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Admiral House
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Douglas
Reviewed 13 August 2012

A excellent central place to stay. Friendly forever smiling reception staff, an upgrade to a larger sea view room on arrival due to a slight mix up with our original booking. The room and bathroom was extemely clean and well appointed. The bed was comfy with very supportive pillows. The breakfasts were of an excellent standard and cooked to order. And yes... Kippers were on the menu. We would definitely recommend to others and will stay here again.

One minute walk to the shops, 5 minutes walk to the Visitor Centre/ Sea Terminal.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

My first trip to the Isle of Man so everything was guesswork, including the hotel. The Admiral House appeared to be in the right location, the right price and we had a room with a sea view, which was a dealbreaker for the Memsahb. First impressions were favourable; yes, it was bang on the prom' and not too far from the ferry terminal. Very pleasant reception staff, gave me loads of info', some of which needed to be repeated as there was so much. Very helpful parking tips as well (didn't pay a penny in car parking charges the whole week).

So, the room. Well, it was HUGE!!! Great big deep bay window with a setee and armchairs in it (we actually rearranged the furniture to take advantage of the view). Probably one of the largest hotel rooms I have stayed in. Yes, the tv was a tad old-fashioned, and the remote didn't work that well, but for our purposes those minor problems didn't really register. The bed was really comfortable and, like the room, it was huge. A real king-size which was brilliant as I am a fan of big beds. The bathroom (around 100sq ft) was really pleasing, apart from the missing seal at the bottom of the shower screen which meant there was a flood every time you took a shower. Good quality toiletries and plenty of space to put your own stuff. The bathroom door didn't quite close so it needed to be locked, as opposed to just closed for privacy.

There were a few stains on the carpet. The full-length mirror was inside the wrong door of the wardrobe (the other door couldn't be fully opened due to the bedside cabinet obstructing it - hence the hole in the wardrobe door). There was no small refrigerator to keep drinks cool. However, when placed against the cost of the room, and the location (right on the prom and really close to the shops) these were really inconsequential.

Breakfast was served in the cellar bar/restaurant. Help yourself to juice/tea/coffee/cereals/etc. Cooked items were prepared to order. My full English was one of the best ever. 'Nuff said.

JAR was the acronym for 'Just Another Resaurant'. I think the owner has shot himself in the foot with that monicker as it really isn't just another restaurant as it was fine dining at the top of the range in a beautiful room with excellent service. I had a dozen of the sweetest, pearl-sized Queenies for my starter - they were exquisite! My wife had the twice-baked cheese suoffle - again it was beautifully cooked and presented. My fillet steak with braised ox-tail was absolutely delicious, particularly the ox-tail. My wife's choice of Monkfish was similarly well received. Sadly, no room for dessert so no comment there, however, next time (and I hope there will be a next time) I will miss lunch so I can manage one.

All the staff were really helpful, pleasant and unerringly polite but very happy to chat with you, so much so that it would be invidious to pick any one of them out for special praise. All in all, we had a great time and hope to return in the not too distant future.

Thank you Admiral House.

Room Tip: Treat yourself to an executive, sea view room. It's well worth the extra.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

Stayed for 5 nights. Was impressed with the size of the room (201) and the massive bed and the view over the bay was stunning. Room was clean although a lot of stains on the carpets and no hand soap in on suite, bed comfy but pillows brick hard. Breakfast is served in the downstairs bar/grill. Limited options but full breakfast worked a treat, sometimes the tea/coffee was luke warm and lack of glasses for orange juice. The main restaurant was a bit pretentious and very expensive but then again, all fine dining on the island costs a fair bit, I personally would have struggled to eat anything on the menu but at least you can check it out online !. The grill is a totally different story, Great food, Brilliant selection and reasonable price. The staff are friendly and efficient, Most are of Eastern Euro origin and can hold a decent conversation but they do chat to themselves in their own lingo which is a bit unnerving.. Entertainment at weekend is good but the same each night, so you no the next song before the singer hahahaha, Will def return

Room Tip: Ask for sea view
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

Great hotel couldn't fault it ,and good price for TT week .upgraded to suite massive room with great sea views.thanks

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Ihave just returned from this hotel.I was there with my husband for 3 nights,The room we had looked into a brick wall and the heating didnot work.On the 2nd morning at breakfast i asked for kipers to be told they did not have any!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on an island that is famous for there fish. Tea and coffee were cold any we eventually requested pots of tea and coffee slightly better. the bar is in the basement but has no sign in the hotel to inform you of this although on aplus it is getting refurbished and when finished will look lovely.forgot to mention under bed carpet ripped. Resturant veeeeeeeeeeery expensive.We would retutn to this hotel only if we were guarenteed sea view room and heating fixed.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

I had business in Douglas so this hotel was ideal for me with no car to rent. I even walked to and from the ferry terminal. Hotel room clean if a little small. The full breakfast was one of the best I have had anywhere

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank Ian Y
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Central location , nice room and bathroom . No breakfast available at the time of staying there . Nice cocktail bar underneath hotel.Lots of hotels to choose from so have not returned -which is the acid test

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Admiral House

Address: 12 Loch Promenade, Douglas IM1 2LX
Region: United Kingdom > Isle of Man > Douglas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Douglas
Hotel Class:3 star — Admiral House 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Admiral House Hotel Douglas
Admiral Hotel Douglas
Admiral House Isle Of Man/Douglas

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