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“Possibly the Best Value for Money Hotel in Torquay”
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Shirley Hotel
Ranked #29 of 149 Torquay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 4, 2011

You will be hard pressed to find a warmer welcome anywhere. Gary and Debbie treated us like old friends when we arrived, offering coffee and having a friendly chat. Nothing was too much trouble for them. In fact while I was booking our stay with Gary he found out that I had some food allergies and insisted on getting in some special bread for me!!Also, one of the best breakfasts that I have experienced. As a sales agent I have stayed in quite a few hotels in my time and feel that I can speak with some authority. We stayed in a very clean and well appointed room that was tastefully decorated and had a very comfortable bed. If you need suggestions as to where to eat out, once again Gary and Debbie come to your aid.
For people who like good Indian food that comes with good service, I can reccomend the resturant on the left hand side as you walk down the hill. (They even made a dish that was not on the menu for me, which was excellent).
The service we received from Gary, Debbie and Adam I have to say was pretty much faultless as well and we look forward to seeing them all again soon.
Vincent & Marie.

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Reviewed May 1, 2011

We spent 4 nights at the Shirley and had a lovely time. From the moment we arrived we were treated in a friendly and helpful manner. The location of the hotel is good, with a few minute downhill walk to the harbour. Garry, Debbie and Adam could not have been more obliging, catering for our every wish. Our room was not enormous, but was certainly big enough, and was spotlessly clean, with good decor. The breakfast was gorgeous with a lovely fresh fruit salad, yogurts, cereals etc, followed by a delicious cooked breakfast, with an assortment of teas, coffee and hot chocolate. I am mildly gluten intollerant and they made alternative catering arrangements for me. The Royal wedding was on while we were there and we shared the lounge with the family, which was lovely and even shared their champagne! We are very fond of Torquay for short breaks and would definitely make arrangements to stay at The Shirley again and would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

We've stayed at the Shirley 3 times now, and each time have used it as a base to discover the Devon area.

Each time, it's been nothing short of excellent. From being received at the reception when you arrive to leaving on the last day, it's like staying with good friends.

On this occasion we bagged a Superior Deluxe room, with a great (newly fitted) bathroom, sporting huge, soft bath towels and bath robes, a generous walk in shower and modern fittings. The bed was huge and really comfortable, and the room modestly fitted with lovely Victorian period furniture.

Since our last stay they've won an award for their breakfast and are now using locally sourced produce, a nice touch which is well received, breakfast was always nice though!

That aside, it's business as usual. Whether you want to find something locally, or just have a nice little natter in the living room, Gary, Debbie and Adam are always on hand.

One other things that's really worth mentioning is they know the clientèle they want at the Shirley, this means the place is full of genuinely lovely people, on every occasion we've been there we've spent, mornings, afternoons or evenings talking to other guests about all manner of things, it's such a breath of fresh air and not something I've ever experienced in any other B&B (or hotel for that matter) in the UK.

The location is just right, you've a five minute walk from the harbour, and an even shorter walk to some truly excellent restaurants, Italians, Indians, Chinese, Mexican and American restaurants are all there, plus with the added options of restaurants specialising in fresh sea food.

Like many of the people who stay at The Shirley, we're repeat visitors for a reason, you just can't beat the service you're getting, and for that reason we'll be back again, and again, and again!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2011

Very warm welcome made us feel we were valued guests. The hotel is very well presented, homely and interesting (it's good to hear the history of this elegant mansion)in a quiet situation - it looks every bit as good as the picture.
The walk to the harbour is a pleasant stroll downhill and when you get back there's a lovely bar/lounge or poolside seating area in which to relax.
The bedrooms are a good size with excellent facilities - we slept peacefully and soundly.
The breakfast choice is amazing and well cooked and served.
Thankyou to Debbie, Gary and Adam for a most enjoyable stay in Torquay.
Maggie and Michael

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

We come down from London for my birthday, from the minute you walk in there are big smiles and very friendly welcomming. This was not just on the welcome but through our whole stay. On my birthday morning as soon as got into breakfast room Adam said a huge Happy Birthday to me which was very touching. They made a lot of time for us which is so rare in the industry.

Food was great had full English first morning fantatic quality and omelette second morning rammed with fresh food too, best we have had in a hotel or B&B in the UK and my fiancee is very fussy when comes to an English breakfast.

The bed was so comfy great two nights sleep and huge big White fluffy towels.

Thank you Garry, Debbie and Adam for a great two days, good luck with the future keep up great work

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Reviewed April 14, 2011

We stayed at The Shirley for a 3 night stay. Debbie and Garry met us on arrival and promptly made a pot of tea and welcomed us to their home.
The hotel is situated in a nice part of Torquay, quiet and off the beaten track but only a few minutes away from the marina.
Our room was comfortable with excellent bed linen and towels. The shower was excellent, very powerful with thoughtful accessories and toiletries.
The breakfast was cooked fresh every day and Debbie and Garry especially bought in full fat milk as I don't like semi skimmed.
Debbies Son Adam was a delight to talk to. He is a keen music and sports fan and was extremely friendly and polite.
Would we stay at this hotel again. Yes we would.

Thank you Debbie, Garry & Adam for a wonderful stay.

Lisa & Gerry

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

Just spent the weekend here and I can say I have not experienced feeling more welcome as a guest anywhere else in the UK lately! We've received fantastic advise during our weekend and had lovely chats with our hosts. And very professional service!
The only reason why I've given 4 points for the rooms is because it was quite dificult to close the door since the carpet underneath was actually too high/thick and we couldn't lock the toilet/shower door, which can be a problem when you're away with friends.

Otherwise, nothing wrong with this place, excellent stay. Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 66 Braddons Hill Road East, Torquay TQ1 1HF, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
Price Range: $77 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Shirley Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at The Shirley, which not only provides Visit England Four Star accredited accommodation but also boasts a Visit England Breakfast Award. Individually styled and situated in a quiet road close to Torquay Harbour, restaurants, bars and shops, this family run Victorian villa still retains much of its original charm and character. Whether your visit is for business or leisure, the cosy and friendly atmosphere at The Shirley will provide you with happy memories of your stay. ... more   less 
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