I visited Ilfracombe in early May 2013 and we were let down by the weather (and the other passengers to be fair...).
The hotel is clean, tidy and has lots of info about what to do and where to go around and about the place. The staff were friendly and helpful but there seemed to be dogs (belonging to staff) everywhere which I found a bit disconcerting - I'm sure other people would love it.
The hotel is brilliantly situated! Right across the road from the Tunnels Beaches and the Torrs walk and about five minutes from a lovely beach and the theatre. Probably ten minutes briskish walk from the harbour (can't recommend the harbour in the evening or at night - something really needs to be done about the boy racers and general chaviness but that's not the hotel's fault).
My room was seriously tiny - like a box. It was clean and there was tonnes of storage but no bedside table which I honestly didn't think would be that much of an issue but it was... The shower was brilliant and the standard of cleaning was great but I put my towel in the shower to be replaced on the last day and it wasn't replaced (to save money??). The room had an atrocious view - the back of somebody else's hotel I think.
The dinners were fine - not fine dining like everybody said but enough of it and good choices each time. Not enough meringues for my liking! The local sausages in cider sauce were a particular highlight. :) There were those little longlife pots of cream for the coffee at the end of dinner instead of fresh cream or milk which was a little disappointing. The drinks at the bar were overpriced even at happy hour (£4.50 or so for a large(ish) glass of wine).
I didn't stay for the entertainment but caught little bits of it at the end of the night. A little old fashioned for my taste (Lipstick on Your Collar was the one song I remember).
The only time I tried to go in the sauna, it was closed and nobody about to ask about it so I gave up.
Now we get to the crux I think. The owners go on and on about holidaymakers being 'part of the family' which I'm sure lots of people think is fine - I found it a bit creepy and the owners obviously thought it gave them free reign to discard their filters. On the last day I was treated to a speech about how brill Nigel Farage is... Wow. I felt incredibly uncomfortable and would have much preferred the owners to keep any UKIP leanings to themselves - ymmv.
Having read the review through, it sounds very negative but actually I went for a place to lay my head and to eat some food and for that it was fine. It wasn't however, a place I felt comfortable hanging around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated to explore Ilfracombe, The Osborne is a friendly family run hotel offering a warm welcome and fantastic value for money. The hotel has 53 en suite bedrooms, a ballroom, dining room, bar lounge, sauna and small games room.With a wealth of sporting and leisure activities close by the hotel attracts families, couples and groups who enjoy the stunning views and rugged landscape of the North Devon coastline. Our executive chef provides a mouth watering menu of treats with special group menu's available on request. We offer free gun storage for clay pigeon groups, wet clothing storage for surfers, kayak enthusiasts and fishermen, plus nightly entertainment in the bar area. ... more less
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- The Osborne Hotel Ilfracombe, Devon