Lovely setting on the harbour, although we found Clovelly a little bizarre, especially paid access for day trippers through the visitor's centre. Luckily we didn't discover this initially as we arrived late down the back road. On arrival we couldn't find the hotel desk or the receptionist, eventually the bar man showed us the way through the back of the pub bar and checked us in. Room was fine with lovely sea views. Bed was extremely soft.
We decided to go and have a drink in the bar, really bright lighting and no really comfortable seating, but the worse aspect of the evening were three children running through the bars and actually into the public areas of the hotel. They were unsupervised and were not staying. Their parents appeared to be customers in the pub.
We did sleep ok, despite the bed and it was great to hear the sea.
Breakfast was fine and it was nice day relaxing around the harbour. Sadly a Porpoise was washed up dead in the harbour, the kitchen staff came out to look and then one of them spat at his friend for fun, mmmm really looking forward to supper tonight! Too few vegetarian options so we made do with bar food.
Second night slept well again to the sound of the sea, breakfast again alright. Sadly as we were packing up I burnt myself quite badly on the towel rail. Spoke to the receptionist and she explained the the girl cleaning the room should have turned it off. Watch it, it's really really hot.
We were left wondering if it were the management's weekend off? Either way this is a pub describing itself as a hotel and whatever the location the price should reflect that.
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Clovelly, Devon, UK
- Red Lion Clovelly
- Clovelly Red Lion