This was our 3rd stay at a Brend Hotel and it is clear that the Brend family put a lot of effort in maintaining high standards. All staff were polite, friendly and efficient.
The Royal & Fortescue which has recently been refurbished has a pleasant old world ambience.
The advantage of old hotels is that they have character. However, the disadvantage is that they generally have a huge diversity of sizes and standards of bedrooms. Ours was a late booking and as a result I feel that we drew the short straw on the lower end of the diversity scale.
Room 117 is a double room on the 1st floor. It was clear from the pervading smell of paint that the room had recently been refurbished and although well appointed the room is small. There was little natural light, the reason for which becomes clear when you look out the window. The view is absolutely dour (see photo) you are greeted with a grey leaded roof, a grey ladder and huge amounts of grey ventilation.
The bathroom is of a reasonable size and again well appointed, but there lurking in the corner was the ‘moaning groaning macerator’ (see photo). For those of you with a delicate disposition I will not go into the intricacies, but sufficient to say it deals with toilet effluent and moans and groans as it does so. By a day a slight irritation, by night a definite sleep interrupter. It even had the audacity to moan and groan as I had a shower.
Then there is the ‘Dawn Chorus’. Room 117 is near the lift and next to ‘Chambermaid Control’ which comes to life a 07:45. Then at 08:00 the extractor fans outside the window start to hum. Fortunately, management has locked the bedroom window to protect Room 117 from sharing what is being cooked in the galley at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Would I recommend I recommend the Brend Royal & Fortescue Hotel, yes I would. Would I recommend Room 117, what do you think?
Finding the hotel car park is not easy and it should be noted that leisure facilities are a 1.7 mile drive away.
Eating Out. Barnstaple has a limited number of good restaurants and on a Sunday night most of them are closed.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal And Fortescue Barnstaple
- Royal & Fortescue Hotel Barnstaple, Devon