My sister and I booked a twin room here for 2 nights. We knew this was a hotel in an old building so expected a trek to our room. However when we got there it was to find just a king size bed. My sister went back to reception and the receptionist came back with her with the key to another room. She explained that the computer system showed that this room (138) as a twin. She then took us to another room, 135, which was a family room and had 3 beds! The hotel is very hot but we were able to open the windows and cool it down. The room is at the back which actually is good as you don't get the noise from the bar.
The decor and facilities are very nice. We ate at the Italian Farmhouse restaurant and found the food and service excellent. We also used "Crumbs" the tea room, to get a sandwich - look out for doorstep slices of bread, with lovely filling. Breakfast is served there and although the cooked breakfast was advertised as "cooked to order" I don't think it was, as the bacon was quite "leathery". However the portions was generous - too much so for me so it is better to ask specifically for what you want, i.e. one slice of bacon, 1 hash brown, etc.
We were born and brought up in Sunderland so were very familiar with Roker, Seaburn and the beaches. The weather was sunny and warm and we walked the front in glorious sunshine - something we couldn't do that often when we lived here. I would stay here again but would get a room at the back if you want a quiet room. less