We only spent one night at this hotel but I can thoroughly recommend it, especially if you go for a sea view.
The hotel is located on the East end of town, and is right on the sea front. There is a road in front of the hotel but because it isn’t in the main part of town and doesn’t particularly lead anywhere it means there is not so much traffic – which means you can sleep with your window open and not be disturbed by road noise.
It is easily walkable to anywhere within town – we walked to Jacobs Ladder right at the other end in under 15 minutes, so location is pretty much perfect.
There is free parking during the evening or you can try and get a space in the hotel car park. If you do this however you will need to leave your keys with reception as they park 3 deep and so need to move the cars to let other people in and out. There is also a pay and display car park behind the hotel, which we used for 1 hour til 6pm when it becomes free.
We had a seaview room and it was all we could hope for. You literally look straight out from your window over the endless sea – pure bliss. You could literally throw a stone from your room into the sea, it is that near.
We left the curtains partially open overnight and the window open, and went to sleep to the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the shore. We were then woken in the morning by the dazzling light reflecting off the sea. If you wanted to sleep in, just make sure you fully put down the blind!
The furnishings whilst not being luxurious, were all in good condition and we had no complaints.
There was a small en-suite which although not that big was perfect for us and we would gladly forego a larger en-suite for such a lovely view.
The food in the hotel was pretty good, though they do insist on everything being served to you – including your cereal at breakfast. The food itself was nice both in the evening and at breakfast. Don’t come expensive gourmet food, but a decent quality meal instead.
All friendly and spoke good English even if a lot of a restaurant staff were foreign as seems the norm.
Great value for money in our opinion. I would say this is a decent 3 or 4 star hotel but is definitely priced below this. We felt for the hotels location and the standard of the room it was excellent value and we would definitely go to this hotel first if we come to Sidmouth again. We have stayed at the Victoria and to be honest we preferred the less austere and more welcoming feel of this hotel, plus you get a room that is right by the sea – what more could you want.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal York And Faulkner Hotel
- Royal York & Faulkner Hotel Sidmouth, Devon