treated to a surprise night away with the wife... we travelled a short way to Sidmouth, and the Bedford Hotel, on a chilly March Saturday evening.
On arrival found the parking out the back for just six cars a little tight to say the least but managed to squeeze in just!
Inside the hotel, its clean and has recently been renovated (slight smell of fresh paint) for the coming season, booked in by the friendly receptionist, and advised a complimentary tea or coffee was available at the bar should we like one, once we had checked into our room.
Room 11, was ours a family room, double bed and a spare full size single, with ensuite facilities... this is on the side of the building, with a good sea view... be aware this is an older building, and has single glazed sash windows... these mean that you can hear the noise from outside, and also you get a breeze through... however quality curtains, and warm heating meant we were certainly not cold!
We had pre-booked dinner, a choice of two started, Calamari, or Mushrooms, then soup, followed by main choice, I had the braised liver which was excellent... a healthy choice of desserts, or cheese, followed by, coffee which we chose to take in one of the drawing/sitting rooms...
The hotel had several groups of guests, and the Pynes Bar had a healthy base of customers, at the bar, and dining in the restaurant...
A comfortable nights sleep, good clean room... and although heard the occasional car passing, and the sounds of the crashing waves, we were not disturbed from the bar.
Sunday breakfast, a good selection of cereals, pastries, fruit juices, a freshly cooked full English, and toast, then tea or coffee...
All in all a great hotel to stay in, friendly staff, seaside hotels how they should be, traditional, but with modern service... only one thing I would have liked would have been Wifi, but as we were only staying the one night it wasn't an issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Grade II* listed building The Bedford Hotel is a 3*** hotel run by the Pyne Family. Located at the heart of Sidmouth seafront means many rooms boast breathtaking views of Lyme Bay. All rooms are individually furnished, have flat screen televisions and en suite facilities. There is lift access to both floors. The hotel also has comfortable lounges and offers a wide selection of good food and wine in a choice of attractive surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bedford Hotel Sidmouth, Devon