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“lovely hotel with plenty of character and charm - highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
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The Meadfoot Bay
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Meadfoot Sea Road, Torquay TQ1 2LQ, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“lovely hotel with plenty of character and charm - highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

We stayed two nights at the Meadfoot Bay Hotel, at first we were a little disappointed about the location - it's close to the town centre but is up a slightly steep hill. But it turned out rather lucky as Torquay can get quite busy at night so it's nice the hotel is a little out of the way but still relatively close.

The hotel is family run, the staff were all so welcoming, extremely friendly and helpful. We had our bags taken to our room and given lots of useful information about Torquay and offered 10% off vouchers for local restaurants.

Our room and whole hotel was spotless and beautifully decorated. The room we had was a reasonable size, the en suite was large with a wet room although the shower wasn't very powerful. The beds were a good size and very comfortable. Breakfast is served 8.30-9.30 but on arrival we were told you can turn up at 9.30 if you wish, there is no rush to leave and be finished by a certain time which I thought was nice.

The breakfast was beautiful with a menu to choose from and a buffet of everything you could possibly wish for at breakfast. All their jams were home made which were gorgeous and available to purchase. The full english breakfast and porridge are second to none, I almost want to go back just for their food.

Overall I have no real complaints and would definitely recommend this hotel - it's lovely for a romantic trip or with family for a relaxing weekend and a reasonable price for the great accommodation and service.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

I have stayed at this hotel twice and loved both visits and plan to go back this year..the family that run this hotel are lovely and are welcoming and accomodating. Always stay in the St Andrews suite..it is clean, pretty and has a comfortable bed to sleep on. Jacuzzi is fab too! Top hotel in Torquay..!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

OK so some of the pictures of the public areas are very typically 'over the top' hotel of years gone by in decor etc, but don't let that put you off. This is a great hotel and seem to be very, very well run and very well-maintained, better in fact than some of the larger chains I've been in this year. The room wasn't ready after a long drive which was disappointing, and it wasn't as if I was outrageously early. However, it was a nice day and I was happy to go for a half hour walk after the drive. The town is conveniently near, a delightful, smaller beach even nearer, but I prefer the big beach at Torquay I think.

When I returned they said some bulbs had blown and were in the process of changing them: when I've stayed in chains, blown bulbs have stayed just that for the whole stay, so how's that for attention to detail? The only other surprise is that payment is up front which took me aback a little; no great shakes but after a long drive and a forced walk, I found it odd to be charged for my stay there and then. But again, don't let this put you off.

The room I was in was of adequate size for a double, immaculately kept and despite appearances of public areas, tastefully decorated too. I had a lovely decked patio to sit out on, but the adjoining room might find other guests walking across their decked patio for access to the garden. Not a great issue since this is a small friendly hotel and everyone sees everyone at breakfast, which, incidentally, is freshly cooked to order and very nice it is too.

So don't judge on appearances. Whilst the external appearance and public area decor might seem very dated, don't let this put you off. It's a great hotel, very well run, immaculately clean and the proprietors (assumed resident) seem to work extremely hard in making it so.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgend
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

We have just come back from a visit to Torquay, it wasn’t our first visit but it was our first stay at Meadfoot Bay, after reading some lovely reviews on here we decided to give it a try and were not disappointed.



We had the Valderamma Superior Deluxe Room and it was great, very well laid out and beautifully furnished, there was a real feel of luxury to it with all the little additions, and it was very clean, I loved the soft white bed linen, so comfortable.! The guest house is in such a quite area that we both slept extremely soundly all 3 nights we were there, this of course is helped by the sea air, as the guest house is literally a stones throw from Meadfoot beach which has a lovely little café where you can sit and look out across Torbay. The bathroom and room was cleaned daily and there is an option for having all fresh towels or just leaving the ones you want replacing in the bath so the cleaner knows only to change them and isn’t unnecessarily washing linen, which is very eco-conscious I feel! The outside area is a charming addition to the room, and we did spend some time relaxing out on the swing, it’s very sheltered and we were lucky enough to visit on a sunny weekend and it was positively glorious out there in the sunshine!



All the staff we met were very friendly and accommodating, suggesting places we hadn’t yet visited in the area and there was a definite feel of a well-run family business. Breakfast at the hotel was very good, just what we needed to set us up for a day exploring. The bar area is very plush indeed and a nice place to sit and relax when you just get in from the day out for a coffee and to have a glass of wine before the night out!



We both really enjoyed our stay at Meadfoot Bay, luxurious yet understated, not over the top, with a special feel and very comfortable is the best way to describe it I think, it’s a great quite location, close to town and the beaches. I will definitely be recommending it to my friends and family, in fact I already have to a few! I hope that if you visit Meadfoot Bay you have as good a stay as we did. One thing to point out to others reading the other reviews on tripadvisor it is clear that The Meadfoot Bay is a guest house and not a hotel so the person in a previous email whos reviewed The Meadfoot Bay as a hotel really should have done their research a little better. We will always choose a guest house / luxury B&B over a hotel as you get the personal service and I find not only the standard of accommodation is better but normally cleaner as well.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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harlow
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

had a very nice stay at the meadfoot bay .nice friendly owners who take pride in their hotel. excellent breakfast and service,walk into town is pleasent but a bit tireing up hill coming back. try the hole in the wall restaurant great food and on two days a week live singer in the bar area. if you like small and quiet [ 17 rooms i think ] this will suit you.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

This was our 6th stay at the Meadfoot Bay and it was perfect. Caroline, Chris and Gary made us very welcome and worked very hard to make our stay memorable. An excellent place to stay in a select area of Torquay. It is within walking distance of Torquay harbour and Meadfoot Bay. There is a superb choice of food for breakfast, it is cooked and presented to perfection. Cleanliness and attention to detail throughout the Meadfoot is guaranteed. The terraced gardens are pleasant to sit and relax in. We are hoping to return again next year. Mary and Brian.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

Having decided on a last minute visit to Torquay primarily to dine at The Elephant restaurant (of which more in another review) we began the search for accommodation.

After an hour or so of trawling this site and phoning to book in the height of summer, two days before travelling we realised this may not be one of our better ideas until we finally stumbled on the Meadfoot and all I can say is that I am so glad we did.

We stayed in a superior double at the front of the house and our immediate reaction when we entered the room was a) how clean and fresh looking it was and b) what a large amount of attention to detail there was. Decoration was top class, bedding crisp and clean and my wifes number one complaint regarding many hotel rooms i,e lack of decent dressing table immediately forgotten. With welcoming drinks, robes and slippers the room was certainly better than we had expected and experienced over our years of travelling and staying in this type of accommodation.

I should mention that we had a hefty 25% discount on the "rack" rate which meant we paid a shade over £100 per night for the room. At this price it was excellent value I suppose it could be argued that if we had paid the full rate of £125 lots of the things we are complimenting would have been more expected.

Having skimmed through some of the other reviews we noted a couple of less complimentary comments, the first was that the hotel was quiet , we agree and yippeee for that we say! The second slightly adverse comment was from a reviewer not too favourably comparing the Meadfoot breakfast to a 4 star hotel, well, each to their own! We haved stayed in many,many hotels of all categories over the years and the breakfast at the Meadfoot was simply excellent.

So, a clean,quiet hotel with helpful owners and a cracking breakfast for £100 per night. It simply has to be highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Meadfoot Sea Road, Torquay TQ1 2LQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Torquay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
#7 Family Hotel in Torquay
#17 Business Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Meadfoot Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Meadfoot Bay is an award-winning family run Bed & Breakfast situated in the stunning conservation area of Meadfoot, just a stroll from Meadfoot Beach and a short walk from Torquay harbour. There is a large selection of different room types available including our Classic Rooms, Premier Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and our 3 gorgeous Suites. We have just won the AA Breakfast Award for our breakfast which is prepared using all local produce and everything cooked to order to guarantee freshness. After 9 years constant refurbishment and hard work The Meadfoot Bay has been awarded the Highly Commended Award by The AA. As a result we have proudly achieved a place in the top 10% of our 4 star guest accommodation rating. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you to The Meadfoot Bay in the near future. ... more   less 
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