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“Not what we expected”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of The Grand Hotel

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The Grand Hotel
Ranked #18 of 97 Skegness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Not what we expected”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

So booked a room for a Saturday night, on trip advisor. Advertised as last double room and it had a sea view.£66 so thought it should be okay. Advertised as three stars with car parking, happy days!

Arrived and found the car parking around the back, a garage affair with cars double parked and those in front sticking out on to drive way. So a none starter there! Eventually found a space on a road near by.

Walked round to the hotel, rang the bell, man answered the door, no greeting, went to the desk (wedged under the stairs) handed a key and told through the door up the stairs, no offer to be shown!!!!!

Already thinking its not very welcoming, we are an inconvenience!

Eventually found the room we had booked and in we went, first thing check out the sea view, what sea view? Back alley way washing line and fire escape, disappointing!!!! Lies lies lies!

Next the room! Badly fitted carpet, rather rough under foot, small double bed with aged polyester bed spread, manky bobbly blue blanket, but luckily clean sheets and pillow cases. The pillow cases contained wafer thin polyester pillows, but experience has taught us to bring our own.

ThE furniture in the room looked like house clearance gear! Nothing matched, kettle was from the arc and needed a serious descale!

The bathroom, well it was a very roughly built stud wall, no insulation, and looked to be constructed of 9mm ply rather than aqua board, not a square corner to it.

In the bathroom was a sink, standard fair and a rather modern design toilet, the shower cubical was 9" off the floor, the tiling was rough as hell and rather than clean the grout out of season some very badly applied grout had been put on to hide the damp marks and dirt, this was falling away whilst I showered!

The floor was covered with very old and badly applied floor tiles, not vinyl but hard plastic, pretty certain there's a chance they may contain some asbestos being that age. These were coming loose and the one in front of the sink where you stand was ripped up forming a sharp edge.

Noe clearly to squeeze as many rooms out of this rather nice property rather a lot of stud work had been put in, clearly contained no sound insulation as we could hear the occupant next door trumping talking and swearing his head off? Noise also came from the room the other side, the room above and the kitchen below!!

We managed to drown this out with the tv once it got warmed up, an ancient CRT tv with a cheap as chips digibox. COME ON! How poor can you be?

I suppose basically this place is. Stuck partly in the seventies and early eighties!

We went out for the evening and came back, didn't bother to stop at the hotel bar, looked worse than fawlty towers.

Breakfast was between 8 and 9 ON A SUNDAY FFS!!!!! The hotel do kindly provide a morning call! About 6am using the fire alarm at least 12 times.

Breakfast was okay, nothing exciting, cheap sausages with meat content unmeasurable on any known scale, bacon was nice but had clearly been done in a microwave shame! Eggs looked anaemic, mushrooms out a tin and catering beans. Waitress asked if we would like tea or coffee, human contact at last? Both asked for coffee expecting some weakfish coffee, but we were rather surprised!

TEA! Summed up the Grand Nicely

Sorry nameless man, but as a Tradesman the grand is only fit for that, trade use, and even then we'd only use it if it was the last place available!

£33 per person per night for that, when that previous week I had paid £20 per night for a very nice clean modern room in Chester!

Spend a lot! And you'll make a lot.

PS your electrical installation breaches The Electricty at Work Regulations!!

Room Tip: Don't stay at the grand! Sorry
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank FEOE
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Just had 2 nights at grand hotel very clean bed very comfortable very good breakfast wish we had gone longer will be going again

Room Tip: have a room on the front worth the extra
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gillott555
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

nice and clean nice family how run the grand vary god breakfast will go again a nice sort brake thank you .

Room Tip: we had room 21 vary nice view and bath room i would use again
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dean W
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

My husband and I had booked for 2 nights away for a short break.Position of the hotel was excellent,easy access to local amenities.The staff were very friendly,made us feel very welcome.We booked a sea view room which was ideal in size for what we needed.Overall I would book this hotel again when visiting the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mandy R
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Manchester England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

My partner and my mum stayed here for two nights over Christmas. The hotel is in a great position and we had a sea view room which was large and spotlessly clean. Everything we needed was provided hairdryer, soap, shampoo etc. The owners are very nice and friendly even helping us to our room with lots of Xmas presents we had brought with us. There wasn't many guests staying so I was surprised to see we still got the buffett breakfast which was perfect. My only complaint was it was a little too warm for me in the hotel but it was December afterall. We will definately be staying here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Keany
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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights in early November 2011 whilst visiting friends who live in the area. Our room was adequate and the bed was really comfortable slept really well on both nights. However, the bathroom flooring needed replacing but the owner said he has this in line for later on. It was clean though but the shower was tiny and as a rather large person I wouldn't have used it as there was nowhere to hold on to and I am slightly disabled. We stayed in a seaview room but the weather was bad so we didn't actually see the sea. We had our dog with us and there was a park opposite which was really convenient. Also we managed to park our car in the road as there are no restrictions in November for parking on the street. We would visit there again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are up a rather steep staircase
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mazma46
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Derbyshire, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

Proprietors very welcoming and friendly. Hotel in a great spot, virtually smack across from the pier.
I stayed in single room number 4 for just 1 night. Room very old fashioned but was nice and clean. Single bed (no headboard though, dont know why?), chair, wardrobe, drawers, bedside table with lamp & electric alarm clock, kettle/mug/tea & coffee and small very old colour tv.(does Amstrad still exist!) Large mirror with socket close by , perfect for drying/straightening hair. Light fitting with 3 speed fan. Bathroom roomy with loo, shower & sink with shaving light over. Towel trolley and sachets of shampoo/shower gel.
Breakfast was buffet style and was FANTASTIC. Help yourself to cereals & juices then onto chafing dishes containing bacon/sausage/mushrooms/eggs/toms/beans. Warm toast and jam/marmalade. Staff brought pots of tea/coffee as requested.
All in all, a great little hotel with everything to make your stay comfortable but really desperately needs updating & decorating. I would happily stay here again, albeit for 1 night rather than a weeks hols.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: The Grand Hotel
Address: 14 North Parade, Skegness PE25 2UB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Skegness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Skegness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel is ideally located in a prime seafront position, close to the Sun Castle Bowling Greens, the Pier, and just a 5-minute walk from Skegness Town Centre. Guests can enjoy full English breakfasts and free Wi-Fi. Grand Hotel is a family managed business comprising of 21 rooms including an suite bathroom, with a TV and free tea, coffee. Some rooms feature private balconies with views of the bowling green and seafront. The buffet-style breakfast includes a variety of continental options as well as cooked items. Guests can enjoy a drink and meet new friends in the Grand Hotel Bar. We have a fitted chair lift, providing easy access to our first and second floor bedrooms. Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel. Extra beds are not available. There is no capacity for extra beds in the room. Skegness Rail Station is just 15-minute walking distance. Also the Tower cinema, Skegness Arcade, and Lifestyle Leisure Centre are only 15 minutes away on foot. The Embassy Theatre is just 5 minutes' walk away. ... more   less 
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