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“A lovely stay”
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Devon Bay Hotel
Ranked #19 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Had a three night stay at this hotel which we had been informed was only two stars. Well, it might have only two stars but it was excellent value for money. The staff could not have been friendlier and the food was very good. Our room overlooked the kitchens (on the first floor) and we had a friendly seagull who tapped on the window every morning looking to be fed...a surprise but not a problem! The shower was powerful and the bed nice and firm. We would definitely stay at this hotel again as we could not fault it. If you are looking for four star luxury then you will be dissapointed, but if you want a comfortable and pleasant stay for an extremely reasonable price then you will not be dissapointed.

Room Tip: If you have difficulty with stairs then ask to be put on the first floor as there is a lift to the f...
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Went to Ilfracome on a 5 day group holiday and stayed in the Grosvenor Hotel. It was a 2 star hotel but was clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful. Had a problem with the shower which could not be fixed immediately but offered the use of the shower in the room opposite which was fine. The meals were adequate but could have had more choice, but what we had was plentiful and tasty.
Entertainment each night was fine, and lounge/bar had ample room with good floor for the dancers.
It is a hilly place, up hill to the main shopping street but level walk to the pretty harbour, on a bus route to nearby places.

Room Tip: we just had view to the street but room there to sleep in and very comfortable
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4  Thank katelen14
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

After reading previous reviews our group of eight friends were dreading seeing the hotel, from the awful yellow colour we thought they must all have correct, how wrong we were, staff were really welcoming and so informative, the rooms were fine, a bit tired with tiny televisions but we were hardly there to watch them, Room 248 had a dreadful picture too, bedrooms and bathrooms were spotless. The food was tasty enough but the vegetarian option was dull... A plain omelette when the normal choice was a roast pork dinner, hardly inspiring!
Overall for the remarkably low price we paid with KGB deals it was fantastic, would highly recommend ( perhaps not for a group of youngsters but middle agers like us fine)
A real bonus was the unexpected Beer and Live Music event being held all weekend at the theatre just two minutes away, such a treat!

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4  Thank patannejohn
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

This is a 2 star hotel, and is basic but spotlessly clean..could do with a refurb but that would more than double the price you pay!
You will not get the luxuries like in more modern hotels but nevertheless the service, staff and friendliness more than made up for this.
Nothing was too much for them to help you with.. The food was basic English traditional home cooked food.... A3 course meal, Set for 7pm... Served by very friendly efficient staff. The food was very well cooked and presented and enjoyable.
I personally enjoy having sheets and blankets on the bed as opposed to duvets and the bed linen was always fresh and clean.
Would thoroughly recommend and stay here again!
Thank you to everyone at the hotel, that made this a relaxing, enjoyable stay. X

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4  Thank K9loh
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Things this hotel needs to do are as follows...
New televisions in the room with freeview as a minimum.( only 5 channels available...the whole country has freeview now..why not at this hotel?)
Clock radio in the room.
Duvets instead of old fashioned blankets and sheets.
More substantial door locks.
Redecoration throughout.
Supply shower and shampoo toiletries ( none in my room at least )
A much bigger menu choice.
Reprint hotel Info pack...mine stated dinner was at 7 pm on day of arrival then 6 pm after that...in fact dinner was at 7 pm every evening....7 pm is too late for most people.
Do something about the seagulls on the flat roof at the back of the hotel...loadsof seagull poo on the window sills and on some windows.

Room Tip: Struggling here.
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2  Thank 419Mrangry
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We stayed here for the first time for a short week end bargain break,Wendy and Raynor [the owners] and the staff was excellent, very friendly and helpful, the room was very clean, light, spacious and the bed was comfortable and clean,The breakfast was very good and we had entertainment on both nights, what more could you wish for unless you are snobby and want a 5 star for 2 star prices. We will stay there again in the future.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 218 it was very good
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

just returned from a 4 day break 21st april to25th .clean but needs updating photo's on web site make it more grand than it is ,our room was clean but bedding could be better ie duvet and not tatty blankets although clean the bar lounge has a dance floor but not a ballroom as described the stage looks massive but is like a postage stamp.breakfast ok evening dinner nothing to shout about not hotel quality can get better in local cafe pork two nights or omlett /spag bol or curry/cottage pie chef not put much thought into his menue it may be different in summer months? would not pay full price for this hotel,but on the plus side its on the flat and the staff go all out to please there guests just a pity they have not got something better to work with

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Additional Information about 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:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ilfracombe
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Devon Bay Hotel 2.5*
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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Grosvenor Hotel Ilfracombe
Devon Bay Hotel Ilfracombe

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