We arrived to be greeted by the friendliest and most informative receptionists we have ever had.
We originally booked 3 nights in The Derwent hotel,but as the TLH complex was so good we ended up booking another 3 nights in The Toorak and staying for 6 nights in total. We just didn't want to leave then!
The entertainments team worked really hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves and our 14yr old son enjoyed the Teens Club. We had to drag him along to the first session as he was worried about meeting new people,but he made some nice friends and went to every one after that .They did Ten Pin Bpwling,Snorkelling,Water Polo, air hockey,basket ball,Pool,Curling and a host of other things.We were able to let him go off around the hotel at other times with a mate that he had made there ,as they had plenty to occupy them without going off the premises.
There were plenty of quizzes and different events taking place throughout the day for adults,teens and kiddies.
We went to The Starlight Lounge, where the main family entertainment was on every night. The entertainment team put on some really good shows and there were also other artists on. Bingo was a popular attraction each night and tickets were cheap,with really good cash prizes. Lots of people went to The Starlight for the bingo before going off to one of the other entertainment venues around the complex.
With quizzes, Line Dancing, Ballroom dancing, race nights , karaoke and a whole lot more going on at each of the hotels there was something for everyone. It was nice to be wander around and visit whichever one took your fancy. Also plenty of quieter areas to sit.
We ate in The Aztec Bar every night and although not cheap (eg. £9.95 for Barbeque smothered chicken,chips & salad),the meals were really well cooked and plenty on the plate.
Drinks available in the bars varied slightly in each one.
Alberts Pub also did nice food at cheaper prices.
A large games room sold drinks and snacks and also had ten pin bowling.
Indoor Bowls room and also a bowls shop.
Tennis Courts and outdoor play area.
The outdoor pool area was nice and I imagine would look really good when the sun came out (unfortunately we had rain for most of our stay). Apparently there is a barbeque and party night outside in that area on Thursday nights but it wasn't on due to the atrocious weather )
The indoor pool area was absolutely unbelievable! With one MASSIVE pool and another smaller pool as well as a sauna, steam room and jaccuzzi we stayed there for 3 hours each day without getting bored. A few days there were organised water polo games .
I don't know how some previous reviewers can say that the area needs updating and complain about no swimming lanes. All the pool areas were cleaned down regularly and there was plenty of space in the big pool,even when it was busy.
The cubicles in the changing rooms were nice and big and the lockers were free. No shower gel provided in the showers,so take your own.
The Gym has a small charge and looked modern,but we didn't have enough spare time to use it. Spa/beauty treatments were at VERY reassonable prices.
There were also excercise classes etc in The Aztec studio but never got around to going.
We stayed in The Derwent for 3 nights which was the liveliest of the 4 hotels and had a couple of coach parties in as well at the time.
Could do with a lick of paint around the place and the carpets were a bit threadbare around the upstairs corridors,with black tape holding some bits together.
Our room (112) was by the lift and stairs so luckily we didn't have the long corridors to navigate. The family bedroom was a decent size and comfortable,but we had the TINIEST BATHROOM you could imagine and the bathroom door wouldn't even open wide as it hit the bath.The sink was in the bedroom as it wouldn't fit into the bathroom (See photo) This was the only thing that spoilt this room.
The breakfast buffet was really good and food fresh and plenty available,with 3 seperate buffet areas within the restaurant,so no massive queues for the food.
We then moved to The Toorak for our last 3 days. What a difference in the rooms.....although more expensive,they were really spacious and lovely bathrooms. (See photos)The Toorak is a more relaxed atmosphere with some nice lounges and bars to relax in and lovely garden area . But it is only a couple of minutes walk along the corridors to the lively part of the complex. We felt so at home here that we could have stayed another week !! The receptionists and other staff were all so friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we couldn't fault anything.
We had a Devon Cream Tea on our last day before departing - Lovely!!!!!!
We are planning a return visit to TLH - staying at The Toorak- and would recommend TLH to everyone looking for a good holiday in Torquay.
A big thanks to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This lively resort encompasses the Derwent, Victoria, Carlton & Toorak Hotels with on-site access to an extensive range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, together with nightly entertainment and dancing. Enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a luxury spa, gym, huge indoor games arena, daily kids club and a daily activity programme. Bowling and dancing holidays a speciality. Close to sea front and town centre, ideally placed for exploring the English Riviera and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tlh Leisure Hotel Torquay
- Tlh Leisure Torquay
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