This hotel is one of the Shearings destination hotels, and caters for the more senior holiday customers, mainly who are not interested in driving, or are unable to drive.
I was persuaded by my wife to take an eight day break, travel by coach and use the local bus services for the duration. The actual trip took to Torquay took over eight hours by coach, well saddle sore on arrival at the hotel, which is situated at the back of Torquay, on quite a hilly part, not good if you are unable to walk any distance, but fortunately served well by the local bus company.
Checking in at the hotel was seamless, but it was a little peculiar to go downstairs to our room, on the upside our luggage was delivered to our door very shortly after our arrival.
The room itself was very basic, not enough cupboards and drawers for our clothes, but adequate for the duration of our stay. The main problem was the heat in the room, the windows would not open more than six inches, due to stops screwed into the window frame, certainly not to stop anyone falling out, as we were on the ground floor - the heat made any quality sleep very difficult, neither of us slept under the bedclothes all week, just flopped out on top, perspiring gently. On the upside the towels were changed on a daily basis, and the room was kept spotlessly clean.
The only thing I can say about the restaurant food is that it was adequate, certainly nothing stood out, but it was well cooked, and served hot, although sometimes quite a long wait ensued, due to staff being somewhat thin on the ground, and unfortunately orders were mixed up quite frequently.
The evening entertainment was typical hotel fare - a game of bingo, a quiz and entertainers who we were told performed the same act week on week, I can't really comment on this, as we only watched one act the whole time.
The hotel staff, on the whole were very friendly and accommodating, and tried to please everyone, I must admit that one of the brighter moments that you were allocated four drinks per day, surprisingly of branded drinks, although a supplement had to be paid for some.
As I have noted before, this hotel is one of the Shearings hotels, and is ideal for people of a certain age or outlook, but personally I will pass on any further holidays of this type (perhaps in a few years I will reconsider)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a quiet residential area of Torquay half a mile from the seafront, the Bay Tor Park hotel is also within easy reach of the marina and the town centre’s shops, boutiques and restaurants. The hotel offers great facilities for you to enjoy and all the public areas are conveniently located on the ground floor. There are comfortable lounge areas in which to sit and relax in and the ever-popular sun terrace, which is a perfect place to unwind with a drink on a balmy summer’s eve! Inside, the entertainment suite has a dance floor and bar. The hotel is very popular for all inclusive breaks and prides itself on having many repeat customers year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tor Park Torquay
- Bay Tor Park Hotel Torquay, Devon