On arrival reception were efficient, and provided the service one would expect, my only small area of concern here was that we had to pay in full on arrival for the room rate - am fairly well travelled and never experienced that before, was not a big issue, but one I was not expecting.
The Room was very clean and tidy, well done housekeeping team. Fairly recent update by the looks, however the big let down was the windows, they initially looked dirty and obscured the view of the hillsides, but turned out the double glazing had 'blown' with internal misting. This was reported at checkout, pointless before as it would have taken a few days to purchase and fit new inner glazing.
The fitness complex team, were good, provided all the info you needed to know. The Gym equipment was first class and all up to date. The swimming pool was nice and warm, and plenty of room around to relax and enjoy. Changing rooms were clean and tidy.
We had evening meals extra each night, and the food was very good standard, the pan fried sea bass was one of the best I had on night one, well done the chef, and night two the steak was not quite what I ordered, but felt no need to raise the issue, as all other parts of the meal were very good, with huge amounts of vegetables.
Breakfast was straight forward, and you were welcomed, with a smile, and an explanation of the breakfast including items that you may wish to be cooked separate to that on the buffet.ie porridge.
All in all a very good stay, a couple of minor issues but nothing huge, will go back in the future, and shopping was only a short 10 minute walk away, and a very good shopping centre.
The front looks a bit strange at first but belies that inside, the car park is close to the hotel, so not sure of previous comments of long walk, but if I was the owner I would certainly consider purchasing the spare land to the side, and re-building a new frontage to add to the interior style.
Well done the team.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barnstaple Hotel: The Barnstaple Hotel is just a short stroll from the centre of the picturesque market town of Barnstaple, and only ten minutes drive from the stunning North Devon coast. Stylish and contemporary, and with an easy, friendly atmosphere, the hotel is ideal for family holidays with its spacious bedrooms around the pool. Businessmen, too, choose it as a comfortable and convenient venue for conferences and meetings. And if you're planning a wedding, you can be sure of the perfect day of your dreams. Recently refurbished and expanded, the Barnstaple Hotel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Use it as a base for exploring North Devon's attractions and beauty spots. You'll soon feel at home! North Devon's premier health and leisure centre: The superb new Health and Leisure Club - North Devon's finest - offers you heated indoor and outdoor pools, a high-tech gym, and a range of soothing alternative therapies and treatments. The ideal conference venue. With its easy access to North Devon's major road and rail links, the Barnstaple Hotel is a convenient location for business meetings. We can do everything to make your conference a success, whether it's small seminar or a gathering of up to 350.Your delegates will appreciate the well-equipped conferences rooms, the luxury en-suite accommodation, and the delicious food. When you choose the Barnstaple Hotel for your business meeting you'll have all the advantages of a metropolitan venue with the added glories of the North Devon coast nearby. So why not combine business with pleasure? A family holiday to remember: You and your family can enjoy ten-pin bowling and thrilling go-karting nearby. Within a short drive you'll find golden sandy beaches, theme and farm parks - everything, in fact, to keep your children busy and happy. And the beaches at Saunton and Croyde, with their surf schools, are close by. The Tarka Trail cycle path runs alongside the hotel - why not hire a bike and cycle beside the river to Bideford or Braunton? And with the beautiful Exmoor National Park nearby, you can go wild in the country - it's just a short drive away! Banquets and functions: The Barnstaple Hotel is perfect for celebrations and parties, from small intimate occasions with a simple buffet to extravagant banquets for 300 guests. Our experienced team will be delighted to advise you. Your North Devon Wedding: At The Barnstaple Hotel we take care of absolutely everything to make sure that your special day runs smoothly and successfully. And as well as hosting your wedding reception, we can offer the Arlington Suite or the Ashford Suite if you are arranging a civil marriage ceremony. Our dedicated wedding planner will be on hand to help you make all the right decisions, down to the smallest detail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barnstaple Hotel Devon