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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A lot has been written to slag this place off but it is clean and the bar has been in the Camra Good Beer Guide for years; Excellent place for a pint between trains as shown by my photo of a pint of Bass. Nice people too.
And for the record I travel all over the country and thoroughly enjoy fine dining (which you will not get here) and good beer and good hospitality (which you will get)

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Traveled on business
1  Thank adriancM5121MO
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

think this hotel was decorated by Isambard Kingdom Brunel the same time he did the railway and not been changed since....dirty, smelly and full of mould, my girlfriend woke with a huge grasshopper on her leg and could not sleep in the bed for the rest of the night, would not recommend this hotel even for the homeless...or their dogs!!! ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Room tip: dont go there
Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank upham2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

This hotel is very conveniently situated at a 2 minute walk from St Davids Station and a 5 minute bus ride into the city centre.
The building is being updated and is a work in progress.
The staff were fantastic, cheerful & friendly, from the reception to the cleaners, nothing was too much trouble.
Our room was dated but clean and functional, the beds were very comfy. Complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits, toiletries and a hair dryer with diffuser, flat screen tv, excellent signal wifi, plentiful clean, thick towels.
Breakfast was included: Cereal (and gluten free), yoghurt, fruit, bread, toast, wide selection of jams, marmalades & honey. Smoked salmon, smoked haddock options as well as a tasty, hot full english on offer (vegetarian & GF options too).
Unlimited Tea (incl herbal & decaff) & coffee.
All in all a reasonably priced hotel with great staff, basic accomodation reflected in the price, lovely breakfast. We would not hesitate to book again.

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank JeanW1665
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

After our previously booked, tiny boutique hotel in Dawlish suddenly became unavailable when we tried to check-in at 21:30, we had to think quickly on our feet to find lodgings for the night. So off to the station we went and caught a train to the next biggest town that would probably have a 24 hour reception at an increasingly late hour and therefore lodgings for the night.

We arrived at Exeter around 23:30 and a local suggested the Great Western would probably be open and have rooms available. We arrived at the bar of this beautiful and stately former Great Western Railway hotel to be greeted by the bar manageress who was happy to be able to provide two rooms at no notice.

Sure, the rooms were small, the bathrooms tiny, but the beds were very comfy and the local Exeter beer consumed in the beautifully furnished ground floor parlour were a great welcome and a contrast to a possibly long night sleeping on the benches at Dawlish station.

The breakfast the following morning in the lovely dining room was excellent and was included in the reasonable tariff.

All the staff we met at the GWH were friendly and personable and went out of their way to assist us. I'd definitely recommend the GWH to stay at as a quaint but comfortable 19th century hotel.

Room tip: 5 mins walk from Exeter station.
Date of stay: July 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Themikanic
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

Have stayed at the GWH several times in the past and very often used the bar while waiting for trains. It used to be an excellent hotel and bar, but I fear it has taken a distinct turn for the worse. We called in for a quick bar meal and a drink, ordered two sandwiches at over six quid each. They arrived with cheap, nasty very dry white bread and listless side salad. The fillings looked gross (brie & cranberry and cheese & chutney). Complained at the bar and they were replaced with similar. Bloody awful! Won't be frequenting there again.

Date of stay: July 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Margaret M
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