Best Western: The Sea Hotel, South Shields
It has to be said that the staff at this hotel are really very good. The lady on reception, the lady behind the bar and the girls waiting on in the restaurant were without fault.
However, that’s where it ends; the hotel itself leaves a lot to be desired.
Situated on a really busy corner of the seafront, the hotel faces the funfair, and has fairly heavy flow of traffic going past - consequently it is not the quietest place to stay.
The room was adequate; it was quite large, it had a sea view, through the roller coaster, and was reasonably furnished. The bed was comfortable enough.
The bathroom was large and generally acceptable however, it took over ten minutes for the water in the shower to become warm enough to stand under, and the fittings, showerhead and soap tray, were loose. It was impossible to adjust the showerhead to a suitable position and so I ended up rather hunched towards the end of the bath.
Wifi is available throughout the hotel but I was only able to connect to the Internet in the bedroom.
The food and drink were simply appalling: I took my first pint back – I’ve seen clearer wildlife ponds. It was changed without question but for a beer not quite to my liking.
In the restaurant, I had to endure canned music that was loud enough to sustain a disco. The uninspiring menu produced even less inspiring food. The black pudding stack starter was a stack only by virtue of the fact that the one slice of black pudding was supported by two onions rings, the likes of which one can buy pre-packed and frozen in any supermarket. The whole dish was suspended in a gloopy sauce, laced with peppercorns presumably because there was no flavour in anything else on the plate. The green things on the black pudding turned out to be chives – few in number and certainly not fresh.
Main course was locally sourced fish. If that is truly the case then South Shields chefs need to get their fish from elsewhere. This was the most tasteless fish I have ever had the misfortune to eat. Wrapped in tasteless, unseasoned batter, served with fried potato lumps that passed as chips and accompanied by peas that had obviously come from a catering sized tin and been re-heated to the point of oblivion.
Strangely enough, the glass of merlot was very acceptable.
Breakfast was no better; instant coffee, watery poached eggs on ‘plastic’ bread, not buttered.
I have been fortunate enough to eat in restaurants good and bad around the world and in the UK, but this was by far the worst dining experience of my life.
I would recommend getting up in the morning, turning on the shower and then going back to bed for a snooze until your hot water arrives.
I would not recommend eating here at any, any cost.
This is a Best Western Hotel, and frankly, if this is best western I dread to think what second best western is, let alone worst western. I have to reiterate, the staff are great; as a bed for the night this is expensive but ok, for a hotel experience, go elsewhere. less