In it's heyday, The Great Western Hotel was doubtless a 'proper place' to stay and adjacent Exeter St David's Railway Station. Pictures of steam engines hang on the paneled walls in downstairs public spaces, and are suitably lined - in, with regency red highlight. The carpet is fully fitted ; the bar is cosey, and the dining room is clean
For 42 pounds a night, including breakfast, there is probably no cheaper place in town to stay.
Room [ number 48 ] was pre-booked on my computer: The Internet is free, and Wi Fi is available without a password, though I'm not sure how this would effect secure access ?
Room 48 is on the third floor, and one thing you immediately become aware of is the somewhat irregular flights of stairs, and raised landings, to get there; and this is not ideal if you have a suitcase , as I did. There is no lift.
For fire safety, several swinging fire doors are found to be in place , en-route, , and have to be negotiated as you transit the upstairs passageways, between the flights of stairs.
The once embossed wallpaper, is now painted over with magnolia paint, the carpet on the stairways is going threadbare in places, the stairs creak and there are scuffs and dents visible on the skirting boards.
The door lock to the room however, is activated by card entry, and once inside, the room was found to be perfectly adequate for the two nights I intended staying. An unusual feature was a large wash hand basin in the room itself. A single bed, desk, chair , wardrobe and decent size flat screen television were all in place: also coffee/tea making facilities, but no biscuits.
The toilet and shower were in a small cubicle adjoining the room.
The Georgian window in the room was a large , and too my relief, this was free and easily opened to allow ventilation. The view was good out over the car park in front of the station .
Breakfast was very good, comprising haddock and poached eggs, or a full breakfast was also available. Coffee & tea are self serve.
One thing that was unusual was that having taken my credit card number at the time of the internet booking, they said they would then deduct the 84 pounds, but could not give me a receipt immediately . I insisted on and was then given an and account / receipt for two nights, and on later checking my bank balance, found that all was in order.
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- Also Known As:
- Great Western Exeter
- Great Western Hotel Exeter, Devon