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“A very welcoming establishment!”
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Devon Bay Hotel
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“A very welcoming establishment!”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Having never been to Devon before, this was the first hotel I've stayed in on that coastline, closely located to the sea ononly being a few minute walk away. To start on a positive note, the staff working there were incredeibly friendly and welcoming; the old gent from michegan was very chatty and made you feel at home. The rooms were small and dark inside but were comfy and warm with a nice shower but disappointing window view of scaffolding next door. There was however an uproar of noise beneath the floor when someone else went to the loo, luckily only happened a few times when we were asleep. Having breakfast included, the food was quite nice with a good selection, although the cups used at the table on both mornings (and in the bedroom) were dirty not having been cleaned properly. With there not being much on the 5 channel TV and the weather being poor on arrival, the hotel did offer some classic board games that kept us amused. Overall, a good value for money accommodation.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Like VDP283 have just returned from just go long weekend at the Grosvenor. We found it comfortable and friendly. For the budget price paid it was excellent value. The upgrade was well worth it as we had a large room(suite) which was recently refurbished. It was warm and comfortable considering the bitterly cold weather. Fantastic walks over the hills to both Lee and Hele Bay direct from the hotel and very handy for the harbour, shops and local pubs. (The ship and pilot very friendly and many real ales to choose from)
We had read the reviews and were expecting a nightmare but although in need of a bit of updating (a duvet would have been nice) we were pleasantly surprised. Food basic but well cooked and hot. Poached eggs at breakfast perfection. Waitress very attentive and hard working.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

OK, so this isn't a five star luxury establishment, but that's not what it's trying to be !
The Grosvenor IS warm, friendly and welcoming with a convenient central location in beautiful Ilfracombe.
There's plenty of food, not gourmet, but wholesome (not horse-some ! LOL) with choice on the set venue and A La Carte options available.
We've been going for over 5 years (as a family) and they're particularly good on high days and holidays, like Christmas, New Year and Easter.
The nightly entertainment is a bit hit and miss, but the oldies seem to enjoy it and there's always an opportunity for a bit of 'Dad dancing' to embarrass your children.
So, set realistic expectations especially given the price and you'll have a great time :-)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We have just returned from a hoilday with Just Go at this hotel and we had a lovely break. The hotel is Victorian and is in need of some TLC in places but it is still comfortable. We paid for an upgrade and got a nice big room with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and, even taking that into account, the cost was really good value for money. We were surprised that the beds had blankets - not duvets - but, in saying that, they were very clean and warm! All the staff were very friendly and helpful and we couldn't believe that there was an 'honesty box' to pay for the daily papers. How's that for trusting people? The food was varied, well cooked and of a high standard and our waiter, Francis, was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and we were never kept waiting even though he was busy! The hotel is in a perfect position and it is not far to walk to the front or the harbour. We had read some of the bad reviews prior to going and are of the opnion that they must have stayed somewhere else beacuse we never had any problems. We certainly wouldn't hesitate to return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

This is the most depressing, miserable hotel I have ever stayed at in britain. It is dirty, rooms are awful, there is no feeling or warmth. Apart from a chirpy barman from michegan the staff are rude and unhelpful. The food is disgusting, you get better in a homeless shelter. This hotel is a total holiday wrecker-avoid it! Go somewhere else. Try the imperia or osbornes next door. Do not subject yourself to utter misery. It's nasty!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We have just returned from a KGB deal to the Grosvenor Hotel we stayed for two nights - the room was ok, one gripe was the shower was hand held it needs a hook on the wall to attatch it to. That said I thought it was extremely clean and decorated well for the hotel it is - an OLD VICTORIAN HOTEL . The food could have been more imaginative - and the breakfast sausages were very very cheap - and not very nice................The staff and owners were very friendly and helpful...........and I do really think that for the price we paid we had a good deal.

Thanks John and Valerie Powell 17/03/2013

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We went to this hotel on a Groupon deal and were not expecting too much as it was very cheap. The hotel is like something out of Phoenix Nights and the majority of the guests seem to be on coach trips. Staff are helpful and pleasant, the hotel was warm and breakfast satisfactory. Parking is the biggest problem as there are only 6 spaces and these seem to be taken at all times. You can only park for two hours outside the hotel so potentially you could be moving your car every couple of hours. The first room we stayed in had a leaking ceiling so this kept me awake and the second room was very small and the shower did not attach correctly. However, the room was clean and as I said before it you pay very little you really can't expect too much.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Devon Bay Hotel
Address: Wilder Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9AF, England (Formerly Grosvenor Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Devon Bay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at Devon Bay Hotel. Its Stately Victorian exterior fully compliments the stylish and characteristic interior, blending old and new styles to create a unique and exciting environment. Our large and airy restaurant looks out to the front of the hotel, serving freshly prepared breakfast and dinner every day. We also have a large bar and comfortable lounge areas, which are great to sit and enjoy a drink and relax. The Devon Bay Hotel is ideally located in the bustling centre of Ilfracombe, minutes from the cliff tops and beautiful sandy beach, meaning guests have everything they need within walking distance. Our aim at Devon Bay Hotel is to ensure that your stay with us is pleasurable. You will always receive a friendly warm welcome, whether you are visiting us for lunch or dinner, a function or an overnight stay. Whether business or pleasure, why not make the Devon Bay Hotel first on your list of new venues to visit - we look forward to welcoming you. Step outside and you are on the Promenade with its many shops, cafes, and the Landmark Theatre complex. Open all year around, we offer Christmas and New Year Packages and our nightly entertainment ensures that your visit to the Devon Bay Hotel will be enjoyable. ... more   less 
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