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The Bath Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Harbourside, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EL, England   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Lynmouth
1 review
“pleasant and clean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

Pleasant hotel situated in the middle of lynmouth. Not modern , traditional in decor, but exceptionally clean. the staff were most helpful from our welcome and check in to dinner and breakfast. They serve food in the bar and hotel restaurant so there is something to suit all, and the breakfast was a great start for the day.
The hotel has a heart and personality unlike so many of these new modern builds.
we will be happy to recommend this to anyone travelling to the area.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

Lacklustre decor, awful furniture, dated, tatty, are just some of the words that fail to do justice to this hotel. The room my wife and I stayed in had been decorated in about 1950, furnished in 1970, and had the plumbing installed just before the Romans taught us anything about sanitation.
It has a prime location in a beautiful spot on the coast, and fails completely to fit in with the expectations that the surrounding countryside instills as one approaches Lynmouth. This is one of those few occasions in life when I wished that I had bought a thesaurus to expand on the ineptitude of the owners allowing what could be a real gem plunging into an absolute eyesore in such a stunning part of the British Isles.
Breakfast (served in a Butlins style boot camp restaurant) was, however, surprisingly edible.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2009

My wife and I were offered the Jade room (for the price of a grade A room) when booking at the Bath Hotel as this was the only room left. This is the Hotel's flagship room on the first floor.
The room had heavy draped curtains, double glazed windows, nine ceiling lights which were on dimmer switches, and new bathroom suite with bath with power shower. The room had a view of river, sea and a slightly marred view of the harbour due to a protruding entrance roof (please note I cannot comment on the quality of other rooms other than there would be better views from some of the rooms in hotel).

Towels were changed daily and there was always piping hot water.

Two small gripes about our room
1)The mattress seemed to be either orthopedic or number 1 firmness (why does one need a hard mattress in a luxury room?).
2)Our toilet seat in the bathroom was on the move to the point of coming off, due to loose fittings. This was reported on the Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday evening but was still not adequately fixed. We were given apologies on Friday morning when we left and we were told it would be fixed for the next occupants (over to them).

Anyway putting these points aside in our opinion the room was 3 star +.

Breakfast was excellent fruit juice, cereals, mixed fruit and a full English including 2 rashers,egg,sausage,mushrooms,tomatoes,fried bread and hash brown. Other choices were also available, finishing with coffee and toast.

We booked half board and had our meals in the hotel's restaurant each night. The menu was the same each night and after three night we were repeating dishes that we liked rather than picking some that did not appeal. We felt the menu needed extending for those staying more than three days.

Now the food we had was excellent. There were three courses provided. The portions were very generous. It was truly a challenge to get through all three courses and we found ourselves resorting to ice cream on a few occasions. Note evening coffee was extra and not included in the half board price. Also having sirloin or T bone steak was an extra £3 and £5 respectively. The hotel does list its menu on its own website. A bottle of wine (house) started at £12.

The service by the restaurant staff was first class our waitress was friendly and exceptionally efficient, a credit to the hotel, we did not have to ask for anything.

As mentioned by a previous guest, the hotel does have room for 12 cars and you may well miss out on the game of musical chairs, but free spot do become available when people go out for the day. Parking in the street opp. allows free parking between 6pm and 10am (with a further 2 hours free with no return within 2hrs, which would extend it from 4pm to 12am) giving one the opportunity to move into the hotel car park. Alternatively car parks do have a 4 day ticket for £11

We found mobiles did not pick up a signal in Lynmouth easily, walking past the putting green next to the shoreline gave us the only signal.

The is no bank in Lynmouth itself and it has only two (chargeable) ATM's. The only bank is in Lynton above and the only way up is by the Cliff Railway £2 85p return or a soul sapping walk up the cliff unless you're fit, the third option is to drive and pay a car park fee.

Summing up the hotel would get an overall 5 stars rating from me but for the points raised above. We had a very enjoyable break.

Please see things to do in Lynmouth (pictures etc)

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

Decided on Lynmouth for a short 5 night holiday - my first one travelling alone. I totally fell in love with Lynmouth and Exmoor - Bath Hotel made my stay so perfect I decided to stay on for an extra 2 nights!
I had a room on the third floor, and although there were no lifts, the building was built in such a way that the stairs to the room were in different parts so it didn't seem like the third floor at all. Except that the views were amazing - overlooking the river, harbour and sea - what more could you wish for? I went to sleep and woke up listening to the river. It's so peaceful here and so easy to relax. The staff were all helpful and gave me advice on what to see and where to go on walks. There is a sun lounge with sofas where you can have a quiet afternoon to read a book, or use a board game or two that they supply. There's a quiet bar area near reception, and also a larger bar at the end of the hotel with a pool table, darts board and large Sky TV screen.
The food at the Bath Hotel is good - a wide variety including local fish, specials and also lighter options including burgers and chips etc. I ate the first night at the hotel but found that the food just lacked a bit of love. The menu wasn't changed very frequently either. It was very easy to find places to eat elsewhere though - across the river at the Rock House (wonderful seafood there), the Rising Sun (you must visit this friendly bar and sit on the wall outside with your drink and watch the sea! But also the restaurant is top class with food to die for! If you want a touch of class, definitely try there! Booking essential!) or even the little 'Fish on the Harbour' restaurant that closes at 7pm for some local fish dishes.
Outside the hotel you can walk up the quaint little shopping streets and stop for cream teas, cake or browse paintings by the local artists and find some holiday gifts. The location of the hotel couldn't be better if you want to relax and unwind and enjoy the countryside. It's also perfect for walks - guides and maps for which you can get from reception or in many of the local shops. If you are into photography you won't want to leave the hotel without your camera as there are stunning views everywhere! There are several horse riding stables within a few miles' radius that will take you across the moors and cater for every riding ability (or non-ability!) and almost any age. I rode at Cloud Farm, also called Doone Valley Trekking, which is near Oare - only 15-20 minutes away.
The beach at Lynmouth is stoney, but there are parts where the stones are almost as fine as sand and when the tide's in, you can paddle quite painlessly! There are also some boulders around the edge - great to perch on to read Lorna Doone in the sunshine! Would recommend the Cliff Railway to Lynton, walking to Watersmeet, or along the Coast Path, or North Walk, or up Hollerday Hill.
The only issue, which turned out to be very minor, was parking. But as Bath Hotel is one of the few with its own car parks, usually this wasn't a problem. Even if you can't get in the car parks (try after breakfast when people are leaving), you can park on the side of the road from 4PM to midday. I loitered until I found a space close to the hotel - they often free up quite quickly. There are also two pay and display car parks a short walk away.
Other than that there are only very minor aspects to the hotel that could do with improving - but my no means anything that will spoil your holiday. E.g. I would have liked a proper shower over the bath rather than an attachment for the taps as it leaked a bit - but as another reviewer said, having baths was a nice change and helped me relax.
The prices for the hotel are very reasonable. They often do discounts for 5 or 7 nights, and shorter breaks. I would recommend calling the hotel directly to speak to them.

  • Liked — Good value, quality hotel with excellent location. Ideal base for a relaxing holiday.
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

Stayed here for a long weekend to help celebrate my husbands birthday and we had a super time. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. The staff laid a lovely birthday table for our evening meal on our arrival on the friday ,complete with streamers and party poppers!! and were very attentive.The food was lovely ,and there was something to suit everybody including choice for vegetarians.
The rooms were adequate and our family room for myself my husband and youngest daughter was huge thus giving us plenty of space for all our bits and bobs and daughters toys. The view of the harbour was lovely though you did have to strain your neck a bit to see it. The only thing that we missed was a shower in the bathroom , but to be honest it was rather a nice change to have baths instead of showers and helped to make us more relaxed . our older children and their partners were all pleased with their rooms, and thought the hotel had loads of character. Bit of a haul with the bags to our rooms but good exercise really!
We only discovered Lynmouth about 5 years ago but have fallen in love with it and it is so lovely not to have to battle with crowds as its so peaceful here. We went on a boat trip around the bays and also tried our hand at horseriding which was great fun and only a few minutes away in the car. Watersmeet is another beauty spot in lynmouth, we spent a fabulous day walking by the water and through the woods. The railway up to lynton is also fun especially on a clear day when the views are spectacular. At the end of a busy day it was great to come back to a friendly hotel where nothing was too much trouble. A good hotel doesnt need to be ultra modern or top notch to be good , just needs to have that secret ingredient that the Bath hotel certainly has.I think if you are happy people you will be happy at the Bath hotel !

  • Liked — proximity to sea
  • Disliked — no shower in room
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2008

We stayed for a long weekend, our room was under the roof with very nice harbour view, a bit small but cosy.
the hotel staff was very friendley and helpfull.
the food in the hotel was very good and freshley cooked at all times.

We will go back there as we found it in a good location for easy access to the costal walks

  • Liked — the harbour view
  • Disliked — steps leading to the room
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2008

spent a lovely day in lynmouth and didnt want to go home, so booked ourselves into the Bath Hotel. Warm and cosy hotel, beautiful rooms and very friendly staff, nothing was a problem. We really couldnt have asked for more. a lovely meal and a drink by the open fire, and a great nights sleep what more do you need to say

Stayed April 2008
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Address: Harbourside, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynmouth
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Lynmouth
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Bath Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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