I am writing this very short review of The Victoria, a hotel that I visit regularly & spend time there during the Summer & Winter seasons about 3 or 4 times a year, mainly to encourage those readers who might be put of by the somewhat misleading recent reviews of this first class hotel!
My first stay at this hotel with my family was spent over New Year 2006 and what a marvellous stay and prelude to many more stays since then! It maintains standards of the highest order with wonderful staff who go out of their way to ensure everything is perfect for your stay, very spacious rooms - yes some of the older rooms and those that have not been refurbished are a little tired - but all rooms with the exception of around 6 facing Bicknell Valley or the outdoor pool have partial or full sea views - and they are all to a 4 star standard and very comfortable indeed. The grand public rooms are always spotless and the floral displays never fail to impress. The bar is also very welcoming and food & service in the restaurant never fails to impress. The comments about jacket and tie are somewhat futile - if you go to any decent restaurant worldwide especially New York or on a five or six star cruise ship or indeed liner QM2 a similar dress code is expected (granted not every night!). In this world full of doom & gloom what is wrong with the ladies having the opportunity to dress up and the men having to indulge and 'suffer' a tie for a few hours! The hotel surroundings more than merit well dressed guests - this is the best hotel in Sidmouth and far better than any other four or five star hotel I've frequented in the UK! The indoor pool whilst small is always kept at a pleasant temperature and when it is warm enough the outdoor pool is great with large terraces to sunbathe around the pool and have lunch or drinks.
The staff offer a commendable service on each and every visit. I always look forward to each and every visit - it's like returning to a second home. The comments about the age group of the clientele - always interesting and yes it is THE place to visit for drinks & meals and the local residents of Sidmouth frequent it on a daily basis and some of the guests staying there are of a certain age BUT at any time of the year families with young children do stay at the hotel & the age range of couples does vary throughout the year! For some Sidmouth might be too quiet & not much life hence the demographic but for others wanting to experience pure luxury and first class levels of customer service that seem to be sadly lacking in the UK of late it is a haven of peace & tranquility. That being said there is nightly entertainment each Saturday evening and a quartet play during dinner some evenings during the week and there is a varied entertainment for children during the Summer months. Quite simply the hotel caters for everyone looking for an elegant & timeless classic by the sea - it is as if time stood still - but in the very best possible way & long may it continue! Some of the other reviewers have commented on the hotel being overpriced that is somewhat suprising as their daily DBB rates are very reasonable starting at standard inland rooms up to suite level and the drink prices are in line with most other 4 star hotels in the UK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 5 acres of manicured gardens, the Victoria welcomes guests with a unique blend of hospitality, comfort and style. Perfectly located on Sidmouth's beautiful seafront esplanade, for many years the Victoria has been owned and managed by the Brend family - Devon and Cornwall's leading family hoteliers. Much loving care and attention has been lavished upon this fine establishment and it's no wonder that it enjoys a reputation as one of England's finest hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sidmouth, Devon