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The Redcliffe Hotel
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 14, 2011

Built as a home in the 1860's and converted into a hotel in 1904 this hotel is a family friendly, family run hotel. The nicest staff I can remember anywhere. It sits on the beach at Paignton and commands great views. Despite its age it is well maintained retaining many original features whilst offering a modern gym indoor and outdoor pools with sauna/steam room etc.

Take tea on the veranda overlooking the sea and have the biggest slice of cake you can imagine.

The dining room faces south east over the sea and with a sympathetically added conservatory is light and airy. The meals were of a high standard and each day there is a good selection of main and sweet courses. The 5 course dinner table d' hote is, well, filling. I am still trying to lose weight since having spent a week here. Met some really nice people too.

Room Tip: You don't have to book a week or have to check at weekends. No single supplements either.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

We recently stayed at this hotel for four nights. Its location is excellent for people who have a love of the sea. The reception and housekeeping staff are friendly and extremely efficient. There may be a cleaner hotel somewhere but I have never stayed in it.
However the adopted practice of the restaurant staff undermines the superb performance of their other colleagues.
At dinner on the first night we were subjected to a continual icy blast from the vent of a clearly defective air conditioning system. Despite three polite requests for action.All met with assurances this situation would be rectified. No action was taken. Apart from the discomfort our food all became cold before we could consume it.
On the second night we were more assertive and requested immediate action from the duty manger before commencing to dine. We received an apology for the previous oversight and the offending unit was turned off.
On the third night we were intercepted en route to our table by the duty manager and engaged in a discussion in the middle of the restaurant within earshot of most of the other diners.
It was explained to us the air conditioning unit would have to be operational that evening since if it were n’t the staff would be inconvenienced. Despite remonstrations to the effect the system was defective no assurance was given the it would be attended to and repaired. On reaching our table we did manage to eat before the air conditioning was turned on. The urgency of expecting an icy blast to once again descend upon us did detract from any enjoyment we might otherwise have had of the meal.
We dined elsewhere on the fourth night after our shaming experience of the previous evening.

This incident quite ruined our short holiday. It also caused me to notice other practices which I might previously have ignored.
The removal of unused items of cutlery during the meal, whilst you are eating even if it proved necessary to stretch across the plate setting.
The appearance of these items being put back in a fresh cutlery drawer when they should ideally go to the dishwasher.
Constantly being asked if the meal is to your satisfaction instead of being left to consume it in peace..
Do they not believe adults are capable of making known any difficulties if they arise ?
Used plates and dishes being snatched from the table by staff in transit rather than a systematic approach to clearance.
I could go on but I won’t
Possibly taking only bed and breakfast would enable you to enjoy the benefits of this hotel whilst minimising exposure to its less savoury element.

Room Tip: Sea views are ideal
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

There are some very nice things about this hotel. Silver service which is something which has near enough disappeared wth most european hotels. The eat as much as you want buffet is ok at times, but food served to you is something which I enjoyed very much.
The room was nice and the bathroom very clean. As for the food, it wasn't 5 star cooking but all the same very good and at times excellent. Would I go on our own? Yes I think it is great little hotel with very helpful staff. This is an old style english hotel at its best and very charming too!

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are good but slighly smaller
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  • Stayed: April 2011
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1  Thank DavidF888
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

Went here for a dance weekend. Excellent value & good facilities. On a very cold weekend the whole place was toasting. Nice pool. Good dancefloor. Restaurant staff were very good.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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1  Thank Jag500
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

Myself, my husband and daughter stayed for the weekend at this hotel. At first we thought that our grown up daughter wouldn't have a sea view being in a single room, and would possibly have a room far away from ours. We were pleasantly surprised, although her room overlooked the car park it was possible for her to see the sea. She said her room was cosy, spotlessly clean and she was pleased with the facilities, and the room was just opposite ours. She said ,however, that her neighbours in the rooms either side , were watching TV until the early hours of the morning and it disturbed her sleep somewhat. Our room was fine, very clean and comfortable and an adjacent sea view. We had no problem with any noise.
The hotel has bags of character, with themed public rooms and interesting old photographs on the walls.
It is an ideal location right on the seafront, and the breakfast and food in the restaurant was excellent.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Pippin03
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

double room a bit small but clean. Blanket on bed not duvet. Unfortunately overlooked car park so a bit noisy. However food and service excellent. Only downside is that went with disabled relative and no ramp up to reception just very steep steps although there was a ramp down to the restuarant. Disabled room on first floor and although stair lift down to fire exit this wouldn't work if there was no electricity! Would stay again though.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

This was our first bowls tour and I do not think our stay at this hotel could ever be surpassed. The check in was well organised for a large group and our twin room was spacious with an excellent bathroom. Everything was clean and bright and serviced to the highest standard every day. The dining room was delightful and the food was superb. The breakfast was amazing and we were spoilt for choice, it really set us up for the day. Dinner was just as good, plenty of choice, generous portions and cooked to a very high standard. All staff were very attentive and helpful. I hope we will be going to this hotel again and we would recommend it to anyone

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Address: Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Paignton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Paignton
#2 Business Hotel in Paignton
#5 Family Hotel in Paignton
#6 Romantic Hotel in Paignton
Price Range: $117 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Redcliffe Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly situated on the Seafront of Paignton in the "English Riviera". The Redcliffe offers every facility to ensure a enjoyable and memorable stay, whether for business or pleasure.The Redcliffe is a privately owned hotel with 69 bedrooms, set in 3 acres of grounds at sea level, and enjoys panoramic views across Tor Bay, from elegant Torquay on one side to the quaint fishing port of Brixham on the other.All bedrooms are en suite with Digital LCD TV, Radio, Free 5G Wi Fi, tea making facilities, hairdryers and direct dial telephones. There are also a number of inter-connecting rooms, ideal for families.Private car parking for 100 cars is available in the hotel's spacious grounds.We pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere within the hotel and our many long-serving staff ensure that standards of service remain as high today as they were 30 years ago. ... more   less 
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