I have stayed at The Grand Hotel several times over the years and have visited on dozens of occasions. This time, i merely visited everyday for five days because my family were staying at the hotel for a break. The Grand Hotel is just that, Grand. It is a beautiful place to just relax and take in the wonderful views of Torquay. The service is attentive and friendly, the food really is top notch and the Devon cream tea is without doubt the best i have ever tasted. The cream tea is absolutely fabulous, the scones are huge, light and utterly addictive. The are served slightly warm and simply cannot be beaten. Certainly the price is very reasonable at £6.50, when another four star hotel in Dartmouth charges £2.45 more and the are not a patch on those served at The Grand. However, the only plea i would have to Mr Richardson and the management team is this. The Grand Old Lady is looking a little tired and worn. For instance, the sofas in the lounge are old, grubby and worn. I have been visiting the past five or so years and the sofas have not changed during this period. I mean really, would it really cost that much to replace perhaps five sofas, or at the very least have the reupholstered? Also, some of the decor is a bit tatty. Above the sofa looking out towards the Torquay Wheel, there is a bare patch on the ceiling. Now that was certainly there when i visited in June. Finally, the outside of the hotel could do with being painted white, just to freshen it up. Without doubt, The Grand Hotel is Torbay's premier hotel, it just needs to take a few steps to ensure that it stays that way.
- 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