Just returned from a 2 night break at the Grov whilst attending a friend's wedding at The Tunnels.
The hotel has no real parking (much like others nearby), there is however lots of parking a short walk away down one of the residential streets by the Lidl's.
The owner was friendly and the feel of the place felt overall as very welcoming. We were in 246 which we couldn't really find using their rather odd numbering system and the hallways were pretty tight if you had lots of luggage. The decor in the rooms and main entertainment and breakfast areas was really dated. A strange mix of yellow and green that just looks really old and 70's-ish.
The rooms were fine although the window was open when we arrived (it was proper cold outside) and the heating wasn't on (prob operated centrally downstairs). So we were really cold in the night and the rather clinical extra blankets weren't very good. The lampshades were ripped but other than that the bedroom was fine.
We made sure having read some of the reviews that we had a shower in the room as 30% of the rooms only come with a bath! Very odd in this day and age and not great. Some of our friend's forgot to do this so we had a steady stream of guests using our bathroom. They didn't give any complimentary tolietries and the shower was a little weak also.
We didn't eat in the hotel as we arrived after 7 but I did have a quick pint there. To be honest it is not a classy enough or entertaining enough bar area to charge £5.80 for a pint of local cider and half a diet coke, come on guys, budget hotel = fair price for a round, surely. We had breakfast there one morning and it was a cooked english fry up, not usually too critical of fry ups but the portions were pretty small and quality below par.
the 'entertainment' was about to start and we didn't want to encroach on the grannies dancing so we moved on to another bar/restaurant.
Overall if you are looking for a quick break (2 nights max) that is cheap and protects you from the rain then this isn't likely to be the worst place to stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grosvenor Hotel Ilfracombe
- Devon Bay Hotel Ilfracombe