Our boys and my husband and I stayed for two night at Gipsy hill towards the end of August. They were one of the very few places I could find a family room or accommodation at short notice; many other places were booked or didn’t want to give us two nights.
This hotel is very near the Honiton Park and ride just off of the business park and about 10 mins drive from the airport. The motorway is near by and when you are outside you can hear it HOWEVER we couldn’t hear it in our room with the windows closed. They were very effective.
The room was surprisingly large and the children’s beds were though an archway away from the double bed. There was a seating area with an LCD TV which had SKY/Free view and there was WIFI or though a little temperamental so you could hire cables if you had an issue. There was refreshment facilities provided and the room was clean. The décor here is more unusual than other hotels but to be honest I thought it was ok. The curtains were patterned but blocked the light well and were clean and in good order. The bathroom was old fashioned tiles which had been refinished and if the grout was coloured to match the tiles that are coloured I think they would be more pleasing to the eye. It was quite nice to see that they hadn’t modernised the rooms to make them characterless. The main issue here was that the maid needs to take her metal bracelets off as she is damaging the finish on the ceramic! The rooms are a little tired and there are areas for improvement but you can see that the owners are working on it. The bedding is new white heavy cotton sheets, we always strip our beds when we leave… the duvets mattress protectors and pillows were all brand new.
The beds are older but ours was comfortable in fact we all slept better than in some of the posh hotels we use. The carpet was marked but this was obviously caused by guests spilling drinks and the hotel had done what they can to cover them with rugs.
The main hotel has a slightly old fashioned look about it but I think too many old buildings have been over modernised and the owners are working on improving the hotel… but you have to take the money to make the changes. Unfair comments and reviews will prevent this and the hotel is a rare thing… a private hotel not held by a chain so please remember this before casting harsh words and comments.
The food was price was not very different the barn owl pub down the road. The quality was reasonable, possibly needs more seasoning and was a little less hot than I prefer but the choices were varied, though more vegetarian options would be an advantage. The bar prices seems quite good for a hotel the staff were friendly and helpful, but could be seen as slightly inexperienced and informal. I think this is more due to the relaxed nature of the county rather than any impertinence. One guest did become very offended when asked to move forward his sitting a few inches and left but I felt this was an over reaction. With a bit more time, care and experience I think the hotel will be very well appointed. The Garden was very nice to look at and we had a little walk through it, there was a BBQ function on the second evening for a private function but they managed to cater for both situation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exeter's best kept secret hotel The Gipsy Hill Hotel is surrounded by three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and is a taste of the Devon countryside mere miles away from the vibrant & historic, Cathedral city of Exeter. You are guaranteed a warm welcome from our friendly and efficient staff right from the moment you arrive, till the moment we wish you a safe journey. With two free car parking spaces per room and free Wifi, The Gipsy Hill really is a home from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Exeter Best Western
- Best Western Exeter
- Gipsy Hill Hotel Exeter, Devon