Just got back from four nights at the Grosvenor. Obviously we were attracted by the the television programme as there is a lot of competition from similar hotels in the area but this one exceeded expectations. All the 'stars' have gone and I think the new owner is trying to draw a veil over the hotel's past. There are holes in the walls where the cameras were fitted. The remaining original staff were pretty unimpressed with the filming crew.
We found the staff delightful to deal with and a real asset to the hotel.
We declined the first room offered as being to much of a climb for our 70 year old frames! We ended with family room 3 on the ground floor which is enormous with a spa bath and four poster bed. The adjacent room 2 had the decorators in and is probably a good one to ask for as well.
We had the d,b&b spring offer which was good value.
Breakfast is good albeit on smaller plates to make it look bigger. Dinner was a revelation being well cooked and presented. One poor presentation was the sausage and mash which should be avoided unless guaranteed improved! The bar/lounge is comfortable and snacks and afternoon tea good value. Downstairs there is a nice L-shaped pool with jacuzzi, sauna and gym that is free to use.
Parking is a bit tight but we found a space and claimed it for the duration using our passes to get around on the plentiful buses.
Adjacent to the hotel is a lovely park including a nice little bistro cafe styled like an aussy beach hut. We had a nice little lunch with wine in there.
All in all a nice experience
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Richardson Grosvenor is perfectly situated to enjoy Devon's beautiful coastline, stunning beaches and local attractions. Fine dining our new restaurant headed by 2 Michelin starred Chef John Burton-Race, the Richardson Grosvenor offers diversity and quality in one neat package. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torquay Grosvenor Hotel
- Torquay Hotel Grosvenor
- Grosvenor Hotel Torquay Devon