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Royal Beacon Hotel
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Reviewed 29 August 2011

Stayed in room 210 on 2nd floor wonderful sea views, large room with twin beds. We loved this hotel, every member of staff friendly, efficient and helpful. Food excellent, very large portions, everything you could want for breakfast, the food was so good we ate there every night of our stay. Hotel had a lot of character, very peaceful and laid back but very professional. Yes parking very limited in their carpark but plenty of parking on road. Yes the water pressure in the shower not brilliant but does that really matter. OK one of the rooms had a pink bathroom suite but again does that matter when eveything else was so good. If we ever have a reason to return to Exmouth I would not stay anywhere else

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Ideal location, steps leading to the beach across the road directley opposite hotel entrance, and train station just a 10 minute walk away. staff very friendly and accommodating for my baby. Very helpful. So much character to this hotel, you could spend your time looking at all the different antics. Rooms very spacious, nice bar and food is lovely. Breakfast was super and the Italian restaurant is delicious. Great value for money. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

Very comfortable and well-furnished. Seems to be a wedding-mecca; there were four celebrations that we counted in our 24 hours there. Some others may have snuck in! Don't know if they fed there, or just had their watering there, with cake -- but it did seem contagious! And happy.

The staff were wonderful. Receptionists were extremely smiley, and sincerely personable. The wait staff at breakfast were also very efficient and accommodating, and friendly. Those others who you would run into in the hallways were very helpful as well, should you need to query anything. They acted like they enjoyed being there, and that is very telling.

The breakfast was excellent, and plentiful. They did not skimp. We did not have the opportunity to take other meals there, but it seems they have a choice of eating and drinking venues.
Coffee and tea facilities in-room were fine. Lots of sugar!
No Radio: I regret that for a hotel of this caliber, and pricing level, a radio was not provided. I suppose they might have come up with one if I had requested, but when I realised it would have been nice to listen, it was too late to make a request. And we were there for just the one night. The point is, why should we have to ask. At £105 a night, it is not a B&B -- hey, even they provide radios, come to think of it.

To be more picky: I wondered if the carpet was hoovered. I had some doubt. But this is a small point. Soap and shampoos were fine.

Lots of hot water, but beware -- especially if you have younger children -- that the shower controls do not control! You'll get burned if not alert to fact that there is a delay in upping the water temp.... worse, there is a delay in the temp decreasing! Turn that nozzle away from you, do not depend on flow becoming cooler just because you manipulated the controls. And it is very very hot!

Re parking: we got the last space, in a parking lot for about 6 autos at the most. I suppose there was street parking.

All in all -- if you can afford it, and choose to stay here -- there are lots of pluses, breakfast and friendliness being the most significant. We had no choice, being latecomers to making plans for that weekend. But we enjoyed Exmouth, and our stay at RBH helped make it a happy visit.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

I have stayed at the Royal Beacon on several occasions as I have relatives who live nearby.

It’s a good, cosy seaside hotel and a good base for exploring. The location is brilliant – and it’s nice and quiet - try and get a sea view room as the view of the beach and the bay is fabulous.

We stayed on a DB&B deal which suited us for one weekend – on the first night we had dinner in Fennel’s (modern European cuisine) and on the second night in Donato’s (Italian in the basement). If you dine at Fennels, try and get a window seat and admire the view. Breakfasts offer a good selection. Staff are all friendly and helpful.

People complain about the parking but there is plenty along the road outside so it’s not an issue and it is safe.

The hotel is really clean – my only gripes would be that in some of the rooms, it does look a bit tired and our shower was a bit of dribble and we had to resort to baths. Rooms were warm (but it was July) and the towels are not thick enough.

It’s a good seaside hotel, good value – and I will return.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Yet again we stayed at the wonderful hotel. We returned and yet again were wowed by the lovely hotel and friendly staff.

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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Very clean hotel with a nice atmosphere, I had a modern room with a lovely walk-in shower and a side view of the sea. It had a small car park but there was on-street parking near by, It had easy access to the town centre and the beach. The private terrace garden was lovely to sit in and look at the sea, breakfast was standard. My only grumble is the heat in the room, it was far too hot despite the hotel trying to reduce the heat with a portable air conditioning system.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Stopped over one night on a business trip. I'm not going to rave about it but have no reason to knock it either. The hotel, corridors & rooms are clean and satisfactory, all be it a little dated. For a small hotel there are three choices of where to eat whether it be bar food, restaurant or an italian restaurant downstairs. I must praise them on 'kitting' out the rooms with a generous sized flat screen and cable channels. Parking is a let down however, its the side of the road or nothing unfortunatly. The receptionist did get a little confused with the concept of 'room service', which was odd but overall, at £65 B&B, more than satisfactory.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Royal Beacon Hotel

Address: The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Price Range: £51 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Beacon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated in a quiet, elevated position on the Exmouth's finest Regency terrace, once home to Lady Nelson and Lady Byron. Visitors are provided with breathtaking views over well-tended gardens of the Devon coastline; from the River Exe to Lyme Bay and the red cliffs of Orcombe Point. For over two centuries, this elegant hotel has offered guests a tradition of genuine hospitality - a tradition that has continued in its present role as Exmouth's finest hotel. Whether you are a business traveller or staying just for pleasure, the Royal Beacon Hotel will exceed your expectations. ... more   less 
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