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The Clifton At Paignton
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The Clifton At Paignton
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Paignton
Reviewed 21 September 2010

Good value family-run hotel, close to sea and railway/bus stations. Freda & Steve are exceptional, making me feel like a friend rather than just a client. Food v good, especially the vegetarian. Everything clean & comfortable. Small (16 rooms)

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

The proprietors, Freda and Steve, do their best to make each guest feel really welcome. As a single guest, I found the Clifton very good value. The atmosphere was friendly and homely, so unlike some other hotels I've stayed at, and I very much enjoyed the relaxed conversation amongst guests over the truly excellent dinners provided by Steve.
My room was adequate with a very comfortable double bed and nice extra touches.
Freda is an attentive, interesting hostess and the provision of a lounge/bar with very welcoming chairs, newspapers, large tv and games is a great bonus.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

The hotel,run by Steve and Freda offers very comfortable well appointed rooms, and a hospitable atmosphere. The menu' ,featuring locally sourced produce is delightfully cooked by Steve. A big advantage of the location is the ease in which breathtaking places of natural beauty can be reached.This makes it an ideal place with sea and country on the doorstep.One visit will not be enough to explore the 'places of interest' on offer.If you plan to visit, 'book early' to avoid disappointment.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

Stayed at the Clifton. Room ok but smelt a bit musty. When unpacking suitcase at home could smell it on my clothes.

Owner seemed quite nice but kept hovering nearby and gave me the impression that she thought we would help ourselves to drinks without leaving the money in the honesty box. Coke was out of date in the bar.

Once we had paid, the owner didn't want to know us - completely the opposite of before. She simply read her paper and almost ignored us. The owner's attention was overbearing but some might like this.

Won't be staying here again I'm afraid as the owner's attention spooked us out and then changed rapidly when we were leaving.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Owner_9, Owner at The Clifton At Paignton, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2009

The above review concerns me greatly on the following issues:

1) Anyone who'd stayed at our establisment would know that there is no honesty box at the bar
2) As a general rule payment is made on arrival, not departure
3) We are not open in March

We'd love to hear from the person who claims to have sent the review and to hear when they stayed and which room was occupied.

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Reviewed 23 December 2008

My 86 year old mother and I had the good fortune to "discover" the Clifton at Paignton through the Paignton Town website. We travelled from near Bristol by train and found the Hotel very easy to get to from the station. My mother was getting over a nasty fall she'd had the month before so that was very useful. We discovered the bus station was also quite near the train station and from there we did excursions to Dartmouth,Totnes,Cockington and Torquay. We had a lovely day out in Brixham ,which we got to by boat from pretty Paignton harbour. I was able to persuade my mother to walk across the cliffs from Paignton to a wonderful family beach at Goodrington and get the bus back. One weekend we were fortunate enough to experience a bikers' meeting and enjoyed seeing all the stands, donkey rides etc. The weather was good, the beaches clean and attractive and there were lots of attractions of all kinds for all ages and persuasions on the English Riviera. As to The Clifton I consider it a "pearl" of a find and should we have the good fortune to find ourselves in the English Riviera again my mother and I both agree we would stay there again and again. The room we had was comfortable and well appointed. If we needed anything at all e.g. more coffee; milk etc. our requests were always dealt with in a friendly ,efficient manner by either our host or hostess. They were welcoming right from the start and couldn't have been more helpful. The lounge area was relaxing to be in ,as was the dining room and the food, both breakfasts and evening meals, was really excellent. We ate out once in Totnes in a very high class Hotel but decided it wasn't a patch on The Clifton and from then on ate in every evening. The choice was imaginative, fresh, and when possible local produce was used. It was, without exception, plentiful and very well cooked by our host. I also chose The Clifton because it was a non-smoking, vegetarian Hotel. I shall be recommending this Hotel to family and friends as very good value for money and a not to be missed experience.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

The English Rivera? Give me a break!
Paignton is a seedy tourist trap. Full of greasy fast food joints or slot machine places. Did not like this town at all.
The Clfton is in a time warp. The foyer is a throwback to 1950.. Old lounges and wallpaper. The room we had was clean and airy and a good sized bathroom but it was on the 3rd floor overlooking the desperate residential backyards below.
Breakfast was ok but the lady of the house really was a fusspot and would not leave you alone. 4/10

Stayed: May 2008
1  Thank Lancegoodthrust
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Reviewed 4 September 2011
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Clifton At Paignton

Address: 9-10 Kernou Road, Paignton TQ4 6BA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Paignton
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Paignton
#7 Family Hotel in Paignton
#8 Romantic Hotel in Paignton
Price Range: £26 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
The Clifton Paignton
The Clifton At Paignton Devon

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