My husband's employer booked this hotel as accomodation whilst he attended a training course nearby, I opted to accompany him expecting to be able to work from the hotel.
From the website I expected an above average 3* hotel, what I got was barely worth 2*. First the room - we were in the annex, described as specially built for disabled guests. The room was certainly large enough for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre, but that's as far as it goes. In particular, there were no handrails at all in the bathroom and as I can't climb into the bath, I was unable to use either that or the shower over it. The decor was generally tired, with dated furniture and there was no ventilation as the only window didn't open so the room was always too hot.
Above all though was the noise. I can only assume there was no sound insulation whatsoever as I became intimately familiar with the routines of the adjacent room occupants including the bathroom fans, flushing toilets, showers, doors/drawers closing and even coathangers rattling. Additionally, the building behind had a very squeaky door, unfortunately in frequent use, and extremely poor taste in background music. Finally on the subject of the room, the website inaccurately promised Sky TV.
Turning to food, we tried the restaurant for dinner once before taking our custom elsewhere. The two dishes we tried from the menu were both overpriced and disappointing. My 'sole almandine' consisted of a very small pan fried sole fillet topped with a pile of flaked almonds that would have filled two pastry cases. With no sauce the dish was dry and though both plate and fish were dangerously hot, the potatoes were cold. My husband opted for a chicken dish, again very dry and clearly reheated in a microwave.
My first breakfast was undercooked poached eggs served in a puddle of water. Contrary to the advertised menu, there were no fruit, bread or pastries left an hour after service started and the only available fruit juice was orange. My second breakfast was an improvement, but not enough to make me go back a third time even though we'd paid in advance.
Once again the website rather inaccurately gives the impression that food is available 24 hours a day. On arrival at 9.30pm we were simply told that both the restaurant and bar had stopped serving, and when I missed breakfast by a few minutes the next morning I was again offered no alternative. Luckily there are vast numbers of alternative places to eat within a few minutes walk so if you are stuck with the Sea Hotel, you can at least be sure you won't starve.
The staff were on the whole very friendly, though even when given a clear opportunity to provide some customer service (telling the receptionist I was late for breakfast after oversleeping due to noise during the night) they didn't pick up on it. An out and out complaint about the level of noise was also ignored.
If we have to stay in the area again, I'll suggest one of the many guest houses as I'm certain we'd have been better off. less