Review: The Waterside Hotel, Seamill

Normally outwith our tight budget, we recently got to spend both a lovely reception and an overnight stay in The Waterside Hotel in Seamill. With quite the nautical theme going on, was it a case of all washed up or sailing on the high seas? Here's our review of our one night stay.


This summer we've been lucky enough to have two lovely family weddings and with our pending nuptials, our family has certainly been utilising the phrase wait forever for one and three come along at once! Our first wedding of the summer granted a little trip down to Ayrshire with a lovely ceremony in Troon followed by the reception at The Waterside Hotel in Seamill. 

With a little time between the ceremony and the evening meal, we took advantage of the time to get checked in and freshen up before the reception kicked off. Luckily there is plenty of parking at The Waterside so no issues with the car and a very swift check in at the desk before heading up to our room.

At £135 a night we would never have normally booked this hotel but as part of the wedding party we were not covering the costs on our overnight stay but with a high price you're looking for some high quality.


As you can see, the room did not disappoint. A large room with desk and tabled area, a balcony, wall mounted television and a jacuzzi bath  - perfect. Also an excellent help for checking I was still looking tip top for our evening reception was a floor to ceiling mirrored wardrobe. 

As well as unique decor in our room which matched the running nautical theme, the views from the balcony matched perfectly as well. While not all rooms have a sea facing view, there are a large number and these can be requested on booking. 

The view from our window

The lovely view from our window also became a pretty backdrop for some of the wedding photos and the newlyweds even took a stroll along the beach so certainly ideal for wedding photography as well as nice view from our window.

After a lovely evening dancing the night away, we headed to bed for a well earned sleep. Our kingsize bed was definitely comfy enough but sadly our room did get quite stuffy. Though I imagine it is rarely needed here in Scotland, some aircon or a fan would have been nice. As much as we tried, we couldn't even get our window open to let a little air into the room and only in the morning with a good deal of force did we manage to get them open.

With a somewhat poor sleep due to uncomfortable temperatures, we were up pretty early considering our late night but this gave us a chance to try out the Jacuzzi bath. So we filled it up and with eager anticipation turned on the jets....only to get water everywhere and somewhat flood the bathroom.


Turns out the jacuzzi jets are pretty powerful and though they is some control over them, its not much. So after turning them down a little and realigning all the little nozzles to point down the second attempt to enjoy a relaxing bath was a bit better. I'm sure we'll remember that one for next time.

Breakfast was also included in our overnight stay and our wander down allowed us to appreciate a bit more of the nautical theme running throughout the hotel. I really likes some of the set ups and wouldn't mind having half of the items in my own home. With little boats, nautical maps and plenty of messages in a bottles throughout the halls and in the bar area its pretty clear to see that they are reveling in their namesake. 

The nautical and beach theme throughout the hotel

With a nice late checkout of 11am (although 10am for our Bride and Groom) we enjoyed both a prepared breakfast and some bits and pieces from the buffet section. While a few others opted for full cooked breakfasts, we both chose a smaller option of waffles and bacon which was very tasty. There was certainly plenty on offer with the usual cereals, pastries and yogurts to supplement the cooked breakfasts if you are able to eat that much.


Though we only spent one night in The Waterside Hotel, it proved a very nice place to spend an evening and a wonderful room with plenty of space. With a lovely view from our room and the added bonuses of the jacuzzi bath and very large wall mounted television, the room itself was great but was let down by a dodgy window that just wouldn't open when we needed it to.

Overall, our stay was very good, we very much liked the nautical decor, everything was clean, neat and tidy and any staff we spoke to were lovely and happy to help. Despite a few niggles we would still recommend the hotel if this is the budget you are working with. Our room was classed as Deluxe being only one step up from Standard but The Waterside has six further room and suite options up to Spa room which includes a personal sauna though that will cost you considerably more pennies!

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