The snow was coming down and the Bus Station at Telford was just closing down. The taxi driver said "This is my last trip, I'm not going to risk a bump." It was 9.30am on Friday 18th January 2013 and my wife and I had booked with GB Tours for a Cosy Break at The Palace Hotel, Paignton. "We have paid so we are going - if the Coach turns up." It did. A few hours later we arrived at The Palace. Overlooking the sea with a large garden to the front it was indeed impressive.
Now coach trips sometimes get a bit of an inferior service - not a bit here. From the moment our bags were taken to our rooms to the moment we had our bags returned to the coach, 4 days later, we were treated so well by all the staff. The room was warm and comfortable (no sea view as recommended by others) but it is the Winter so who cares.
Breakfasts were superb - a buffet style start with juice and cereal then waiter service for your choice of Full English, fish or any combination.
Dinner - 5 course Silver Service. Very good choice of starters and mains all of which were of high standard.
The Bar and seating areas are well presented with real fires and lovely architecture. Also the Swimming Pool and fitness area was available for use.
The Hotel caters for all groups and I would say that they maintain their high standards for everyone. It would have been so easy to offer set menus for such large parties or narrow down the seating times but none of that. So anyone considering a Coach tour to Devon - if you see the Palace on the itineray jump at it. The Hotel gives five star service even if they are rated lower.
For solo / couples travelling - you will find that this is the place to stay in Paignton. Don't let the idea that coaches use the place put you off. The communal areas are so large you won't notice.
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- Also Known As:
- The Palace Hotel Paignton
- The Palace Paignton, Devon