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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Seaview Hotel Isle Of Wight