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“Sadly run down and overpriced”
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Seaview Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 June 2009

Stayed for 2 nights in early June 2009 booking the apartment and another room.

The hotel has a great location and Seaview is very charming but we arrived mid afternoon, no help with luggage up two floors (no lift).

Rooms were very tired. Bathrooms are with a shower attachment on the bath taps so no real showers at all. Room decor and fittings very tired and the hotel generally as though it had seen better days.

The hotel was pretty much empty when we stayed and when I asked at reception for internet access I was confronted with 'are you a resident' - why do you see anyone else around here?

No help with luggage on departure either down two floors. The aprtment is nice enough but only one window has a view of the solent and for some odd reason the chambermaid closes the blind on this window at turn down so that you can't see the view at night or in the morning.

Breakfast was good and the bar has plenty of character and I can imagine that in the height of the summer season it is the place to be in Seaview.

This was the only hotel we stayed at on the Isle of Wight so I can't give a comparison to anything else nearby.

I think the place would grow on you after a while or if you were a regular visitor to Seaview.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2009

Booked the hotel for a 4 day break having seen a glowing review in the Guardian. The food in the restaurant was excellent as were the breakfasts. We had a Modern Room which was over priced at £165 per night B&B. The bar(s) service left something to be desired. The worst point was Sunday, no bar sevice available during the afternoon and when we requested tea/coffee we were made to feel a nuisance (even being asked if we were residents !). Sunday evening was even worse, the restaurant was unavailable due to a quiz night being held, it appears that the owners are more concerned with looking after locals than paying guests. Overall an overpriced stay with service and accommodation not commensurate with prices.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 April 2009

If you like unspoilt village life, with fantastic beach location then Seaview is the place for you. You will arrive from the short journey from the port in Ryde to find a charming and quaint village next to the lovely seaside. The seaview Hotel a great find - My friend and I with our 4 boys (12 and 15 year olds) stayed in the Brian Gardiner Suite (£345 including breakfast), located directly next door to the main hotel. Fresh, clean with comfortable beds and crisp linen.

We ate in the award winning bar where the prices are reasonable; plently of choice with emphasis on the season and sourced locally - some of which is from the hotel's own farm. Plenty of fish choices too and wonderful puddings to finish! The boys enjoyed their food, and went off to the lounge area to play a selection of board games and select a DVD to watch back at the room later.

My friend and I talked to the friendly staff and locals in the bar and enjoyed our coffee in the lounge later, with the lovely petit fours.
Again, breakfast was cooked to the same standard and with excellent choice - Kippers, Full-English, Scrambled Eggs with salmon etc.

The area is delightful. We had a sunny day and walked down towards Puckpool - the kids enjoying the exercise and exploring the beach. You do not tire of the amazing views of the solent and the lovely properties in the area. The following day we walked into St. Helen's and we had coffee at the Baywatch Cafe while the boys looked for crabs in the rocks.

Overall, a fantastic short break. Our only problem with the suite was having 1 bathroom, which could be difficult for 6/8 people! However, fine for only 1 night.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

We arrived to be told our room had been flooded and we were relocated to The Studio, which was very spacious (once the bank manager's flat apparently - although this may have been a joke) - at no extra costs - but above the laundry so we became accustomed to the sound of tumble dryers. If it was raining you got wet as it is outside the main hotel, although not by very much.

"Turndown" involved rose petals being scattered on out bed, which was a nice touch and an A4 piece of paper with a sort of "on this day" bit of info on it. It would have been more useful if they'd given us the next day's weather forecast and maybe some ideas on what to do/what was happening the next day.

The food was generally good although the restaurant menu didn't change during our six night stay - however, we only ate there twice - so not an issue. We had several probelms with getting what we'd ordered at breakfast. The staff had to be reminded and one lady in particular didn't accept that forgetting our order was in any way her fault.

Service was sometimes a little over-zealous - not to say unctuous at times - but in general the staff were excellent.

I had a fab facial - could really recommend that.

The hotel has very little parking space which didn't matter at Easter but might be a problem in the summer hols

I could go on - there were lots of really good things about the hotel and I've given it an overall four blob rating, as taken on a point by point basis, it deserves it - but taken as a whole I was a bit disappointed.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2008

Seeking a last minute weekend break, this hotel offered us the 'Vault Suite' for £590.00 for 2 nights B&B (we were 1 adult and 2 small children).

I had hoped to get one of the new rooms in the new block with state of the art bathroom etc but we ended up in one of the older buildings, but I daresay with a lot more space to ourselves.

The room was in the attractive period building next door to the hotel. There was one double bedroom and a second smaller room with a pair of bunks. The bunk room was dark due to the fact that it was formerly a bank safe - still resplendent with a foot thick door. There was a very small bathroom with a temperamental shower plus a large kitchen area and small TV \ sitting area as well. It was all very clean, and quite attractively decorated, aiming for a sort of gustavian \ shabby chic look. I would guess there has been a refurb in the last year or so as the carpets and soft furnishings looked spotless. As we wanted to get out and about, it was fine for our purposes. I would not want to be indoors there for long with no DVD player or movie service and no bath. The hotel provided tea making facilities (great teas!), robes, lots of towels, slippers and the usual toiletries (not conditioner) but no magazines in the room. There was a full sized fridge and oddly,a cooker and dining table and chairs, so it made room service a viable alternative to eating in the hotel. There was a very pretty small front garden but there are no hotel grounds as such. The hotel is near a small rocky beach - a sandy beach is found nearby, but we preferred Sandown, even though it is very commercialised. Parking was fine, on the road outside the hotel.

Food was trying hard, but childrens' dishes were unsuitable - strongly flavoured sausages served with the saltiest gravy I have ever tasted (delicious for adults!). Breakfast was fine, Sunday lunch was really tasty and wines and champagnes sold by the glass were very good. The hotel has it's own farm and deli shop so the chef is obviously using quality, local food as far as possible.

There was some noise from the kitchens etc which we could hear but it wasn't really a problem. The staff were all very pleasant.

This was a good pitstop for a couple of nights whilst we explored. I usually pay in the region of £300 per room per night when staying away with my two children, and I would normally expect a better bathroom and more facilities - a decent lounge \ drawing room and spa. The residents lounge was really quite dingy - I had assumed the photo's on trip advisor were out of date but they are not! however, one must expect to pay a premium for location I suppose - and it it a very attractive little corner of the island

Overall, an agreeable place, in a lovely little 'yachtie' village but lacking facilities compared to other hotels at this price. There is so much on the island for young children to do, and this hotel provided us with a great base for a short stay.

A hint - allow an extra hour to get though Southampton traffic in busy periods: Red Funnel is efficient but the ferries were full capacity and next time, I would seek a shorter crossing from Portsmouth or Lymington if possible.

Kids stuff: Dinosaur Isle is superb. Blackgang Chine park is fun for kids too. The sand shop at Freshwater was different. There are so many attractions and activities, it is an ideal summer holiday for kids - with wetsuits of course. There is a big Tesco superstore in Ryde to stock up for picnics etc. A car is essential and probably inside knowledge if you want to find the best views, walks and coves which we did not get to discover on this trip

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2008

Found the hotel by chance having left a dreadful hotel early on Hayling Island. Only stayed for one night - wish it coud have been longer.

Booked a four poster - greeted and bags immediately taken. Showed to our room - what an amazing room. Extra touches made it personal and reeked of quality.

Had dinner in the restaurant - food superb, service excellent. Breakfast was also superb.

Can't recommend this hotel enough. Filled in the standard "questionnaire" before leaving. Received a letter a few days later thanking us for our comments and hoping we would return for our 3rd wedding anniversary - will certainly return, hopefully sooner than a years time.

ps. worked in the hotel industry for 15 years so highly critical. The owner should be proud of the staff and the high standards.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

I start from the position that I trained in the business but gave up-it's a terrible way to make a living, but you also get to be critical . For the last 25 years have travelled extensively through Europe, north America and Middle East, at all price ranges and can name very few hotels in the entire UK where the basics are done right i.e. the receptionist gives you full attention, the room is ready and it all works and that the food is consistently good.
We had a bad food experience at the Seaview hotel some years ago, can't remember why, but were reluctant to eat there again this year - but I'm very pleased to say that the food was consistently good, the waiting and bar staff attentive - so much so that we came back three times while staying at another Hotel. As everywhere in the Island, at peak season, the prices are ratcheted up, but to be honest I would rather pay a little over the odds to enjoy well cooked food that is properly presented and served than the 'everything with chips' garbage that passes for dinner elsewhere in the Island (and most of the UK)

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: High Street, Seaview PO34 5EX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Seaview
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
Price Range: £124 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaview Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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