28 Outstanding Sea-View Hotels in the UK

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Deal Expert, London

Whether it’s a bucket-and-spade break at the height of summer or a bracing walk along the beach in the colder months, there’s nothing quite like a dose of sea air to recharge and refresh. Here we present a collection of our favourite properties for a UK coastal break – all conveniently sorted by region.

Explore the list or jump straight to the following sections: 

South Coast | Channel Islands | Devon | Cornwall | Northwest | Southeast | Wales | Scotland

The prices stated below are intended as a guide only


South Coast

The Grand BrightonThe Grand Hotel, Brighton
Where: Brighton, East Sussex
Why:
A landmark seafront hotel with Victorian period features throughout. Benefiting from a £6 million refurbishment in 2012, the property has a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant, GB1, complete with curved oyster bar. The Victoria Lounge, Bar and Terrace serves cocktails and light bites, including a top-rated afternoon tea.
Price: from £131 per night
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DrakesDrakes Hotel, Brighton
Where: Brighton, East Sussex
Why:
This boutique bolthole on the waterfront is home to Brighton’s best restaurant, according to Lonely Planet. A great option for a romantic getaway, with free-standing bath tubs in all but one of the 20 rooms. It’s also a stone’s throw from the trendy Lanes shopping area. 
Price: from £140 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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The Gallivant Hotel, CamberThe Gallivant
Where:
Camber, East Sussex
Why:
New England-chic in a superior location, right opposite the dunes of Camber Sands and just down the road from the medieval village of Rye. The Gallivant has 20 ensuite bedrooms, all tastefully decorated in coastal hues, with handmade driftwood furniture in all. The restaurant is renowned for its quality, locally sourced seafood.
Price: from £95 per night
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Haven HotelThe Haven Hotel, Sandbanks
Where:
Sandbanks, Dorset
Why: The Haven sits at the tip of the Sandbanks peninsula, overlooking a Blue Flag beach. It has an outdoor pool with beach views, tennis courts and an award-winning restaurant. A chain ferry docks in front of the hotel, and goes to Shell Bay on the Isle of Purbeck. The Jurassic Coast is a short drive away.
Price: from £143 per night
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Pebble BeachBest Hotels for a UK Spring Break: Pebble Beach
Where:
New Milton, Hampshire
Why:
The clifftop Pebble Beach has views of the Isle of Wight and is well placed for exploring this pretty corner of Hampshire – the New Forest is a 10-minute drive and the pretty seaside town of Lymington is 20. There’s an AA-Rosette restaurant on site, with views from the terrace, plus a deli next door. 
Price: from £90 per night
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The Hope Anchor Hotel & RestaurantBest Hotels for a UK Spring Break; The Hope Anchor Hotel
Where:
Rye, East Sussex
Why: The Hope Anchor’s location – at the top of a hill, overlooking Rye’s cobblestone streets – is hard to beat. Three miles down the road is Camber Sands, a popular spot with kite-surfers and a great place for walk or paddle in the spring sunshine. 
Price: from £84 per night
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Moonfleet ManorMoonfleet Manor
Where:
Weymouth, Dorset
Why:
A converted stately home that overlooks Dorset’s Chesil Beach, Moonfleet Manor has stunning scenery and great walks on its doorstep. A great option for families, it has a crèche, a kids’ pool and play areas. Abbotsbury Swannery and Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park are a short drive away.
Price: from £125 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Channel Islands

Somerville HotelSomerville Hotel
Where:
St Aubin, Jersey
Why: Cracking location, a short walk from the cobbled streets of one of Jersey’s prettiest villages, with sweeping harbour views from nearly every window. The restaurant is known for its excellent local seafood. The island’s capital, St Helier, is a 15-minute drive away.
Price: from £111 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Rylstone Manor HotelRylstone Manor
Where:
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Why: The small-but-perfectly-formed Rylstone Manor stands on a cliff above Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight. You can take in sea views from the gardens, head to the beach (directly below the hotel) or venture out to explore miles of unspoilt coast and countryside.
Price: from £135 per night
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Royal Yacht ManorThe Royal Yacht Hotel
Where: St Helier, Jersey
Why: Right on the marina in Jersey’s capital, the Royal Yacht has a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant with marina views, and an award-winning spa. Jersey Museum is next door; Elizabeth Castle and the ferry terminal (for day trips to Guernsey and France) are 15 minutes away.
Price: from £98 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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The Old Government House Hotel & SpaOld Govenment House
Where:
St Peter Port, Guernsey
Why: An old manor house with bags of character (wooden floorboards, rambling corridors) the “OGH” was named Guernsey’s Leading Hotel five years in a row. Seaview King rooms have views of the harbour and nearby Sark and Herm islands. The outdoor pool has ocean views.
Price: from £188 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Devon

Soar Mill Cove HotelSoar Mill Cove
Where:
near Salcombe, Devon
Why: Soar Mill is set in 2000 acres of National Trust land near Salcombe in South Devon. It’s near a remote sandy inlet below the cliffs of Bolt Head. There are three golf courses, several sailing schools and a clay pigeon shooting centre within a 30-minute drive of the hotel. Dogs welcome.
Price: from £149 per night (Top 20 deal)
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Quayside HotelQuayside Hotel
Where:
Brixham, Devon
Why:
This string of converted fishermen’s cottages has stunning views over Brixham Harbour and an award-winning restaurant that specialises in fresh fish, mussels and oysters. Bedrooms are all uniquely decorated with a seaside theme and all feature work from Brixham artists and photographers.
Price:
from £98 per night
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Cornwall

Polurrian BayPolurrian bay Hotel
Where:
Mullion (near Penzance), Cornwall
Why: The Independent praises Polurrian Bay for its “breathtaking” surroundings. It’s easy to see why – this property is set on the Cornish cliffs, close to Land’s End and a 5-minute walk from the beach. On site you’ll find 12 acres of gardens, tennis courts, a gym, an indoor pool and a spa.
Price: from £120 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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The LuggerThe Lugger Hotel
Where:
Portloe, Cornwall
Why: This smuggler’s inn turned boutique hotel in the village of Portloe (just next to Truro), has a chic seaside feel. The South West Coast Path passes through the village (guests can borrow wellies and umbrellas from the hotel); we recommend the walk around Nare Head to Carne Beach’s sheltered south-facing sands.
Price: from £128 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Bedruthan Hotel & SpaBest Hotels for a UK Spring Break: Bedruthan Hotel & Spa
Where:
Near Newquay, Cornwall
Why: The Bedruthan is regularly namechecked as one of the country’s top family-friendly properties. As well as award-winning restaurants and a spa with ocean views, it has an Ofsted-registered kids’ club, a ball pool and assault courses. If the weather is warm, you could hit the waves; The Surf Club Cornwall is based here.
Price: from £149 per night
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Pentire HotelBest Hotels for a UK Spring Break: Pentire
Where:
Newquay, Cornwall
Why: The Pentire sits on a headland overlooking Fistral Beach. With the South West Coast Path a 4-minute walk away, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project around a 40-minute drive, this is an ideal base from which to explore the area. 
Price: from £63 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Fowey Hall HotelFowey Hall Hotel
Where:
Fowey, Cornwall
Why:
Condé Nast Traveller describes this family-friendly seaside pile (which is said to have been the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows), as “superbly luxurious”. Facilities include an indoor pool, a spa and a hot tub with uninterrupted sea views.
Price:
from £190 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Northwest

Formby Hall Golf Resort and SpaFormby Hall
Where: Formby, Merseyside
Why:
A sprawling 4-star resort set in 200 acres, Formby Hall has renowned golf courses on site, and, for non-golfers, a spa with a thermal suite and indoor pool. Crosby Beach is 10 miles away, where you’ll find Anthony Gormley’s iron statues looking out to sea.
Price: from £145 per night
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The Midland HotelThe Midland Hotel
Where:
Morecambe, Lancashire
Why:
Few places capture old-fashioned British seaside charm like Morecambe. The 4-star art-deco Midland Hotel stands proudly at the edge of the Bay, with sea views in one direction and the Lake District in the other. There’s a spa on site, and the Sun Terrace Restaurant, where you can expect seafood specialities.
Price: from £98 per night
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Southeast

Marine HotelMarine Hotel, Whitstable
Where:
Whitstable, Kent
Why:
Reasonably priced option on Kent’s north coast, just a 15-minute walk from the centre of Whitstable. Recently refurbished, the hotel is owned by Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery, and has a good range of local ales on the menu. Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking are all included with an overnight stay.
Price: from £120 per night
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Sands Hotel, Margate Sands Hotel Margate
Where:
Margate, Kent
Why: Boutique property with cracking views of Margate Sands. The 2-AA-Rosette Bay Restaurant has a large west-facing terrace, offering the option of al fresco dining on fair-weather days. Recently refurbished, the hotel has a light, airy style inspired by its surrounding environment.
Price: from £130 per night
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Wales

Llandudno Bay HotelLlandudno Bay Hotel
Where:
Llandudno, Conwy
Why:
The Llandudno Bay Hotel (on the doorstep of both Snowdonia National Park and the North Wales coastline) has views across the bay and the Great Orme (a prominent limestone headland). Conwy, with its medieval castle, is a 15-minute drive away.
Price: from £125 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Chateau RhianfaChateau Rhianfa
Where:
Anglesey, Wales
Why: A fairytale property on the isle of Anglesey, overlooking the Menai Strait. Its design was inspired by 16th-century castles of the Loire Valley. It has four acres of grounds, plus its own private jetty and beach. There’s a hot tub, sauna, gym and tennis court on site.
Price: from £150 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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St David’s Hotel & SpaSt David's Hotel & Spa
Where:
Cardiff, Wales
Why:
This AA-rated 5-star property is set right on Cardiff Bay’s waterfront, a short walk from shops, bars and restaurants. The Tempus at Tides Bar & Restaurant serves modern British fare, made with quality Welsh produce. The on-site Marine Spa is “stunning” according to The Daily Telegraph.
Price: from £98 per night
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Scotland

Ackergill TowerAckergill Tower
Where: Wick, Caithness 
Why: Ackergill has an amazing location, perched on the edge of Scotland’s northeast coast near John O’Groats. Dating from the 1400s, it has 3000 acres of grounds to explore, with activities including whisky-tasting, fishing, croquet and kayaking.
Price: from £130 per night (inc Travelzoo-exclusive extras)
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Balcary Bay HotelBalcary Bay Hotel
Where:
Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway
Why: This striking white property, with manicured lawns running down to a sandy shore and views of the Solway Firth, has a genuine away-from-it-all feel. If you want to stay put (and you just might), there’s a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant, plus sea views from most of the rooms.
Price: from £104 per night
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The Colonsay HotelThe Colonsay Hotel
Where:
Isle of Colonsay, Argyll
Why:
If you’re looking for something seriously remote, this should do the trick. Hop on the ferry from Oban and three hours later, you’ll be on Colonsay. The hotel combines style and cosiness – think open fires, painted floorboards and deep sofas in the bar – and of course, views as far as the Isle of Jura.
Price: from £100 per night approx.
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