My wife and I stayed here for one night 16th March 2013. Was fairly easy to find and is situated right in the centre of Exeter and directly opposite the Cathedral and only a few minutes walk to the HIgh Street shops and streets littered with bars and restaurants.
The reception staff were prompt and courteous with checking us in, although I did struggle to understand the girls English through her foreign accent....but that's probably more my hearing! :)
However, for the price of the room (#110) vs. the space it offered wasn't what I was expecting. It was very cramped and just had enough room for the double bed, very cramped for two adults with luggage. The room was clean and tidy, but again considering the room rate little things like the quality of the shower was very poor - it wasn't powerful enough for a thermostatic shower and far too hot no matter what temperature you selected; in fact the temperature knob actually off in my hand!
At breakfast the next morning we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who seated us straight away. We were given the choice of either the continental (cereal, pastries and fruits) or traditional cooked English breakfast, salmon or Eggs Benedict. But when asking whether I could have the full English and a bowl of cereal I was politely told that it would cost an extra £5 to choose items from both breakfast menus...which is a little steep in my opinion....would have been nice to have a full choice of all the breakfast items.
Sleep quality of the bed was okay, if a little soft for my own liking. Checkout was smooth and fast too so no complaints there. But doubt I would stop here again next time we're in Exeter, unless for a very special occasion and then I'd choose one of the suites as pound for pound they offer far better value for money (we had a look at room 108 suite as friends of ours were staying there too.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking to the future of The Royal Clarence, we have every intention to rebuild the hotel with enormous sympathy.. The 18th-century hotel, said to be one of the oldest in England, was gutted when a blaze spread from an adjacent building on Friday morning. The fire wrecked the inside of the landmark building and left the frontage on the brink of collapse. ... more less
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