we booked this hotel at the last minute and although it stands in lovely grounds and is a pleasant walk along the sea front this hotel needs to up it's game.
When I booked through the website (not the hotels) it insisted in booking us as one person, so I a made comment that it was actually two people.
The hotel rang to say they had seen it was for two people, so no problems.
Arrived at the hotel to find the computer still had us down as one person so they had to go and add another towel etc.
Next problem was no WiFi, it's only available in the public areas and doesn't extend to the bedrooms.
The hotel specialises in catering for the visually impaired so the room alarm clock is of the talking variety. At 7pm it went off as the time was completely incorrect. I can't understand why a hotel catering for the visually impaired doesn't check this type of detail. Also there wasn't a door stopper so the door handle had left a very neat hole in the wall. The shower was luke warm.
The room itself was a good size but hot so we had to leave the window open and as we were beside the road it was noisy.
Breakfast: we were given the worst table in the room, right next to the kitchen door, like standing in a busy street with traffic wizzing past. I had unrestricted views into the kitchen when the door was open and watched the chef punch the top of the rubbish bin down to make more room then pick up a sausage without tongs. The cooked breakfast had little presentation, seemingly just dumped on a plate. The egg was overcooked as they do them in batches then make up the plates as needed. The sausage didn't taste of much and the toast was floppy. All in all great opportunity for improvement esp at £8.50 a pop.
The hotel itself has a tired appearance with many areas that need decorating and the running of the hotel has an amateurish feel to it which is not helpedhelped by the quality of the various notices around the place. It's such a shame as the grounds and sea view are easily good enough for a wedding venue.
- 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