My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights whilst attending a family wedding reception within the hotel. We arrived quite late on the Friday evening, checked in and found our room. As we were paying £85 per night ( discounted wedding rate ) we were quite disappointed with the size of the room, although in all fairness it was clean and well furnished.
We went for a drink in the bar area, which was lovely, again very nicely decorated, drinks fairly priced and staff extremely helpful and friendly, particularly Lloyd and Jase (assuming short for Jason?! )
Returned to our room, and considering it was in a chalet style building, found it extremely hot considering it was windy and raining outside, and had no heating switched on inside, this stifling heat only added to the terrible nights sleep we were in for due to the extreme softness of the bed, I've slept on firmer water beds!!!
The following morning we found a small electric fan in the bottom of the wardrobe, however this was next to useless against the unbearable heat, and I cant imagine how uncomfortable this place would be on a hot summer night. We had the windows open all night, but due to the ground floor location had to choose whether to close the lovely thick curtains to keep our privacy but block out any cold, fresh air, or keep the curtains open but have every tom, dick and harry walking through the car park able to see into our room. On that note, there is also a lot of noise from the busy road out front, but obviously there is not a lot the hotel can do about that!
The breakfast buffet was lovely, although the continental side could use some additional choices, (only orange juice available first morning, no pastries, yoghurt bowls but no dried fruits/granola etc)
On the Saturday afternoon we returned to the hotel for the wedding breakfast, personally I found it odd that the welcome drinks were held in the bar area in amongst non wedding guests but that's probably just my personal preference, once we moved upstairs to the function suite, I could not fault the professionalism of the staff. The food was excellent, and none of the guests on our table had a bad thing to say about it, there was also plenty of it. I certainly enjoyed the evening entertainment and would definitely return for another function here.
Slept slightly better the second night, but put that down to the copious amounts of alcohol consumed rather than the bed being any firmer!
I would not rush back to book this hotel, only due to the uncomfortable nights we had, however, if they installed air conditioning and upgraded the beds to something a little firmer, I absolutely wouldn't hesitate.
Personally I feel the hotel prices reflect the quality of the restaurant facilities rather than the quality of the rooms, and sadly although clean, they were only adequate rather than exceptional, and at £90+ a night, I had higher expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With easy access to Exeter City Centre and the surrounding area, the Devon Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a city break or stay whilst on business. Exeter is a bustling and lively city with a fascinating Roman heritage and one of the world's best examples of a twelfth century Gothic cathedral. It is conveniently situated for visiting Dartmoor and the stunning coastline of South Devon. The Devon Hotel in Exeter has an outstanding reputation for fabulous cuisine and great accommodation. Situated on the edge of the vibrant city of Exeter, when you enter the Devon Hotel, you enter a world of exquisite comfort. Set in the Georgian building which is the heart of the hotel, our flagship Carriages Brasserie and Lounge Bar beckon you to linger with colleagues or friends. ... more less
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