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Royal Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Beech Road, Woolacombe EX34 7AB, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Woolacombe
Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“just don't”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

On arrival it seemed nice enough but once you have left reception and head to your room a musty smell becomes apparent on the upper floors. The decour was extremely shabby and the carpets were a biohazard. stayed in places a quarter of the price that were many times better. The floor boards felt rotten underfoot - maybe this explans the smell.

needs knocking down.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

After booking last minute for one night we knew this place going to be very old fashioned. From the minute we walked in to reception it was what we expected, old decor throughout however very clean and tidy.
The bedroom was a reasonable size and had clean bedding, it was on entering the bathroom where my opinion changed, it was disgusting old cracked lino and tiles throughout and a gap of about an inch between the lino and skirting board which is probably the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bugs.
The shower offered little more than a dribble, in this day and age its not acceptable.

To finish on a plus the breakfast was very good, fresh and with it being self serve you don't go hungry, but realistically I would only expect to pay £40 for this room and £35 of that would be for the breakfast, having to part with £85 felt like an insult, its fair to say I won't be going back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed here last minute for 2 nights (Thurs/Fri) in August and were attracted by the cheap price (£116 for both nights not including any food). I thought it was exceptional value for money considering it was summer and that there was good entertainment each night other than on a Wednesday when they have bingo night. The main highlight for me was the double room - for the price we paid we didn't expect much (and we took the last one) but it was very spacious - there was a separate little lounge area with a sofa and TV, plus we had a little balcony. It was better than just standard and did not reflect the exterior of the hotel at all (which is very run down). There were a couple of downsides - the swimming pool was really cold (too cold for me - I didn't go in) and the drinks were expensive for a little hotel (but then this might reflect Woolacombe which is also quite expensive). The location was great - a 5-8 minute walk straight down the hill directly into Woolacombe. They made a poor attempt at a games room but did have some good pool tables. We didn't eat but if you are going to have breakfast or dinner it is cheaper to pre-book. I would return if the rate was good purely for the location and the rooms - it felt like a holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and myself have just returned from this hotel after a 3 night bed and breakfast break. Every staff member we came into contact with were friendly and helpful, the hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk fro the beach and the lovely resort of woolacombe, depending if you were walking up or down the hill. We had room 320 which had an amazing view of the beach and a balcony which was a bonus. The food was very good quality and you could have as much or little as you wanted. We elected to have our evening meal in the hotel at £12 per person for a 3 course meal which was also excellent quality and very good value. The rooms were nice but personally the bed was a little soft for me but not my other half.
I would recommend this hotel, we had a lovely stay and would go again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tandragee, Craigavon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My wife and I, and our grandchildren, spend a few days together every summer in Devon. We usually stay with our son but this year we decided to stay in a hotel in Woolacombe. We chose the Royal, family room only, on the basis of cost and accessibility to Woolacombe and the beach.
The Royal is built into the side of a hill on Beach Road, leading down to Woolacombe. There are great views of Woolacombe Bay from the front lounge, nice when you are relaxing there reading your Kindle! The reception staff were friendly and helpful. At this stage we booked breakfast for the following day (£6pp for adults, £3pchild).
Being built as it is car parking at the rear of the hotel is on different levels. The overflow level is the highest and is often the only one with spaces which can be a trial when handling luggage and is not recommended for patrons with limited mobility. The lowest car park is level with the ground (reception level) floor of the hotel (barring one or two steps) and is reserved for disabled guests. There is some parking at the front of the hotel but this is usually reserved for coaches. The hotel has several flights of stairs for accessing the various floors, again awkward for handling luggage and for those of restricted mobility. There is a lift available from the ground floor to the first, so its important to ensure that if stairs are a problem that rooms are booked on the appropriate floors. There is also a chair lift to the restaurant from the ground floor.
Our family room was adequate being clean and comfortable. A television and (an absolute must!)tea making facilities were provided. The en-suite bathroom was reasonable there being plenty of hot water and the usual supply of bathroom extras. One infuriating niggle, though, was the shower that could not be easily set to give the right temperature! Air conditioning is not provided.
We booked breakfast separately so when we arrived at the restaurant we gave our room number. Unfortunately there was no record of our booking so confusion ensued until this was sorted. The breakfast was fine with a buffet of cooked items and cereals. We did not take any dinners so I am unable to comment.
Entertainment was available on the evenings we were there. It was quite satisfactory and typical of holiday hotels everywhere. The fun high spots of the Royal are the games room and the swimming pool. The pool in particular is very good. The main part of the pool is big enough for a good swim, although not very deep, so diving is not possible. There is a small lagoon at one end that's suitable for small children. A gym is also available.
As said earlier the staff were friendly and helpful, particularly the reception staff. The room servicing staff were diligent and kept our room to a good standard. Cost of the stay was good it being the cheapest flagged up on Trivago.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

If you want a glamorous, well decorated hotel this is not for you. However, if you want a clean hotel, with friendly staff, basic indoor swimming pool, and value for money room and meals then you can't do much better than The Royal Hotel. Apart from the pool, there is free evening entertainment most nights, a snooker table, pool tables, table tennis table, a couple of nice lounges, and it's in a great location, too.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hounslow, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had a decent deal with this hotel through Superbreak, although went with some trepidation having seen the reviews on this site. At £55 per night b&b for 2 adults and a 5 year old where most places now ask for around £90 per night minimum (more if you want a pool and whatnot), I do wonder what some of the negative reviewers here expected, the Hilton?

Yes, the building is ugly and in dire need of updating, the floors are uneven, the rooms somewhat basic and dated, but that was something of the charm of the place. The view from our balcony was spectacular, the hill and farm opposite (my daughter and I took great delight in spotting which field the cows and sheep were in each day), and the wonderful coast of Woolacombe to our right.

We had dinner in the hotel the first night, this was something of an experience with the food very much of the school canteen variety, and we learned that we'd be at the same table each morning for breakfast. This was again of somewhat lower quality than you'd typically find at more modern hotels, but set us up nicely for the day.

The staff were really nice and friendly, and the wife and daughter loved that you could order hot chocolate from reception.

The swimming pool was OK, the changing rooms again somewhat in keeping with the shabby nature of the hotel.

The wife was sadly not particularly well on our holiday so we didn't partake of the evening entertainment except for the bingo which my daughter and I attended and enjoyed. The bar is excellent, and there is a really nice lounge adjoining.

Location is excellent, just a 5-10 minute walk down the steep hill into Woolacombe (sadly it's uphill on the way back...!), which is without doubt one of the best seaside resorts around.

To summarise, if you are looking for boutique accommodation, pay boutique prices. If you are happy with a hotel that is something of a relic of a lost era (and could possibly be the basis for many a sitcom!), stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beech Road, Woolacombe EX34 7AB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Woolacombe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Woolacombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Royal Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
100 Bedroom budget hotel, overlooking the beautiful village of Woolacombe. Ideal base for exploring North Devon or just spend time relaxing on the award winning beach. ... more   less 
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