My wife and I made our 8th visit to The Grand Atlantic on 22nd -25th June 2012 occupying rooms 124 and 208.
Shearings have presumably noted the favourable comments about the Car park so have added a £5/night charge for the prime slots in front of the entrance.
The entrance to the hotel is up 9 steep steps through a very heavy double door leading to a small revolving door so access for the disabled is tricky. There is a lift adjacent to the entrance for the disabled or elderly who make up at least 80% of the guests but unfortunately it was U/S
The reception area has a beige and brown theme relieved partially by the low energy light bulbs and the smiles of the Reception Staff.
The lift to all floors will hold two couples in very close proximity and as it has a tendency to overshoot the desired floors there is every encouragement to make new friends very quickly.
The dining room is beautifully decorated but again encourages the making of new friends as most table are about 6 inches from fellow diners. The table d'hote menu (£19+) is adequate and good value for money as part of a package though Cheese and Biscuits instead of dessert adds another £2.50 and chips instead of potatoes incurs a similar levy
Single rooms are charged for at a varying rate depending on the time of year but there is always a £5/night supplement plus another £6/night for a sea view which 208 has.
Room 124 was nicely decorated and furnished and a reasonable size.. It had a dressing table with three large drawers and its own chair and a mirror, It also had a chest of drawers with more large drawers and a wardrobe with storage shelves.. The ensuite bathroom was very modern with a window. As it was on the side of the building the bedroom would have had a view of half the seafront if the window had been clean enough. Shearings have not, so far, imposed a £3/night supplement.
The bathroom also had a loose broken bath panel which someone had attempted to repair, unsuccessfully, with masking tape. The excellent power shower had lifted the tiles on the window sill and the only part of the heated towel rail connected to the electricity supply was the pilot light. The bedroom door knob broke a long time ago but it still dangles as a reminder of past glories and has been joined by a modern cylinder lock.
Room 208 could best be described as very cramped. No dressing table with a mirror. so no need for a chair. No chest of drawers and no wardrobe with shelves. The bed's basic duvet had no bedcover. The bathroom is internal so has no window. The bedroom's sea view window had been sealed with masking tape so couldn't be opened and the lighting is inadequate. But it's not all bad....there is a trouser press ! !
Would we recommend this hotel to friends ?.....NO
Will we go again ? I say NO but my wife says YES so the answer is PROBABLY.
Will Shearings blacklist me.? Who knows ?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Grand Atlantic Hotel you’ll find a magnificent turreted period property typical of the historic resort of Weston-super-Mare. The hotel stands in an excellent position on the town’s seafront, just a stone’s throw from a safe sandy beach. As well as its proximity to the town, the Grand Atlantic Hotel makes an excellent base from which to explore the West Country. The Hotel houses all of the amenities and facilities you would expect from a Coast and Country venue. In addition, our staff will offer you a warm, friendly welcome, and ensure that your stay is as relaxing and memorable as possible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Atlantic Weston Super Mare
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