hotel. A pint and a half of Magners draft cider, a pint of bitter and a half of lager was approximately £10. We were situated in the public bar where there was a dart board and two pool tables. The whole bar area seemed a bit shabby and in need of a spruce up. The seating is reasonably comfortable and there is also a large screen TV which was showing football all night. I must point out that the two young bar staff seemed to be operating on autopilot and basically ignored you unless you actually attracted their attention. They did appear to improve as the night went on but service was, in general, pretty slow considering the relatively small number of punters. Anyway the time for evening meal was fast approaching so we made our way to the dining area. The room we dined in was obviously a large function room being used temporarily to house the large number of guests from the two coaches present. It was simply a case of give your room number at the door and sit where you like. The room was freezing cold with seemingly just one heater at one end which proved very ineffective. I wasn’t really expecting much having experienced the general standards observed since our arrival but I am glad to say I was wrong. The menu offered three choices of starter, main and dessert all of which sounded good. All four of us opted for pea and ham soup for our starter and very good and hot it was too. For main we all agreed once again and opted for the meat and potato pie. This was served with cabbage, carrots and chips all delivered in separate dishes to enable you to take as little or as much as desired. We asked for extra chips and they were provided with no fuss whatsoever. Other starters available included fruit juice and garlic mushrooms while other mains were Cumberland sausage and a vegetarian option. A choice of rice pudding, peaches and jelly or a chocolate mint sundae resulted in two orders for each of the rice pudding and peaches. There are no drinks, other than iced water, supplied with the evening meal so it may be prudent to bring something from the bar. In all I would say that all our party thoroughly enjoyed their meals and portion size was adequate even for a greedy bugger like me. The rest of the evening was passed in the bar having a few drinks and chatting. The public bar was not busy despite it being a Saturday night and I suspect without the National customers, the place would be practically empty. I must mention the toilets, they were unpleasant to say the least. I could have done with a pair of wellies in the gents, it was so wet.
On a positive note, the female guitar vocalist in the lounge area was very good with a wide ranging repertoire. Her song choices seemed a little different from the norm and she was certainly not just paying lip service to the predominantly elderly audience, small as it was.
Bedtime arrived so we made our way up to the second floor in the lift and prepared for the differing challenges presented in our ridiculously different beds.
Breakfast was served from 7am until 10am but as the coaches were leaving at 9-30am we were asked to be finished and ready to depart for 9-15am. I was expecting a good breakfast after the experience with dinner last evening but was slightly disappointed by the whole experience. We were in the same room as last evening and it seemed warmer. The first thing that struck us was that no table clearing had been done since the start of the service so we were left to try to track down a couple of seats that hadn’t been used. That aside, the usual cereals, hot drinks and fruit juices were available self service with toast and hot orders food being taken by the waiting-on staff. The full English comprised a fried egg, a sausage, a rasher of bacon, beans and a half slice of fried bread. Nothing was of particularly good quality and the beans were cold, probably due to us leaving it until quite late to have breakfast. As I said, somewhat disappointing but it filled a hole.
It was soon time to leave so we boarded the coach and bade farewell to the Seacote Hotel and continued our weekend trip to the Lakes. If the overall mood of this review appears negative, that was not the intention. Although there are some obvious negative points the whole experience was OK and I wouldn’t avoid this hotel by any means. For the money we paid it was adequate, not fantastic but good enough and at least it was clean.

Room Tip: Ask for sea view, Room 307 view is fantastic.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Seacote Hotel
Address: Beach Road, St. Bees CA27 0ES, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > St. Bees
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in St. Bees
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Hotel Class:3 star — Seacote Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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