A charming hotel with old-style service. We had an excellent room on the 3rd floor with sea view. Yes it is expensive compared to other 4* hotels, but this reflects the staffing levels. The food in the restaurant is top class (Service was excellent on the Friday although very slow on the Saturday). I don't mind the jacket and tie rule as this reflects the age profile of most of the guests (mostly 70+). The dinner dance on Saturday comprises a 4 piece band playing during dinner and then decamping to the lounge to play for the dancing (with the addition of a singer). Reasonably good size dance floor and a good variety of ballroom (waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, foxtrot etc). The band were accomplished and cheerful - a great night.
We also tried the outdoor putting, the full size snooker table and the small indoor pool and hot tub. Some of the guests we talked to were regular visitors - I'm still hungry to visit many new places, but perhaps when I'm 80 I will hanker for familiarity and certainty, rather than adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 5 acres of manicured gardens, the Victoria welcomes guests with a unique blend of hospitality, comfort and style. Perfectly located on Sidmouth's beautiful seafront esplanade, for many years the Victoria has been owned and managed by the Brend family - Devon and Cornwall's leading family hoteliers. Much loving care and attention has been lavished upon this fine establishment and it's no wonder that it enjoys a reputation as one of England's finest hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sidmouth, Devon