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Weston-super-Mare seafront hotels for a quintessentially English getaway

Easily accessible by rail and exuding an authentic, old-world feel, Weston-super-Mare seafront hotels capture the charm of this resort's Victorian heyday.

Choose from accommodation overlooking the Grand Pier – a town icon since it was built in 1903 – or opt for elegant manor houses set on rugged cliff tops. A taste of the past can be found in hotels with turret-lined facades and four-poster beds as well as those that serve traditional English fare in Regency-period dining rooms. Sweeping vistas across the English channel out towards Wales’ glorious rolling hills give your holiday a sense of serenity.

A home-away-from-home on Weston-Super-Mare's seafront

This recently updated, stylish accommodation is made up of three apartments overlooking the western part of Weston’s charming bay. From your seafront balcony, sit and let the light breeze refresh you as you gaze at the sweeping promenade in the distance. Choose from rooms at Kensington Court Holiday Apartments with colourful art lining the walls and fresh linens covering double beds. Neutral walls contrast with plump leather sofas and wooden furniture in deep tones for a chic look.

Kensington Court Holiday Apartments are a 10 minute walk away from Weston’s centre. Spend days strolling along the shoreline here – which, as part of the English Channel, has the second-longest tidal range in the world, revealing mud flats when the water’s out – or unearth new-to-you treasures in antique shops dotted around the shopping area. Vintage furniture can be found in the second-hand stores here, ranging from authentic Welsh dressers to retro ’60s lamps. Pick up a vintage souvenir, then return to a sparklingly clean apartment given a refresh by the regular maid service.

Fully equipped kitchenettes, including sleek metal-plated ovens and electric hobs, add home-style comfort to your holiday, with handy utensils such as pots, pans, dishes and cutlery supplied so there’s no need to pack yours. Cook up an easy pasta meal to serve on your dining table, perhaps with cheese and fresh vegetables sourced from the monthly farmers’ market, where local producers gather on the High Street to sell their wares. Alternatively, pop over to a nearby café for that typically British coastal experience: flaky battered fish and vinegar-soaked chips with a view.

Kensington Court Holiday Apartments

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9.1 Excellent (413 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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A palatial beach hotel in Weston-Super-Mare

Grand by name, grand by nature, this Victorian-era hotel – one of the oldest in town – is an immediately recognisable addition to Weston’s seafront thanks to the towers and turrets that decorate its facade. Large windows outlined by white Juliette balconies lend an almost palatial look to The Grand Atlantic. The building towers majestically over many of the other structures that line Weston’s distinctive front and is just a 5 minute walk away from the whimsical fairground rides at Tropicana, which Banksy famously took over as part of his temporary Dismaland interactive exhibition in 2015.

With a muted colour scheme, the hotel’s 71 rooms are refined and retain period features such as sash windows. Book a premium coastal-view suite to gaze out onto Weston’s iconic pier from your four-poster bed. Tea and coffee facilities are provided in room, so you can warm yourself up after a windy walk on the front – perhaps all the way to the amusement arcades, theme-park rides and Cornish pasty stands lining the imposing pier.

The dining hall at the Grand Atlantic benefits from the hotel’s ideal location, offering views of the beach as you eat. In the evenings, the à la carte menu consists of classics such as mint-coated lamb rump and lemon-butter grilled sole. Finish off with a delightfully British dessert: think Eton mess bursting with berry flavours or a warm sticky toffee pudding completed by vanilla ice cream. While you eat, appreciate the glass-and-gold chandeliers, deep purple wallpaper and artwork surrounded by gilded frames, which create a regal feel befitting the Grand Atlantic’s roots.

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7.6 Good (421 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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A cosy Weston Super Mare guesthouse near the seafront

Tucked away inside a stone-built period property, The Parasol Guest House is set slightly back from the seafront in a quiet location, yet is only a 10 to 15 minute walk from Weston highlights such as the Grand Pier and the aquarium. On arrival, a small garden with leafy plants welcomes you, along with a homely hall featuring wooden flooring and an antique dresser.

Rooms at the Parasol Guesthouse are cosy and comfortable, ranging from compact singles and spacious doubles to characterful attic spaces. Twin beds are available for friends travelling together, while spaces containing bunk bed suit families with children. For a longer sleep, opt for a room with blackout curtains to block out the early morning light. Quaint touches such as retro alarm clocks and floral bedding add a charming finish to the decor at the Parasol.

One of the highlights of this owner-run hotel is breakfast, which is complimentary with your booking. Foodstuffs such as cereal, bread and fresh milk are laid out in the kitchen, so you can make your own morning meal and eat it in a traditional-style dining room featuring neatly laid tables and a period fireplace. For a bite before heading out to explore, cook up a quick lunch in the bed and breakfast’s white-and-chrome kitchen, pepped up by pops of red. Have your lunch (cheese on toast, perhaps?) on one of the stools. Alternatively, whip up a Greek salad and sandwiches and head out for a picnic at Hestercombe Gardens, a 45 minute drive away. There you’ll find Greek-inspired temples, glittering lakes and Edwardian manicured beds designed by horticulturists Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

The Parasol Guest House

8.3 Very good (532 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.6 / 10
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A regal Weston-Super-Mare seafront hotel rooted in history

This independently run hotel – owned and refurbished by local family the Eggingtons – is acclaimed in Weston as the town’s oldest, having been in operation since the 1800s. The Royal is just steps from the seafront and the central shopping area, offering a privileged position in which to spend a weekend in Weston. To make the most of the setting, ask for a room with a sea view – alternatively, some rooms come with four-poster beds to add a special touch to your stay. As a nod to the hotel’s regal name, one room is named after Princess Anne and comes complete with an intricately carved mahogany-hued dressing table and wardrobe befitting its Regency-era heyday.

The 24-hour room service means you can eat in the comfort of your own space, although there’s also classic British cuisine – as part of a menu which changes seasonally – to be had at the Golden Jubilee Restaurant. Walk under the stained-glass arch above the doorway and sit between white pillars while dining on a carvery dinner (available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) consists of roasted meats, local vegetables and buttery potatoes.

Alternatively, opt for an afternoon tea made up of finger sandwiches, home-baked scones accompanied by clotted cream and light-as-a-feather Victoria sponge in the Feathers Bar. Swap your brew for prosecco as an extra indulgence and sip on your glass of sparkling while looking out across manicured lawns that reach the beginning of Weston’s bay. Staying over a weekend? Make the most of the live music that’s often hosted on Friday and Saturday evenings with a pint of Somerset ale from the bar. Jazz performances during Sunday lunchtimes round off the entertainment options at this convivial hotel.

The Royal

8.0 Very good (571 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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A cliffside sea-facing hotel near Weston-Super-Mare

For a spot of seclusion on your Weston holiday opt for the Best Western Walton Park Hotel, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the town centre. On a clear day, you can see over the cliffside gardens to the verdant Welsh countryside all the way across the Bristol Channel. Clevedon, with its natural saltwater pool and Victorian pier, is a 2 minute drive away from the hotel.

The Terrace Bar at the Best Western Walton Park has a Spanish flavour thanks to a variety of tapas dishes featuring on the menu, although the decor leans more towards minimalist chic than intimate Iberian. Leather couches in deep browns are offset by the airy whitewashed walls for a modern feel. The patterned carpets and windows framed by plush red drapes at the Somerset restaurant, meanwhile, offer a traditional dining experience. Sample classic fare such as succulent steaks topped with caramelised onions and dainty puddings. To finish, sample an amber ale from the region.

To make the most of this hotel’s period history, book a Classic room in the authentic Victorian section of the property with four-poster beds crafted from polished dark wood. Sip on a hot chocolate as you survey the views over the surrounding cliffs, perhaps while contemplating a walk across them towards the Severn Estuary nearby. Bristol, with its graffiti art tours and independent shopping scene, is just a 30 minute drive away, while Sand Bay, a stretch of tranquil coastline, is around a 20 minute journey. Or stay at the hotel and opt for a spa session – perhaps including a holistic massage or foot-soothing reflexology – in the serene Coasts Treatment Room.

Best Western Walton Park Hotel

7.9 Good (1297 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
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