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Royal Victoria Hotel
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

This grand old hotel really takes you back in time. The history and splendour of this Victiorian property is pleasingly matched by its attention to modern day features.
Spacious room complete with seperate lounge coupled by friendly staff.
Our stay was only marred by a howling gale battering at the windows but then what can you expect when your hotel stands right on the seafront!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

We are lovers of faded grand Victorian hotels, and this one did not disappoint! The first floor and grand staircase are particularly good. Staff were incredibly helpful and pleasant. We had a sea-view suite - it was very comfortable if a tiny bit shabby. Bed was comfortable and breakfast was fine. People who want up-to-the-minute boutique type hotels will not like this - people who have a sense of history and enjoy the quirky will be happy here.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank stephogrunt
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

Joining friends for sunday lunch, negotiating the rotating foyer door should have said something but missed it. Told restaurant was on the 1st floor and so assended the lovely sweeping staircase,good point. While waiting for the rest of the party decided to pop to the ladies, bad move. This part of the hotel must be on the decorating list along with the ladies room. The toilet I used had cracks in the back of the enamel seat and the toilet area must be on the do-it up list. Freinds arrived and we were shown in to the dining area and took our seats. The rolls were already on the plates, don't know how long, we were then asked which starter we would like and order duly taken. Simple, no, plates were put down and then taken away as items were left off and one of our party only received her starter after we had all finished, how long for a few lettuce leaves, a shave of parmesan and 3 little prawns oh and some chilli sauce, which was left off the other plates that had to go back. Time for the Carvery. step up to the Plate, plate in hand ask for the roast beef, had to carve off some of the meat as it was gray and dried out, next the yorkshire pud placed gracefully on the plate with a blue gloved hand, oh well. Next the potatoes and veg, browning cauliflower, brick hard roast parsnip, cold broccoli, zeppelin sized carrots and of course cold roast potatoes covered with a thick,but hot gravy, this i did not know until i had sat down at the table with my plate. Asked for it to be reheated in microwave which was duly done but by then my yorkshire pud was flat and so was my appitite. Friends had to wait while all the potatos and vegetables were taken out back to be warmed up again. Perhaps the use of lidded serving containers would improve the life span of the vegetables. Next the dessert, Ok not too bad, a bit lacklustre, but unable to get cheese and biscuit as kitchen had ceased, perhaps could be on the trolley just in case somebody would like that instead, loss of at least 1 potential revenue . Last but not least Coffee £3 for such bitter coffee that had to have sugar a no no. Staff were attentive and pleasant enough but that was not what was paid for the food was and with a little more thought to planning and attention to detail this review could have been so different

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank polarbear44
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

Having read reports before our visit I cannot believe people could write such negative remarks.

The building is old but grand, the rooms are large compared with so many modern hotels, no central heating in the rooms, so you can control the heaters yourself. The bathrooms do need modernising as paint was beginning to peel from the wall which did not look good.

We stayed over New Year and it was done very well, except for the timing when we finished the buffet meal well before midnight and the disco, well we did manage a few of his numbers but they were hard work! Afterwards we were entertained to a marvellous firework display on the beach directly opposite.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Cottyy
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

Quite simply, do not contemplate staying at this sad and decaying hotel. Once a beautiful edifice to premier accommodation, this property has gone way past any stage for improvement. It now needs to close and be totally gutted.

The reception foyer is dark and dismal with an air of great sadness. Staff try to be helpful, but I think they are tainted by the appauling environment in which they are expected to work.

My second floor front bedroom was icily cold and when given a supplementary convection heater to plug into the wall, found the socket totally corroded and it was LIVE! The hotel seemed to be unaware of Health & Dafety for guests.

Restaurant breakfast was a nightmare. The cook did not know how to prepare Haddock and it was eventually served with a completely uncooked/raw egg floating on top. To cap that, the waiter was very intrusive and would not leave us alone, wanting to talk about football all the time....something that neither of us had any interest in. I eventually had to ask him to leave us alone.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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