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The Livermead House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6QJ, England   |  
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Ranked #54 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
Hereford, United Kingdom
1 review
“lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

after reading some of the reviews about the hotel i was a bit worried as to what we had let ourself in for,my grandad had booked family and friends in for the weekend as it was his 60th wedding anniversary. we stayed in one of the family rooms(8) as we had our children with us (a 4 and 5 year old)the room was clean and tidy and the en suite was a good size too with clean white towels.our room looked out to the sea, the children enjoyed the views too watching the boats /ships out at sea.the room had tea /coffee making facilities,hair dryer ,tv with set top box worked ok .
the rest of the hotel was very clean and tidy,and yes some of it was tired and dated but still had a charm about it,after all it is a traditional hotel.
The restaurant was lovely ,the service was excellent,nothing was to much trouble,both evening meal and breakfast were of an excellent standard.
the bar was were we spent our time when we were in the hotel ,bar staff were very polite and dress traditional and smart(,i thought the drinks were a bit pricey but was reminded we were paying hotel prices).
we did try the swimming pool but it was too cold for me,but the jacuzzi was lovely and changing rooms were good.
we as a family had a lovely weekend away,and would like to say thank you Tim,(manager)and Hanna (reception)and we would come and stay again.
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Room Tip: stayed in room 8 sea view,our daughter and her friend stayed in 101 nice room
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I recently stayed at the hotel for a 60th wedding anniversary and cannot thank the staff enough they were all very polite, friendly and helpful. We had 2 young children in the group of 14 who spent most of the time at the reception or talking to the night porter. The hotel manager also ensured that all our needs were met. Overall all I can say is thank you to the staff for a wonderful time and that I will most certainly go back and I only live an 45 minutes away.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 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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Rogerstone, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Arrived late(ish) to hotel after a nightmare journey & we were keen to get into the room to watch the Olympics’ opening ceremony. We were shown to room 59 – so small, dark & the smallest TV you could ever hope to see (or not!!). Room was so hot so we opened the window to the overwhelming smell of the extractor fan in the kitchen pumping out the smell of chips & it was noisy. We were overlooking the inside square of the hotel with flat roofs & the fan. We didn’t unpack & rang to ask to be moved. At first the receptionist advised the fan would stop in half an hour but after we insisted that it was now smelly in the room & the fan would be used throughout various cooking times of the day, she agreed to send the housekeeper up to show us other rooms. She showed us 3 other rooms & they were all facing the same inner area/smell/noise so we went to reception & complained. TIP: don’t have room 59, 23, 20 & I can’t remember the other number as they all face the same area with its problems. Eventually they gave us the key for room 101 – The view is over the grassed lawn, pool & Jacuzzi & the sea. It was a good view & nice room – especially after what we’d seen.
We stayed 2 nights - the 1st night we had a good sleep in comfy beds. The 2nd night we came back to the hotel to find a large wedding. Everyone was outside, what seemed like, our room, taking photos, smoking & mingling on the lawns!! Obviously we didn’t want to complain on someone’s special day but it didn’t get quiet until about 2am!
FOOD: We had room service which ok but priey. Breakfast was ok. Drinks were ok in price.
ROOM: 1st floor, twin bedded room with lovely double windows. A step up to a bathroom. Hairdryer, arm chairs, tea & coffee making facilities. A little tired but ok. Again, the smallest TV in the world with a set top box that didn’t always work. We never watch TV while we’re away but we really wanted to see the Olympics’ so we were disappointed.
LOCATION: a long walk into Torquay centre so we took the bus in. Definitely on the outskirts of town.
Overall there are parts of the hotel that are spotless – the individual rooms & dining room but there are other areas that need attention – communal toilets were dirty, wonky pictures in frames & paintwork needing a touch up. The lounge & bar area was deserted which was a waste as they have great views.
It was ok but we probably wouldn’t stay again.

Room Tip: If you want a decent twin room - ask for room 101 but make sure there isn't a wedding on as you...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Just returned from a two day break in Torquay for a friends wedding. Originally meant to be staying at The Grand, unfortuantley they were full. Having booked into The Livermead, we were escourted up in a very old tired looking lift, which had to manually shut behind you. The room was tiny, but clean, the view was a wall to the front, left view was what looked like the laundry room, clothes hanging all over and to the right was the bins, great. The bathroom was canary yellow, very dated. Anologue TV, way up high, which i had to change the scart leads as they had been put in the wrong way for the Tv to work. Having gone out for the eveing we couldn't comment on any evening meal, but on our return we did ask night staff for a sandwich, which they very kindly brought to our room. I can't say the sandwich was anything outstanding, but cost us a hefty £9 each. Bit steep i thought for what was 2 pieces of bread each, with a piece of ham in. The breakfast was not too bad, although for the size of the dining room, it would of been nice to be able to sit where we wanted and not directed to a tiny table with candles and flowers taking up space that you really needed to put your breakfast on. On looking around the hotel, the furnishing are old, you can see most chairs going thread bare through age. We didnt use the pool, which did look quite nice, however the pool furniture looked dirty. I was really disappointed with this hotel, as for the same price we could of stayed at the grand if they weren't full. However, as the wedding party were at the grand, we did spend alot of time there, which is fabulous hotel, so would stay there next time.
The Livermead is much more suited to older people who like old/dated surroundings.

Room Tip: Dont go there if your a young couple expecting modern surroundings, choose the premier in for value...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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devon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

we stayed at the livermead as the grand hotel wouldnt allow a single night stay for a friends wedding. my grandfather used to be the gardener at the livermead so we decided to stay here instead .lovely hotel though a little tired, needs a lick of paint but the room was very clean ,shame it was let down with an analogue tv and set top box that you couldnt see from the bed , curtains though heavy let in an awful lot of light in the gaps. get a room with a sea view as the scenery is amazing. room was remarkably quiet even though it was near the main paignton to torquay road. needs a new power shower or similar as just had mixer shower from the bath taps, no big bath sheets only bath towels,and the bathroom shelf fell off but luckily it didnt break [ooops] take hair conditioner as only sachets of shampoo/shower gel etc so if you have 2 showers a day you will need to ask for more. very friendly staff but was a let down there was not a single devonian accent among them, infact not even a british accent at all .!, very helpfull though. pub grub was a little over priced but tasty and the breakfast was perfect . all in all a very pleasant 1 night stay in this wonderfull old hotel , spotless throughout but needs a little t.l.c to bring it up to a very high standard

Room Tip: i would ask for a sea view as on a clear day you can see for miles. railway line runs behind the hot...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I have not stayed at the hotel but we did arrange a cream team for the attendees after my father in law's funeral at this hotel. I have to say they were absolutely wonderful - the staff were excellent and the cream tea really impressive. The scones (freshly warm from the oven) were the best I have ever had. There seemed to be quite a few locals in there enjoying the same thing. Everything was very well organised and they paid attention to how things were going/who needed top ups, etc. Great attention to detail. The hotel itself is of traditional decor/styling and has a lovely olde worlde charm. Everywhere I saw was spotless, the car park a really good size and the views over torbay second to none. As I have said, I cannot comment on the rooms and, as we have relatives close by, probably won't get to stay but I would certainly visit again and take tea in the lounge!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

It was like stepping back in time can not remember the last time I signed in.The hotel was very old fashioned and as a result of this the standard of service excellent, food in the restaurant was excellent.Rooms clean and the t. v worked
Would stay again

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6QJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Livermead House 3*
Number of rooms: 135
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