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“An enjoyable weekend”
Review of The Coppice

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The Coppice
Ranked #12 of 86 Hotels in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2010

Our mixed group of 19 people, aged between 22-75, stayed for a winter break. We had stayed several times in Torquay before, though not in this hotel.

Formerly a large mansion, the hotel has been converted and extended so you take pot luck with room size, but all were clean and well-heated. The owners were friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. In summer they take on more staff and are less hands-on which might explain some of the adverse comments elsewhere. Although located in a residential area slightly out of town there are useful shops and a pub with several real ales about 5 minutes walk away, and the regular 32 bus along the main road takes 10 minutes into Torquay. Babbacombe shops and cliffs are 15-20 minutes walk. Kents Cavern is less than 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

We all liked the food; it was plain, simple and there was plenty of it. Service was efficient and they kept some food by for one couple in our group who were due to arrive after the chef had finished. The pool was well-maintained though only a few of us found time to use it. Smokers won't like the lack of balconies in the rooms, though adequate arrangements were made under cover outside.

The hotel has free WiFi which was a big plus, although reception in rooms is inconsistent and was slow at the best of times.

Entertainment can be pre-arranged and the owners have a useful range of local contacts including an excellent singer / comedienne. Even the younger members of the team, who were ready to hit the clubs downtown, ended up staying to watch her!

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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1  Thank Andy S
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Reviewed 23 December 2009

I visited the Coppice after an absence of five years. I have to agree with some previous comments that it has been given a very pleasant face lift.
However the service was not what I expected from my past visits, the new owners are clearly just in the game to make money, and have dropped the standards accordingly.
Yes the bell still exists in reception, but where lovely Tony or one of the girls would answer in seconds, sometimes it was never answered at all.
My wife was upset about the food, on one of our evenings, and was made to feel like a child getting free school meals.
The service at the bar was a joke, they clearly don't understand that guests may want to have a drink before their meal, and don't want to wait until the dinning room is cleared before being able to get another.
As for getting a so called packed lunch, well no more said.
Not the service I am used to, and WE WILL NOT BE BACK.
John & Ann Wallace.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank scotingoa
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

No one can possibly give this hotel and its owners, Sid & Jenny a bad name. this is one of the best group tours that I have organised in the 10 years that I have used NIC travel. Definately will be returning. Food of excellent standard and cleanliness second to none. Entertainment was quality with a good variation and superb customer interaction. Sid and Jenny made my group very welcome and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. They made us feel like family and we applaud their efforts in every manner.And for anyone to say they dont like children is a joke they made my childrens holiday a pleasure. Sid/Jenny thanks a million we WILL see you again love and best wishes Ade, Amanda and our customers from Gala bingo Ashmore park Wolverhampton.

  • Stayed: October 2009
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1  Thank mandaade2008
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

Lovely hotel- not like your average run down Faulty Towers stay!
The fact that it is one of the smaller hotels means it is easy to mingle with the guests
Good food

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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1  Thank HappycustomerDevon
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

had a lovely stay at your hotel with a group from bournemouth thought hotel was lovely and clean through out meals great entertainment very good can recommend it to any one i think it should be rated higher than a 2 star love to go back again

mr &mrs baxter

  • Stayed: October 2009
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

Just got back from a long weekend at this Hotel. Jennie Syd and staff were very welcoming. The food was excellent, plates hot, and generous portions. You won't go hungry at this hotel! Our room was very fresh and clean and the general decor in the lounge areas was very pleasing. Enjoyed swimming in the indoor pool and using the steam room etc. Hope to go back again in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: October 2009
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1  Thank frogladybg
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

I stayed at the hotel for one week with my 3 children aged between 5 and 17 yrs of age, and when it came to packing the bags into the car, it took me ages to get them in and say goodbye because they didn't want to go. Neither did I, the atmosphere was so welcoming and relaxed. It had 2 swimming pools that kept the children busy for hours, and just a short walk away was all the shops and the harbour, where you could go fishing, crabbing and sight-seeing on boats. There is entertainment held weekly at the hotel which kept the kids up for most of the night. The hotel is in a great location and the food menu leaves you spoilt for choice! Same time, same place, next year for certain! Thanks Sid and Jenny

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank geegeegina007
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Additional Information about The Coppice

Address: Babbacombe Rd. | Torquay, Torquay TQ1 2QJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Torquay
#8 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
#8 Business Hotel in Torquay
#12 Romantic Hotel in Torquay
#16 Family Hotel in Torquay
Price Range: £30 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Coppice 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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 
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Coppice Hotel Torquay
The Coppice Torquay, Devon

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