We can relate to the earlier review hilighting where it could be so much better, especially he reception and bar area, the latter is such a waste of space....the last time we stayed it was competely empty, as it was this time.
That said I think our one night away was reasonable value for money. £119 bed and breakfast, or £159 with dinner for both of us. The last time we stayed here a few years ago, the dinner was great, some opted for the latter.
Dinner was ok, the risotto starters very pleasant in particular. Mains were ok but nothing special. But it was the desserts that really let the side down: a trio of mini raspberry desserts and a mango cheesecake. The 'trio' was absolutely and utterly tasteless, if you did a blind tasting I defy anyone to identify what they were meant to be. They looked white pretty, but we're obviously bought in, because there is no way a chef cold have tasted them and still served them. Tasteless and synthetic, we obviously left them. And the mango cheesecake was marginally better. Even then I was surprised to see only 2 other couples left in the restaurant @ 21.15 on a Saturday night.
Service was friendly in the main, although on the terrace we did have trouble being understood, and had to repeat our request several times.
Room seemed to have been recently refurbished, clean and pleasant enough, it could have been a room in any modern hilton, best western or similar chain. Disappointed that a 4 star hotel only had polyester pillows......"we don't do feather pillows" was the response from reception.
Breakfast ok, ingredients of rather a poor quality. I have to compare my last stay in a hotel where for £99 B&B, the room was chic and contemporary, and the breakfast first class, all sourced from renowned farm shops. And the dinner was fabulous.
The terrace and front aspect of the hotel, with pool, is lovely, especially on a warm and sunny day. All in all we were happy to have 24hrs to ourselves whilst nanna and grandad babysat at home, so it would have taken a lot more than a hotel that essentially just needs some thought and investment to make it special. But it could be fabulous, maybe it was once.
Would we stay again? We'd probably try somewhere else, taxi driver recommended 'linkin park' (sp?) just up the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With wonderful views across Tor Bay, The Osborne Hotel has a modern health club, an outdoor pool and leafy sun terrace. The hotel is set in 6 acres of grounds that lead to Meadfoot Beach.The elegant bedrooms are individually decorated, and all have free Wi-Fi access and tea/coffee facilities with free mineral water. All rooms have a private bathroom and a cosy seating area.Hesketh’s Health and Fitness Centre features an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym and tennis courts. Guests can relax in the sauna, or on the spacious poolside terraces.Langtry’s Restaurant has impressive bay views, and serves modern British cuisine and fine wines. There is also a informal continental-style brasserie, offering fresh coffees and afternoon teas.In the heart of the English Riviera, Osborne Hotel is a 15-minute stroll from the picturesque Torquay Marina. Free on-site parking is available, and Torquay Railway Station is just 1 and a half miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Osborne Hotel Torquay
- The Osborne Hotel Torquay, Devon