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Seabank Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Porthcawl
Reviewed 29 September 2013

13 of us stayed at the Seabank for 2 nights. What people say about Imre as a waiter is correct. He's fab. Lovely clean room. Staff were absolutely lovely. Fantastic location. Elvis' were great too; landed up being the backing for one of them with my blow up guitar along with my buddies. Great weekend and great hotel! Go there.

Room Tip: Sea view is a must!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We stayed at the Seabank hotel from the 14th Sept until 21st Sept on an Alpha tour. We paid £64.00 extra for a sea view room and the first room we were given no.124 was so small you couldn't swing a cat round in it. We refused this room and were then given no.132 which was much bigger and had a good sea view, however the room was very tired with peeling wallpaper and damp patches. The bathroom was very small and the movable shower screen over the bath had been stuck with silicone and could not be moved which meant you had to stand in the bath to switch on the shower which is not very convenient. The toilet was so close to the shower screen that if you sat on it as you are meant to your head banged against the shower screen so you had to sit sideways. The wardrobe was so small that we had to hang up the majority of our clothes on the picture rails around the room. When we arrived the weather was very cold and there was no heating on. When we complained to the reception we were told that unless the outside temperature reached a certain level the heating would not be switched on. However most of the clientele were elderly and they felt the cold, so after many complaints the heating was turned on, but as soon as the sun shone again it was switched off. The hot water worked sparodically and it took a lot of complaints by customers before it was sorted out. The food in the dining room was of a reasonable nature, the full English breakfast being most forgettable with one very small slice of cheap bacon and two poor quality sausage with about 10% meat content, One piece of very hard fried bread, deep fried black pudding slice. and a handful of baked beans with half a tomatoe, the other breakfast options were better. The evening meals were also reasonable as long as you avoided the fish and chips with the fish being one from the supermarket value range. The gammon main course consisted of three thin slices of boiled ham covered in some unmentionable sauce and the pea and ham soup was the previous nights garden peas mashed up and served with a sprinkelling of chopped up boiled ham. I wouldn't rush back to this hotel.

Room Tip: We found out later that some of the rooms had been refurbished and one of these should be requested...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank artmak
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

went here 24/28 august with alpha travel,we had room 224 which was a large spacious room, large bath room ,sea view ,and best of all a separate bay window balcony with sea view where you can,sit and have a morning coffee, all the staff were very pleasant and sociable our waiter Imre, was very good and from what I could see the other waiters were the same.Food. a very good choice of menu ,we had no problems with our food but I did hear some people complaining ,we were told the chef was ill and had left , so maybe this was the reason for varied opinions of the food

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank whit8
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Stopped at The Seabank on 31 August 2013,was one of a party of 7.Room was fine but breakfast in the morning was a nightmare,waited about 30 mins for breakfast and when it arrived was very on a disappointed you could have fitted it on a saucer,the fried bread was so hard when you tried to cut it it dissintergrated.Overall the one night stay cost £88 including £5.00 for a sea view and I for one wouldn't recommend this hotel .

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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7  Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We recently spent a week at the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl, a nice hotel, good food,very friendly staff, but unfortunately the room we were allocated could hardly have had a worse view (massive ventilation pipes) however, we had a good holiday helped by the young receptionist who sorted out the best routes etc and printed them for us. I was glad that we were on a Self drive break which meant we could avoid the larger cities and towns (I am getting rather old and don't like city driving). Car parking wasn't a problem at the hotel as long as you register your car registration number at reception when you arrive. I think that Alfa Travel have another winner.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Keith N
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I have just returned from a 4 day (3 nights) break booked via ALFA travel as a self drive break at the Seabank hotel Porthcawl. If you are parking a car or have guests visiting you need to put the registration number into the car parking system at reception. I stayed with my husband and my mother (81). I chose this hotel as we had stayed in Porthcawl before with our children at a local caravan park and knew that it had a great position on the sea front. As we were travelling with my mother who has walking difficulties it was the also the only hotel that had a lift. I can honestly say that it exceeded our expectations.
When we checked in we were requested to leave our key with reception when we were out so that if they needed to evacuate the hotel they would know who to account for. However when we tried to retrieve our key at 11:45 the night staff took ages to respond (don’t think they are used to people going out at night!!).

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All the restaurant staff were extremely helpful and polite, which must have been very difficult for them as at times my mother can be difficult to say the least. They happily changed things that weren’t to her liking. My husband and I were impressed with the quality and choice of both breakfast and dinner (set Menu). The hotel is part of the Leisureplex chain and the weekly menus can be downloaded from their web site. All good well cooked honest food, and they do their upmost to accommodate any requests. Our only problem was that you are allocated a time for breakfast (08:10) and dinner (18:10) which were both too early for us but seemed ideal for the mainly elderly clientele. The times are geared up for coach trips and the not so young, which made up the majority of the guests. There was an urn just outside the restaurant so you could help yourself to water whenever you wanted, order at the table or bring drinks in from the bar.

ROOMS
Both rooms were booked with a sea view and had refurbished en-suite shower rooms, unluckily my mother’s had two steps up to the shower room but as there was a substantial hand rail this didn’t cause a problem. The rest of the room was a bit mismatched but perfectly adequate and absolutely spotless. The bed was comfortable and the linen good quality. The sea view was lovely even though the wind and rain was a bit noisy, but that is Wales for you even in August.

BAR/ENTERTAINMENT
The bar area is a nice size and staff again were very friendly (and hard working) there are two small rooms with lovely views overlooking the bay, the bar shut early and the lady kindly warned us of this.
There was singer entertaining on the Friday evening, in the back room (Ogmore Suite) with a break in the middle for Bingo, not exactly my scene but he was very caring and most seemed to enjoy him. There was a small bar in the room but it was very hot and stuffy.
There was no entertainment on the Saturday (apart from Bingo), as there was coach party change over, so we escaped to the Porthcawl Hotel where a pretty good local Punk band was playing, followed by disco. I recommend the Porthcawl Hotel if you are after loud lively fun.
Sunday’s entertainment was provided by a replacement singer which some thought to be too loud, and some were complaining that they couldn’t sleep at 10:30!!

Room Tip: Worth the extra for a sea view as the rooms have been refurbished
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank BighairReading
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Large wardrobe each for our clothing. Room a little tired in terms of decoration but the view from the baywindow was awesome you could see as far as the lighthouse. Food was good and traditional. Staff were very helpful, we wanted to go to Swansea on a day trip, they got us copies of local bus times and a street map.

Room Tip: Book a room with a seaview!!!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank NEFER49
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Address: Esplanade, Porthcawl CF36 3LU, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Porthcawl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Porthcawl
Price Range: £68 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Seabank Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seabank Hotel - Porthcawl (3 Alpha & AA 3-Star). Porthcawl's most prominent building is situated on a headland, a short walk from the Grand Pavilion and John Street shops. There are spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales coast from the bar, restaurant and most bedrooms. All 89 bedrooms are centrally heated and have bath or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, internal telephones and tea/coffee making facilities. Extensive public areas include the Smuggler's Bar, Garden Restaurant and large function room with entertainment most evenings. The lift serves all floors. Extensive car parking. ... more   less 
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