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Cliffden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Teignmouth
Reviewed 27 June 2013

The Hotel is actually a care home run by a Charity who do great work for visually impaired people. This means that there are loads of dogs around (of course) and many residents on short breaks who need real care and attention. We were not aware of this when we booked. The food is mediocre and the room we had, which was a good size, was also by the lift doors that banged whenever shutting. if you now this is the nature of the hotel, enjoy dogs, and are happy to accept a compromised hotel experience, then this is fine. It is in a great position and was clearly once a luxury hotel. Many years ago.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Cliffden Hotel was very comfortable although the reception area was small and a bit dingy. The rooms were large and clean. There was a nice bar and restaurant as well as a lovely outdoor garden area. The breakfast was very good. I have two complaints, as it was a Sunday and they were serving meals in the restaurant, I asked the gentleman behind the bar what time pub snacks/food would be served. The gentleman I spoke to told me 6:30pm We waited around in our rooms for a couple of hours and then went down to the lounge to have something to eat and found that they did not serve food on a Sunday until 8:30pm. We could have had a full meal in the restaurant but we didn't want that. We ended up going into town for food. Another complaint was not having wi-fi in my room, I had to go to a public area of the hotel. I would still recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Teignmouth area.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

A very tried looking hotel inside,with a outstanding garden outside.
Room was not that clean,with shower room the same,no attention to detail was noticeable,
It was on a very busy road, which was very noisy.A nice swimming pool, with poor dirty disgusting changing rooms,and broken lockers,
Entertainment was a singer who was there to entertain himself , he didn't no any requests asked?.we then had two power cuts which actually livened up the night in the bar.
Breakfast came, they had forgotten the tea pot and are toast, which we had ordered.
Outside a beautiful garden which was a lovely walk a
round.
Staff were not welcoming or show any interest in the guests.
Will not be staying here again

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 9 June 2013 via mobile

The hotel it's self is in a great location, has stunning grounds & the reception staff where very friendly. Unfortunately we had very noisy neighbours and as our room was located next to the lift we where constantly being woken up by passer Byers. Also the breakfast wasn't to a very good quality. The facilities for the blind are fantastic & was refreshing to see a hotel that provided for there needs. Was just unfortunate that we had such a central located room.

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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Only stayed one night at the cliffden ...even though staff were very friendly and helpful the hotel is very tired looking ....reception and bar area not very welcoming , thought a hotel of that size would of had some sort of entertainment but didn't.. Didn't stay for the evening meal as the hotel didn't come over that nice. Rooms were ok clean and warm the shower was leaking and Luke warm .....we were on the ground floor and could hear people walking back and forth on the old noisey floor,.... It's hotel doesn't come across 4star quality to me. all in all teignmouth was a huge let down and won't be visiting again.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Tip - no hotel name sign - the clue is the yellow AA sign on the main road, then turn into Cliffden Close and hotel entrance on right through the arch - no reception signs - but this is the hotel entrance.

Very pleasant room (I had a single) very friendly helpful staff. Large gardens, which you can walk through to the sea front.

Nice bar area/sea views and a swimming pool - check opening times.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cliffden Hotel

Address: Cliffden Hotel 20 Dawlish Road, Teignmouth TQ14 8TE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Teignmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Teignmouth
Price Range: £67 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cliffden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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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