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The Royal Hotel
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
wiltshire
Level Contributor
49 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

If you want somewhere to go for Christmas and or New Year this is
the place. We stayed for both and had such a good time that we have
booked for next year. Friendly staff who give the impression that they
actually WANT to be there over Christmas and New Year. The entertainment
is good and the fireworks just outside the Hotel were brilliant. The food could
not be faulted and the superb choices offered for Christmas lunch made it
difficult to choose as they all looked so good.
We finally went to sleep in the early hours of New Years Day to the strains
of Frank Sinatra drifting across the river from the Bideford stage on the quay.
It was the perfect end to a lovely holiday.
If you want to go to this Hotel for Christmas and or New Year we would advise
booking now as we understand that places are limited due to group bookings.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have a good view of the river.
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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 sueandandrew
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BrendHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Royal Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review regarding your stay with us over the Christmas and New Year period.

It is wonderful to hear that you both had such a great time with us and the staff and enjoyed all the festivities.

Wishing you all the best for 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Royal Hotel in the near future.

Kind regards
Guest Relations Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Bideford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

champagne on arrival, a superb 4 course meal, dancing to the resident dj then a few metres walk onto the old bridge to watch the fantastic firework display. Back to the hotel for a lovely cup of homemade soup and more dancing!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Truro, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Royal Hotel in December 2013. We parked easily on arrival.Was attended to promptly at reception and shown to our room. Our room was spacious,clean and the bed was very comfortable.We slept well with no interuptions.Breakfast was excellently cooked and very tasty.I vist Barnstaple/Bideford quite often on business and will be staying at The Royal again!
Highly recommened!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Bromley, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Third visit to stay,room and furnishing very clean. Bathroom looked newly upgraded. Staff pleasant and helpful. Food has always been very good, although one meal, would you believe fish and chips, was poor. Overall a warm and comfortable stay and we intend to return.

Room Tip: Upper rooms quieter. Not very attractive outlook.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

What a lovely hotel. Our room was very clean, and the bed was very comfortable.
The breakfast was very tasty and plenty of it. Would go there again. I give it 4 stars.
The staff were very friendly and helped you any way they could.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Angela O
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BrendHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Royal Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Is it wonderful to hear you enjoyed your stay so much with us and will be returning again. Thank you for taking the time to post a positive review.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Royal Hotel in the near future.

From all the staff we wish you a Happy 2014.

Kind regards

Guest Relations Manager
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

After 30 years of travelling the length and breadth of the country, in my profession, I have stayed at many hundreds of hotels I have now retired and am house hunting in North Devon.
We stayed at the Royal for two nights early December 2013 and I wish I had found this hotel many years ago. This is a reasonably priced hotel offering comfortable rooms, good service and excellent food. Unusually in this day and age breakfast is cooked to order and a good menu is offered, peak season this may change, check with hotel if this is important.
Unlike most modern hotels and chains The Royal maintains it's own character which is reciprocated in the excellent staff.
A short walk across the bridge takes you into the tourist town of Bideford where you will find all the normal attractions and distractions.
I would certainly use this hotel again

  • Stayed December 2013, 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
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ron P
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BrendHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Royal Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a positive review regarding your stay with us. It is always great to hear great feeding back regarding the level of service from the staff. It was very pleasing to hear that you found your room comfortable, service good and the food excellent.

I am glad that you had the time to look around the historic town of Bideford as it has much to offer in the way history, antiques, boutiques and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Royal Hotel in the near future.

From all of us here at The Royal Hotel we wish you a very Happy 2014.

Kind regards

Guest Relations Manager
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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

stayed at most brend hotels thought we try bideford , hotel was on busy corner of town ,small car park filled up quick reception was ok ,room on second floor excellent newly decorated and all new shower bath, town of bideford best avoided run down tatty full of pound shops . evening meal was was taken in main function room with first of christmas party revellers, not ideal as wife and i wanted quiet weekend !meal was just ok.will not be going back mainly because of town and location . better brends out there.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank taffy t
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BrendHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Royal Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

I am very sorry to hear that you will not be returning to the Royal Hotel because you found the location less than desirable. However I would like to take this opportunity to assure that Bideford is a historic town full of wonderful boutiques, coffee shops and antiques, so is it unfortunate that you seemed to only found pound shops.

I would just like to let you know that we have an additional car park next to the hotel that fits around 40-50 cars and therefore it is rare that our guests have any difficulty finding parking. I am glad that you enjoyed one of our newly refurbished rooms and found it ‘excellent'.

I am sorry to hear that your dining experience was a little interrupted when you were hoping for a quiet meal for two, The Royal Hotel makes for a perfect quite weekend getaway, just not perhaps so much in the Christmas festive season.

We hope that we can welcome you back to The Royal Hotel in the near future.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2014.

Kind regards

Guest Relations Manager
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Property: The Royal Hotel
Address: Barnstaple Street, Bideford EX39 4AE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Torridge > Bideford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Bideford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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