We spent one night in this hotel recently together with some friends. We would not stay here again. It is simply not worth £120 per night.
The exterior of the hotel is very scruffy and unappealing looking and it took us a while to find any staff when we arrived! Eventually we found someone and did receive a warm welcome. We were shown our room and given good advice on getting a taxi. The bar area is nicely furnished with a fire burning in the grate.
The room was large, but not really warm enough. We were told it had just been "rearranged" which is possibly why the pictures were hung rather strangely and a VERY small TV was sitting on a shelf over the radiator where it could not have been watched from either the bed or the sofa! The saving grace was the glorious bed! It had lovely linen, was king-sized and had an incredibly comfortable mattress. The room was clean with the exception of black mould as a result of condensation, at the base of the window panes. We were sorry to find the UHT milk cartons on the hospitality tray were out of date and therefore curdled and the lead on the kettle was too short to reach the plug! A notice on the bedroom door informed us that an iron and ironing board were available in the staff toilet....!
The shower room was tiny with the wash basin half over-hanging the toilet. It had one very small shelf over the basin and nowhere to put your wash bag, etc. There was no towel rail so the towels were inconveniently left on a stool in the bedroom, behind the door into the bathroom. There was a hole on the inside of the bathroom door where presumably there had once been a hook! Strangely the pull-cord light and electric shower switches were in the bedroom.
The cooked English breakfast and the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs option were both good. What a shame the marmalade and jams were those really horrid tiny plastic containers full of tasteless, cheap marmalade/jam substitutes! The service was adequate, but I felt the owners were uninterested in us as customers and we were surprised when they sat down by the fire to eat their own breakfasts in front of us.
With more care and attention to detail this hotel could be very good, at the moment it is very over-priced for the product offered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monkton Court Hotel, Honiton - Restaurant with rooms - bed and breakfast - fine dining gourmet meals - bar snacks - 3 acre family beer garden - alongside A30 - large car park - open 7 days a week ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monkton Court Hotel Devon