I was a bit uncertain about staying at this hotel, expecting to be in the minority of sighted guests and feeling guilty about taking a room from someone to whom the hotel is marketed. But I was pleasantly surprised and relieved that there was a good mix of guests, including some with young children, including us with a toddler. The guide dogs that were there (maybe 3 or 4 that we knew of) were very well-behaved, and the public areas and the two rooms we were allocated (210 and 101) had no doggy smell at all.
Check-in was relatively smooth, bearing in mind the first room we were assigned had no cot. We were swiftly relocated to a huge room with a sofa, double and single beds, but a very rickety cot. Our daughter occasionally likes to do a bit of bouncing in her cot and pulls on the sides, so having a dodgy cot made me nervous that she was going to wreck the thing overnight. Advice to hotel - please re-build / fix the cot in 101 and move it away from corner with the 3 open power sockets.
Also, why do hotels (not just this one) only have a tiny sanitary bin in the bathroom? Very difficult to squeeze nappies into.
Some restaurant staff were a bit disorganised at breakfast times as we must have been asked 3 times if we had given our order!!! Breakfast was fine but I was saddened when I only got one mini kipper! It was very tasty but very tiny. The number of choices at the evening meal was quite good.
The hotel is well-kept and very presentable, with a lovely grand staircase and beautifiul gardens. It could do with something a bit more stunning outside at the entrance area in terms of a dramatic hotel sign, but overall I would say this deserves its 3 star rating and could potentially push to 4 star if the catering improved and some of the restaurant staff were trained a bit more in organisation skills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cliffden Hotel was built as a private House in 1815 for Sir John Strachan on 35 acres of grounds adjacent to the Dawlish Road. The original gardens were built in the Regency style gardens, with smooth lawns, shrubberies and trelliswork and wall-plants against the lower storey of the house. In 1988, the then current owner Dr Mules retired, he put Cliffden House up for sale with the understanding that it would be used for "greater good". The House was purchased by Guide Dogs for the blind and converted to a hotel which offer accommodation to both blind, sighted and partially sighted guests. The hotel now sits in 7 acres of landscaped gardens, and a short walk through these private grounds brings you to the glorious seafront at Teignmouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliffden Hotel Teignmouth, Devon