My cousin and I stayed at the Templestowe Hotel Torquay from 6 to 9 February 2014, taking advantage of one of Majestic's themed breaks. The hotel had been doing Turkey and Tinsel breaks since September 2013 and we were on one of the last breaks (until they start again later this year.)
The hotel had many attractive Christmas decorations and there were lots of lovely lights - the hotel was very festive.
We were greeted by friendly staff (and 2 budgies) at reception and given our room key without delay. Although not as opulent as the Durrant House Hotel in Bideford (with marble features, ceiling artwork and carp in the pond at reception), the Templestowe Hotel has many original features including ornate plasterwork.
Our room was spacious and had a seaview, albeit restricted because we were on the ground floor. The beds were very comfy and clean.
Our first night was "Christmas Eve" and to get us in the mood, shortly after arrival, there was a "meet and greet" meeting where bubbly and mince pies were served.
Throughout our stay there was waiter/waitress service in the dining room, and food was cooked to order at breakfast time. There was a good selection of cereals, with proper Weetabix and good quality museli.
Evening meals were pre-ordered at breakfast and there was always a good selection of starters, mains and desserts. Vegetarians are well catered for.
At dinner on "Christmas Day" the turkey was piped in by a chap in full highland dress and Santa also paid us a visit.
"Boxing Day and Hogmanay" were combined with the New Year being seen in in the traditional manner.
Throughout the stay entertainment was laid on. Bingo was available at afternoon and evening sessions.
The comedians were good and it was good to see that jokes could be funny without having to be told in a crude manner.
On our final night the Majestic Dancers put on a great show and the star singer, Ruby Washington, had an amazing voice.
In summary, we had a great break. A number of the other guests we spoke to were on their fourth visit, so clearly Majestic have got their package break spot on.
We will certainly be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torquay's Premier Entertainment Hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Templestowe Hotel Torquay, Devon