Nothing sums up a British holiday better than an old-fashioned seaside hotel. Today's hoteliers know how to please their guests with impeccable service, jolly good food and creature comforts while still retaining the quaint and intimate atmosphere of the the traditional British seaside guesthouse. But where are the real gems in our seaside towns? We asked Tripadvisor to name the top ten seaside hotels around the country, and here's what they said. If you have a favourite that hasn't been included, let us know and we'll add it.
Britain's best seaside hotels (according to TripAdvisor)
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Sitting on the cliff path with lovely walks to both Ventnor and Sandown, the Hambldeon represents great value for money and tasty food, say reviewers. "Didn't want to leave - we'll definitely be back" says one. The hotel offers special walking breaks, escorted or unescorted. Visit hambledon-hotel.com.
With most of the bedrooms boasting beautiful sea views, La Haule "exceeds all expectations," says one reviewer. Highlightsinclude a beautiful sunken garden and an outdoor heated pool overlooking the St Aubin's Bay. "Classy, stylish, friendly, down to earth and awesome" says one reviewer. Visit lahaulemanor.com.
The Cherwood Hotel, just off the Esplanade, won both a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and a Travellers Choice award last year. "We were made very welcome and can highly recommend." Visit cherwood-hotel.co.uk.
A small boutique hotel is a fully refurbished Victorian home with just three suites and five bedrooms. Ascot House is praised for "moving into the 21st century... unlike a lot of hotels in Torquay." Visit ascothousetorquay.co.uk
This hotel was a Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Winner for 2013, and is singled out for its service. "We loved it so much that we booked again for the next two years as it is a very popular hotel. You only have to stay here to see why," says one reviewer. Visit lauristoncourt.com.
This stylish boutique country house, nestled on the "idyllic" Exmoor coast, features ten cosy rooms, each with its own style and decor, offering an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique. The owners, Sam and Huw, "make hotel guests feel like old friends" say reviewers. Visit oldrectoryhotel.co.uk.
Meander up a cobbled lane from the beach to find this lovingly restored "island gem": think rustic simplicity, charm and friendly service. "The accommodation could only be described as superb," says one reviewer. Another described it as "An amazing hotel on an amazing island."
Visit Britain recently awarded the Elmdene five stars – and it also received an award for excellent breakfasts. It's 300m from the beach and boasts a lawned garden. With just six rooms, you'll need to book in advance. "Everything was great, the room the food and the service was possibly the best I have experienced from any hotel." Visit elmdenehotel.co.uk.
This seafront hotel has recently been refurbished, with highlights including a friendly bar and a sun lounge with sea views. It's described as "top class" and "immaculate" by Tripadvisor reviewers.
A small hotel with a huge reputation, this Victorian seaside home which overlooks Llandudno's seaside promenade gets rave reviews all round. Sea view rooms are particularly recommended. Visit can-y-bae.com.