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“Lovely, but missing a few touches.”
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Seaview Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Seaview (I hesitate to call it a hotel, which I will come on to), is a charming old building in a lovely setting - made even nicer by having spent the weekend overlooking the bay in perfect sunshine. The Seaview has charm, and the staff couldn't be faulted. The outside terrace is a really nice spot to sit, and enjoy a drink in sun. The food is lovely and breakfast was great - the ladies who serve in the restaurant were enjoyably efficient, but there are just a few touches missing.
Ultimately, the Seaview is a restaurant and bars with rooms. Our room was lovely and big, but also be aware there are some rooms in a modern annex at the back and for those you walk through the car park. However, there is no residents lounge or any area that allows you some benefits to paying £175 for the room. There is mention of a swimming pool, but it is in a private (though nice) sports club a walk away, and you have to pay £8 per day.
The Seaview is missing fresh flowers and other touches, which suggests the owners aren't on top of every detail. It doesn't look or smell fresh; the restaurant carpet for example at breakfast looked like it had remnants of dinner from the night before on it, and the pillows in our room were neck-achingly hard.
I read a really nice review of the Seaview in Alistair Sawday's, and I get the feeling that whoever refurbished the building is no longer there, it just isn't quite 100%. However, it is a lovely spot and the staff are more than happy and helpful, the food is good, and all in all there is enough formality to keep it feeling worthwhile a stay - they just perhaps don't have the same vision or attention to detail.

Room Tip: Lovely big rooms in the annex, though not part of the same old building - they are very quiet howeve...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Seaview-Hotel A, General Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2013

We are very glad that you had an enjoyable stay and really appreciate your feedback. Raising issues provides us with an opportunity to address and improve, and for that we are grateful.

The carpet you referred to was cleaned only a few days ago, I acknowledge it was overdue but this was as a result of scheduling issues which I may add is not an excuse, as it should have been addressed prior to your stay.

In every room we do have a welcome letter that provides information including pillow or duvet preference, where the drawing room is, local transport, tide times etc, We have a variety of pillows, some guests prefer hard others soft - if you had called down to reception we could have found suitable ones for you. We take note of your comments and will see if we can improve communication in this regard. All we want to do is make sure you have an enjoyable stay and if given the opportunity we will always endeavour to address any and all issues raised.

There is a drawing room on the first floor with an idylic view over the Solent - I apologise that this was not pointed out to you upon checking in.

Thank you for all the positive feedback about the food and service. We do have a new head chef, Alan Staley, who is widely considered to be one of the best chefs on the island. He has consistently achieved 2 AA rosettes over 16 years.

All issues that you have raised will be discussed thoroughly.

We do hope that you return.

Best wishes

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Just come back from lovely short break staying in the Vault Suite - very spacious conversion of an old Lloyds Bank next door. Kids loved sleeping in a real vault with it's heavy door! There was also a nice sitting area for us to relax and have a pre-dinner drink in. Bathroom smallish but adequate for our needs. Dinner in the Pump bar was lovely - delicious pork special and house burgers were devoured. I ate the Crab ramekin for lunch before heading home - it was sensational, still thinking about it actually. Do wish we could have stayed longer. Bit depressed to be home and busy now planning when we can get back. A good place for Mummy R&R!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Seaview-Hotel A, General Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Thank you for taking time to post your review, it's much appreciated. The Old Bank was once voted the prettiest bank in England and we are glad you felt 'safe' and comfortable in the vault suite.

There's always a lot to do on the island all year round and we hope you come to regard the Seaview as your very own coastal retreat.

With very best wishes

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Small and perfectly formed, we've been coming here off and on for 15 years. It's right on the beach, the staff are extremely obliging and the menu quite adventurous. Perhaps because things are done consistently well, with a range of bars and restaurants, it's more pricey than most of the island, but we think think it's worth it, because it just takes you back to your childhood every time. Great with dogs too!

Room Tip: There's a good choice of rooms, but the Newcombe suite picks up the air conditioning unit noise...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Seaview-Hotel A, Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2013

It is lovely to read a your review made extra special by the fact that you have been coming to the hotel for such a long time. We all thank you for taking the time to post your feedback and also for your continued custom. We look forward to seeing you again.

Very best regards

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Don't expect glamour. This is the English seaside. But if you're visiting friends on this part of the Isle of Wight and you don't want the faded elegance of Priory Bay, this is a smart choice. The rooms are small but comfortably decorated with a maritime splash. Service is faultless. Bearing in mind we were booked as part of a large and jolly wedding party, they handled us very professionally. And when the heating failed in our room - it being April - they instantly upgraded us to their garden suite. Someone's been to hotel school. Breakfast too scores highly with all the produce - sausages, bacon, eggs and black pudding - all being sourced on the island. The bar could not be friendlier and there's a pleasant terrace to sit out on on those rare occasions when there's sun.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Seaview-Hotel A, General Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review, hotel school indeed - that made us all smile! You are right a lot of our produce is island sourced (currently around 75%), we even have our own farm supplying fresh meat and vegetables. Next year we plan to serve a lot more heritage varieties and so our gardener is busy experimenting - purple carrots, stripy tomatoes and venerable spuds! They all have to pass the taste test though.

We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed at the Seaview for a second time having received details of a special weekend break. The hotel was as good as we remembered and is situated in what, for us, is one of the best bits of the island. Accommodation was a spacious first floor bedroom facing out onto what is a very quiet road. We ate breakfast and dinner in the hotel on both days and were not disappointed. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seaview-Hotel A, General Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

What a nice review and we are all so glad that you decided to return.

We have recently appointed a new chef, Alan Staley, who is widely regarded as one of the best chefs on the island. He was delighted to read your comments and rest assured Alan plans to continue developing the menu incorporating more local and island produce.

Thank you once again for your repeat custom.

Very best wishes

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Having stayed in many average and poor hotels and guest houses on the Isle of Wight, it was such a relief to find a hotel which lived upto its reputation. Having failed miserably to find a family room for a two day break over Easter Weekend, we were pleasantly surprised to find The Seaview had twin interconnecting rooms avalable in their new extension at the rear of the Hotel. The rooms were modern, spacious, and very well appointed, loved the telly over the bath, couldn't get the wife out!!. For a small Hotel they sure cram a lot in, two bars,one a real locals bar with lots of atmosphere, large retaurant which uses lots of local produce to very good effect for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Really good to have your breakfast cooked freshly rather than the ubiquitous buffets, the Haddock especially good. Also, for a lover of all things Naval, so many wonderful photos, letters and memorabilia all over the hotel as a really interesting tribute to our once great seafaring past. Will be back for more.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Seaview-Hotel A, Manager at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

Thank you for finding us over Easter weekend and taking the time to post your review. We love to read such feedback and it gives us all a real boost.

The hotel is rather unique - as mentioned we have the Modern building situated on Rope Walk - with more contemporary rooms and TV in the bathrooms! There's also the Old Bank next door, which was once voted the prettiest bank in England. Today it is home to several suites - one of which has the original vault doors and cashiers desk which is rather a talking point.

The Pump Bar is a much-loved pub in the heart of the hotel - serving local ales and a bar classic menu. It is reassuringly old-fashioned and an example of what pubs used to be. It is still a firm favourite with the locals.

We do hope that you return.

All best

The Seaview Seasiders

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Four of us had lunch mid-week here and we were all pleasantly surprised, they do a 2 for 1 lunch menu which we thought we would try, the food was lovely and great value, the atmosphere is relaxed and the waitress was really polite and friendly, will definitely return for a evening meal!! Well worth a visit.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Seaview-Hotel A, Owner at Seaview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

Thank you for posting a review on your lunch experience. As you may now we have recently appointed a new head chef, Alan Staley. He has a long pedigree and a string of awards under his belt and we were over-the-moon when he decided to accept the position. Alan was originally trained at the Savoy hotel and the French classical training he received there is still evident in his skilfully prepared food. We do hope that you return for dinner - we are currently running a set menu over lunch and dinner which is incredibly good value.

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Address: High Street, Seaview PO34 5EX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Seaview
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
Price Range: $141 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaview Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small seaside hotel in the picturesque fishing village of Seaview near Ryde on the isle of Wight. Good food, friendly service and a fantastic location. The award winning Restaurant and bars feature local produce with seasonally changing menus. ... more   less 
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