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“A visit not to be repeated”
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Seagrove Hotel
Ranked #25 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A visit not to be repeated”
Reviewed 13 December 2011

We have just returned from a two night stay at this hotel which had been jokingly described in our tour operators guide as "faulty towers". This was insulting Faulty Towers, it was drab, in need of serious renovation from top to bottom on the inside. Staff were only available at meal times and I'm not sure that they would have been much use if you had any queries. The heating was centrally controlled so the bedrooms and communal areas were either stifling hot or freezing cold. We were asked to complete a slip of paper for our next meal, but when you went down for the meal the staff asked you again what you had ordered and on the 1st night we all (4 people) requested roast lamb for main course & cheese & biscuits, for desert. When the meal arrived we were then informed that the roast lamb had become braising steak (mine was more like horse meat) and when the desert arrived we were again informed that cheese & biscuits had all gone so it was tinned peaches with squirty cream described as Peach melba or plain ice cream. Perhaps it was blessing that the C&B had gone because we again asked for C&B on the 2nd night and received two rubbery prepacked cheeses and some crackers. Breakfast was a shot of orange juice, cold tea/coffee ( it was already on the table when we sat down at 8.40 and must have been for some time) cheap cereals and then the English breakfast was a funeral directors dream as the fried bread contained more oil than Fawley refinery processes in one day. The sausages had no texture, just a soggy mass inside an anaemic skin. The doors/windows in our room didn't shut properly and its only redeeming feature was that one window overlooked the promenade.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

NEGATIVES This hotel is definately in need of a full refurbishment for health & safety reasons, the rooms were like rooms for the homeless areas of the hotel were not clean as for the pool, and gym we never found them. Had we have found them we may have been able to have a proper clean up. Our party for four had two single rooms and one double in the single rooms the sink was in the bedroom with running hot water and brown in one room and cold only and brown in the other both sinks were by electrics. Carpets were threadbear in the rooms and communial areas, hand rails were dirty and greasy. The doors did not fit properly the curtains were something to be desired. The hotel was a cross between Rigsby's rooms and Fawlty Towers

POSITIVE The 6 staff that we counted were friendly, Dean the hotel manager seemed to do everything including a tribute to Elvis, Neil Diamond and Robbie Williams, he was also our Santa, Manager of the bar. The Chef was a great bloke have just gone home and being called in to assist on the night behind the bar. Even our Coach Driver, JOHN who was brilliant, was roped in the mayhem by the middle of the evening we could not stop laughing at what was going on.

EXPERIENCE This was an experience that could never be forgotten we laughed so much you could not have wrote the script if only we could have bottled this experience it was great.

If you are going for a two plus star forget it; if you want comedy book it.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Portsmouth
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

The Seagrove, has seen better days when it comes to the decor. However our room was clean and tidy and the view of the sea/esplanade was wonderful, even more so at sunrise and sunset. Quite surprisingly the pool and facilities ie: Jacuzzi, sauna and detox chamber were well above the standard of the rest of the hotel. In saying all of this our weekend there was marvellous, the staff couldn't be more helpful and pleasant. Nothing seemed to much trouble for them. We enjoyed our meals, which were breakfast & evening. The entertainment was brilliant, we had a wonderful woman on the first night that looked and sounded like Shirley Bassey, a fab night of tribute to Elvis, Neil Diamond & Robbie Williams, all sung by the resident singer Dean, who also was compare, bingo caller and Father Christmas. He was worth his weight in gold, infact he was a slim lad, so he was worth 3 times his weight in carrots:-) Then on our last evening we had a tribute to more rock music, like the Kinks, Status Quo and that went down a storm to. We will return to this hotel is was a great long weekend from Friday -Monday Morning. One idea that came from a fellow guest, is that the management could take on a handyman for room and board who could decorate for his keep? Because it was only the walls and dodgy carpets that let the place down.

Room Tip: Room 24 is a sea view onto esplanade, it also has a balcony. One double bed, shower & loo, no ba...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Have just returned after a weekend break at this hotel great food, lovely friendly staff, great entertainment. Good value for money and will definitely be going back. Ok the hotel is pretty basic but you get what you pay for probably could do with a makeover but with that aside it was a fantastic time.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

The hotel is in need of a makeover!However the staff were brilliant,food was good,entertainment was excellent.Wouldnt travel with Travelstyle ever again!!!We had nothing but trouble from the time we booked.The driver was rude and irritable,made us uncomfortable.The other driver we had was pleasant but we didnt like him on his mobile phone and reading his map whilst driving!!!!

Room Tip: Not very good if you have aproblem with stairs,you need to ask for ground floor rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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southampton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

I have just spent a few days at the Seagrove and can honestly say I have come home for a rest. I travelled with 8 others and everyone of them agrees with me it was a terrific break. Ok we read the reviews - after we booked actually- so went with an open mind. We paid £90 for 3 nights b & b and evening meal each plus there was car ferry paid for. I recently stayed at the Carlton in Great Yarmouth same sort of break and all the same remarks re the decor which have been brought up on this site were on their website lots of people moaned but you get what you pay for. We found the hotel passable, it is old, so expect shabby and basic but we found it clean and warm. The food was nice, waiters absolutely great, barman friendly, receptionist so helpful and Dean the Entertainer come everything else just BRILLIANT. We met many others there with whom we became very friendly and we all made it into a memorable weekend. We will be going back

Room Tip: We had a balcony and it was lovely. Ask for bath or shower. Iron on reception
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Just come back from a Travelstyle holiday. All other reviews are very true - you can't expect the Savoy/Ritz at Travelstyle prices. Food good and plenty,and all waiters work very hard and are very helpful. Entertainment good every night and bar prices good. The only good point about our room was that it had a large sea view balcony . The curtains did not have enough hooks and therefore drooped across the top and let in the light and were very difficult to close at night. Bed was very soft and lumpy and it is a very long time since the pillows had any bounce back!! It is very well situated for the beach and the shops, but beware there is no lift in hotel so you must be able to manage stairs.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Seagrove Hotel
Address: 42-44 High Street, Sandown PO36 8AE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Sandown
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Ranked #25 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
Number of rooms: 130
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