We stayed overnight at The Grand Hotel which has an excellent position by the sea front in Torquay. Our group had three ‘compact double’ rooms at £69 per room bed and breakfast weekend rate. We managed to find free roadside parking without any problem else there is a train car park pay and display adjacent.
Generally the foyer and bar area are very pleasant with views out to sea and to the marina. The staff were all very friendly and drinks were all served to the sofas. We ate out but the food did look and smell very good!. Breakfast was cooked english buffet style but poached eggs were no problem.
The rooms were not very large but were adequate with double beds, wall mounted lcd tv’s and tea coffee making facilities. They were clean with functional bathrooms and nice linen / curtains. Certainly not the most plush or ‘grand’ rooms I’ve stayed in but we did select the cheapest rooms available!
The fitness centre is in the basement with a relatively small suite of exercise machines. The pool and Jacuzzi were clean with a warm as was the sauna. The changing rooms were cramped and dated with toilet facilities in the middle and could have been cleaner.
All in all we had a lovely stay in a great location. This is a big hotel where you can see money has been spent I some areas but in truth needs a lot more spending to bring it up to potential. Some areas have cheap fire doors and patched up fittings for example. We had a good stay for the price but would have been disappointed if I had spent much more.
- 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