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The Sea Princess
Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Great Yarmouth
Nottingham
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

The room (24) small with sink in room, separate toilet which had frosted glass, no curtain or blind, so you could see people in the street. What we thought was a cupboard was the shower! Every hotel I have stayed in had complimentary shower gel etc but no, just a tiny piece of soap. No hairdryer. Tea tray was on the windowsill as nowhere else to put it, there were 4 teabags in a plastic bag, obviously been there a while as the tea tasted stewed. The walls were extremely thin and the gentlemen in the next room could be plainly heard talking and then snoring. The lamp did not work. There was no phone in the room, the closest one was on the ground floor on the wall, what would happen if someone was taken ill. The light at the top of the stairs didn't automatically come on which made it dark to come down the stairs along side of the stairlift. I wonder what H&S reports say. The car park is not large enough and visitors are requested to leave their keys at reception for the car to be moved if required. Sign says 'park at own risk' the hotel takes no responsibility for any problem, this would probably negate visitors insurance.
At the entrance to the dining room there was a horrible smell, this was handled by a staff member spraying airfreshner before visitors entered the dining room. I could carry on listing lots of things wrong but I would not recommend the hotel quite the reverse. In it's day I am sure the hotel was beautiful but it has been allowed to become old and tired and has just had sticking plasters put everywhere.

Room Tip: Do not stay in room 24 or the rooms on either side
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

stayed here knowing it was a basic hotel, with my granddaughter for 2 nights b/b. the overall look of our room was tired and dated but clean, the linen was clean, white, and the towels fresh, and a fairly new bathroom meant that we slept well and had good hot showers.The breakfast was ok though the bacon could have been cooked a little longer, and the dinning room a bit cramped. But on the whole as a basic hotel I got what I needed, The service though was very good and everyone we met were helpful and friendly. Overall our stay was ok, but if I had been looking to treat myself I wouldn't have been looking at this hotel

Room Tip: the twin beds are very close to each other with no room for a small unit so if you need night time d...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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rutland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Many thanks to the staff of Hadleigh Gables Hotel. We stayed for a long weekend on the 26tyh of July. We went with my son and his family. They had a lovely family room overlooking the beach. We had a smaller room but we asked to be next door and the room for just my husband and I was sufficient for the weekend. The large room was lovely, the shower rooms could do with refurbishing but both rooms were clean as was the bed linen and towels etc.
The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Everyone went out of their way to make sure our stay was a pleasant one. The weekend porter/bar man I think his name was Denny went out of his way to help and could not do enough for us. John the manager made sure we had a nice room and was extremely helpful in this matter.
The hotel is in a fabulous position just accross from the beach but on the quieter North end.
Yarmouth has something to do for all ages and is a very nice clean seaside resort and is a short distance from the lovely Norfolk broads.

Room Tip: The family room overlooking the beach is a lvely room with a view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Kings Lynn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Very good overall, no hotel is perfect. Arriving early at 9,30 we asked if we could park on site and was placed out the way arround the back. when we werer ready to leave someone had blocked the way out so that myself and another car could not get out.It is hotel policy that you leave your car keys at reception so it was not there fault.The manager spent an hour and half searching yarmouth and found the persons and brought the keys back and moved the car!Above and beyond the call duty you could say. Could'nt ask more than that .Brilliant!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Oh give em a break, it’s not that bad!

Having read some of the (admittedly amusing) comments about this establishment, we arrived expecting the worst. Anyway, we checked-in. No sign of Basil, Cybil or Manuel - he was probably listening to Russell Brand on Desert Island Discs. It was a perfectly normal reception, not a moose-head in sight! Okay, the parking IS a bit tight, but no worries, Basil … I mean ‘the proprietor’ sorts it all out for you, and will even park your Austin Allegro if you let him. YES the interior layout might befuddle anyone not brought-up on The Adventure Game or The Crystal Maze, but as a spatially-aware chap, I was able to easily navigate my space-hopper past the Vortex and through the 70s Zone to our seafront superior room. Get one of these; they’re good - if you like purple and can live with your grandma’s old carpet! We passed a few open doors and some of the lesser rooms are indeed ‘cupboards’. The breakfast is fine too: get your egg fried though. And yes, Basil DOES take all your Drogna in advance – but that’s mentioned up-front so remember to read the small print!

It’s also worth noting that H.G is only a ‘self-certified’ Four Star, which is a bit like saying your prowess with a Peter Powell Stunt Kite qualifies you to the left-hand seat in the cockpit of a 747 (keeping the 70s theme alive there). Remember though, this IS Great Yarmouth. We like it because of the lovely beach. But I’ve never seen so much bipedal lard since the late night Sumo on Channel-4 (remember that, or did I just make it up?). I’d better stop there … I think I’ve got heatstroke. Wow, it’s just like 1976!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

So we got a room quite nice size, the male worker currently on was excellent! Told us everything we needed to know.. Then when we got back at 10/11pm due to us being in the separate rooms to the main hotel, the front door was closed. And we had not got a key for it! As the door wasn't suppose to be closed, luckily for us a lady had just come back and tried all 5 of her keys to see if she had one, which she did. We had the bathroom light flickering whenever we wanted to go toilet we'd use our phone lights or leave the door ajar, not sure if we were next to stairs, it was really loud come night time, the people upstairs sounded like they were moving furniture. But the second day we come to breakfast, not the best food, but the waitresses were nice and polite. Scrambled egg was basically milk. But as we spoke to the manager the night after our stay about it, they exchanged our room to a sea view and of better quality and luxury! They said they would refund it, but in it being just a 2 night stay and if we couldn't find anywhere else to go, it would be a pain. And the rest of our stay was absolutely lovely!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

Travelled with Harry Shaw for 5 days (3-7Jun), BUT I had to go to A&E on the Sat PM with Pancreatitis and was kept in.. so my Wife went and took our 4 ½ yr old Grandson. I was out Hospital on the Tuesday evening.
The Hotel was not too bad, the room was a bit small (room 24) with a basin in the room rather than in the bathroom and the Shower smelt musty or whatever.. ugh.
Had a good view of the Sea, the room over the bar/entertainment so you hear the sounds until 11PM. Not good if you wanted to get some kip early.
The room was kept clean, linen was fine and the Décor was OK, but you could hear the guests in next room, thin walls!!
Food was passable, Breakfast was good tho’, for evening meal our Grandson who is 4 ½ was given adult portions… then told them to give him Kiddies meals … but it took some time to get the right.
Only had a good meal only on one day…..
At least my grandson enjoyed the trip to the Seaside….

Doubt if will go back there again…..

Room Tip: keep away room 24
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Sea Princess
Address: 6-7 North Drive, Great Yarmouth NR30 1ED, England (Formerly Hadleigh Gables Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Great Yarmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Great Yarmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sea Princess 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You are assured of a warm welcome at this sea front hotel. Family run, we have 40 bedrooms all en-suite 4 of them have disabled friendly wet room showers and balconies overlooking wellesley park. We can cater for coach parties or individuals. Special diets etc. with at least 4 nights live entertainment you dont have to go far to enjoy yourselves. We have a new lift to all floors please give us a try. ... more   less 
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Hadleigh Gables Great Yarmouth
The Sea Princess Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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