This hotel is really convenient if you want a quick stop-over but is hardly a classy place, a romantic venue or haute cuisine destination. It is just off the A38 south of Exeter and very easy to find.
There is tons of parking, a fuel station right in front - and a nice bar. The exterior area is poor if the weather is nice and you would like to sit outside for a drink. Picnic tables on a soulless concrete patio. Motel rather than hotel.
If you stay here you can head for the Ley Arms in Kenn which is a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk from this hotel down a country lane. The Ley Arms is in a beautiful tiny village, serves great food and real ales: and has a decent garden. And the barmaid is totally gorgeous.
At the Exeter Court Hotel, food is suspiciously fast - prepared well in advance. Breakfast was dried up and not special. Supper was cheap, delivered minutes after I ordered, and was adequate at best. If I was paying myself I would have been disappointed. I saw a well-heeled German couple enter the dining room and order supper and I wanted to jump in and say "NO! Go down the road to The Ley Arms! That is the real English experience!" But I knew they would think I was mad. So I watched their growing disillusionment as they experienced 'British' cuisine. The best a microwave can offer.
I got talking to a guy in the bar: I mentioned the lovely pub nearby and he said "Oh - I have been coming here for years and I have never explored the local area!" He sits in the bar all night. Living the dream! I got on google and within minutes checked out the local area.
The hotel room was very small but again - adequate. The bed was very comfortable indeed, one of the best I have experienced. Firm enough but not too firm, soft enough without being unsupportive. Goldilocks would have been very happy with it.
Service at the bar was sporadic: they did a good impression of being deaf and blind: you needed to really make your presence known in order to get served. Professional blindness and deafness is a really annoying trait in bar staff. Shout at them and wave your arms, if necessary.
I did manage to somehow lock myself out of my room, late at night (NEVER put those flaming electronic access key cards anywhere near your mobile phone as it wipes them clean!!) and the place was in darkness. I called the number from my phone (thinking I was in for a night sleeping in the car) and the guy came out and let me into me room. That was good service, great service as he must have been in his bunk and snoozing. For that they deserve an extra star.
Needs must - but choose somewhere else if it's a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located just off the A38 in the heart of Devon, this Exeter hotel is packed with charm, warmth and genuine smiles from people ready to make you feel at home. Unrivaled conference facilities, comfortable contemporary bedrooms and friendly service make the Exeter Court Hotel in Devon the perfect place to relax and unwind. Whether you are looking for a long leisurely stay, a place to escape after an intense business meeting or a room to unwind in after being on the road all day, this stylish Exeter hotel has a range of accommodation to suit all. Situated adjacent to the main reception area, the hotel’s 62 bedrooms are appointed with tea and coffee making facilities, luxury toiletries, LCD televisions and Wi-Fi access. Contemporary and comfortable, the hotel’s bedrooms offer the perfect combination for making your stay a truly relaxing one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Exeter Court Hotel Kennford