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“Lovely hotel but needs modernising”

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Devoncourt Resort & Apartments
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely hotel but needs modernising”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We enjoyed a lovely one night stay in a one bed apartment. It was spacious and clean with great facilities, however in need of updating and modernising. The travel cot provided for our daughter was clean and must have been comfy as she slept well! However, the double bed was small, uncomfortable, noisy and rickety - just turning over during the night resulted in loud creaking and concern that the bed would collapse!
That aside, the hotel was perfectly placed and had beautiful gardens. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

I must admit when we first glimpsed the hotel I was disappointed as it seems to have lost a lot of its charm from when I last visited it in the 80s. However our 1 bedroom apartment was lovely and clean with a well stocked kitchen and the staff were amazingly helpful. Thank you to Andrew and his staff for making our staff very comfortable and stress free.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Sometimes people expect far too much from their hotel. This place may have seen more glamorous times but it retains a certain charm. With sunshine, sea air, lovely gardens, friendly and informative staff and a spacious apartment with balcony, it was an ideal base for our weekend stay. One suggestion: bathroom could be modernised a little, and a cabinet or two wouldn't go amiss. All in all, highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank CeriJ71
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

It is good value for money. Each time we have stayed our room was very clean with ensuite facilities overlooking a sea view. We used the swimming pool and were welcome to use other facilities. We had lovely cooked breakfasts sitting by a window looking at the sea. (Food is excellent and cooked by the Chef).- We really liked the fresh haddock with poached egg for breakfast.

We walked through the attractive grounds leading towards the beach, then strolled by the edge of the sea. All in 10 minutes from the Hotel.
It is a very good location. Has a welcoming and relaxing feel about it. It is easy to get to places like Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton, and Exeter, to name but a few. Staff were always very friendly and so helpful too. We really like it here and will be returning again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Lesley W
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

This hotel shows how life was in exmouth 40 years ago so is of some historical interest. The staff were really friendly and the location is ideal...quiet whilst we were there but close enough to walk to the beach and town centre. We booked here because of the swimming pool and because they had two bedroom apartments available but it took us back to the 1980's and possibly even the 1970's in places. The apartments was an excellent size with two bathrooms, a good sized lounge with kitchen and dining table, and two large bedrooms but the decor was shoddy and dated with wallpaper peeling, the bed was most uncomfortable in the main bedroom, and lots of little things were just not working properly. If the hotel could spend some money on updating this place then it would be fantastic. The pool is lovely but the gym is small and oppressive because of the wood cladding and everywhere just needs to be brought into the 21st century. Perhaps a visit from Alex Polizzi?

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Spent 3 nights there this week and, no complaints. Room clean & tidy with a small balcony and glorious views. Hotel dining room very good with excellent food choice. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Used the pool area. Assistant there very helpful. Pool etc very clean and attractive . Would advise taking your own beach towels.A wonderful hotel for elderly people, off peak and a delightful family holiday base. Will return.

Room Tip: A room with sea view and balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Really disappointed with our stay here, primarily due to the accommodation, the staff were lovely and courteous. I've known the Devoncourt for a very long time, but this was the first time I experienced the rooms.

The hotel looks like it's been stuck in 1984, which is such a shame as it has the potential to be an amazing destination with beautiful gardens and prime location next to beach.

We had a suite and the room was so dated and felt dirty due to that, even though on the surface it was clean. The bedding was terrible, we had a sheet and a nasty looking, bobbly pink blanket that had seen much better days. On the second night we asked for a duvet and that was a big improvement. Unfortunately there was some kind of generator outside our window, so we couldn't keep the window open at night. The toilet was cracked and didn't flush properly and the shower more of a dribble.

As mentioned, the staff were lovely and helpful and the breakfast was delicious. I decided to write this as I hope the owners/ managers see that it could be an amazing place with a refresh and bit of investment.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Devoncourt Resort & Apartments
Address: 16 Douglas Avenue, Exmouth EX8 2EX, England (Formerly Devoncourt Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Devoncourt Resort & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly and well situated Guest Accommodation with a range of rooms, many with sea views, balcony, kitchenette. All have en-suite facilities, Wi-Fi and access to the 'Lifestyle' Leisure Club which is on site Also has a well thought of Restaurant and Bar operation 'Brasserie16' serving excellent meals - renowned for it's excellent carveys served on 3 days of the week Beautiful Gardens overlooking the beaches of Lyme Bay in the vibrant town of Exmouth, mouth of the River Exe ... more   less 
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