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The Norcliffe Hotel
Ranked #138 of 148 Torquay B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Great stay”
Reviewed 24 October 2012

great stay, great food and great company. Just come back on a 4 day stay at Norcliffe Hotel one of the best coaching holidays we ever had. Nick and Karen always happy to help. You read some of the comments below and wonder what people want for a £120 bed and breakfast plus evening meal and live entertainment.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

On our coach arrival on Friday afternoon, we were immediately informed by the owner that he had no staff to help with guest luggage & he could not help as he was suffering from a bad back! Unfortunately most of the guests were elderly, most having walking sticks.
When our driver complained to the owner in my presence he was told "That if the hotel guests could carry their bags to the coach then they could carry them to their rooms" as his contract with David Urquart did not include the unloading of bags from coach's

During our stay the owner took every opportunity to inform us that “he was a millionaire by the time he was 22yrs & was educated at a public school" He was very rude interrupting private conversations to let us know of his wealth & private education. Some of this wealth was I dare say accumulated by letting his young son who was well under 15yrs serve drinks in the public bar. The above review by Yvonne is also further statement to the unhelpfulness of the owner.

It is such a shame as this hotel is set in a beautiful area, the food was very tasty & I would have booked for further holidays at this hotel but with this owner...no chance of wanting to go back again.

Room Tip: Just don't go!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Myself and my husband and a couple of friends stayed here on a 3 day break with David Urquart. The hotel was about what I expected, dated but ok, food was good but being a vegetarian I was disappointed that no vegetarian choice was offered apart from salad on the first two nights. The breakfasts were served on a tea plate which was a bit surprising and the coffee was undrinkable, it was in a big flask and was like dishwater, even though this was mentioned to the owner nothing was done about it.
We had the lecture about health and safety as we were about to start our meal on the first night even though we were told to meet in the bar and this would be done beforehand. We found the bar prices expensive so went out on the first two nights and found a nice pub, The George Inn where the prices were reasonable .
I agree with a previous comment about the owner Nick liking the sound of his own voice this was very true and we were also surprised to be served by a child behind the bar on the last night. . The pool was kept locked you had to give them notice if you wanted to use it and we never even saw the gymnasium they advertise or the sauna. The owner was also very reluctant to help anyone with their bags that needed help, and there were some guests there who did struggle to walk too far or cope with stairs. On the whole it was disappointing and I wouldnt go back there again and our friends we were travelling with said the same.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2012

me and my husband have just got back from a weekend at the norcliffe hotel, we found our room a little dated but ok for what we paid, food did cater for the older person and the breakfast alittle on the small side, dont think we would go back to the same hotel but Babbacombe is a lovely place and the locals very friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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whad a good time. food was great loads of it.had ground floor bedroom on opening patio doors lovly view of gardens. and sea. two nights entertainment which was good nick and his wife were very pleasant.

Room Tip: i believe the other bedrooms are very small according to other guests. we had to pay an extra £70 to...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Fist of all, those moaning xxxxxxxx, who did not even give this place a chance get lost or stay at home. you don't go away for a break to stay in the hotel,it is there to serve a purpose, and in mine and herindoors it did that no problem,yes it could have been better and we could have payed more, i will go back next year no problem Nick what can you say about him no swear words please he is a chap who like's to keep you informed, they are a young couple who will learn more as they carry on doing what there doing, AS for the girls on a girlee weekend many thank,s take your humor sweet smiles and infectious laughter and have a lot more weekend,s away well NIck good luck Bill alias WILLIAM.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

We could'nt believe the rules and regulati.ons in this hotel On the first night we were given a full blown lecture on health and safety whilst eating dinner.If you want to use the pool, you have to report to reception 1 hour before so the covers can be taken off. On arrival we (along with a few other couples) asked for a table for 2, but was firmly told "NO you sit here my dear". Meal times are ON THE DOT 8.30am breakfast, and 6.30pm dinner, 8am on the day of departure even if you don't go by coach. We were fortunate enough to sit with a lovely couple from Liverpool, which made it pleasureable for us - they were a little late for dinner one night, and eyebrows were raised! The food was OK - fish and chips one night was rather disapointing, I was expecting proper battered fresh fish, instead it was frozen fish.Nick was trying his best I guess, but I'm afraid we would never go to this hotel again far too REIMENTAL for us. I must add that Babbacombe is a lovely place and we certainly would go there again but give this hotel a big miss.

Room Tip: We asked for a seaview - got a lovely view of roofs!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Norcliffe Hotel
Address: Seafront | Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #138 of 148 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
Number of rooms: 26
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The Norcliffe Hotel Torquay, Devon

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