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“Cheep, not cheerful, and to be avoided.”
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Ocean Inn
Ranked #20 of 23 Whitley Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 August 2013

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.

Room Tip: Find another hotel, don't stay.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

First instinct when we arrived at Whitley was oh my god why are we here this place is England's Rhyl ad that's being too kind , advertised as stag and hen central , is it hell it's a dive of a place the hotel staff well the 1 lad on reception was alright and tried his best but the rooms are old and in need of a serious update , mould around bath and the beds looked like you could wake up on floor , even at 16 pound a night is still just a waste of money , I honestly can't say enough don't stay here , all the pubs clubs are shut down still bring advertised too but are all derelict buildings

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Em P
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We went to whitley bay after we were told it was an awesome night out! It isn`t. Its like a ghost town! We read the reviews and thought its alright we can make our own fun. we were wrong! We went out with our hen sashes an t shirts on in the day, and were not allowed in some places, and the ones we were we just got stared at! A lot of the locals just kept saying they felt bad for us for coming there! Apparently a few years ago it was a wild place, but its pretty much derelict now! The actual hotel is a dump, it was alright for what we needed it for, we literally put our stuff in and went out! But the front door to the hotel was left open all night, there were no staff there and a few dodgy looking people in and out! Really wasn't safe! Newcastle however was amazing, one of the best places ive ever been. Really packed on a sat night, but an awesome night out. its only about 12 quid in a taxi to get to Newcastle from whitley, but my advice would be to just stay in Newcastle!! Or find a better hotel! Also we purchased party vouchers off the internet for a few bars in whitley, giving us queue jump, free drinks etc, but the bars weren`t even open in the day, and we didn't hang around to see if they were open at night so don't waste ur money. The only good thing about the hotel was that it was by the beach, and it was nice to walk off our hangovers the next day, but that really is it!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

My boyfriend came to this "hotel" on a stag do - when they arrived there was no one there to greet them and they had to wait 2 hours for someone to turn up and show them to a room. After wasting £25 on this place, he decided to leave and go home only to find that the hotel had overcharged him by £250, yet when you rang them no one wanted to help. Had to dispute this through our bank.
Horrible hotel, horrible staff. No customer service at all.

Room Tip: All rooms are terrible.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank SiobhanOToole
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

For £18 a night, this was a bargain for an en suite room. Staff were friendly and the room was reasonably clean, although not spotless. Room had everything you need, freeview TV for the Cup Final in my case, a place to sleep and plugs to charge my phone. Nightclub was downstairs, you could hear it, but could still sleep. Woken by some noisy and inconsiderate residents in the night, but that's not the hotels fault. Bed was comfy and clean, shower was hot enough, can't really ask for more than that for this cheap

Visited between seeing football at Consett and Sunderland http://footygrounds.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/consett-fc-belle-vue-park.html

Room Tip: 205 was perfectly fine for me
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

avoid this hotel at all cost its a health and safety hazard i had my stag doo here lost my deposit ue to people smoking in the rooms when no 1 in my party smoked. there was urine stains on bed sheets no toilet paper in any room bathroom mirrors hadnt beed washed in a decade, carpets were all stained, a half eaten pizza was found in a drawer from the previous guests suppost to be a bed n breakfast but it was a loaf of bread and black banans in a cuboard a total joke the rooms arent worth £5 never mind £25 go else where and pay a little more will be well worth it. only time wee seen staff all w.e was to demand money

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank terry s
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

as a coach driver . I visit loads of b&bs... hotels ect... I took a bus load of guys in for a stag weekend. . and was appalled. .. saw owners once.. to demand money ... rooms were like dirty bed sits.. dirty walls.. filthy beds. ripped towels.. no soap. or toilet rolls.. carpets filthy.. done bed n breakfast expecting a dining room.. we got a cupboard like room... at toaster n loaf. .. no staff saw all weekend.... guys... seriously. .. take a better hotel and just walk to the action.... which I may add was crap...but we were guys... and had no option to just treat it as a place to put your head down... ps ... get to boots in the morning to get de loused.... the club attached next door. .. lush? should be called velcro... as your feet stick to the floor... sure staff at bar are under age... look like 14... walking around in hit pants... disgrace of a place

  • Stayed: March 2013
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3  Thank peter42041
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Additional Information about Ocean Inn

Address: 20-24 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RG, England (Formerly Bay Hotel/Banana Joe's)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Tyne and Wear > Whitley Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Whitley Bay
Price Range: £15 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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

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