Initial arrival was marred a little by the fact that the booking, made on the Abode corporate website, had translated from two rooms to one. The staff however, were great, and rectified this without fuss, giving my collegue a free upgrade.
The hotel itself has someting of a dual character, one old world Hotel Clarence, and a newer, trying just a little too hard to be funky, Abode Hotel.
Standard rooms were exellent, immaculate, well furmished, but a little small (it is an old building, so fair enough) The better rooms, referred to by the hotel as 'enviable', are absolutely great - well decorated, spotless, big bath, walk in shower and huge bed.
Hotel location is to die for, right in front of Exeter cathedral, in the pedestrianised Cathedral Close.
Being in the city centre, noise was a bit of a problem - the rooms seemed extremely warm, leaving a choice of open windows and lots of street noise, closed windows and a very hot room, or noisy air con.
A bit pricy, but definitely worth a visit if you can afford it (or get the company to pay)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking to the future of The Royal Clarence, we have every intention to rebuild the hotel with enormous sympathy. The 18th-century hotel, said to be one of the oldest in England, was gutted when a blaze spread from an adjacent building on Friday morning. The fire wrecked the inside of the landmark building and left the frontage on the brink of collapse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abode Exeter Hotel Exeter
- Exeter Abode Hotel
- Abode Hotel Exeter
- ABode Exeter Devon