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Shirley Hotel
Ranked #15 of 153 Torquay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
newport
1 review
“Excellent B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lovely Hotel ,In a quiet location with off road parking on one side of road.Good sized rooms very clean great hosts made to feel welcome straight away,lovely breakfast .Beds very comfortable,Good location.Would certainly go back. Ian/Audrey

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank samnaud
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Thank you for your review. It was especially nice to read your comments on the cleanliness of the rooms and the breakfast. We are very proud of the way we do things at 'The Shirley' and it's so good to know that the efforts by both our staff and ourselves are always appreciated. Thank you.
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Very central location, just a short walk from the sea front and restaurants. On arrival given a great welcome by Garry and Debbie. Free tea an biscuits and an informal chat to get to know our hosts. We rang Garry and he found us a family room which worked very comforable for my wife and two children. The rooms have been recently updated and come with all the essentials. I really like the little touches like the fresh jugs of milk provided on each landing. Its definitely guest house rather than 5 star luxury but the personal service really made it a pleasant stay. The full English breakfast set us up really well on each of the two days we stayed. I thoroughly recommend 'The Shirley' and Torquay for a family short break.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank TemporaryTexan
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Thank you for your review. One thing that we have always done is to always greet and get to know all of our guests over a cuppa when they arrive. It's a nice way of seeing what someone wants to get from their stay with us. No two guests are ever the same in regard to expectations and requirements and so the welcome is so very important.

The little extras that we provide for our guests as far as the fresh milk, bottled water in room, water dispensers etc have been well received by everyone who as visited as we realise that these are not always the norm in most guesthouses. Once again thank you and we hope to see you again soon.
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a beautiful old building in a quiet but central area of Torquay facing the sun. Garry and Debbie are very accommodating and friendly making you feel part of the family. The breakfasts are award winning and we had a view of the sea from our room at the top of the hotel. Garry and Debbie gave some great recommendations of where to go and eat in Torquay. They also helped us with our onward journey advising us of attractions outside Torquay. We hope to return in the future for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ciclismo
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We know that your trip was so carefully planned and both Debbie and I are happy that our small part in your holiday was so greatly appreciated.

It's also nice to know when our recommendations for places to visit and restaurants to dine in come up to and exceed expectations. We hope that the rest of your break was as good and that Martin was particularly looking forward the visits to the gardens that you all planned. Hopefully we will get to show you our hospitalty on your next visit to the UK.
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

What a lovely place, our hosts were really, really welcoming and made us feel at home from the start!! It was very clean with very high standards and with the breakfast too. Only 5 mins and your at the sea front too, so the location is perfect. I would love to go again!! Jonathan & Greg

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jonathan H
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
What a fabulous and kind review. So very glad that you enjoyed staying with us. We certainly enjoyed having you both here, but you must make it a longer stay next time as there is so, so much to see and enjoy in this most wonderful part of the country.

So glad that you both felt at home here. We try to make it much more than just a place to sleep. Here's hoping that it's not too far into the future before your next visit.
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Yeovil
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

A genuine warm welcome , spotlessly clean, and fantastic breakfast . The room was well equipped and the bed was really very comfortable . the location , away from the busy rd meant a quiet night.This hotel is run by the owners who know exactly how to deliver 5 star service. I really hope to return soon.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DoowopYeovil
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thank you for your lovely kind words. We have an advantage with our location as we are really close to restaurants etc, but are in a nice quiet road which is away from the hustle and bustle of a busy main road.

Cleanliness has always been a major priority with us is something that we have always impressed upon our staff. It's also nice to know that you enjoyed your breakfast. Hopefully it won't be too long before you return and visit us.
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Turnhout, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

A very nice hotel with very friendly owners. We stayed in a family room with a good view. The room and bathroom were very clean. The breakfast was very good. A lot of choise. Every day a bottle of water in the room is also very nice.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dirk v
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We do enjoy visits from our overseas guests. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will return again in the future.
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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

The welcome received was as if we were family and not just paying guests. The cup of tea on arrival was a thoughtful gesture and was gratefully appreciated. The room we stayed in was clean with all the facilities you would expect (kettle, hairdryer, etc.) and the en-suite facilities nicely appointed with shampoo, shower gel, emergency sewing kit, etc. supplied (a nice touch). This establishment has a licence so if you need an appetiser before setting off for an evening out everying is too hand. Gary and Debbie are wonderful hosts and we would definitely recommend The Shirley to our friends. The only slight downside to The Shirley is the fact it is not suitable for anybody with a great deal of disability as there are steep steps to the front door and the rooms are all situated on the upper floors of the hotel. Our overall view would be one of excellence!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Brian M
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Shirley2007, Owner at Shirley Hotel, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

As I have responded to our guests in previous reviews, at 'The Shirley' we really do try to provide those extra little touches for our guests, like the sewing kits, shoeshine etc. If there is any way that we can enhance the overall guest experience then we shall continue to do so.

We are aware that the building is not really suitable for guests with mobility issues. We have tried to add extra handrails where possible. The problem is that with a building of this age (built in 1888) some things such as ramps etc are near on impossible to fit, but we will always try to accommodate wherever possible. The only thing that we can't really infuence is the hill.

Anyway we are really pleased that you feel that you can recommend 'The Shirley' to friends and family and we do hope that you yourselves will visit us again in the not too distant future.
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Property: Shirley Hotel
Address: 66 Braddons Hill Road East, Torquay TQ1 1HF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 153 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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