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Commodore Hotel

Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JN England
View from room at low tide.
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The view whilst having breakfast.
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4.5
#1 of 1 hotels in Instow
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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The Commodore Hotel is the only hotel you will find in Instow. Family run for 3 generations. The Hotel is positioned on Marine Parade in the charming waterside village of Instow overlooking Instow Beach and Appledore across the estuary. All our rooms provide modernity with comfort and style, our sea facing suites provide views of the ever-changing scenery. Strandfield Grill opened in February 2019 serves up fantastic fresh, local & seasonal produce daily in a contemporary setting with views to dine for. We look forward to welcoming you very soon.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Beach
Fishing
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English
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Sue W wrote a review Jul 2020
Great Torrington, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Needing a change of view and some one else to prepare and cook meals we booked a sea view twin room at The Commodore Hotel - wow! From our welcome through to departure nothing was too much trouble, and all with smiles 😊
C-19 precautions were in place and although residents and staff didn’t wear masks distancing was observed and we felt safe.
The menu remained unchanged for the 3 nights we were there, there was a good choice and desserts were particularly yummy!
The only complaint was the shower pressure, in fact I drive home (short distance) to wash my hair, which would have taken too long to do properly in the hotel room.

I highly recommend this hotel for a self indulgent break, great beach location and easy distances to explore other areas and attractions.
Can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Pauline186338 wrote a review Sept 2020
London, United Kingdom75 contributions77 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the Commodore many times over a period of nearly 30 years and the service has been excellent throughout. You won’t get a more perfect setting to relax and enjoy beautiful Instow. The food is excellent and the restaurant staff attentive and professional. We had booked a sea view room , which is a must for this location. The room was clean but could do with a bit of an update and we had to move things around to free up some space to put our things. ( TV could be wall mounted )Felt very safe staying here as there were hand sanitisers throughout the hotel and strict protocols in place for social distancing. We will definitely return here again .
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stay672530 wrote a review Sept 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful week in early September at the Commodore Hotel, in a beautiful part of North Devon. The safety arrangements during the pandemic were very well organised and made us feel secure.

Our sea-view room on the ground floor was very comfortable and we were quite happy without maid service. Everything we needed, such as tea bags or clean towels, was supplied to our door.

We had half board - both breakfast and dinner were excellent. The staff were charming and very helpful. We look forward to our next visit.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Minotaur50 wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked this hotel as a one night stopover whilst visiting local tourist attractions (Clovelly and Westward Ho short distances away). Large open driveway to hotel and plenty of parking available. We had a friendly greeting on arrival. Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance and it was reassuring to see how clean and organised the hotel was with regard to the Covid regulations. Our check-in was efficient. We had chosen a room without a sea view and although it was somewhat dated it was clean and had everything we needed for an overnight stay. Tea/coffee making facilities also provided. The dining room and lounge were modern and nicely decorated and spaced appropriately. Our evening meal and morning breakfast were excellent and the service both efficient and friendly. The hotel sits alongside the estuary which provides a lovely view whilst dining or enjoying a drink in the lounge.
Great to see a family run business with friendly and helpful staff who value their guests.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Graham F wrote a review Apr 2022
Basingstoke, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took an early Spring break to cycle parts of the Traka Trail and enjoyed our first stay at the Commodore Hotel immensely: we shall certainly return. The Commodore is a very comfortable mid-price hotel, located in spacious grounds overlooking the Torridge estuary. It is not stuffy or pretentious in any way, staff are welcoming and friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. The hotel décor is simple and effective, with light, spacious and airy public rooms. The restaurant, bars and residents' lounge are laid out in a stylish, understated way. Our sea view room with balcony was large, simply furnished and also light and airy. The bed was very comfortable. The Strandfield Grill served delicious, well-prepared and well-presented meals. There was plenty of car parking and the hotel gave direct access to Instow beach and the nearby Tarka Trail for cyclists and walkers.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Sea view rooms with a balcony are the best.
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Deborah S wrote a review Jul 2021
Maidenhead, United Kingdom22 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Impressive hotel in a great location. Very friendly and welcoming staff who have great local knowledge and were more than happy to accommodate the needs of our family group : early check in, gluten free and vegan options on the menu. The vegan breakfast is to be especially recommended. All rooms finished to a high standard and spotless with cream carpets that look new. Could use an upgrade to the showers and a fridge in the room would be very useful. There are housekeeping options, mask wearing requests and well stocked hand sanitisers to reassure any Covid wary guests. The relaxing lounge offers great views of the Taw and the efficient and professional staff make this a great place to stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stefan wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It is clean, location is good with view and staff is kind. However although the facilities are new they are not useful enough, they could put mixer water taps since we are in 21st century. Very inconvenient bathroom, awkwardly small with no shelves to put things like toothbrush. Floor creaks a lot, you can hear noises and conversations from other rooms. There was not enough variety for breakfast and dinner. Thus it is overpriced for what they offer and price goes even higher with surprise charges like taxes that are added which were also high.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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KrispyPlymouth wrote a review Sept 2021
Plymouth, United Kingdom419 contributions125 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Prior to our arrival we were sent information about the new Covid regulations at the hotel. We were requested to phone them about 20 mins prior to arrival, which we did.
What a delight to be met by a friendly member of staff, who greeted us by name, took our bags and delivered them to our room. He also arranged a cup of tea on the terrace for us too.
Reception staff were all helpful and courteous too.
Our room was wonderful. We had booked a sea view and felt like we had been given one of the best room in the hotel (room 4). We had a huge balcony with a view of Instow beach, really handy for keeping an eye on the tides to enable my swim.
Breakfast was very well organised. We pre booked the night before and in the morning were taken to our table which was set out with our fruit juice and yoghurt choice. Full English was perfectly cooked, not at all greasy and very tasty.
We met a group of friends there and we ate dinner together on our second night. We had all pre selected from the menu and the food was excellent, nicely presented and delicious.

Often when we visit Instow we stay in a small B&B. Having had such a wonderful weekend break we will definitely be coming back to the Commodore next time we are there.

Thank you to all the staff for making this reunion trip such a success and for making us all feel safe re Covid.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book a sea view room, the beach is great for people and dog watching
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Martin P wrote a review Feb 2020
Rugby, United Kingdom58 contributions19 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Faultless Quality... From the moment you swing into the sweeping drive you know your stay at the Commodore is going to be special. We'd barely parked the car and the manager was out greeting us, offering to carry our bags. The Commodore is tastefully decorated with a nod to the nautical but not over the top tacky seaside. There were some wonderful prints of America's Cup racing yachts lining the corridors to our very well appointed room. Wonderfully soft duvet and a fully tiled white bathroom. All spotlessly clean and offering wonderful views across the estuary from the balcony. We had complimentary afternoon tea upon arrival with some delicious home made fruit cake and lemon drizzle to die for. Our evening meal was excellent, perfectly cooked steak and trimmings, a really good choice of food on the menu, which took ages to decide because it all sounded so good, but tasted even better. All off the staff were brilliant at the Commodore, from the head waiter to the coffee waitress at breakfast, all friendly polite and cheerful. My only criticism would be the sausage at breakfast could have been of better quality, but that's all, every other aspect of every other meal was excellent.
Overall an excellent stay and somewhere I would visit again if I was traveling to North Devon.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PA Mac wrote a review Nov 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As previously mentioned, the hotel is in a stunning location and the views extraordinary. My wife, myself and 4 friends (2 couples) stayed for 3 nights and decided on a D, B&B deal. The food was excellent quality, the staff and owners are great, friendly accommodating to your needs and requests, a real pleasure to stay there.
I will not name any individual for particular praise but the ability of the restaurant staff to ensure the wine stock was not under to much duress, as much as we tried to do so, does deserve a mention.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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youngnanUk asked a question Oct 2019
uk6 contributions17 helpful votes
Has the hotel got ground floor rooms..
Answer from John E
Dudley92 contributions61 helpful votes
I believe so
moses_karibu asked a question Oct 2018
Newbold, United Kingdom669 contributions274 helpful votes
Do you have rooms with king size bed and walk in shower as opposed to one over the bath.
Answer from Woodies60
50 contributions40 helpful votes
Not sure. Pretty certain they have suitable rooms as we enquired for a disabled friend.
tricia p asked a question Sept 2015
Lymington, United Kingdom52 contributions35 helpful votes
Hi, do you take dogs ? Thank you.
Answer from Motorvanman
Cardiff, Wales.21 contributions8 helpful votes
Don't know. Didn't see any last year, but...... Ring the hotel.
dcrBristolSomerset asked a question Jun 2015
Portishead, United Kingdom34 contributions12 helpful votes
Is there a safe deposit box in the apartment?
Answer from Diana M
Instow, United Kingdom
I am afraid not however we do have a safe we can put valuables in Kind regards
Motorvanman asked a question Apr 2015
Cardiff, Wales.21 contributions8 helpful votes
Nothing thanks. Highly satisfied with everything.Why change what's perfect?
Anne T wrote a tip 11 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fantastic place to stay"
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Marlene C wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Family run hotel with exceptional staff & service. Marine room large and comfortable. Wonderful views. Lovely food. Lots to do in local area"
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Waw4732 wrote a tip Mar 2024
United Kingdom131 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Quiet Hotel, possibly not for those looking for entertainment. Waiter service and breakfast bar with cereals etc"
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Veronica H wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The ferry doesnt run until 1st April."
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Alan J wrote a tip Dec 2023
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want to go for Christmas book very early"
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PRICE RANGE
£170 - £189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDevonTorridgeBidefordInstow
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Commodore Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Commodore Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hockings Dairy Cream Ices (0.7 miles), North Devon Maritime Museum (0.6 miles), and The Champ (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Commodore Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Commodore Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Commodore Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Commodore Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flame Factory, The Yard, and The Coffee Cabin.
Is Commodore Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the centre of Instow.
Are there any historical sites close to Commodore Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chudleigh Fort (2.7 miles), The Old Windmill (0.6 miles), and St Peter's Church, Westleigh (1.1 miles).
Does Commodore Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Commodore Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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