Last week I booked into this lovely hotel for two nights in the week (Tuesday-Thursday). It was right in the prime location of a seaside town I first fell in love with twenty years ago. For those who know the area, the Belle View is situated a few yards away from the Clock Tower, meaning that not only did it take less than five minutes to walk from the station to the hotel, but I was within seconds of everything I needed! On arrival, I received a very warm welcome and was shown to my room on the top floor (I had requested the best view possible) and the owner insisted on carrying my huge suitcase up the stairs for me. She showed me my room - room number 12 - which was a double room with en suite and a sea view. The room was basic but everything I had hoped for - the bed was a double and comfortable to sleep in, the en suite consisted of a shower (which I was instructed how to us) and a toilet (the sink was located in the actual bedroom but I didn't mind that at all), and there was a reasonable wardrobe with hangers inside, drawers, a dressing table, mirror, two bedside tables with drawers and lamps, a fan, a lovely TV and a kettle already filled withwater which was a nice touch. There was also a light switch over the bed so I could get comfortable then turn off the light rather than dash for the bed in the dark and hit the deck. The view was gorgeous and allowed me to see the sea, the crazy golf course, the clock tower and the gardens - it might sound a bit busy for a view but I'm a people-watcher and watching the world go by suited me fine. It also meant I could watch the sunrise from my room (there was a chair by the window) which would have been amazing if it hadn't been a bit misty but that's just mother nature.
During my stay I was able to explore the shops which were moments away and I could happily take my day's shopping back to the hotel before heading out for an evening stroll along the beach and a spot of dinner in one of the many eateries within a few minutes' walk of the hotel - plenty of choice of chip shops, pub grub, seafood, takeaways, carveries, Italian buffet, a McDonald's, a Yates's, a Subway and I heard rumour of a Wetherspoons but I didn't really venture that way. I also recommend exploring Ingoldmells which is a village ten minutes away on the bus (which can be caught within a hundred metres or so of the hotel) which offers a theme park, a large outdoor market, arcades, traditional seaside amusements (crazy golf, donkey rides etc etc) and a rather new beach bar called Joe's which has a stage set up on the beach with karaoke and children's songs to keep them amused. The bar also serves food - apparently on Dustbin Lids, so large are the portions - and do good deals on drinks so it's a lovely place to spend an afternoon, especially if the kids want to play on the beach.
The hotel was nice and clean, and I can't really comment on breakfast much but the toast was lovely and a glass of orange juice was already set out on my table when I came down for breakfast. I'm not much of a brekkie person but when I mentioned that I'm vegetarian, Deb was very friendly (some people get annoyed by the "fussy ones") and said she would be able to cook me a vegetarian breakfast if I'd like which was a very kind offer.
The room was cleaned daily but I didn't exactly mess it up to begin with but it's nice to know they were on top of it in case.
Overall, great service, lovely owners and a simple and modest room which was all I wanted - it's not the Ritz but it never claims to be, it is a lovely little B&B offering a charming place to stay and at the end of the day, I didn't really spend much time in my room as the sun was out and I was out enjoying myself in the sun and in the shops. The only relative down side was that the toilet was rather cramped so your knees almost touched the wall but it didn't seem a problem - you could easily face the other way and at the end of the day, it's an en suite so it still beats queuing for a shared bathroom!
In response to a few comments about the shower, it was perfectly adequate as long as you remember to switch it on at the wall and gave me the warm running water I wanted from a shower. It was a bit loud - some form of motor whirring - but it was warm and most people are only in the showed for a few minutes anyway and I'm always happy to sing over any noise I encounter ;)
Lovely hotel at a very reasonable price - especially considering the amazing location and view - and they were more than happy to do me a good deal as a single occupant in a double room. Would highly recommend and I can't wait for my next chance to visit!
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