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10 Great Seaside Hotels in the UK

Whether you’re planning a bucket-and-spade holiday with the family or to indulge yourself with a sybaritic break, you’ll find somewhere to tempt you amongst our Guru’s list of 10 great UK seaside hotels.

Locations range from more obvious choices like Cornwall and the Scilly Isles to seaside locations you might not have considered, like Norfolk and North Wales. But all of our 10 great UK seaside hotels are within flip-flopping distance from the seas and a fine beach.

10 Great UK Seaside Hotels

Great UK Seaside Hotels for Romance

drakes in Brighton is a 20 room boutique hotel with a 24 hour bar, freestanding baths and sea views from some of the rooms. Or , for something entirely different, check out the Grange Hotel in Cumbria, a one of a kind, genteel, Victorian style hotel with 58 rooms and a wonderful position in the Lake District seaside resort.

Great UK Seaside Hotels for Families

The St Enodoc Hotel is a family beach hotel with everything from sailing classes, golf and a two Michelin starred restaurant, or, for a great family-friendly bargain, try Brancaster’s The White Horse, a lively pub popular with families and sailors overlooking the bay.

Great UK Seaside Hotels for Escaping

The Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron, Wales, is a relaxed, 13 room hotel and restaurant, spread over three historic, harbourside buildings. Or you might like to try The Seaview, a friendly, 28 room hub in the heart of Seaview on the Isle of Wight, with a great range of room sizes and two restaurants just 50 yards from the sea.

Great UK Seaside Hotels for Spectacular Views

The stylish Hell Bay Hotel occupies a remote spot with 25 rooms and fantastic views of the Atlantic. Or, for a great view of Burgh Island, try the The Henley, a small, friendly bolthole with just five rooms and its own private beach.

Great UK Seaside Hotels for Foodies

The Driftwood Hotel near Portscatho, Cornwall, is a delightfully chic hotel in a stunning position, with its own semi-private beach and a Michelin starred restaurant.

Great UK Seaside Hotels for for Great Value

The Osborne House Hotel in Llandudno, North Wales, is a listed townhouse with six luxurious, Victorian-style suites right on the seafront, with spectacular views and room rates starting from around £135 per night.

If you haven’t spotted your idea of the perfect seaside hotel on our Guru’s list of 10 Great UK Seaside Hotels you could:

Great UK Seaside Hotels

  • Driftwood Hotel 14 rooms from £190

    Near Portscatho, Cornwall

    Sitting in privates acres, this chic and intimate hotel overlooks stunning Gerrans Bay. Light, marine inspired rooms are the perfect example of comfort meets plush. A Michelin Star at the restaurant makes dining a spoiling yet casual affair, matched by a fine wine list. A dream Cornish location.

    Great walks  -  Grab a hotel picnic and head out through the private estate right down to the coast and explore the beautiful beaches!
    Fishing  -  Right on the coast, there are plenty of fishing boats to rent for the day with equippment and guides if necessary.
    Hideaway  -  A hideaway location just off the beach and in extensive private gardens, why would you leave?
    Surfing  -  No trip to Cornwall is complete without a surf session in the bracingly cold Atlantic.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
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  • St Enodoc Hotel 20 rooms from £170

    Rock, Cornwall

    Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.

    Families  -  Family suites, games room, special kiddies menus and a wealth of fun beachside activities make this an ideal family getaway.
    Foodies  -  Fresh, local, seasonal produce is used in the hotels seafood restaurant to create flavoursome innovative cuisine.
    Beach Life  -  Right on the beach, with nautical blue and white interiors and plenty of water based fun at hand.
    Surfing  -  The hotel will organise a private surf lessons with George Stoy, a perfect introduction to Cornwall's most popular sport!
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  • Osborne House Hotel 6 rooms from £125

    Llandudno, Conwy

    Victorian townhouse now 5* boutique on the Llandudno's seafront. The listed building houses antiques and fine art works in all rooms. Suites are comfortable with sea views. Continental breakfast to start the day, lunch and dinner at the casual cafe. A beautiful find in the Welsh countryside.

    Local exploring  -  Whether your interest lies at land or sea Osborne House is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the country.
    Value chic  -  Lavish old world feel without the prohibative price tag- think marble fireplaces, fluted pillars and antique furnishings.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool at the Empire Hotel is avaliable to guests at Osborne House.
    Sights nearby  -  The worlds largest Bronze Age Copper Mine are located in the Great Orme
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Harbourmaster Hotel 11 rooms from £120

    Aberaeron, Ceredigion

    A contemporary seaside hotel and restaurant in charming Aberaeron. Rooms spread among three historic harbour side buildings. Splashes of colour, wrought iron freestanding baths and lively patterns make this a unique property. The chef prepares modern welsh cuisine. A standout property.

    Value chic  -  Cosy, sophisticated design with thoughtful details, warm service and top notch cuisine- without the designer pricetag.
    Country Escape  -  Nestled in a charming harbour town, with great walks, roaring fires and an extensie cellar.
    Great walks  -  Jump on the Welsh Coastal Path running straight by the front door.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 5 other than in the cottages
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Seaview 28 rooms from £145

    Seaview, The Isle of Wight

    Friendly, stylish hub in the centre of charming Seaview, popular with locals. Boasting a busy terrace, two restaurants and a mix contemporary or chintzy bedrooms in various sizes, some with views. Great base for sailing or local exploring, 50 yards from the sea.

    Families  -  A family friendly hotel on an island that provides plently of outdoor activities for children, plus babysitting services.
    Beach Life  -  Situated right on the coast. Ideal for all manner of sea bourne activities or simply coastal walking.
    Sights nearby  -  Puckpool Mortar Battery is nearby and makes for an interesting historical visit.
    Great walks  -  Bring one of the hotels packed lunches and walk the coastal path to Ryde beach.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The White Horse 15 rooms from £130

    Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

    A lively inn with panoramic views overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors. An ideal weekend getaway spot with direct access to the coastal path. Chic, modern suites are decorated in nautical palettes. The theme continues to the menu where fresh seafood dishes are served.

    Exclusive offer
    Foodies  -  Famed for its menu, specialising in seafood
    Country Escape  -  Classic British coastal stay
    Fishing  -  'Norfolk Fishing Trips & Exploring the tidal creeks and Scolt Head Island
    Great walks  -  Norfolk Coastal path runs along the bottom of the garden
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Hell Bay Hotel 25 rooms from £120

    Bryher, Isles of Scilly

    A stylish hotel on the remote Bryher Island. Homely suites follow a beach chic theme, think blues, whites and seashells. Most have patios with magnificent sea views. The on site restaurant produces a delicious range of dishes from seasonal locally sourced produce. A grown up beach hideaway.

    Beach Life  -  This island has everything to offer from fishing, to sailing, beach combing and birdwatching.
    Foodies  -  The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes
    Great walks  -  Take a walk on the beach or up Badplace Hill for unforgettable views of Hell Bay and Shipman Head.
    Sailing  -  Sailing courses are available on nearby Tresco Island.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Henley 5 rooms from £123

    Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

    Small and friendly owner managed seaside bolthole of just five rooms, with a beach house feel. Cosy rooms are comfortable and clean with wonderful sea views. Cooking that finely showcases the Devon produce. Private beach access. A great weekend escape.

    Romantic Break  -  A magical seaside escape for two, with charming rooms, fantastic food and phenomenal views and walks along the coast.
    Birdwatching  -  The hotel provides binoculars in every room, so make the most of your large windows!
    Great walks  -  Step out of the hotel and onto the pretty garden path tumbling down to the beach.
    Surfing  -  Surf or kite surf on Bigbury, Challaborough and Bantham beaches.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • drakes 20 rooms from £171


    Seafront boutique hotel with impressive sea and city views. Luxurious large light rooms all individually designed, some with window side free standing baths. A 24-hour bar will keep party seekers occupied. The modern European restaurant has been highly accoladed. Ideal for a stylish city stay.

    Romantic Break  -  Start with cocktails in the hip bar, a mouthwatering meal, a stroll along the pier and then back to your sumptuous handmade bed!
    City Style  -  Brighton's most happening hotel, interiors ooze style and confident elegance not to mention the unbeatable location and views.
    Great walks  -  Watch the sunset whilst strolling along Brighton Beach, or head down to the pier for a piece of Brighton Rock.
    Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
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  • Grange Hotel 50 rooms from £160

    Grange over Sands

    One of a kind and full of character: old fashioned, genteel Victorian hotel. Ornate rooms with heavily draped beds and antique style furniture. Beautifully manicured gardens. Blissful indoor pool, jacuzzi and extensive spa. Fabulous restaurant. Wonderfully romantic.

    Local exploring  -  Set on four acres of landscaped parklands boardering the Lake District, yet within the town and convenient for exploring.
    Great walks  -  Endless walks in the fells, tarns and lakes of the National Park, plus the hotel will pack you a lunch.
    Sights nearby  -  Entertain children at the Beatrix Potter Experience, a wonderful family outing.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Spa Swimming Pool
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posted Monday, 22nd February 2010
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