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“60th Birthday Celebration”
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Royal Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“60th Birthday Celebration”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I remember seeing this hotel on a previous visit to Dartmouth many years ago and have always wanted to experience a stay here. From the moment we arrived we were made welcome and shown to our room even though it was earlier than the official check-in time. The valet parking is ideal as the hotel is so central to local amenities that there is no need to drive. Our room (10) was at the rear of the hotel, but overlooking the central atrium, and was furnished with a large four-poster bed and period furniture with a large modern bathroom. The celebration carvery on Sunday evening was excellent in the Grill Room overlooking the harbour, as was breakfast the following morning. My birthday cards were obviously noted by the staff as upon our return later that day there was another card and a gift from the hotel - a very nice touch and much appreciated. The two well-stocked bars were always well patronised by local people as well as residents which gave them a friendly atmosphere. We ate another superb meal from the a la carte menu in the Grill Room the following evening which easily lived up to our expectations. Although perhaps a little more expensive than you might expect for a 3-star hotel, the Royal Castle more than makes up for it with levels of service and attention to detail that are truly outstanding. I've been trying to think when I've stayed at a better hotel anywhere in the world, but haven't come up with anything yet! We congratulate Nigel Way and his excellent team of helpful, friendly & professional staff for making our stay such a memorable one.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Millie A, Manager at Royal Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such an excellent review. We are glad that your experience at the hotel when you stayed with us was a memorable time and we were able to help you celebrate you birthday with us. We hope to see you again soon, kind regards.
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We went to the Royal Castle for our wedding anniversary. When we booked we did drop a hint and neither of us were disappointed. There was a small gift laid on by the hotel for my wife when we arrived, a really nice touch. We ate in the restaurant on the first evening both the food and service were excellent. On the second evening(saturday) we ate in the bar ( having booked the table in the morning). It was packed in the bar but we had a table by the window and again the food and service were first class. I was impressed by the bar manager" Dan" who not only remembered my name when I went to the Bar to order drinks, but also took the trouble to ask me about my stay. The fried breakfast in the morning is A1

A great place to stay and we will be going again !!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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swindon
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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

We popped in to the Royal Castle Hotel for a late afternoon drink following a wander around Dartmouth. Initially, we just wanted a place to sit whilst considering the options for our evening meal. Having spent some time looking through TripAdvisor reviews (and listening to comments from others dining in the lounge bar) we decided to stay.

I had the devon burger whilst my partner had the pie of the day (lamb with root veg served with plenty of summer vegetables- £12.95).

I have never heard my partner be so complimentary of a meal we have had (other than when I cook Sunday lunch!). The lamb pie was "divine" and the veg/new pots were cooked perfectly.

Neither of us are particularly fans of seafood but the Royal Castle Seafood Chowder looked delicious and seemed to be a popular choice in the restaurant as did the sea bass which was the meal of choice for a table of 6 next to us (empty plates all round).

As for the service, the joyous Tamsyn looked after us as though we were locals so we ended up staying for a glass or two more.

Comfortable place to sit for a coffee, a pint or a dog biscuit depending on your preference (water bowl for dogs that are also made most welcome).

Would definitely recommend and would return without hesitation.

Bon appetite!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visit Dartmouth regularly and each time this place never fails to deliver. Service in the lounge is faultless, the food and drink of a very high quality, with an ever changing menu sensibly priced. The atmosphere is always buzzy with plenty going on and food service is always prompt and efficient. The sports bar next door is equally as good for a more lively atmosphere!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

I recently spent a long weekend at this great, nay, brilliant hotel in Dartmouth. Several pointers for those looking for accommodation: PRO: It's a a great hotel with great staff, a fabulous bar/restaurant and a superb location, with great rooms. CON: If you have any mobility problems forget it - this is an old building with lots of stairs, so don't bother. Parking is outside the hotel and they take your car from you, so don't expect to be door to car.
Honestly though, best hotel in Dartmouth.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Perfect location. Valet car parking is a good start. Efficient check in and early access to room a bonus. Rooms well furnished and very comfortable. Service in restaurant for breakfast a little hap-hazard but food when served very good. A little on the pricey side at £200+ per night.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

I and my wife have been staying here for many years. I didn't realise that a 13th episode of Fawlty Towers had been made until I read the recent review entitled 'shocking' from Louise C. I can only assume that Basil and Louise were on a busman's holiday, all the way from Fawlty Towers (Glen eagles) in nearby Torquay. What a load of rubbish, Nigel and his team are nothing short of brilliant, and any problems are sorted without delay. The management's response was spot on, and if anyone can find a better hotel in this part of the world, I'd like to know about it !

Room Tip: All rooms are good, river view are best, but more expensive.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Royal Castle Hotel
Address: 11 The Quay, Dartmouth TQ6 9PS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dartmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Royal Castle Hotel is in the centre of Dartmouth with its cobbled streets, intriguing shops and famous restaurants and bars. Looking out over the River Dart, this 17th-century building offers bright, airy rooms, free Wi-Fi and a stylish restaurant. There are 25 en suite rooms, all of which are individually decorated. Many of the rooms have river views, four-poster beds, spa baths and 15 of our rooms have air conditioning units as well. Every room has a TV, radio and tea/coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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Royal Castle Hotel Dartmouth, Devon

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