We stayed at the Grand for a couple of days with one of the hotels special deals. We had a sea veiw room, which was a family room, as we were given a choice by the very pleasant and helpful receptionist. The hotel still had its Christmas decorations up as they had won a local award and were due to recieve the award on our second day there. The decorations certainly added to the tastefull and relaxed feeling to the public areas in this 4star hotel, but the room we stayed in was quite dated and was not up to the standard of the public areas. We had sheets and blankets on the bed, which is not really what you expect for a 4star establishment, having said that though, the bed was comfortable.
The food in the hotel was badly let down by the cooked breakfast, which on the first day was a buffet. The sausages were tasty but hard and gave the impression of having been cooked the day before, the same could be said for the bacon. There was plenty of choice for breakfast but again you would expect better. On the second morning we were served at the table and I thought the cooked breakfast would be fresher, unfortunately it was worse than the day before.
The evening meals were the complete opposite,tasty,fresh and imaginative.
The staff were very pleasant and helpfull and overall we had a nice couple of days.
The hotel has a very good seafront location with lovely views over the bay and is within easy walking distance of the shops and other attractions.
We were satisfied with the stay having paid well under the normal rate, but if we had paid the normal rate, I would have complained about the breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torquay's Historic Jewel For old world grandeur and traditional British charm, the Grand has been Torquay's landmark hotel for over 130 years. Overlooking one of the finest bays, this elegant Victorian hotel offers 132 individually styled bedrooms, The Grand spa, AA rosette restaurant 1881 and is surrounded by 22 miles of spectacular Devon coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Hotel Torquay, Devon