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“Not a Business Hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Summerhill Hotel
2 Braeside Road, Paignton TQ4 6BX, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Paignton
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Not a Business Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I stayed for work, for 1 night, and was disappointed with my experience. I had a warm welcome, but from then on was made to feel like an inconvenience. I hadn't booked and ordered my dinner at breakfast, so may not be able to have dinner (I had just checked in) The food was very old fashioned, large portions on 70's china. The whole house is geared to an older clientèle, with a very soft bed, and a tired bathroom. It was clean, and tidy with free WiFi, but not enough to make me want to stay again. At breakfast, I was seated in a side room, I had to order everything with the staff, and without a menu, and it all felt very old fashioned, and with a very B&B attitude. Would recommend to my grandparents, but definitely not if you want a swift business hotel, where you are in and out, without much hassle.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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
Margate, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

A very clean and comfortable hotel. We got a warm welcome and an excellent cooked breakfast. The bathroom was great with an excellent shower. I visit Paignton often and will not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Gandia, Valencia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed here accompanied by my disabled mother and we spent a most enjoyable few days. The family and staff were very welcoming and we were given 5 star treatment throughout. The breakfast was superb as were the evening meals. Fine dining without a doubt. The room was very comfortable, well equipped and with a lovely view of the bay. The bathroom was modern and with a powerful shower. Plenty of car parking and with disabled facilities in the ground floor rooms. Very pleasant lounge rooms to relax in. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Kernen im Remstal, Germany
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

My wife and I decided for the Summerhill Hotel because of its Victorian character. We were warmly welcomed, had a nice and tidy room with balcony with view to the bay, the food was excellent, breakfast enough for the whole day, dinner very tasteful, the family and all their helpers very warm and attentive. All in all: next time we happen to be in this part of the UK, we´ll try to get a room at the Summerhill hotel again!

Room Tip: Top floor with view to the bay
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Definitely makes a change from modern look-alike impersonal hotels. This hotel has generally retained its Victorian character which means it could be called old fashioned. This is a good or bad feature depending on your taste. The owners are very welcoming and anxious to please, rooms are clean and tidy but maybe now appearing a little tired. We stayed in room 7 with a balcony but, being part of the restaurant's walled roof it did not do the word balcony justice, no view when seated. Would not bother in future but that in no way detracts from the overall good experience. Breakfast is really good, excellent choice, quality and quantity. Didn't need to eat for the rest of the day. Location is good with nearby beach walking distance albeit something of an uphill climb back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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poole
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

the room was excellent nice large tv
fantastic breakfast
lovely family service would recommend all year round
excellent tea and coffee and bottle water in room
the hotel is situated on a hill some rooms overlooking the bay plenty parking very nice experience
i live in hotels every week through work and this is up there in my top 10
its the customer service that helps makes this small family run hotel excel

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Alameda, California
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Summerhill hotel. It was originally a large Victorian family home, but has been tastefully converted into a small-ish hotel. The room was clean and comfortable and the hosts very attentive. Dinner and breakfast were very good. My only complaint is the portions were too large and I couldn't finish them!

we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Summerhill Hotel

Address: 2 Braeside Road, Paignton TQ4 6BX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Paignton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Paignton
#1 Business Hotel in Paignton
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paignton
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Paignton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Victorian detached building set on its own grounds close to harbour, park and beach. Summerhill offers high standard of accommodation and profesional friendly service. Ample Free car parking,level access, ground floor rooms, lift, bar. Only 10 min walk from Paignton train station & town centre. ... more   less 
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Summerhill Hotel Paignton, Devon

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