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“Real Taste of England”
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The Belmont Hotel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Sidmouth
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Oulton Broad, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
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“Real Taste of England”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

My wife and I stayed here aftyer being told about it on holiday last year, we found this hotel excactly how it is described in the brochure. Its all down to personal choice however we found this hotel really good, the room we booked over looked the sea and was very bright, clean and found to be the same each day after being cleaned. Some nice little touches when we arrived were te flowers and chocolates in the room. The room was nice and quiet. The breckfasts each day were good, varied, onlt one day my wife had an omellet which could have been cooked better, but apart from this a wide choice in the mornings, eveing meals (6 course) again had a wide choice, desserts were very good and they were from a sweet trolley!! excellant. The service by the dinning room staff was professional, mulit workforce but thye were all very good. I might just say that the front desk staff good have been a bit more professional in their approach to customers. We only got asked if evrything was okay on the day we left.

This hotel was, yes mostly full with retired people, but so what they were well mannered, well dressed and were quiet. What more do you want.

Sidmouth itself is a very nice place without the usual shops we find in all of the high streets and walk around this area is also very good

Room Tip: Book a Sea view, but they only have double beds.Also book centrally and not directly with the hotel...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrendHotels, Area Director at The Belmont Hotel, responded to this review, 18 October 2012
Thank you for your review of The Belmont Hotel after your recent stay with us. Many of your comments are most pleasing to read especially that you were happy with your room and dining experience.

With regards to your comment about our sea view rooms only having double beds, I can confirm that the majority of them are convertibles and can be booked as a twin or double directly with the Hotel.

It is always worth contacting the Hotel to check for any special offers or our Central Reservations Office in Barnstaple.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Belmont in the future.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Have had about 7 or 8 trips here for Sunday Lunch, believe me it is a real treat. The whole experience is a delight. The courteous and attentive staff, the superb food and the stunning hotel in its wonderful seafront location. So relaxing to sit back and receive Sunday Lunch with silver service. It all runs like clockwork, the staff are vigilant in keeping an eye on what might be required.
Absolutely marvellous and we will return as often as possible. Excellent value too. Oh, and a talented pianist to entertain you while you are eating.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

I was lucky enough to spend my birthday here this year and I'm so glad we did. The staff at the hotel were very helpful & friendly, nothing was too much trouble, especially in the restaurant. The food was just marvellous and I particularly liked being able to arrive at dinner at any time and not have to pre book. The room was lovely, clean and had a delightful sea view. The outside pool (yes, it stopped raining sometimes!!!) was just across the road at the Victoria Hotel and was excellent. Plenty of sunbeds, changing rooms and a bar/cafe to order a delicious lunch from! This hotel pays attention to detail and I will happily be returning. Oh yes, and the free afternoon tea on the terrace was divine!!!
The town of Sidmouth is a short level walk away with lovely unique shops and there are plenty of deckchairs on the prom and beach.

Room Tip: It's worth paying a little extra for the seaview & balcony
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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BrendHotels, Area Director at The Belmont Hotel, responded to this review, 27 October 2012
Thank you for your review for The Belmont Hotel after your recent stay with us. It is most pleasing to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay, were impressed by our staff and would like to stay with us again. It is always rewarding for all the staff to read these comments.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Pershore, Worcs.
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We have been regular visitors to this hotel for over twnty years and have always found the food to be of excellent quality if fairly traditional but with enough flair to lift it out of the ordinairy, always beautifully served by a very good dining room staff.
The bedrooms are all spotless and fitted out to a high standad,even the back rooms are very good overlooking the garden and surrounding hills.
The hotels situation on Sidmouth sea front is a perfect situation, you can spend a lot of time without having to use yor car.. It is just one of the very best. Special mentions must be made for manager Tim, who has helped the hotel to new heights, head waiter Ron and bar manager Stuart.
Looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: never had a poor one yet
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrendHotels, Area Director at The Belmont Hotel, responded to this review, 20 September 2012
Thank you for all your kind comments in your review for The Belmont Hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and are so pleased to read that the Hotel has reached new heights! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Visited on the 14th August 2012, taking my elderly Sister there for lunch. What a lovely Hotel in a very pleasant location with excellent sea views, attentitive friendly staff aand a very reasonable, quite varied lunch menu (Difficult to spend £20.00 per head). The wine was of excellent quality and at a very reasonable price, with a good range of premium names. The dining room was quiet, comfortable, and very relaxing. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and can only assume the rest of the premises are run in this impecable manner. A credit to Sidmouth and ALL the staff who run it.

Room Tip: Difficult to say-it's just that good.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Bromsgrove
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

We've just returned from a four night stay at the Belmont which I would say is as near perfection that you will get in a hotel. It really is not possible to find fault with anything. We paid extra for a de luxe sea view room (115) with a balcony on the first floor which had all the little touches like fresh fruit, bottled water, chocolates, bath robes and slippers and even a pair of binoculars.

The hotel was spotless with a very high standard of decor and furnishings and excellent food but where the Belmont really scores is on its impeccable standards of service. Without exception, the staff were efficient and helpful without being in any way stuffy and had obviously been well briefed to ensure that guests were there to enjoy their stay.

I have never been sure about establishments that insist on a restaurant dress code, feeling that perhaps it's a bit outdated in the 21st Century. But at the Belmont, it seemed absolutely right as the whole ambience would have been spoilt had we men appeared for dinner in jeans and a tee shirt or even an open necked shirt. In fact, it would have been unthinkable. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and the desserts came on a trolley with a mouth watering array of sweets so you could see before you chose.

Of course, it's not cheap. To maintain the level of service, you not only need high quality staff but also a lot of them and taking in this into account, I would maintain it does represent value for money. In other words, you get what you pay for.

We came with a party and the holiday was billed by the coach operator as an 'Extra Touch of Luxury,' a promise which was easily fulfilled. Unlike many hotels, we were not made to feel like second class citizens where parties often have to choose from a different menu, have to take their meals at a set time and sit together round large tables even sometimes in a different and inferior dining room. On arrival, we were welcomed on the coach by the duty manager, entertained to a welcome reception and thanked and seen off on the coach by the manager at the end of our holiday - little things which don't cost much but which Brend Hotels seem to understand are important and which go a long way.

We liked everything about the Belmont and will certainly go back on our own for a weekend break or similar at the earliest opportunity.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra - it's well worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrendHotels, Area Director at The Belmont Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Thank you for all your kind comments in your review for The Belmont Hotel. It is most pleasing to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were very happy with our standards of service, our staff members and that you would like to stay with us again in the future. I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

I was in Sidmouth to visit friends, was travelling solo and had never used the Belmont before. The location on the Esplanade at the Connaught Gardens end of the promenade suited me and I was pleased to find that my room had sea views (Room 315), not something you can automatically expect when you request single occupancy. This was very much a single room - no luxury of a double bed here - and the room was on the top floor. It was, however, very welcoming with bottled water, fresh flowers and a triangular box of chocolate truffles to greet me. The sheets were crisp and white, and the blankets brought memories back of childhood days - no duvets here. The en suite was a let-down in that the shower was half-hearted and I need a strong jet to wake me up. But that's a minor gripe.

Generally, the hotel is quiet and maybe a little old-fashioned for some. At dinner in the restaurant, for example, gentleman are expected to wear jackets and ties but I avoided this by taking dinner in the seafront lounge bar instead. It wasn't so much the prospect of donning a jacket that concerned me, more the idea of sitting alone at a restaurant table. But I think I had the better deal because I had sea views whilst the restaurant looks out on to the hotel's well-manicured gardens to the rear.

Dinner is included in the tariff and a good job it is, too, because non-residents pay £40 for the privilege. When I scanned the menu on my first evening, I began to understand the cost and once I had eaten I fully appreciated that dinner at the Belmont needs to be viewed as the day's highlight. Dinner? It was more like a banquet! My choice of the ravioli starter was piping hot and tasty, followed by a sorbet. Then came the main event. I chose the sirloin of beef (medium) and it arrived at my table exactly as requested. Sebastien, the French waiter, served me with quiet efficiency and courtesy but his face betrayed a flicker of a smile when he spotted my reaction to the plate. I had been given four beautifully-tender slices of beef, not wafer-thin either but of a decent thickness. The tureen of roast and duchess potatoes with mixed veg was of a generous size and the vegetables were blisteringly hot; the horseradish sauce had real bite. Without doubt, the main course was one of the best I have enjoyed in a UK hotel.

Next, the pud. I chose a generous portion of hot bread-and-butter pudding with custard. There were cold sweets as well but my choice was undoubtedly the star attraction and deservedly so. After this came the coffee and chocolates, all included in the tariff. Excellent value and no wonder that many of the other guests I met were returning for the 4th, 5th and sixth time. One couple had first stayed 25 years ago and they returned every year.

Breakfast was a triumph too. The first day I selected the grilled bacon, eggs and mushrooms. Again, beautifully presented - very hot and very tasty. The Lithuanian waitress was charming and actually succeeded in passing my stringent test for hotel breakfasts. She brought my toast, as I had requested, after I had eaten the eggs and bacon, and not before. I like toast to be fresh and this was. Lesser hotels bring it to the table as soon as you sit down and it tastes like cardboard by the time you are ready to eat it. The Belmont does it right.

On the second morning I had the kippers and they too were excellent, grilled and hot.

The Brend family own the Belmont and they also own the slightly smarter Victoria Hotel next door. They have a pool and Belmont guests are allowed usage. Believe me, after meals of the quality and quantity I enjoyed during my stay, I needed that pool to swim off some of the calories!

Staying here is not cheap. Had I booked direct with the hotel, the room would have cost around £145 for dinner, bed and breakfast. However, I booked through the Brend Hotels Travel Centre and secured a £25 reduction per night by doing so.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms are extra. A good tip is to book a side room because the tariff is lower and yet there...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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BrendHotels, Area Director at The Belmont Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Thank you for all your kind comments. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay, especially your dining experience, and hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you back soon.
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Property: The Belmont Hotel
Address: The Esplanade, Sidmouth EX10 8RX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Sidmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sidmouth
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sidmouth
#1 Green Hotel in Sidmouth
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sidmouth
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Belmont Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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