We stayed in the Carlton for just one night in the October half term. The hotel is a real blast from the past and has a really 1980s feel about it, in the décor, food and service, which I really liked. It's not meant to be a 1980s theme hotel or anything it just felt very nostalgic of the time. I hope they don't change it and make it all modern and anonymous.
We only stayed one night because they were fully booked we wanted to stay for two nights. For a start, just finding a hotel room that sleeps five is a challenge, our children are all small so we didn't want them in a separate room. TLH gets five stars straight away from me just for being able to fit us all into one room.
The room was big enough and perfectly adequate, a little dark though with only one small window at the edge of the room. My only criticism of the room was that it could do with a small fridge to keep drinks/milk in, oh, and some more hanging space for towels so that we can hang them up to dry after swimming.
My children all loved the breakfast and dinner, as did we, the food was all fine (1980s!), better than we expected for the price we paid. I would have preferred it if breakfast and dinner started a little earlier for the children though. Especially dinner because they normally go to bed at 7pm and dinner doesn't start until 6.30 so they were all starving and completely knackered by then as they had been so busy enjoying themselves during the day. Despite this I know 6.30pm is actually quite an early dinner time so we were grateful it wasn't any later, breakfast could have started at 7 or 7.30am though, that's not particularly early for a hotel.
The facilities and entertainment was all good, great for the children although not what we would have chosen for ourselves as adults, very cheesy (1980s again!). We booked this place with the children in mind and for them it was absolutely perfect, apart from meal times.
All in all I would highly recommend if you have children, great value and easy. We booked two nights for the last weekend in the February half term and are going in a couple of days, really looking forward to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Part of TLH Leisure Resort, this lovely 3 star hotel and Spa has an extensive range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including luxury spa, swimming pool, gym, fitness studio, bistro and games arena with entertainment on site. Ideal for couples and families. The hotel offers spa, health and fitness breaks and dancing holidays. Close to the sea front and town centre, it is ideally placed for exploring the English Riviera and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- TLH Carlton Hotel Torquay, Devon