We are a 29/ 30 year old couple who were visiting Paignton to attend my Grandmother's 80th birthday party. We don't smoke and are both responsible adults who spend at least one weekend a month in a hotel. I have personally been visiting Paignton my whole life and choose this B&B as it looked clean and new on the website and for its close proximity to the party venue and the sea.
The B&B itself lived up to all expectations. We had upgraded to a room with it's own private sauna, extended check out and breakfast in bed. The room was very big, clean, newly decorated and the sauna just about fit the pair of us in. It could not have been in a better location either, just behind one of our favourite pubs, The Spinning Wheel.
However, the owner/ manager, Piers, spoiled our whole experience in staying at this place. From walking in we were hit with a set of rules and treated like children. We had to order our breakfast on arrival and do it in a certain order(?), we were taught how to unlock a door and put a latch on before even getting to see our room, not great when you are adults and had just had a long journey. We were then shown how to turn lights and the sauna on. There is no licenced bar, just one bottle of beer on sale, and drinking your own drinks were at the price of £1 (for Piers to clear the bottle/ can). Glasses with ice were 50p.
Everytime we left our room Piers was in the corridor which added to the tension and made us feel like we were doing something wrong.
My Brother & Cousin and their girlfriends (all also mature) had also booked into this hotel. The booked through third parties and were not told about no groups being allowed. However the owner made this clear to us when we arrived. We were barely a group, just family members staying for a family occasion. We were not allowed to go into each others rooms and everytime we moved in the corridor (to pass on the iron, say hello) Piers was there asking us what we were doing.
Breakfast was good but with very small portions (on our second day we were served a quarter of tomato on our plate?), and could only be served between 8 and 9am, even on weekends.
Whilst the Cosmopolitian is a nice place and Piers obviously wants to keep it that way it does not provide for a relaxing, and certainly not fun, weekend. People who have commented on friendly staff must have had others, we only saw Piers the whole weekend. At £170 for 2 nights this B & B is probably the most expensive and does not offer the "fun" element that a typical seaside establishment should have. You will spend the whole time on edge, tip toeing around and whispering. I am only glad we had not booked a week here.
I wasn't going to write a review but on hearing that Piers had contacted people threatening to sue them (including my cousin)for negative comments I felt I had to. If I do receive any such emails I will report them on this site.
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