We returned to the Balmoral after a gap of two years. We had booked a cosy room and it was. Things were a little tight which was why the room had only a small double bed. The room was well fitted out and some of the furniture had seen better days. There was a flat screen television with a good choice of channels. The free WiFi throughout the hotel was excellent. There was a lovely garden/ side sea view from the window.
Breakfasts were excellent including a good range of cooked options. The five course dinners were of a good standard. The menu changed daily and there were various options for each course. We thought the standard of food had perhaps dropped slightly from two years ago and service in the restaurant was a bit variable.
Staff were friendly and generally efficient.
The hotel is in a quieter part of town near a lovely local beach. The centre is a 15-20 minutes walk away up and down a steepish hill. An hourly bus service stops just outside the hotel. It stops late afternoon and does not run at all on Sundays.
We can highly recommend this hotel and hope to return in the future. It is worth mentioning that the hotel has larger rooms which are not that more expensive. Unfortunately these had already sold out when we booked.