Having booked this stay some time ago, we were very concerned about what to expect, having read some of the recent reviews. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Yes, the hotel is a bit dated, but there is a lot of refurbishment going on. Parking is a bit of an issue because of building work going on across the road. This is not the hotel's fault. Having said that, we managed to park each day on the forecourt, without a problem.
Our room looked as if it had been recently refurbished. There was a new flat screen TV and the room was thoroughly cleaned. Air con - or use of a fan - would have been useful. It is quite noisy early in the morning from the seagulls, but again, not the hotel's fault.
I found the food to be excellent, although my wife (a vegetarian) did get a bit fed up with peppers being in virtually every meal! Breakfast was wide ranging - cereals, toast, 'Full English' etc. I was lucky enough to have eaten 2 each day, because my wife was vegetarian, so I ate hers!! Nevertheless, the quantities served for one were adequate - especially with the other alternatives as well.
Evening meals were superb - and a good quantity. The only issue we had was slow service at times. This was not the fault of the waiting staff - who were brilliant and friendly - but of the system where usually everyone seated had to finish a particular course before the next one was brought out.
We didn't take advantage of the entertainment, but there is bingo every night and then a singer, etc. after. It is a very short walk to the beach.
Overall, we were very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our stay. It was very good value for money.
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- Torbay Court Paignton
- Torbay Court Hotel Paignton, Devon