A former favourite of ours, we thought we'd give it another try after switching to the Rockliffe Hall near Darlington for our occasional weekend breaks. I deeply regretted paying a large chunk of cash for a very mixed experience.
As always, the rooms were comfortable, clean, tidy and nicely styled. The recent makeovers worked well.
The spa has thankfully been looked after a lot better than on a previous occasion, everything seemed to work this time and the place seemed tidier than a few years ago.
The drinks waiters seemed reluctant to venture out to the outdoor hot tub to take orders, a shame as the feature is quite a nice signature for the spa.
The White Room was (being kind here!) thoroughly disappointing. An inexperienced waiter didn't fill us with confidence, and we were right to be concerned. With the appetiser aside, the food was no better than pub food. A steak was left untouched. I could not cut the steak easily with the equipment supplied. Admittedly, they apologised, and deducted it from the bill, claiming that they would 'have a word' with their supplier, but, what decent chef would turn out food like that from a once 'michelin star' restaurant?
Breakfast at Seaham Hall was always a great spectacle. The in room trays were a fantastic way to start the day. Generally speaking, the breakfast was ok, but, spoiled by a horrendously 'over vinegary' poached egg. If vinegar is used for poaching, it should not be at the sort of levels that make you cringe!
Would we go back? No, definitely not, unless there's a huge change in ownership or management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seaham Hall is a beautiful and exclusive luxury 5 Star boutique hotel with fascinating history, located on a cliff top on the wild and romantic Heritage Coast. Seaham Hall is celebrating the success of their £2m investment after winning the prestigious 'Small Hotel of the Year' award at the 2013 North East Tourism Awards, with the judges recognising the first class facilities and upgrading which has taken place under the hotel's new ownership. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaham Hall Hotel And Serenity Seaham
- Serenity Spa Seaham
- Hall Hotel Seaham
- Seaham Hall Durham