I stayed here as part of an arduous business trip and found it very enjoyable. The staff were helpful, the room was good (although the bed was too soft but that's just down to personal preference) and the restaurant was fantastic. The standard of the food was very impressive. Little things seemed to matter to the staff (in a good way)... I was sitting on my own in the restaurant so I was given a newspaper. There were several extras sent out "compliments of the chef" in between courses. There was also Wi-Fi access and a gym (the latter was pretty basic but more than adequate for a short stay).
The only downside is that the parking is in a multi-storey about five minutes walk away. Given the fantastic location though (opposite the cathedral) this is to be expected. The staff also pointed out that it is possible to park up outside when checking in, so that shouldn't deter guests who expect to be heavily bagged up.
A small point, but given that I had an early start, it would have been good if breakfasts were ready at 7am instead of having to wait for the kitchen staff to get started.
Fantastic place though - so good that I'd even go back and spend my own money there as opposed to the expense account!
- 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