My wife and I reserved a room with sea view here recently and were pleasantly surprised to find we had be allocated a "family room", which was exceptionally spacious, and just literally a stone's throw from the shore! It was magnificent in all but one respect - the wardrobe really needed some attention, with none of the three doors closable unless the adjoining door was opened slightly! Just a small niggle.
The bar and lounge area was very airy and spacious - again with panoramic view across the bay, comfortably furnished and well-appointed. The waiter behind the bar although just out of short trousers in appearance was absolutely charming and very efficient.
We moved in to the sumptuously appointed dining room to be greeted by another charming member of staff - this time a young lady who showed us to our table and presented us with the extensive set dinner menu of four courses plus coffee. She took our drinks order and this was delivered by a the head waiter in elegant and pristine dinner jacket complete with fresh button-hole and patent leather shoes. Our first course arrived in a very short space of time and proved delicious. The rest of the courses were equally flavoursome and beautifully presented. Service throughout was seamless, indeed faultless - but even more remarkable was that the waitresses were all of foreign origin, spoke perfect English and executed silver service perfectly!
We headed for our bedroom quite early and spent a leisurely few hours relaxing in the comfortable armchairs in the room and gazing at the vista before us - Torquay by night!
Breakfast the following morning was a very civilised affair with a good buffet selection and extensive cooked selection which was served to tables. I had bacon and poached eggs which was cooked to perfection and without having to ask, copious quantities of toast arrived on the table.
We checked out later with the same charming lady who checked us in the previous night. She was genuinely interested in our trip - where we had been and where we were going next etc. that it totally took my mind off the amount of the bill! No, our one night stay didn't come cheap, but as I had no real complaints about the place - it would be churlish to complain about the final cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Livermead Cliff Hotel is the only 3 star hotel situated directly on the water's edge. We have direct access to the sea and beach from our spacious lawns. With stunning sea views from many bedrooms and all of the public areas. The town centre and marina are a pleasant level walk along the sea front. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Livermead Cliff Torquay
- Hotel Livermead Cliff
- Best Western Torquay
- Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel Torquay, Devon