all year, except 10 days Christmas, open New Year.
sitting room, bar, café/bistro, free Wi-Fi, unsuitable for disabled.
in public rooms.
not under 14.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £125–£175, D,B&B £155–£205. À la carte £26. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Behind the stone portico and bay windows of this ‘atmospheric’ 19th-century seafront house, find a wealth of period detail and ornament – paintings, lamps, antique furniture, clocks, figurines. It is the little sister of the Empire Hotel round the corner; both are run by Elyse Waddy (née Maddocks, a scion of the Maddocks family, who have been here since 1946) and her husband, Michael. The ‘beautifully furnished’ suites have antiques, oriental rugs on bare floorboards, a comfy sitting room with a fireplace, and a marble bathroom. First-floor rooms overlook ‘the elegant sweep of the Victorian buildings and wide promenade’; those on the second floor take in ‘the bay and the cliffs in all their glory’. Head to the Empire to use the spa and saltwater swimming pool. The all-day bistro, with its fluted pillars and chandeliers, is ‘far more elegant than many hotel restaurants; you feel it’s a special occasion, eating here’. Typical dishes: crab, prawn and crayfish fishcakes; roasted lamb shank. Mornings, ask for a continental breakfast to be served in the suite, or stroll to the Empire for a full Welsh. (BW)