I have just returned from a week at the Esplanade Hotel at Paignton. Desperate for a makeover. We had not been told of renovation work there until we pulled onto the carpark. It is not the best hotel I have ever been in. Our room was above the kitchens/back yard. . We had noisy birds screaming day and night outside the window. Even local residents were complaining about it. Noise from the kitchens with doors slamming, pots and pans crashing about late at night and early morning. The floorboards creaked so badly we only had about 3 hours sleep per night. The painter underneath our window had his radio going full blast and the machinery outside was also noisy. The sun room and garden were closed and when we asked if there was anywhere to sit outside, the receptionist could only suggest walking across the road and sitting on the beach! Hardly satisfactory at all with these amenities missing.
The bathroom was a corridor. The sink was a tiny cloakroom sink and bending down to wash my hands (I am 5ft 6in) was impossible without pushing the door open with my rear end. I am quite a thin person so heaven help anyone who was taller or bigger than I. The shower fluctuated to either very hot or cold during use. Not good for one who is unsteady on their feet and of course there was no bath. Dining room understaffed but very helpful. Lots of wasted food - 3 dishes of veg for 2 of us. Same veg every night for the whole week. 2 hours to serve dinner - one waiter to 34 tables. Bed linen stained. Best part was BABBACOME THEATRE variety show was fantastic. Entertainment in hotel not bad either. But wouldnt go again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Esplanade hotel is a pleasant hotel ideally situated and set on a level seafront position just a short walk to the sandy beach, picturesque harbour, pier, shops and brand new cinema. Paignton is right in the heart of Torbay and is an ideal resort for all ages as well as a great base from which to explore South Devon and the surrounding area. Within the hotel, the south facing Sun Lounge and Harbour Bar Lounge offer stunning views across ‘the Bay’ and the attractive Riviera Suite provides a warm and friendly atmosphere to enjoy the entertainment. The Esplanade also offers the opportunity to upgrade your standard room to one with a sea view (charges apply) and the stunning view on a sunny day is certainly worth it! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esplanade Hotel Paignton
- Bay Esplanade Hotel Paignton, Devon