We have been visiting the Beacon on and off for the last ten years and it has hosted family occasions for us in the past. We love the views from the front of the hotel and consequently always book a seaview room. This hotel has a charm about it and coupled with the fact that it is in a lovely part of the country, makes it a hotel that we love to visit.
On the plus side, the staff are friendly and helpful. The food is good - we often eat in the bar which offers a good alternative if you don't want a full meal in the restaurant.
However, certain changes are now happening and it is beginning to show. The loss of some of the lovely and interesting pictures from the walls and certain antiques have removed some of the character. It is obvious that some cosmetic changes have been made in the bedrooms, or at least the one we occupied - a new white bathroom suit has been put in (even though it is obviously a very cheap one to tied them over) and the bathoom carpet has been replaced by lino. However, the room, as always was very clean and tidy, but the bed was not comfortable and the light duvet was not really adequate for these cold nights, especially when the heating was off at night.
There was a wedding party in the hotel on Saturday night. Unfortunately a lot of the guests were obviously smokers and chose to congregate outside the hotel until quite late. The noise from this was very disturbing and not really fair to people who had paid the premium rate for the rooms at the front.
But having said all this, this hotel has so much going for it and we sincerely hope that a new owner will eventually be found who is sympathetic to the Beacon and turns in once again into the rather unique hotel it used to be.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Beacon Exmouth
- Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth, Devon