My cousin and I have just returned from a 3 night stay. We had 2 sea view rooms on the top floor. The rooms were not palatial but perfectly adequate for us. The rooms and bathrooms were spotless but I agree that although they have been superficially refurbished they are basically still as they would have been many years ago. However the issues reported here by others have obviously been noted and addressed. We had bath robes, and glasses in the bathroom, there was complimentary bottled water as well as the usual selection of teas and coffee. Unfortunately there was no mini bar so if you like paying £1.50 for a Mars bar you will be disappointed, still the biscuits were free!
The indoor swimming pool was lovely and warm, the changing rooms were quite sad, but as this is all in the basement accessed by the lift, you can go direct from your room without having to cross the public areas in your leisure suit!
The staff were without exception, polite, welcoming and efficient, either they have had a complete change of personnel or perhaps it is just a change of attitude.
We booked by contacting the hotel direct, and got a very reasonable rate for dinner bed and breakfast. Evening meals were excellent, each dish was a work of art in itself, my cousin a very fussy vegetarian was well catered for. We never eat cooked breakfasts so I cannot comment but the toast was certainly hot!
It was nice to check in and out at reception sitting comfortably at a desk opposite the young lady that took my original call. So if you prefer to make your booking via a call centre, arrive to stand in a queue at reception only to be told that the rooms you thought you had reserved have been taken by someone that has checked in before you, then perhaps you should stick to large hotel chains!
The location was beautiful, stunning sea views. Torquay is very hilly, the walk to the town centre is okay in good weather, be warned, the coastal path is not a short cut, take a taxi back!
So to conclude, with acknowledgement to Basil Fawlty, this is a very special place for special people (no riff- raff)!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With wonderful views across Tor Bay, The Osborne Hotel has a modern health club, an outdoor pool and leafy sun terrace. The hotel is set in 6 acres of grounds that lead to Meadfoot Beach.The elegant bedrooms are individually decorated, and all have free Wi-Fi access and tea/coffee facilities with free mineral water. All rooms have a private bathroom and a cosy seating area.Hesketh’s Health and Fitness Centre features an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym and tennis courts. Guests can relax in the sauna, or on the spacious poolside terraces.Langtry’s Restaurant has impressive bay views, and serves modern British cuisine and fine wines. There is also a informal continental-style brasserie, offering fresh coffees and afternoon teas.In the heart of the English Riviera, Osborne Hotel is a 15-minute stroll from the picturesque Torquay Marina. Free on-site parking is available, and Torquay Railway Station is just 1 and a half miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Osborne Hotel Torquay
- The Osborne Hotel Torquay, Devon