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Sea and scenery in South Shields.

BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel enjoys a wonderful location in South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne and on one of Britains most scenic coastlines. Ideally placed for Sunderland and Newcastle, within easy reach of A1 and A19, BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel is a wonderful place to spend time.

From the warm North East welcome you'll receive at check-in to the friendly service you'll enjoy during your stay, the hotel is a true home away from home having been family run for 25 years. Located close to the beach, and a nearby fun fair, the hotel is ideal for families. The neighbouring Victorian park and boating lake are well worth a visit, with a miniature railway running in season.

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Sea Road
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 2LD


Bars, Free WIFI, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: Accepted
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00
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Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars


Fregate Restaurant

Our contemporary restaurant boasts a wide variety of English, Continental and vegetarian alternatives. Enjoy!

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 09:30
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 21:00
Weekend times may vary


Whitburn Golf Club

Course information

Course Type: Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 70
Distance: 5899 Yards
Handicap required


5.00 miles away in Whitburn


9 holes Yes
18 holes £18.00

South Shields Golf Club

Course information

Course Type: 6,222 yds
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 71
Distance: 6263 Yards
No handicap required


2.00 miles away in South Shields


9 holes Yes
18 holes £24.00


We have over 75 years combined management experience when it comes to the planning and running of wedding receptions, so your big day will be in the safest possible hands!


Wedding service and reception venue

Whatever you want to dance the night away to, we'll make sure your evening reception is just as special as the daytime celebrations.


A wide choice of menus and inclusive packages mean you can pick and choose your perfect catering combination!


Registry office:

For any enquiries please call Alan Watson or June Royal on 0191 4270999

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

Sat nav users: type NE33 2LD

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Nearest motorway: A1(M), J65, 12.00 miles
Nearest train station: Newcastle, 15.00 miles
Nearest airport: Newcastle, 17.00 miles
Free parking on site (66 spaces)
On site disabled parking (6 spaces)

Sea Road
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 2LD

What's nearby?


  • Sunderland FC (Stadium of Light) (10 miles)

  • Newcastle Utd FC (St James Park) (15 miles)

  • Gateshead Stadium (10 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • The Sage Music and Baltic Art center at Gateshead (15 miles)

  • Hadrian's Wall (World Heritage Site) (20 miles)

  • Beamish The Living Museum of The North (15 miles)

  • Durham Cathedral (World Heritage Site) (20 miles)

  • The Angel of The North (12 miles)


  • The Metrocentre (15 miles)

  • Dalton Park Outlet shopping centre (10 miles)

  • Newcastle City centre (10 miles)

  • The Barbour Factory Outlet Shop (4 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


Our conference facilities offer great value for money, with the added bonus of a wonderful seaside setting!

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Schooner 180 80 40 50 160
Fregate 140 36 36 36 120
Clipper 60 30 26 36 60
Conservatory 40 12 20 24 30
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


  • TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 289 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 111
Rating: 4 76
Rating: 3 59
Rating: 2 28
Rating: 1 15

Tired and dated

02/11/2015 SWPTAdventures,

We stayed at this hotel for a combined Birthday/Anniversary and were pretty disappointed generally. The decor throughout the hotel is tired, dated and really pretty shabby for a Best Western and our r... more

Owner Response
TheSeaHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for taking the time to review the hotel for the second time. I was disappointed to read that you had not enjoyed your stay. With your extensive knowledge of the area and your conversations with staff about managing a local catering establishment I was surprised that you noted 3 for the hotels location, it is close to the beach, leisure facilities, many restaurants bars and within easy walking distance of the town centre shops and metro link to Newcastle. The service staff for bedrooms start work at 9.00am on days when last orders for breakfast is 9.30, as with your stay. I have instructed the staff to be as quiet as possible. Please accept my apologise that the breakfast staff were too fast bringing out your cooked breakfast on one morning and too slow in providing more butter for you along with apologies that all the natural yoghurt had been used. I was pleased to read that you took a choice from the fruit yoghurts available. I will increase the stock level to help prevent this from happening again. For the benefit of other travellers the continental selection you write about consists of Grapefruit Segments, Orange Segments, Prunes, Natural Yoghurt, Selection of Fresh Fruit (Banana, Apples, Oranges) Selection of Fruit Yoghurts, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Special K, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Alpen, Weetabix, Co Co Pops, All Bran, Fruit n Fibre, Granola, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Tomato Juice, Still Water, Sparkling Water, Croissants, Muffins, Pains au Chocolat, Dried Cranberries, Dried Apricots, Fruit and Nut Mix, Dried Banana, Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Preserve, Blackcurrant Preserve, Honey, Home Cooked Ham, Cheese and Sliced Tomato. I have to agree with you that a section of the bath / shower seal needed replacement and pleased to report that it has been totally replaced. I have instructed maintenance to check the seals in all bathrooms. I have checked, but cannot find any scuff marks on the walls, marks or damage to soft furnishings or carpet of the room you occupied, which is a split level room featuring a sleigh bed on the top level and seating / dressing table on the lower with a 32in TV to swivel between both. For other travellers there is a photograph of this room on TripAdvisor it is the photograph showing a tub chair with brown and teal cushions in the foreground and the sleigh bed behind. Regards Alan

Tired hotel in need of tlc

29/10/2015 cooke_gareth, Cheshire, United Kingdom

I changed my existing booking to this hotel as it was closer to where I needed to be. This was clearly a mistake. There was nothing overly offensive about the place but just very dreary. Room ok, view... more

Owner Response
TheSeaHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, responded to this review
Thanks for your review, many of the views from the bedrooms that overlook the amusement arcade also view the mouth of the Tyne or the coastline and sea. The arcade closes at 10pm and with the main park closed I am unsure what has caused the noise you write about. As an alternative we also have rooms on the park side of the hotel that offer tranquil view over the marine park. With reference to a door slamming or an alarm going off, a simple call to the night porter would solve any night time issues. I am sorry to read that you found the hotel dreary, however pleased to report that today’s guests that I spoke to that were attending events including a wedding reception and evening function, a diamond wedding anniversary and 2 birthday events all commented on a great friendly atmosphere and service along with kind comments about the food served. With reference to the free Wi-Fi, please accept my apologies. It is hard to comment as I am unsure if you reported a problem, usually a reset clears any signal issues. Speed is more down to the number of users on at any one time, however we are very close to having a back to cabinet direct fibre line installed which along with new internal hardware will solve all requirements for guests. I hope you will visit again. A stay without a slamming door and alarm going off and the new fibre Wi-Fi and I am sure you would relax and enjoy. Regards Alan

Can't fault the place

23/10/2015 andrewdryden346, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I stayed here for two nights when travelling for business and can't speak highly enough of the room, staff and service I received throughout my stay. I've stayed in many hotels due to my work and this... more

Owner Response
TheSeaHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for taking the time to review the hotel. We continue to develop the hotel with both business and leisure in mind. Thanks for your recommendation. Regards Alan

Family party

23/10/2015 miloflying, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Another wonderful evening at the Sea Hotel, celebrating a friends birthday. The food and entertainment were fab and the bedroom was clean and comfortable, as ever the staff were friendly and courteou... more

Owner Response
TheSeaHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, responded to this review
Thanks for your second review, good to read you had a great time. Hope to see you back at the hotel soon. Regards Alan

Lovely meal!

23/10/2015 ditzy666, uk

We were at the Sea Hotel working wth Alan to finalize our wedding reception and chose to stay for our evening meal! I have to say Alan is wonderful! He has helped us plan really well for our wedding... more

Owner Response
TheSeaHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, responded to this review
Good to read that you both enjoyed your meals in the restaurant and the service staff looked after you.Thank you for your kind comments. Regards Alan