I stayed for 2 nights from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 September 2011 in a single sea view room on a bed and breakfast basis. As a single traveller I was looking for a mid price hotel which offered reasonably priced accommodation for solo travellers (I paid £69 per night for B and B). I also ideally wanted a sea view room and I was delighted with The Grand.
The hotel is the large, cream coloured building next to the railway station so it was very convenient as when I got off the train I had to just walk across the car park and was in the hotel within 2 minutes. It’s located on the sea front and it’s a pleasant, flat, easy 10 – 15 minute walk to the harbour and the main restaurant and shopping area. It felt very safe walking back to the hotel in the evening on my own. Please be aware that there are no restaurants or shops immediately by the hotel as it’s adjacent to the station, residential apartments and an attractive park/ gardens.
When I arrived the check in was quick and as my room was already prepared I was able to go straight up. The room was on the fourth floor (top floor) and was accessible by lift or stairs. For a single room I was impressed with its size and layout. It was very clean, tidy and well maintained. There was an entrance hall with trouser press and the bathroom leading off it. The bathroom consisted of a shower over the bath, sink and toilet. There was a constant supply of hot water. The bedroom had a single bed, one bedside table, a wardrobe, chest of draws, dressing table and chair, portable sized television and an easy chair by the window which I loved to sit at and admire the sea views. There was an electronic safe in the room at a cost of £2 per day. There was also a tea tray for making your own hot drinks with biscuits. In the evening there was a turn down service and I would return to find the bedroom light on and a chocolate on my pillow.
Breakfast was included in my room rate and was the only meals I had at the hotel. The waitress brought tea, coffee and toast. The rest of the breakfast was self service. There was an impressive selection of food. There was a choice of cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, selection of different bread and pastries. There was also a good selection of hot food for a full English breakfast and a choice of fruit juices. The buffet was frequently replenished. Breakfast was held in a very elegant room with sea views and was a very pleasant start to the day.
The hotel had other facilities which I did not use so unable to comment on. There was a bar and lounge area, indoor swimming pool (which was closed for maintenance while I was there), gym and an outdoor pool which was frequently in use during my stay.
I always found the reception staff friendly and efficient. When I checked out I was able to leave my case with staff at the hotel and collect it later on the day. Overall as a single traveller I felt extremely well cared for throughout my stay. I would love to return and would be happy to recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torquay's Historic Jewel For old world grandeur and traditional British charm, the Grand has been Torquay's landmark hotel for over 130 years. Overlooking one of the finest bays, this elegant Victorian hotel offers 132 individually styled bedrooms, The Grand spa, AA rosette restaurant 1881 and is surrounded by 22 miles of spectacular Devon coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Hotel Torquay, Devon