We stayed at Livermead House for 12 nights for our main holiday. Having seen reviews beforehand we opted for a superior room with sea view. The room and bathroom were spacious and well appointed, judging from the style of the bathroom I would say that it had been renovated in the 1990's.
The hotel is old-fashioned for sure and yes, there is a rickety lift next to reception, but there is also a modern one only a few yards away, take your choice. There are clearly areas for improvement in the décor and a rolling plan of work is taking place.
The bar serves a good range of drinks and meals at reasonable prices, the meals being of good quality and size. However accommodation is over-priced and so are the restaurant meals (you won't get much change out of £80 for two dinners and a bottle of wine). The service was good throughout with the only shortcoming being that service in the bar could be slow at times, especially during restaurant dinner time and when there were functions on.
The hotel is a popular venue for functions such as weddings and proms, and organisations like Probus hold their meetings there regularly.
The biggest problem is the lounge/bar area, there being only one. During our stay there were several coach parties staying also and entertainment had been laid on for them every couple of evenings. As there is only one lounge there is nowhere to escape from the "entertainment" and it felt rather like we had gate-crashed a retirement home tea-dance (we went back to our room and watched TV which, incidentally, was a quite new flat-screen model).
Clearly the management have plans for this hotel and we wish them well. However, that being said, they need to decide where they want to position themselves. The building and location are well suited to being "top notch", however if the future is accommodating coach parties then so be it. Trying to do both isn't working.
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- Also Known As:
- The Livermead House Hotel Torquay
- The Livermead Hotel
- Livermead Hotel Torquay
- Livermead House Hotel Torquay, Devon