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Royal York & Faulkner Hotel
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely genteel hotel”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

Stayed here three days in April and really enjoyed it. Totally relaxing, and came away a few pounds heavier. Most guests are on the senior side so this is a quiet place, and many are repeat visitors. Super clean and comfortable room with a view right across the beach. Breakfast is a great start to the day; afternoon tea is a treat; and the dinners are imaginative and very well prepared. The staff are extremely attentive and efficient (they remembered we needed soy milk for breakfast) - special thanks to Fabrice, Brian, Vittoria, and one other girl who served breakfast but didn't have a name tag. The hotel is a fun place to explore: some quirky features and a very interesting collection of old photographs and memorabilia. Great location for the sea front and local attraction. Highly recommended - I would definitely come back here, as many of the residents do.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
We were very pleased to read your review and we’ll be sure to convey your kind comments to the staff mentioned.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights as a base for a walking holiday and a sports tournament. Great location on the seafront. Fabulous staff who couldn't be more helpful. Hotel is in period style and a little tired at the edges. But facilities are good. Great choice on breakfast (good for veggies).

Stayed April 2014
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Garden of England
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2014

We only spent one night at this hotel but I can thoroughly recommend it, especially if you go for a sea view.

Location

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.

Parking

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.

Room

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.

Food

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.

Staff

All friendly and spoke good English even if a lot of a restaurant staff were foreign as seems the norm.

Price

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.

Room Tip: Go for a seaview room, well worth the small amount more
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Thank you kindly for your comprehensive review and we hope to welcome you to Sidmouth again in the future.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had never visited Sidmouth and booked this hotel on the recommendation of a friend. We were very happy with our choice. The hotel is situated right on The Esplanade with views over the seafront and the town and shops nearby. Our room, although on the top floor (no problem as there is a lift) was clean, comfortable and very nicely furnished with plenty of space. Next time we will try to book a room with a balcony. Our tariff included breakfast and dinner, with afternoon tea available as well. The food was all excellent and the dining room staff were very professional and attentive to our needs. All the staff in the hotel were helpful and considerate - service of this standard is exceptional. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to recommend this excellent hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your recommendation.
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

One of the best hotels we've stayed in, the star rating doesn't fit the service received should have been 5 stars , all staff are attentive to everyone's needs , the food is Devine , lots of courses and choice . The only down side is not all rooms are sea view, so book early , the spar was very good but small , the beach is just yards away and the town with good shops in is also a few yards away too. , the decor won't be to everyone's taste but it's not a modern hotel , but very clean and has an historic feel with very high standards

Stayed March 2014
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. We hope you’ll visit us again in the near future.
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Stroud, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

If you want warm, friendly, old fashioned service, good food and comfortable rooms in the perfect location overlooking the bay, this hotel has it all. We have been returning here for six years, and arrive in time for afternoon tea. Our perfect break!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 28, 2014

We chose the hotel based on previous tripadvisor reviews and were extremely pleased with our six day stay. The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly and efficient with nothing seeming too much trouble for them. It was great to stay in an English hotel that was able to provide gluten-free choices at every meal. Our room faced the sea and despite strong winds on some days (which provided dramatic seascapes) the room was pleasantly warm throughout our holiday. We both had massages at the hotel spa the quality of which was very good. Also, impressed by the price of after dinner drinks in the bar. This is often an area where a hotel may load the bill somewhat. Imagine my surprise to be charged only £5.40 for two brandies. My only reservation about the facilities/service at The Royal York relates to the hotel car park. It is too small for the size of the hotel and for our first night, when we arrived late in the day, we had to leave the car in the local authority car park behind the hotel. On subsequent days we had no problems, with the staff parking the car for us. Overall, a very relaxed and comfortable stay. We shall certainly go back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ryfadmin, Owner at Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your wedding anniversary with us and glad that we managed to fit your car in after the initial night. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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