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Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands) Hotel
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Lovely location of this Premier Inn on the seafront. We did pay a high price for this room but we had a sea view which was a nice surprise. Room was clean and comfortable. Hotel staff were extremely friendly, especially as the kids kept asking for more pillows/towels/sugar - nothing seemed too much trouble. Car parking is limited but we managed to get a space and were given a ticket so we didn't have to pay, which was unexpected but much appreciated. When we arrived it was pouring with rain but the hotel staff were so friendly I almost forgot I looked like a drowned rat!

Beach was right on our doorstep as was an amusement arcade and a water park along with beach cafes and ice cream parlours. There was a steam train just a short walk away and a pond with swan pedalos which the kids loved.

I only have one complaint about this hotel. We were really disappointed with the breakfast. We have always chosen Premier Inns as their 'help yourself' breakfast meant that you are never rushed and can choose and enjoy food at your own pace. However, this hotel (apparently a couple of the busier hotels have done this) have changed so that you have your food served to you. Which means you are put on the spot a bit and don't really know what you are getting (I know that sounds daft but it's nice to be able to 'see' what you can potentially choose for breakfast). We were surprised as always looked forward to our buffet breakfast so asked the waitress about the change. She told us it meant the breakfast was 'fresher'. It wasn't. My bacon looked like I could have killed someone with it and the eggs were over done, one measly tomato and burned to death mushrooms.

It sounds picky but was genuinely disappointing. Of course being British we didn't complain (especially as it seems a bit pathetic to do so) but it is a great shame they have changed their way of doing breakfast and will definitely make us think before booking another Premier Inn at a seaside if this is how things are going to be now. Breakfasts were always a huge treat at Premier Inns for us and we won't be looking forward to them so much now.

Such a shame they decided to change :-(

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

I went here in August for work and chose this hotel for location, as stopping in the ones near motorways are boring to explore.
Hotel room was clean and very comfortable, as most prem inns are. Adjoining hotel was the brewers fayre pub. This was busy, as expected in holiday season, but evening meal was quick and very tasty.
In the morning before I started work, went to breakfast and found it dead, again as expected for holiday type hotel. Lovely cooked breakfast.

This hotel is a little bit of a walk from paignton town, but is literally a stones throw to the beach and the waterpark. A good location for Torbay, quiet though, as its not in the town centre, so overall, would definetley visit this hotel if I have to go down there again for work or pleasure.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Glastonbury
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Took granddaughter for a two day seaside break. The hotel is right on the beach, the restaurant is really excellent value for money and the room rate wasn't too expensive for this time of the year. Will go again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed in a family room in early August for 3 nights. Fantastic location for a beach holiday. Splashworld next to hotel, steam railway & bus within 5 minutes of the hotel. Quality of the beach was good. North sands suitable for dogs all year round. Good rock pools at low tide. Water activities on beach. South Sands cafe is very good value & beach goods cheaper than the closest shop. Paignton within walking distance. Sea fishing / crabbing on the promenade (far end). A park just the other side of the hotel with crazy golf, pedalos, bumper boats, playpark & licenced cafe. Meal deal in attached pub whilst good value offers a limited option, especially if vegetarian. Limited other places to eat at night within walking distance; Splashworld open their cafe in the evening for pizza/pasta & the licenced cafe in the park. Quiet at night

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Worcestershire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Generally good hotel - what you expect from a Premier Inn!
Clean & comfortable room - although as a family room the beds were very squished together, so would have benefitted from being abit more spacious.
Great location on the seafront and close to Torquay and Paignton Zoo.
Good dining facilities - evening pub good was ok (fairly cheap & cheerful!) and a nice choice of breakfasts available.
Overall, a good stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

A great family friendly hotel. From arrival (parking excellent and free for guests) to checkout, the staff were exceptional in their attitude and friendliness. Nothing was too much trouble and there was a genuine air of friendliness and aim to give us the best possible stay. The room was perfect with two small children each having full size single beds. All was as you would expect with a premier inn - clean, simple and everything you could possibly need.
We paid in advance for the breakfast which was well worth paying for. Cooked breakfast was cooked to order so no dried out buffet bacon and eggs, and the cereal, toast and fruit options were fresh and had plenty of choice to satisfy the whole family. Again in the restaurant the staff could not be friendlier. The staff at this hotel were model hospitality staff, in that the most awkward rude guests who happened to be at breakfast when we were there did not dent their polite and courteous manner. If there is a hotel award within Premier Inn - the staff at Goodrington Sands should receive it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Anna G, Manager at Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands) Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Read2006,
I would like to thank you for your feedback regarding your recent family stay with us at Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands). I was so pleased to hear that you had such a fantastic time and throughly enjoyed your breakfast too. Your positive comments will be passed on to the team and how they all contributed towards such a wonderful stay. We do hope to welcome you back to Goodrington Sands, if you ever choose to visit Paignton in the future.
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

The Premier Inn is on the beach! An excellent position for those wanting a beach holiday but this is reflected in the price especially in August at over £100 per night! Remember it is room only! It links with the Brewers Fayre restaurant which offers breakfast at what I thought was quite expensive, especially if you have a family of four to feed! The lunch and evening menu is more reasonable. There are cafes nearby on the beach. There is also Splashdown, mainly water slides, which can be expensive for a family at £10 an adult for just two hours! The Goodrington station is also nearby for the Dartmouth Steam Train. If you are willing to pay the price then it is ideal for a beach holiday.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands) Hotel

Property: Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands) Hotel
Address: Tanners Road | Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6LP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Paignton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Paignton
#4 Romantic Hotel in Paignton
#5 Business Hotel in Paignton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands) Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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