We stayed two nights on a brilliant Waitrose offer with bed, breakfast and dinner included at much less than the B and B rate for a standard room.The hotel had recently reopened following extensive renovation, and it has been beautifully done. The new reception and spa are not yet open but that didn't matter to us. An innovative idea on check in was being given a tablet with all the hotel's information on it, and access to the internet. The rooms are elegantly furnished and very well equipped (the only surprise for a hotel of this standard was no face cloths), very comfortable bed, high quality toiletries, and the very welcome decanters of gin and sherry - pity the tonic wasn't free too! The food, with the accent very much on fish, was delicious, very fresh, good flavours, reasonable sized portions, well presented.
We particularly liked the staff. It seemed that their average age was in the early to mid twenties but they were excellent at their job, efficient, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and nicely informal without being too 'matey'.
The wine list was fine but we did think that more could have been offered by the glass, particularly dessert wines which, on the list, were available by the bottle only. Equally, while the bar staff knew how to make cocktails there was no list of those available.
We had two minor gripes: the lack of anywhere quiet to sit and read other than our room which only had one comfortable chair, and had to be left for the staff to make up; and, secondly, the rather too intrusive and all pervading piped music.
It's a lovely hotel, in a fabulous setting, in a most attractive town, but when shopping (and there are some very good shops), beware of the Salcombe mark-up! It's not cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The extensive refurbishment of Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa has resulted in a chic new hotel on the edge of Salcombe Estuary, complete with it's very own cinema room and new Jetty Restaurant; all taking in the panoramic vista, overlooking one of the most dramatic coastlines in the UK. Guests can enjoy our luxurious spa spread out over 2 floors. With five treatment rooms, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, relaxing pebble room and a fitness suite, you're sure to be leaving Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa relaxed and revitalised. For those looking for a more active break, our waterside location puts guests in prime position to enjoy the many watersports that the estuary has to offer. From paddleboarding to our Catch It, Cook It, Eat It experiences, Salcombe is the perfect place to get out and on the water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa Devon