My boyfriend and I booked into Daunceys for a weekend break, staying the Saturday night. We arrived at lunch on Saturday and went to find the hotel. It is to the northerly end of the beaches and centre of town and in a quiet location. The lack of parking was a bit annoying, but we found a free place to park on an adjacent street which was fine. We received a very friendly welcome, and having arrived too early to check in, opted to have a drink and sit on the terrace until our room was ready.
The beer was good, and the hotel terrace was literally right on the seas edge. The view was great and the terrace a bit of a sun trap. The manager came and found us quite quickly and allowed us to check in early as our room was ready.
We were on the top floor and had a lovely sea view. Being a wonderful Victorian building, there were a series of stairs and lifts available to us, although he didn't fancy braving the "old fashioned" lift with it's double manual sliding doors.
The room was large, with an excellent view. Sadly the decor was very dated and a bit shabby, the furniture was flat pack, and the wardrobe wobbled abit, however the room was very clean (and in fact much cleaner than some "better" hotels that I have stayed in - and paid more money for).
The bed was very comfortable, and I was really impressed with the crisp white fresh bed linen, and quality fluffy white towels.
I thought that the hotel ideally suited for our break. We went into Weston on Saturday night, and "partied" and Daunceys was an easy walk back, but far enough away from the centre to enjoy a very quiet, peaceful nights sleep.
On the weekend we were there were quite a few groups staying, and the bar was full of groups and couples enjoying a late night drink. This gave the place a bit of atmosphere and we had a late drink when we got back. I would imagine that it could have been a bit quiet otherwise, although there was a "games room" off the bar with a pool table etc.
I would definitely visit again, and hope that over time Grand Hotels UK spend a little to bring the rooms back into the 21st Century.
Friendly nice staff, great views, clean, comfortable beds, lovely location, but needs an update!
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