Stayed here mid Feb for 2 night break with older teenagers and have stayed here many times across the years since the children were young. Always found the service very helpful, polite and charming, even these days of many staff from foreign shores, like all hotels, but having said that many of the staff have been there a long time and always remember your name...how many hotels can do that today? Yes its a big old fashioned style hotel and many of the rooms are rather dated (unless you upgrade to executive or a suite) but they are spotlessly clean and the rooms looking over the extensive gardens are very quiet and well worth paying a few pounds extra for... the gardens are about 25 acres and well maintained and there is a path down through the trees to a nearby rocky cove. I'm surprised previous reviewers have never mentioned the excellent sports facilities here which was the reason we very first visited the hotel... its own 9 hole twisting golf course (no tee times needed or fancy golf wear), a gym, indoor pool, outdoor pool (in july/august), 4 outdoor tennis courts, indoor tennis courts, squash courts, 2 full size snooker tables and a table tennis table, if thats not enough theres also a croquet lawn and putting green (all sports equipment available to hire from reception). This hotel is a rarity still being privately owned, not a chain, and is trying hard to keep its standards up in a changing world, from the quiet elegant lounge to indulge in a cream tea (yummy !) to the pianist playing in the high ceilinged dining room on fri/sat eves, its a blast from the past and only a £4 taxi ride from central Torquay, where if you have kids, do visit Living Coast with seabirds, seals, penguins etc all close up on the seafront and Paignton Zoo (about 15 mins by car is also excellent these days). I agree there are no boutique, high tech bedrooms with plasma screens and wifi in them, but nonetheless the Palace does have a charm of its own if you appreciate it...stay soon before -who- knows- one day maybe it will be sold or redeveloped.... I do hope not !!
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- Palace Hotel Torquay
- Hotel Palace Torquay
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