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Sefton Express
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballasalla
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Very warm welcome.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

We extended out stay and stayed here the first two days. The staff were very welcoming. Our room was good, although a little snug. Excellent size bed and very comfy. We also had breakfast which we enjoyed. It was a continental but more than enough to satisfy.
It was very very warm the days we stayed and the room was too warm, could have done with a fan, but that is our only complaint.
Next to the airport but we didn't hear any noise.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is my 7th stay at the Sefton Express and I love it. For me it ticks all the boxes. Plenty of parking (which in certain places on the Isle of Man - especially Douglas can be a nightmare). When you are in a car it is only 10 mins away from Port St Mary and Port Erin and about 15 mins away from Douglas so is very handy.

If you wish to have a fully cooked breakfast it is not the place for you but it does a very nice continental breakfast and you can have a little or as much as you wish.

The rooms are very basic but when you are on holiday you don't actually spend much time there. The beds are very comfortable and there are tea and coffee making facilities in the room and if you run out of these reception will let you have more.

It is very good value for money as some hotels and guest houses can be very expensive on the island.

The staff are very friendly and helpful.

A very pleasant stay and I will no doubt be going again next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Very handy for the airport but a bit distant from everywhere else. Ideally you need some transport but the hotel itself is comfortable and the staff friendly. Even offered uis plates and cutlery to eat our take away in the breakfast area.

Nothing was too much trouble. The room was a little on the small side but very comfortable.

Ideal to stay a last night close to the airport, or if you are visiting friends on the island with transport. Otherwise you are stuck with the bus or steam train.

Would definately use it again though.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We booked the Sefton Express for 6 nights in July 2012. It's along the line of a Premier Inn, although the rooms are a little smaller than your average Premier Inn ones. The room was nicely furnished, clean and had a good amount of hanging/drawer space. The bathroom door will push back into a door frame at the entry to the room, thus forming an extra noise barrier from the corridor, which we thought was a nice touch.

The breakfast is cereals and continental-style buffet only, but there's plenty of it. The staff were lovely - always smiley and helpful. The hotel is very handy for the airport (just across the road) and the public transport links are excellent: a bus stops at the airport which is 5 mins walk away and there's even a steam train 'halt' just behind the hotel! Despite being opposite the airport there's very little noise from there. There's lots of car parking space too. It's very handy for all of the Southern 100 course and if you don't want to use the car you can walk from the back of the hotel to Church Bends (approx 1 mile across the fields) - or get the steam train/bus into Castletown.

The 'bar' serves bottles of excellent local Okells beers and will do basic meals, although when we ate locally we tried the Whitestones in Ballasalla and the Garrison in Castletown which were both very good.

Would definitely use this hotel again if I was in the IoM and have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

after having our flight cancelled we were offered a night in the Sefton Express, just a 3 minute walk from the airport we were booked in so quickly and with no fuss considering about 20 other people were standing in reception, the irish guy on reception had it handled perfectly with plenty of irish charm and wit, he had the gift of the gab i might say, we alll seemed to eat at the same time but with the help of another member of staff who arrived to help- i think it was the manager, they handled it well, had a great night sleep considering i expected to hear aircraft-it was so quiet, warm and clean, although we didnt know about this hotel in the first place it was a great surprise, would definitly recommend this place and would love to stay a lot longer than 1 night. Great continental breakfast which was plentiful it would certainly set you up for the day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

We spent two nights at the Sefton Express, clean, and friendly, great base for touring the Island. The continental breakfast was included, plenty of parking, sound proofing also good as no noise could be heard from the nearby airport. Would stay here again, and have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights during the Southern 100 races. As other posters have said, it is a short hop from the airport, but if you have a car there is adequate free parking.
We had an end room on the second floor, which was clean and very quiet. The rooms are similar to Travelodge, Premier inn etc, with tea,coffe tray, iron, ironing board, hairdryer. The bathroom is a good size with a small selection of toiletries.
Breakfast is self service continental served in the large reception area. There was a selection of fruit, yoghurts, croissants, toast, ham, cheese and unlimited tea and coffee. This sets you up for the day.
The house keeping was adequate, as were only staying three nights we didn't expect the bedding to be changed and we kept the towels as per the usual 'hang up or place in shower' code for towel changes.
As previously mentioned there aren't fantastic views from this hotel, but there is plenty of walking straight from the hotel.
We paid £5 for wifi, which we didn't think too much of a rip off.
It was an ideal base for us and we have already booked for next year.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sefton Express
Address: Ronaldsway, Ballasalla IM9 2SE
Location: United Kingdom > Isle of Man > Ballasalla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballasalla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sefton Express 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located opposite the Isle of Man Airport and close to historic Castletown in the south of the Island, Sefton Express is a modern, well-appointed budget hotel sharing the Sefton Group’s commitment to the highest standards of customer service. A perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Isle of Man. ... more   less 
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