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“A Little Gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Hotel Balmoral
Ranked #16 of 89 Hotels in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A Little Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2011

We spent 6 nights bed breakfast and evening meal and were pleasantly surprised as the Hotel is only rated as a 2 Star it was better than some 4 Star hotels! Very clean, comfortable and picturesque. The gardens are beautiful and the area is quiet and peaceful with the beach a few minutes walk away The staff were very friendly and helpful especially Mark and Lauren who looked after us very well at meal times, and Alex on reception who had the misfortune of having to carry our heavy luggage to and from our room! We stayed in a twin room which although comfortable was on the small side, rooms were cleaned very well and fresh towels everyday. The meals were outstanding and the variety excellent, The area is a little steep although I took my 86 yr old Mother in Law who has to use a walking stick and is partially sighted and it didnt deter her. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel and apart from Sunday there is a bus every 30 mins to take you into Torquay Town Centre unless you feel energetic in which case its about a 15 min walk. Just one criticism - it would have been nice to have had Management greet and be more interactive with guests and we do hope their dog Rocky although adorable gets over his habit of weeing on the carpet which he did on a few occasions.

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  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

we stayed in hotel balmoral for 4 days in may and enjoyed it very much.hotel is in a good location-just 2 minutes walk from the beach and 10 minutes walk from the town centre. staff very friendly and helpful. food and service excellent.our room was quite small but bed was very comfortable and view from the window was great.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2011

Just back from an excellent week as a solo traveller at the Balmoral where the staff and management were excellent and helpful, hotel food of a high standard with a comfortable lounge and bar area. The garden area is large and surrounded by 5 different types of trees for a very relaxing view. I found that many of the customers were regulars of the hotel but all were very friendly and willing to chat as necessary. The hotel itself is relatively small with lounge area for around 25 people and bar area with seating for around 15-20. I was given a garden/sea view double room which was adequate size, been in a lot bigger, but with wardrobe and plenty of drawer space and side tables. The shower/toilet and sink room was small but acceptable with power shower. Bed was comfortable. As mentioned in previous reviews there is an incline (about 5 mins walk) on the way to Torquay followed by 5 mins downhill but I found the incline not as bad as feared, although there is an hourly bus service to Torquay from outside the hotel. However returning to hotel walking is not an option the walk is much longer and steeper and bus/cab is required. This hotel was an excellent choice with very good value and I would have no hesitation in returning in the future.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2011

I have never rated a hotel before but this one I would.went on a weekend break,you can not fault the service you get from the staff.the food is very good and there is a great choice ,the hotel is set in a great setting.would.saving our money to go back in september.,

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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birmingham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2011

The hotel it self is lovely well decorated and very very clean, the food on the whole is lovely with quite a good sellection of choices. Its the rooms that are tiny, you have to kneel down on the bed to open the wardrobe and drawers, the bathroom is the smallest I have ever seen twice I banged my head on the sink picking something up and to turn around you catch your heels on the shower cubicle, if you like a bit of privacy when getting dressed these are not the rooms for you. It is a physical impossability to get changed in the bathroom. You can up grade to a larger room, we didnt know this till the next day. To be honest my first impression as I walked into the room was of dissapointment. We had room 12 our view was of the back end of the kitchen wall, no garden no sea no nothing. Please when booking ask not to have this room it will spoil your holiday. I think you can take pets as we saw two dogs walking freely around the hotel. This is only based on the rooms we had. The beds are 2 foot six inches so quite small. Be carefull when turning on sink taps they splash all over the toilet and floor.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wickford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2011

Very pleasant, comfortable hotel. Surperb breakfast. We were visiting relatives nearby and didn't therefore book for an evening meal - but the daily menu looked really good. Only stayed for a couple of days, but the children really loved the place, lovely gardens and since the weather was good, we were able to take advantage of them. Booked in early (no problems as room was ready for us) and the bar was open, which was an added bonus. Overall a very relaxing few days in Torquay and will definitely be returning later in the year. Highly recommended

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2011

We have just spent a very pleasant weekend at this hotel and the customer service from the staff was superb. The food was 4* quality with a good choices and extremely good value.

If we have any complaint it would be the matress on the bed which was very soft and not at all conducive to a good night's sleep. Some of the guests went to bed in the early hours passing our room on route which did not help.

We felt that overall for the price of a weekend at the Balmoral one could not get better value.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Hotel Balmoral
Address: Meadfoot Sea Road, Torquay TQ1 2LQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Torquay
#18 Family Hotel in Torquay
#24 Romantic Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Hotel Balmoral 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Balmoral - set in a superb Torquay location overlooking some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on the English Riviera. Elegantly furnished and decorated public rooms give the hotel a restful, welcoming atmosphere with a touch of class, which is matched by the hospitality provided. The Hotel Balmoral stands in its own secluded grounds in a quiet, peaceful setting, yet close to all the amenities and attractions of Torquay Devon. ... more   less 
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