I stayed here with my sister for 3 nights during August and we enjoyed every minute. The hotel has a unique position, right on the beach and beside Paignton Green. We walked to the shops, restaurants and also the railway station from here: it’s about a 15 minute walk with a trolley case, if you avoid the crowds on Torbay Road and take one of the side roads.
Breakfast is served in a large dining room, facing directly out on to the sea. The view is unbeatable. A hot breakfast is served at your table and was, unfortunately, too nicely cooked to be resisted every morning. There’s also a buffet table with cereals, juice, yoghurt, fruit, etc. Extra toast, tea, and so on, can be requested from the very polite waiters and appear promptly and without hassle.
For us, the biggest attraction was the small but perfectly adequate outdoor pool, open throughout the summer, but it closes, apparently, in September. There is an indoor pool and sauna, etc, which we didn’t use, but it’s all available to guests.
My sister and I had single rooms, without a view, for which we paid around £65 per night. This included breakfast and, given the hotel’s location and quality, not to mention the fact that it’s still high season, seemed very reasonable.
It’s not the most modern of hotels but it’s immaculately clean. It has some interesting history as well as attractive features, both internally and externally and is full of charm. We loved the tunnel and stairway down to the beach. Our bedrooms were quite small but there was plenty of storage and the beds were doubles. Great lighting around the mirror for blow-drying hair.
We’ve been visiting Torbay for years and the recent regeneration of Paignton is starting to show: lots of small businesses seem to be thriving, with interesting cafes and shops, rather than the usual tourist tat, opening up. The heritage of the area is clearly valued and everywhere is bustling. Walking around the shops in Paignton during the early evening, everything was still open and busy. During a brief visit to Torquay, we noticed that everything was shut by 5.30 pm, including the souvenir shops, on a rather grey afternoon when the beaches were empty and people were wandering around, window shopping, for something to do. I hope they’re busy during the winter months, because they don’t seem to be making the most of the tourists and their wallets in the school summer holidays.
Finally, back to the Redcliffe, I’m not certain, but this seems to be an independent – that is, non-chain/branded – hotel and there’s a noticeable sense of pride, amongst the staff, in the quality of the experience they provide. For a start, the service can’t be faulted, the staff are keen to serve their guests and will go out of their way to accommodate them. There’s a pleasant atmosphere and everybody is friendly and polite. Well done, Redcliffe, not sure why you don’t hand out the usual customer satisfaction surveys upon departure, but I’m happy to let you know you’re getting it right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superbly situated on the Seafront of Paignton in the "English Riviera". The Redcliffe offers every facility to ensure a enjoyable and memorable stay, whether for business or pleasure.The Redcliffe is a privately owned hotel with 68 bedrooms, set in 3 acres of grounds at sea level, and enjoys panoramic views across Tor Bay, from elegant Torquay on one side to the quaint fishing port of Brixham on the other.All bedrooms are en suite with Digital TV, Radio, tea making facilities, hairdryers and direct dial telephones. There are also a number of inter-connecting rooms, ideal for families.Private car parking for 100 cars is available in the hotel's spacious grounds.We pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere within the hotel and our many long-serving staff ensure that standards of service remain as high today as they were 30 years ago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Redcliffe Hotel Paignton
- The Redcliffe Hotel Paignton, Devon