We were attending Exeter for a 50 yr olds birthday celebrations. We were welcomed politely and quickly checked in...we were a party of 10. You get a feel of an olde traditional ale house. The bar area has some lovely original features....beyond the bar was a large Victorian 'Stylie" Conservatory...which in turn lead to large gardens. I deal for large groups to meet or entertain. The pond was well stocked with Carpe and somewhat bizarely a turtle the size of a dinner plate. He was named Nigel ?!
We were allocated room 6 which was on the first floor above the conservatory. The room was functional although the ensuite bathroom was tiny and cramped. It really needed the extractor fan to work as it was a fully enclosed area. You could easily hear next doors tv and conversations and the main door had large gaps to top, side and bottom and allowed a lot of light in at night time from the corridor.
Breakfast was traditional and brought to the table quickly. The staff were a little hurried...ie no milk brought to the table for the tea and sugar had to be searched for...but very polite and helpful.
Overall it is fair to say that its location is good for exploring the town and its surroundings. Perhaps about average all round.....not for romantics and more functional than quaint. You are left with a feeling that the property had been worked hard and had seen much better days.
If visiting the town again I would look for better value elsewhere yet would not be too fussed if I had to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Exeter, The City Gate offers modern rooms, free Wi-Fi and a beer garden. Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids Railway Stations are nearby and the M5 motorway is within easy reach. The City Gate has 14 newly refurbished Boutique rooms with en-suite. They all feature a TV (with sky box), tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, air conditioning and some complimentary treats! The City Gate Hotel features real ales and a traditional food menu, made using fine local produce. Guests can dine either in the restaurant or in the spacious conservatory. In the warmer months, the garden provides yet more dining space. This is our guests' favourite part of Exeter, according to independent reviews. We speak your language! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- The City Gate Hotel Exeter, Devon