Where do you start, we had booked it as a cheap hotel to attend a course. It was the old adage; you get what you pay for. It is a dump, no that’s not correct. It’s a right dump.
But let’s start from the outside; it has all the impressions of a first class dump when you arrive, the sign above the door looks like a kid of 10 having a joke painted it. And two doors up the road was a big sign, STRIPPERS 2 pm to 6pm. It only added to the ambiance of the place, or entertainment depending upon your views (You would not want to take your kids on a weekend treat).
When you book in they want your money in advance, we did wonder why? (One of the few times you see the manager, to take the cash) But it soon became very apparent. As you enter it smelled of damp. As dose the stairs and first floor landing. (We never went further for fear of what wild animals may be lurking in the depths of the dark corners waiting to jump out on unsuspecting lodgers) I suppose the carpet is so stuck down with vomit, beer and god knows what that it can’t be removed without pulling the floor up.
Our room had been re decorated. Really!! The door had been forced open previously and nailed together. The good bits of our room were the lock worked just, sheets, pillows were clean and the walls had recently been painted. One bit of furniture in the room apart from the steel army beds was a small frame thing to put the TV on. (Best bit of the room) Surprisingly we slept very well in spite of the noise (which to be fair was not as bad as we expected from the stag parties) .The bathroom has seen better days, it’s very tired but low and behold for some reason you get hot water out of both basin taps, and the shower taps well we were a little disappointed as we expected them to both have cold water, but yes they both worked. As did the kettle if you hold the button in.
We ventured into the breakfast room at great personal risk to obtain tea bags, the bread on the side was mouldy (probably culturing it for medical reasons to use as a form of penicillin) the bread sat for two days that I know off. Tubs of cereal and the milk in the fridge, well who knows what little gems you may find in them (living or dead). Fruit in the basket was ready to run away and hide but I think it was too old to run far.
All in all it was cheap, I do think in my youth I have slept in worse places but maybe my memory has faded a little over the years as it seems I can’t recall any to hand.
You can’t knock the price but never again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under new ownership and management. We have recently had a full refurbishment and the hotel is a different hotel. Ocean Inn is located in the heart of this busy seaside resort, close to all amenities and local nightlife. We provide a warm friendly service to all our guests. We have our very own bar hush lounge on the main street of Whitley Bay hosting resident DJs and many other fun events. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Whitley Bay
- Banana Jos Whitley Bay