Lovely location and views. We were quite impressed driving up and looked forward to our stay. Unfortunately, the downsides are too big and tend to overshadow the positive. We had requested a soft bed in reservation, but despite the room being impressively huge, the beds were cheap quality and uncomfortable. Had a rough night's 'sleep'.
Breakfast was a huge let-down. Other hotels charge £12.50 for breakfast, but include so much more. Elfordleigh only served white and brown bread for toast, No danishes or croissants. Only 'fruit' were prunes, grapefruit sections and TINNED fruit cocktail (fresh fruit salad was a supplement of £3!, making breakfast £15.50!). Menu stated cheese plate, but we didn't see any cheese anywhere. No cold cuts. Cooked-to-order breakfast was fine quality, but only one of everything (bacon, sausage, overcooked rubber egg etc) meant you could easily leave hungry. Most other hotels offer buffet breakfast where you can help yourself to quantity. Cooked to order is nice, but you should have the option to ask for 2 of everything. Only orange juice offered and jug was empty for most of breakfast. If they're insisting on breakfast costing extra, perhaps £5.95 for Continental and £8.95 for cooked would be more indicative of 'value' for money, or raise the price of room to include breakfast, or lower price of breakfast to reflect its value. Very poor breakfast!
I would recomment Elfordleigh for its location, room size and pool facilities, but not for awful beds and expensive-for-what-you-get breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For that somewhere truly extra special, why look anywhere else? You are warmly invited to relax, unwind and saviour the unique atmosphere that is, the Elfordleigh. Set within spectacular South Devon countryside, yet only minutes away from the main A38, Devon Expressway and the heart of Plymouth, the Elfordleigh offers the perfect location whether your visit be business or pleasure. At Elfordleigh we pride ourselves on offering the finest food and wines. At the very heart of the hotel is the spacious and comfortable Brasserie serving light meals and tempting snacks throughout the day. Enjoy the splendid views from the Brasserie Terrace. Just a step or two away is the classically styled Churchill's Restaurant. With its adjoining airy conservatory, this elegant restaurant provides the perfect setting for fine dining, with menus to suit even the most discerning palettes. All residents have free use of the leisure centre, which includes a fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elfordleigh Hotel Plymouth