A small group of us (4) decided to take a weekend break somewhere cheap n' cheerful and the Derwent was the choice for us!
This hotel is billed as a 2 star so going into this I wasn't expecting to be wowed, literally just a place to rest my weary head at night. The room was lovely, bathroom more so as it was impeccably clean and I have OCD. Hats off to the cleaning staff there, give yourself a pat on the back or if the manager is reading my review make sure your cleaning staff give themselves a pat on the back.
For facilities I was impressed as the games room below decks was massive with ping pong tables, snooker tables and amusements to keep myself entertained. Swimming pool again is a damn good size, the lifeguards need to keep their eyes peeled for stray plasters however. I saw one or two and plasters are just as deadly as sharks, plasters are silent killers, get rid of them.
Onto breakfast now and the range is plenty with your typical British breakfast. The toast is unlimited so hoard your kids up on that if you wish to save money on doughnuts and ice cream parents. No Marmite though, 50% of all guests staying at the Derwent loves Marmite and this needs to be addressed.
The Derwent was a great place to stay for a short break, parking isn't a great place though, honestly get there early to find your spot otherwise there will the inevitable argument with the better half.
If there is one thing the Derwent could probably do to knock that 2 star to a 3 would probably make your labyrinthine corridors smarter, there is mismatched carpet and various brightnesses of lighting which isn't nice on the eyes. I understand there is nothing you can do about the width of the corridors but at least make the loooooong journey to my room less arduous. This hotel also needs to desperately put up some clear and clean directions to get around the floors. It's like trying to find an exit at Ikea just without the furniture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Part of TLH Leisure Resort, this lively 3 star hotel has access to an extensive range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, together with nightly entertainment and dancing. Enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a luxury spa, gym, huge indoor games arena, daily kids club and a daily activity programme. Bowling and dancing holidays a speciality. Close to sea front and town centre, ideally placed for exploring the English Riviera and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Derwent Hotel Torquay
- TLH Derwent Hotel Torquay, Devon