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“Wonderful hotel & setting but only 3 hours sleep!”

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The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woolacombe
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol
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“Wonderful hotel & setting but only 3 hours sleep!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We booked last minute after my husband was signed off this week following a major op & my son finished his exams & we got the last room in the hotel. Our room was a suite - a double & twin with a shared bathroom & a small sitting room. Personally I would have preferred the small sitting room to have been a second bathroom, as we didn't use it to sit in, as it felt quite cramped & dark. Unfortunately our rooms were on the side of the hotel that is adjacent to the road, with a couple of bars & takeaways on it. It was a very warm evening so we had to have all the bedroom windows open & we hadn't anticipated the constant noise from the bars & smell of takeaways. I convinced myself that come midnight, all would be quiet. Sadly I was wrong & the shouting & loud conversations beneath our bedrooms (we were on the first floor) kept us awake until just before 4am, when folk finally decided it was time for bed. We mentioned this to the manager when we checked out, who sympathised but said this was out of their control. My husband suggested air conditioning for the affected rooms would be a good idea, so windows could be kept shut, but was told this would be too expensive. This was a real shame as the setting is superb, the food in the brasserie excellent, staff very friendly, hotel clean & despite being fully booked didn't feel crowded. Our teenage boys thoroughly enjoyed the lido & the "fresh-air gym" and having the beach just a stones throw away was the icing on the cake. We would hope to come again but not if it means staying on that side of the hotel. The suite was £272 for the one night bed & breakfast & when everyone's awake most of the night due to noise, that make's it an expensive breakfast! I feel the price of the suite should reflect it's position in the hotel.

Room Tip: Not sure if it's just the suites on the side of the hotel, with the road, so check when you book...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel for three nights from 15 th to the 18 June and the location of the hotel and the views must rank as some of the best in the UK. The staff were polite, efficient and made you feel a valued customer. The food in both restaurants was very good and reasonably priced.
I would have ranked this hotel higher but for two problems. The hotel had a wonderful lawned area with excellent seats but service from the hotel in this area was non existent.
Additionally we booked a sea view room and whilst the view from half the window was superb the other half was blocked by the overhang from adjacent rooms which were further forward.

Room Tip: If you book a sea view room do not have room 307
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We held our wedding reception here on the 10th May and couldn't have been happier with how the day unfolded. Everything ran so smoothly, even changes made during the day due to the weather, which wasn’t the kindest. I'm sure the main reason for this was the brilliant Events Manager, Adrian. Having booked the venue over a year ago we had already got to know Adrian well and his friendly nature, hard working ethic and attention to detail at previous meetings gave us great confidence that everything was in hand for our big day. Any problems that occurred on the day, we weren’t aware of, which is exactly how it should be on your wedding day.

All the staff over the weekend were so welcoming and couldn't have been more helpful. Must also give a special mention to Sharon & Sam

(office) for all their hard work in the lead up to our wedding and the Master of ceremonies 'Ray' who as well as lending encouraging comments to the speech makers, worked tirelessly to ensure all guests were feed, watered and in the right place at the right time.

The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. We opted for the gala buffet for our wedding breakfast, of which there was a lot of choice. We had a buffet in the evening, of which all was eaten. Everyone commented how much they enjoyed it.

The Lancaster Suite is a beautiful ballroom that does its job best when there is a lot of people to cater for. We had two big families coming together so it was perfect for us, both for the day and evening. The room upstairs from the suite, before the lounge, is perfect for the guests who prefer it a bit quieter, and like to look on at what is going on.

All in all our experience of using Woolacombe Bay Hotel is a hugely positive and memorable one. We haven’t even mentioned the rooms, breakfast and our evening meal on the Sunday at the Brasserie. All of which were first class.

In recommending the hotel to an engaged couple, whether local or not, I would not hesitate to recommend the Bay. It really is a true credit to North Devon.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Lovely lunch, great setting and the staff were really helpful and friendly.

However, when did it become socially acceptable to land your helicopter with 30 meters of people sunbathing (with no warning, or any staff marshalling a safety area). Am now eating all the freshly cut grass. Thank you.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swindon
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

My husband and I stayed for two nights. On arriving in Woolacombe we were very pleased with the initial look of the Edwardian style hotel. It is set in lovely grounds with a superb view out to the beach. We were greeted by friendly staff and allowed into our sea view balcony room just before 4pm which was great as we had treated ourselves to an aromatherapy massage in the Haven Spa at 4pm.(I would definitely recommend at £65 for a 55 minutes head to toe massage.)
Following the fantastic treatment we made our way up to our room. The room wasn't huge but had everything you would need and unlike some other hotels I've been to recently there was plenty of hot water and a good shower and a comfy bed. The view from our balcony was as promised with seats to relax and enjoy it. We ate in Doyle's restaurant the first night which was very nice. Great food and service and lovey décor. The second night we ate in the Brassiere. Again good food and service and a more relaxed environment than Doyle's.
We had a fantastic weekend in Woolacombe and would definitely stay again at this hotel.
Couple of minor points to note - the rooms have quite thin walls so a little noisy at times especially if they have a function on; we were a little disappointed that despite saying there was a dress code for Doyle's, a family were dining with children in very casual clothes at 9pm so made it feel less special; no water in room but there are tea & coffee making facilities.

Room Tip: Worth the upgrade to a room with sea view and balcony
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

my daughter and I stayed for one night last Thursday the room with sea view was bliss and to sit and watch the sun go down over Lundy Island magical the outdoor pool was warm and service and food excellent wanted to stay longer but they were full

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We had a wonderful couple of days at the Woolacombe bay hotel in bittersweet family circumstances. The staff were helpful and friendly from the start of the booking process to paying the bill and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. The hotel is classy and the food and restaurant service excellent. The surroundings are of course top class too.

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Property: The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Address: South Street, Woolacombe EX34 7BN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Woolacombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woolacombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Woolacombe Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Much of the Hotel has been lovingly restored from the mid 1800's, creating it's unique and tranquil atmosphere. High ceilings, chandeliers and comfortable, quiet lounges are a testament to that era, and where first class modern amenities are required, they have been skilfully incorporated into the existing Woolacombe accommodation. We place high value on our staff. Trained to be attentive yet unobtrusive and to provide the kind of personal service that is so often hard to find. ... more   less 
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