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 £27. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Steps from the Victorian pier, Elyse and Michael Waddy’s 19th-century house takes in the ‘elegant sweep’ of the promenade at this popular seaside resort. The third generation of a local hotelier family, the Waddys have run their small hotel since 2001 (big-sister property the Empire is around the corner, with spa facilities to share). The former gentleman’s residence is ornately decorated with a wealth of original features, antique furnishings, drapes, paintings, ‘table lamps everywhere’ – ‘it’s all very atmospheric’. Upstairs, the ‘beautifully furnished bedrooms’ – spacious suites, really, with a separate sitting room – are suitably grand. Each has fine art and motley antiques, oriental rugs on bare floorboards, an original marble fireplace, perhaps a draped canopy bed or two. Second-floor rooms have the ‘best views of the beautiful bay and the cliffs in all their glory’. The all-day bistro has high-flown decor (chandeliers, fluted pillars, grand portraits), but the food is down-to-earth – sample a slow-roasted lamb shank, say, or curried monkfish and king prawns. Continental breakfasts are served here; alternatively, visit the Empire for a hot dish. More reports, please.