We found it hard to find an available B&B in Cleethorpes over the Bank Holiday weekend, so instead we booked at The Dovedale, despite their higher room prices. Their website gives the impression of a top quality hotel, so we decided it might be worth paying a little more for a comfortable stay. I had also been informed by a local that it is considered (not necessarily by her) 'The poshest hotel in Cleethorpes'. I have to say, I strongly disagree with the latter description.
Staff were friendly-ish on arrival; not overly welcoming though. The reception area is smart/attractive, as per their photos.
Our standard room was disappointing for the price (£90 per night inc. breakfast). It was smaller than we'd hoped with nowhere to put your suitcase. The TV didn't work straight away; this was fixed, however I was awoken both mornings at 7am by a 'snowstorm' TV screen. Perhaps the previous guests had put a timer on it, so not necessarily the hotels fault and I only reported it on checking-out. One of the wall sockets made a disturbing electrical crackling noise on plugging in. We mentioned it to reception, who said they'd look into it, however we decided to avoid using it for the duration of our stay as no-one informed us it had been fixed.
The ensuite was very basic with a noisy fan on an outside wall, which made the bathroom feel cold in the morning. The mirror had rusty edges (not an intentional design feature), the shower quite poor pressure-wise and the radiator dusty along the top. There were no added-extras such as miniature shampoos etc. which I normally rely on when I am only staying for a couple of nights.
On the plus-side, the TV was a decent size and the bed was comfortable, so we slept well both nights (despite being woken up by the telly!). Cleanliness in general was also good in the room and the bathroom. All other facilities you'd expect were good such as kettle, iron/board and hairdryer.
Breakfast was also good, although I have had better for the price. I have an allergy to dairy and this was dealt with confidently by the friendly waitress, who remembered me on the 2nd morning so I didn't have to repeat myself, which was helpful.
All in all, our stay was good however the standard does not reflect the price. In my opinion, they either need to lower their price or up their game to get better reviews on here. Unfortunately, I would not choose to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly refurbished boutique hotel, in the heart of the seaside resort of Cleethorpes. Close to all amenities. Category winners of restaurant of the year 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dovedale Hotel Cleethorpes