Seabank Hotel in 1973
Location within Bridgend
|Location||Porthcawl, Bridgend County Borough, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Opening||1860 (in its present building in the 1930s)|
|Number of rooms||89|
|Number of restaurants||1|
The Seabank Hotel is an historic hotel located in Porthcawl, southern Wales. The hotel is located on the corner of the front Esplanade and Picton Avenue overlooking the sea. The current building is dated to the mid-1930s. The distinctive white building with its red tiled roof, along with the Grand Pavilion several metres to the east, is one of the town's most prominent landmarks. The hotel has 89 rooms.
Around 1870, a larger house was built on the site and was named "The Seaview Bank". It was bought by the prominent Brogden family and John Brogden, an important figure in the town's development in the late 19th century (who gave his name to John Street) simplified the name to "Sea Bank House". This building was built with grey stonework and over time the building developed moss on the walls around the French windows. It had a prominent Italianate style tower at the front and a quaint little garden was once located at the front side of the hotel.
Around 1890, the family fell into financial difficulties and it became Porthcawl College and was run by Reverend E.J. Newell of Oxford University until 1907 when it was purchased as a private residence by John Elias.
In the 1930s a new structure and modern concrete facade was built to and it was renamed the "Seabank Hydro" hotel. During World War II the hotel was used as a base by the military and the 49th (West Riding) Reconnaissance Regiment was formed at the hotel in 1942. In 1943, US troops of the 107 Field Artillery Battalion of the 28th Infantry Division were stationed at the hotel, followed by the 75th Infantry Division in 1944 to train before the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1945 the hotel underwent major refurbishment and again in the 1990s.
The hotel has 89 rooms and is listed by the AA as a 3-star hotel. The rooms range from single to twin and double rooms all are on suite and include breakfast. Historically the hotel has been used extensively for conferences and important business meetings but is now primarily a coaching hotel being part of the Leisureplex Hotels Ltd.
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