We spent 5 days at this Shearings Hotel on an all inclusive basis. The Dilkhusa is one of their "Bay Hotels", which is the lower end of the chain. And it shows!
First Impressions: Typical Shearings Hotel from the outside. Old and in need of some attention.
Reception: Helpful and efficient.
Room: Poor. Needed a lot of updating. Radiator would not turn off. Quite a small room, but adequate storage space for 5 days. Bathroom clean but small. How larger people turn around in the shower I don't know! Beds were comfortable for us. A point to mention is that the lift to the rooms only goes to the third floor, so if you have problems with stairs request a lower floor room.
Food: Worst we have had in a Shearings Hotel. Not as much choice, and if you went in trhe dining room after 7pm it arrived dry and unappetising. Service in the dining room was very hit and miss. Some staff seemed very efficient , whilst others took ages to get to you . Unfortunately we had one of the latter! All were quite friendly though.
Entertainment: Something for everybody. The obligatory Bingo to start and then an outside act. Singers, keyboard players, and a comedian on different nights. The resident compere seemed to enjoy his work!
Bar: Best service in the hotel. The all inclusive package included drinks from 7.30 until 10.30. You never had to wait long to be served.
Would we go back: No! The Coast and Country Hotels of the Sheasrings group are somewhat superior to the Bay ones and the difference in price is minimal. Also, Ilfracombe is not somwewhere that I would care to go to twice!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the level seafront of this hugely popular Victorian seaside resort stands the welcoming Dilkhusa Grand Hotel. The hotel was originally a private house, bought by a Raj at the turn of the last century as a gift to his wife - Dilkhusa translates from Hindustani roughly as ‘House of the Happy Heart!’ The hotel overlooks the picturesque Runnymede gardens and is close to the Landmark theatre which attracts many national acts. It is also just a short walk from the bustling 10th-century harbour where Britain’s most famous living artist, Damien Hirst, owns a restaurant. The Dilkhusa has a well-appointed restaurant combining excellent hospitality and service. A spacious and comfortable entertainments suite provides the ideal setting in which to sit back and enjoy the acts at this friendly and sociable hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel Ilfracombe, Devon