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Royal York & Faulkner Hotel
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our 4th stay at this hotel which speaks volumes. As mentioned by other reviewers, the clientele is elderly but then Sidmouth is not a young persons choice. The hotel is clean and comfortable. The great attraction is the superb food and service. Four course evening meal with 3 choices served by friendly and efficient staff. Exactly the same cosseted service at breakfast. The cost even includes afternoon tea and cakes. It is an old building so creaky floors and winding corridors but the rooms are clean and tidy. We had a double sea view with en-suite shower on the third floor. Wonderful to wake up to the sound of the surf just yards from the hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Daves39
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We chose this hotel 'on spec' from an Internet search as somewhere to go for the bank holiday weekend (May 2013), choosing the York Suite in particular because of the additional facilities. It turned out to be one of the best hotels we have stayed in for a long time.

The staff were welcoming - we even had a phone call whilst on our way there to tell us that we would miss dinner if we didn't get there soon! Service was well above the 2 star rating, restaurant staff were efficient and cheerful, reception was well organised, and our suite was cleaned to a high standard before we had even returned from breakfast. The public rooms were well presented and comfortable with all the facilities you could expect.

The hotel has obviously been part renovated since some of the previous reviews. Yes, the bathroom is on the small size - but when you are on holiday, how long do you want to spend in there? The bed (2 singles pushed together) was comfortable... but it was huge! I had to go in search for my wife.

The sitting room was excellent. Comfortable settees, useful kitchen facilities, and a private balcony overlooking the sea.

A quiet hideaway at a reasonable price - somewhere we will be returning to.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Wandering_Woolly
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here over the bank holiday weekend and had a wonderful time. The hotel is in a brilliant location, right on the sea front. We had a stunning sea view through the huge sash windows in our room and it was lovely falling asleep to the sound of the waves.

We were probably the youngest couple there by about 40 years - but hats off to the elderly ladies and gents as they obviously know what they're doing by staying here! It's a clean, comfortable hotel with a lot of old fashioned charm.

Our room was 220 - sea view but no en suite bathroom. This genuinely didn't matter as you have your own private bathroom just across the corridor opposite the room, in a very quiet wing of the hotel. The lack of en suite bathroom is reflected in the price, but considering it wasn't an inconvenience, we felt it made this room very good value.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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3  Thank jmamm
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This COULD be a super hotel. The good points: It's a brilliant setting; the staff were great; the bed linen was spotless. The rest: the hotel is jaded and faded. We were accommodated in the York Suite, which is 25m along the road from the hotel entrance, with its own front door. The carpets leading to the room had not been hovered in a week, the carpet in the suite was poorly hovered. The bathroom, a make-shift addition thrown up in the bedroom is a disaster. Small, pokey, with curling lino from water leaks from the shower curtain and a space for the toilet so small that it was not possible to sit down without hitting the radiator on one side and the bath on the other. The toilet actually moved if someone walked past in the bedroom on the other side of the partition wall! There had clearly been a leak from the bathroom on the floor above and the ceiling of the bedroom was freshly painted, which meant the entire suite was full of damp-seal and paint fumes. So much so that we had to open all the windows for the entire weekend and turn off the heating, so we were freezing! When we arrived, the wardrobe was full of the previous occupant's clothes (she had evidently changed rooms because of the stench of paint and fumes and the management had failed to transport her belongings in the move). The teapot was FILTHY, clearly only ever rinsed out after each guest and never washed with detergent in the room or taken to a dishwasher. The scatter cushions on the bed and on the sofa seem to have come direct from a junk shop. The wardrobe was chained to the wall. The furniture is old and tasteless. The double bed was of the twin-beds-zipped-together variety, except that the mattresses were different thicknesses, so we had a two-tier bed. The food was straight from the 70's but not awful. We were the only people in the restaurant at 8pm, the rest of the clientele being mostly over the age of 70 and having moved into the lounge for 'sing-songs' by then (which were audible, along with the piped background music in the dining room, making a wonderful cacophony to which to dine!). We were 'let in' to the restaurant only on the dot of 8.15 for breakfast (breakfast not available until then), which meant that all hotel guests were lined up in the reception area, kept waiting outside the door like children before class or like shoppers before a sale! We had a guest join us for a coffee at breakfast. I asked for an extra cup (no extra coffee, just the cup) and it was brought with the words 'Before I give you this, I am to tell you that the manager says you will have to pay for the coffee.' Enough said. I would NEVER return to this hotel and cannot recommend it. Expensive, poor value and a very poor experience. I only give it an 'average' because of the staff and the view; without those, I would rate it 'poor' - extremely!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank maureen l
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I have just returned from a Bowls Tour of the Sidmouth area and we stayed at this Hotel, our room was lovely with a sea view, very clean and staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and the choice was good every evening. The Club would certainly wish to return for future Tours of the area to this excellent Hotel

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Christine B
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very nice hotel, lovely to have a beautiful view of the sea from our bedroom window. The place was spotless, the food was very good and the staff were very helpful at all times. Having stayed a few times before will definitely be returning again.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view room - you will not be dissapointed!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Silverocean
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We stayed here for three nights and enjoyed it We paid £69 each per night for DBB.We had a room on the first floor with a door on to the balcony.It was very cold outside,but we were warm in the hotel.The room was a little dated,but clean,with excellent sheets etc.The bathroom was small,but spotless.Staff were friendly,and knew how to look after you.The big surprise was the food!we had delicious roast Cod,Beef Bourguignon
, and Roast Beef.All served with wondrus fresh vegetables.Dinner was 4 courses.No help yourself nonsense at breakfast,it is all served to you by the excellent young dining room staff.Afternoon tea is even included in the daily room rates!The sea is just outside the hotel,and it was fun to hear the waves crashing against the sea front.(we live at St Margaret's Richmond ,under Heathrow flight path---- so it made a nice change!)would we stay again---- yes we would.good value for money,better than expected food,great location,friendly staff.Oh and the very small wine list had afew good wines on it at very reasonable prices.however just remember that Sidmouth attracts the slightly older holiday maker,so it may be a little staid for some----but not us!!!!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank Paul J
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Additional Information about Royal York & Faulkner Hotel

Address: The Esplanade, Sidmouth EX10 8AZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Sidmouth
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 Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sidmouth
#7 Family Hotel in Sidmouth
#9 Romantic Hotel in Sidmouth
Price Range: $199 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal York & Faulkner Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This magnificent Regency hotel enjoys an unrivaled position at the centre of Sidmouth’s elegant Esplanade, overlooking the sea and adjacent to the picturesque town centre. Owned and personally run by the Hook family, resident proprietors for three generations, the hotel has a long standing reputation for hospitality and service. The property, having undergone expensive though careful refurbishment, is beautifully appointed with all amenities, excellent facilities and a stunning new spa. ... more   less 
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