Just returned from my first visit to the Balmoral Hotel after staying there for a week. The two things that stand out from the visit are the friendliness of the hotel staff and the quality of the food.
We stayed in room 8 which had a sea view and view over the gardens to the front of the property. The room was very clean with good quality oak furniture, clean and fresh bed linen and towels. The only downside was the room was a little small with not a lot of walking space around the bed, this was not a problem for us but may be for some. The room had a wall mounted LCD TV with good freeview reception. Internet (wifi) was available in the room (free) which was fast and reliable.
The rest of hotel was clean and well presented with a nice bar, lounge area and dining room. The lounge area opened up to a patio area overlooking the gardens, in good weather you can sit out for coffee, cream tea or drinks from the bar. If you are looking for an ultra modern, clincally presented hotel then this is not for you, if you want a warm freindly relaxing environment then you will not be dissapointed.
We paid for a breakfast and evening meal package. The breakfasts were great with fruit, cereal and a varied selection of cooked food available. You could basically build your own breakfast and order what you liked from a varied choice. The evening meals were great with a large choice of starter, main and pudding, followed by cheese and biscuits and coffee. All the food is fresh, we had some fantastic meals during our stay. The only challenge was chosing the meal to have, I had a real dilema when lamb shank and steak pie was on the menu on one day ! When staying for a number of days you are 'allocated' a table in the dining area which is great as you are not deciding where to sit.
Everyone we met at the hotel was courteous and freindly, with most interaction with the restaurant and bar staff. Theres not that many of them so they soon get to know you.
There is a bus stop right outside the hotel with a bus that runs to town every hour. From town there are loads of buses, one every ten minutes (early till late) on the main route up and down the coast. We purchased a weekly bus pass for £17 which gave unlimited travel (in a defined area) for the week and certainly got our moneys worth from it. It was great to park the car up, take a break from driving and not worry about finding a parking space. It about a 15 minute walk into town from the hotel although its up and down an hill.
I would summarise the Balmoral has a great value relaxing hotel with fantastic food and will certainly go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Balmoral - set in a superb Torquay location overlooking some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on the English Riviera. Elegantly furnished and decorated public rooms give the hotel a restful, welcoming atmosphere with a touch of class, which is matched by the hospitality provided. The Hotel Balmoral stands in its own secluded grounds in a quiet, peaceful setting, yet close to all the amenities and attractions of Torquay Devon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balmoral Hotel Torquay
- The Hotel Balmoral Torquay, Devon