Well as the title says you certainly get good value for your money at The Devonshire with pleasant friendly staff, clean rooms & comfortable beds. The actual bedrooms can vary greatly in size & comfort, so it is very much down to luck or previous visits on how you end up. Our particular room had the ensuite inside the bedroom with a sliding door that was aprox 3 feet from my head when I was in bed! Whilst it was an excellent walk in shower, having no window in there meant you had to have the light/extractor fan on everytime you used it - it was like walking into a lift at Debenhams.
Now speaking about Debenhams that is where you catch the bus back up "heart attack hill" to the hotel. I read in one review about "the frequent bus service" - well, in the Midlands where we live, frequent means 8-10 mins, in Torbay it is every 40mns with the last bus about 6.0pm & no service on Sunday! Most services are run by Stagecoach in the Torquay area but the firm that runs this service must have the smallest buses I have ever seen! I can understand in the Winter period this level of service but in the summer months (July/August) it should be improved.
Now this is supposed to be a hotel review, but you can see how other things can effect your judgement on how you viewed a holiday & how it may effect your return. Whilst The Devonshire scored well on most counts such as the tea/coffee facilities, they provide a lovely little tea pot & plenty of milk bless 'em, on the other hand we did not have a hair dryer. On entering our room on arrival we found a damaged toilet seat which we reported on our way to dinner & by the time we had returned it was changed - wonderful. The meals were of a good choice except the fish which a few people said was tasteless, & altho' I never had one the full English breakfast looked a little tired - I can recommend the poached eggs instead. The Hotel bar was excellent with reasonable prices & good opening hours & tucked away for a bit of piece & quiet from the bingo brigade. So all in all I would recommend this hotel for value, cleanliness & comfort - BUT being at the top of a very steep hill with such a limited bus service to get back just made it a no go for my wife & I. So whilst Newquay & Bournemouth passed with flying colours, this one did not due to the location. Our next target is Eastbourne as so many people have spoken so highly of it & the wonderful location with no buses or taxis required! My last words of thanks goes to Monica for waiting on our table so well during our stay & "Max Wall" the barman - one of the quietest I've ever met.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Devonshire Hotel, a beautiful 1900s building overlooking the stunning Tor Bay, is surrounded by flower filled gardens and just a 10 minute stroll to the popular Blue Flag-rated Meadfoot Beach, the attractive waterfront and bustling town centre. Our heated outdoor pool is available in the summer (May - Sept) and is ideal for a cooling dip after a day's sightseeing. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 awarded hotel also boasts peaceful lounge areas and, for the warmer months, a terrace for afternoon tea. if the weather's nice, you can try your hand at golf on our fun putting green or simply sit back and relax on our peaceful lawns or sunny patio. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Devonshire Hotel Torquay, Devon