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Reviewed 31 January 2010

Our mistake, listening to the PR about the launch of the first "Abode" hotel in Exeter. On the map this looked like the ideal spot to stay overnight enroute to Cornwall, good food (under the supervision of Micheal Caines) and a modern boutique-style hotel was what the web-site and hype had suggested. Nothing could be further from reality. Exeter itself has the feel of a town on its uppers, I dont know if its ever had a heyday, but it certainly is not now.
The approach was bad, no mention on the web-site of the hotel being in a pedestriation area for which special access required and the postcode on their web-site is correct but your satnav takes you elswhere. They are aware of this but only imparted this nugget of information to us after we had called three times for directions whist getting lost in Exeter town centre.
The hotel is situated opposite the church overlooking a small park area, sounds idylic? Again, dont be mis-led, heaving with tourists, not of a particularly high calibre, the noise was deafing and felt more like a rough fairground than a quiet backwater.
We entered the hotel and this is what we experienced:

- Cheap motel decor throughout
- The "Champagne Bar" was dark, dusty and gloomy
- The basement toilets were flooded and in poor shape anyway
- The staff at the MC cafe were completely disorganised and wearing filthy uniforms, the decor and ambience was more akin the a kiddies playgroup than "cafe-bar"
- The bedroom was a decent size but the quality and finish of the fitting and decor were definately more Travelodge than boutique hotel.

The only positive comment I can make about our visit was that the young lady on reception was exceptional helpful given the circumstances.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank davidwatts040
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Reviewed 1 January 2010

I celebrated a special birthday at this hotel with my husband. I booked 2 consecutive nights, using the winter shopping offer. This deal included a full English breakfast (freshly cooked) each day and a meal, with a bottle of wine, from the set menu in the cafe restaurant each evening.

The hotel is in a lovely green space in the centre of the city, right next to the cathedral. Concessionary rates are offered at a nearby car park - very reasonable.

We had a very enjoyable first evening in the cafe restaurant. The food was good and the staff couldn't have been more friendly.

On the second evening, we ate in the fine dining restaurant , as it was my birthday. From our glasses of champagne in the champagne bar until the complimentary birthday puddings, it was superb. Earlier in the day, homemade sweets and a birthday card from the staff had been left in my room.

This is a lovely hotel in which to celebrate a special occasion. It has a warm, friendly feel and excellent food. Our room was, as advertised, a comfortable room. Grander rooms are available.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank AmeliaHampshire
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Reviewed 20 December 2009

Good bits
- The view from the front of the hotel is lovely
- The location is great, right in the centre and ideal for walking
- Breakfast comes as part of the package (always a plus point nowadays)
- Price is reasonable

Bad bits
- The mattress wasn't very comfortable and sagged in the middle.
- The room we were in, had one very small window high up near the ceiling, it was so high up, we couldn't even see out of it. Which gave the room the impression of being underground.
- There is no parking at the hotel. You are directed to a local car-park, where you have to pay to park your car.

i think if I stayed here again I'd probs ask to see the room first but overall i would return if I was in the area.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travellover6128
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Reviewed 28 November 2009

Ive stayed here on a number of occasions and have enjoyed the location, put have paid for the convenience of a town centre hotel. Firstly the hotel does not offer parking, this is located in a local public car park 5 - 10 minute walk away, also enjoying a location overlooking the cathedral brings with it a lot of noise which starts very early in the morning due to deliveries and goes on quite late at night. Despite the negatives the hotel is very nice and offers a very good standard of room (getting your head around the naming convention of the numerous room types does take some time though) stocked with nice quality toiletries and a dvd player. The hotel restaurant is of exceptional quality and the café bar is also very good where breakfast is served. The small hotel bar is cosy but very expensive. I would recommend a stay here but when adding the car parking and price of the breakfast to the room rate it can be quite an expensive stay.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled on business
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Thank Craig_Woodward
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Reviewed 10 November 2009

Stayed on the 'indulgence' package which includes dinner and a pre-dinner cocktail,flowers and breakfast.(with partner and 2 year old)
Room was very nice lush large bed and in a quiet part of hotel- However it was a bit weirdly laid out the large'feature' bath in our actual room felt badly placed and lacked the luxurious feel it was supposed to give-also only a mirror in bathroom and inside wardrobe which when I came to dry hair had no plug near them!!- Room was on the third floor which was fine when the old fashioned lift was working, although not very buggy friendly and could only just fit 2 adults and a small buggy in, but on the day of check out it wasn't so had three floors to manage all luggage down.
Staff very friendly but felt hotel wasn't that secure as you could easily access it from the Micheal Caines restuarant next door without main reception noticing. Also parking is arranged,at a discounted rate, as none on site but the charge should be included in the room rate.
Fantastic meal and cocktails in the evening but don't like the way they automatically add a 'discretionary' service charge on your bill which we had removed.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank CazBristol
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