I stayed for 4 days at this hotel. The website implies this is a 4 star hotel (Visit England and AA) but when we arrived I noted the board outside only shows 2 stars.
The hotel was clean, and the staff were reasonably friendly.The main road was busy and fairly noisy (the windows are single-glazed) and we were kept awake by people on the floor above us wandering around in the night because the floor boards are very creaky, so try and get a top floor room if you can. The food in the restaurant was pretty poor the first night, but improved after that. A pint and a small glass of wine in the bar after dinner was expensive at over £7. Room service comes with a charge of £15, so I take it they don't really want to provide that service and are trying to put people off with the price. There is a kettle and tea, coffee, milk and sugar provided though. Although the rooms were a good size they were often warm (when the heating came on, which seemed to be at different times each day) but the beds were uncomfortable and so was the seating around the bar - some squashy chairs/sofas would be more conducive to lingering over another drink. The maid left a brown envelope in the room asking for a tip on the last day, which I thought was a bit cheeky (although I usually do leave a tip). It takes about 20 minutes to walk down a steep hill to Torquay harbour (the area is very hilly) and sea front where there are shops etc, but buses come about every 1/2 hour if you don't fancy the walk back up again. Lots of buildings look abandoned and are for sale, so the area is starting to get a general air of neglect about it. All in all, a good basic and clean hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coppice is an elegant Victorian Mansion House set in beautiful award winning gardens. Ideally situated near both Torquay and Babbacombe beaches, it has long been a favorite with families, couples, private groups and the business traveler. All bedrooms are bath/shower en suite with digital colour television, in house phone, hair dryer and hospitality tray. Hotel facilities include private parking, large bar/lounge, complimentary WiFi, outdoor Mediterranean pool, indoor heated pool, spa pool, sauna and mini gym. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Coppice Hotel Torquay
- The Coppice Torquay, Devon