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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Devon Bay Hotel

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Devon Bay Hotel
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
Oxford
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77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

Planned as a post-Christmas "blow-away-the-cobwebs by the sea" break. Room clean and tasteful, but VERY small; narrow double bed (4'6"? and short - feet extended over the end), ungiving mattress, sheets and blankets rather than duvet, and we didn't sleep well. Tiny shower, no complimentary toiletries other than small bars of soap, no hair dryer. The evening meal was value for money, but reminiscent of a filling school dinner, with limited uninspiring choices: soup/risotto/juice, then chicken breast and gravy with potatoes, peas and carrots; or an omelette, or a third option that I can't remember; crumble, ice cream or pear belle helene; good selection of cheeses; coffee - all cooked OK, but unexciting in the extreme - and part of the joy of being on holiday is to have delicious, interesting meals. The breakfast basic but tasty: selection of cereals and tinned grapefruit; choice of cooked options. Not the home-from-home we had hoped for.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2011

We took up a Groupon offer and when we arrived it was raining heavily the staff were great helping us with our bags showing us where to park and suppling an umbreller. Had a good laugh will eldery people who had come for turkey & tinsel. The room was basic but that was what we expected the full english breakfast was good which set us up for a days walking. The tourist information is nearby and we found a great pub for real ale and skittles in the town called the Ship & Pilot, Ilfracombe is a nice town to visit.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2011

We only stayed 2 nights and found the staff to be really pleasant and effecient, there was a coach of elderly people staying and the had some good entertainment for them which I also enjoyed .The fancy hat parade was a laugh the winners hat was brill.
thanks for a nice stay Kath and Glenn.

P.S the museum is well worth a visit one of the best I have been to.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hull, East Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

On arrival we were welcomed warmly and invited to join in with the competitive skittles game the staff were organising. The buffet dinner with wine, booked in advance and enjoyed on the evening we arrived, was good quality for the money with lots of choice and if we had realised we would have been back for seconds before everything was cleared away. The entertainer was a good guitarist who performed music for those who would remember The Shadows, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly etc, but he also included more modern rock and roll style songs and had everyone up and dancing. This is a traditional larger family hotel without lifts so you need to be fit if on the third floor and our room was a little tired though well appointed and we both slept well. Full English breakfast in a friendly atmosphere set us up for a day exploring the local area, Lynton being a particularly picturesque destination. This was a good base for our 2 day break, but we can also see why it attracts coach trips for those of more mature years as the staff provide a raft of in-house entertainment to those looking for a longer winter holiday destination.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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UK
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We purchased our stay at the hotel via a Groupon offer, in hindsight i should have known it was too good to be true and eprhaps there was a reason rooms were being offered at such discounted rates.

I called the Hotel on the day to confirm our reservation and to advise we would not be arriving until late on the Friday evening (this i thought was courteous) however the woman on the phone (who i later found out was the owner) was rude.

Upon arrival, after a 6hr journey we walked into the hotel which had a 'Faulty towers' feel. A lone DJ was playing music to a group of guests in their seats. It really was comical, still each to their own. The Bartender who doubled as receptionist in the evening (may explain why we did not get an answer when calling to locate the hotel) was very plesant and helpful, having been advised by a friend the rooms with baths were just baths and no shower attachment, i requested a room with a shower. We were given this room after being advised 'i should have requested when i booked as it would be lots of trouble to change'.

There was a small lift and stairs to out room on the second floor. The room smelt musty and simply felt dirty. Upon pulling the sheets back a couple of long dark hairs were found in the bed. The shower was unappealing, so much so that neither my partner or i had a shower until returning home on the Sunday). The pillows were like cardboard and the springs in the matress dug into our back. This room clearly needed a refurb.

After a sleepless night breakfast the next day was nice. many options however for a vegetarian the only option is to leave out the sausage and bacon. Still eggs on toast was available.

After a lovely coastal walk a several glasses of wine i managed to steal a few hours sleep however my partner hardly slept. We checked out at 6,30 am and headed home.

I would never stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Devon Bay Hotel

Property: Devon Bay Hotel
Address: Wilder Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9AF, England (Formerly Grosvenor Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,564 - ₹ 5,968
Hotel Class:2 star — Devon Bay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at Devon Bay Hotel. Its Stately Victorian exterior fully compliments the stylish and characteristic interior, blending old and new styles to create a unique and exciting environment. Our large and airy restaurant looks out to the front of the hotel, serving freshly prepared breakfast and dinner every day. We also have a large bar and comfortable lounge areas, which are great to sit and enjoy a drink and relax. The Devon Bay Hotel is ideally located in the bustling centre of Ilfracombe, minutes from the cliff tops and beautiful sandy beach, meaning guests have everything they need within walking distance. Our aim at Devon Bay Hotel is to ensure that your stay with us is pleasurable. You will always receive a friendly warm welcome, whether you are visiting us for lunch or dinner, a function or an overnight stay. Whether business or pleasure, why not make the Devon Bay Hotel first on your list of new venues to visit - we look forward to welcoming you. Step outside and you are on the Promenade with its many shops, cafes, and the Landmark Theatre complex. Open all year around, we offer Christmas and New Year Packages and our nightly entertainment ensures that your visit to the Devon Bay Hotel will be enjoyable. ... more   less 
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