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The Royal Britannia
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
Kirkby Malzeard, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Clean and new room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Standard pub hotel on walking in, seemed to be short staffed on my arrival, took 10mins for the owners wife to show me to my room, room was clean, and newly painted look, nice little shower room, shower door abit stiff but well powered shower, toilet flush was poor, toilet roll still in toilet after 1 flush, loved the sash window. And bed was comfortable, good value for money. But food in restaurant was poor! Wouldn't eat there again, there's plenty of other places to eat within walking distance

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here the other day for a quick bite to eat, I had an Elephant burger with chops and my daughter had a cheese burger.
The food was nice and extremely well priced. We had turned up 5 minutes after kitchen closing in the afternoon and yet there was no qualms in cooking us a meal, which was done properly and not slapped together in a stroppy chef style too!

Thank you, we shall return again :)

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We've just returned home after two nights at the Royal Britannia Hotel, Ilfracombe, and had a great time. We'd spent two weeks in nearby Woolacombe, and didn't want to drive straight home on the Friday, so booked a family room for four at this hotel.

First, the positives (and the reasons I've given it a 'Very Good'. It has an extremely relaxed atmosphere, which was ideal when travelling with a boisterous two year old. The staff and the regulars were very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic; you are right on the harbour, and it's a great base for exploring Ilfracombe. The family room was spacious, had four beds, two T.V.s, a bathroom, a wardrobe and the means to make a cup of tea. I can't think of anything else I needed. The food was very good. The full English breakfast was exactly that, with two enormous mugs of tea (I don't see what's wrong with that). We opted for the Chinese food in the evening, and it was fantastic. All fresh, not like the muck you get in some restaurants or takeaways. And, at the end of the day, a lovely place to have a drink overlooking the harbour.

Now for the negatives. If you're looking for silver service, this is not the place for you (we weren't!). Yes, you do have order at the bar, but then, have you never been to a Weatherspoons? The food could take a while to arrive, and they could probably do with a few extra staff. Some parts of the hotel are in need of renovation, though it appears they are working their way through. I found the Multi-coloured spot lights and water-wall in the restaurant a little strange, but having said that, my four-year-old daughter thought they were wonderful! Our room overlooked the pub across the road, which got a little noisy on Karaoke night. Fortunately, the room had new double-glazed sash windows, which blocked out the noise completely. My only feedback to the owners of the place is this: don't put pictures of the food on the menus, and on the walls outside. It's a hotel, not a kebab shop. If the standard of food is as good as we experienced, it should speak for itself.

All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay, and would definitely stay again.

Stayed August 2014
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Stayed overnight after fab week in Westward Ho! Looked good on booking.com with harbour view and spa bath ..... All ok room wasn't ready but staff obliging and offered complimentary drinks. Room looked ok and half view from window over harbour. Didn't stay for evening meal visited an alternative local eatery where food was fab. Arrived back at hotel for drinks and went up to room all good until heavy rain about 4 am there was a dripping sound and a bulge in wallpaper where roof leaked in also water running down light pull in bathroom. Informed staff on morning at good breakfast. Told it had happened before what do you expect from old building ....will be contacting owner via email sad could have been nice place.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

I stayed here with my family for 4 nights in August. When we arrived the staff were unbelievably welcoming, helping with our (many!) bags and suitcases, informing us of the nearest car park, free wifi and showing us promptly to our rooms when they were finished being cleaned (we arrived too early).
Once entering the room, half of our party had a brilliant view of the harbour and the other half a view of the shops. My sister said she felt like she was in 'a movie'. The beds weren't the comfiest, but the bathroom facilities were brilliant.
The staff, I have to say, are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The waiter and bar tender was funny and friendly when ordering and giving food.
The other bar staff were chatty and funny, it felt like you had known them for before! We got talking to the female bar tender about her daughter and where she was from etc. Another member of staff (who seemed to have multiple jobs- i think he was the owners son?) was hugely welcoming and kind to us all, he even stayed at the hotel for his own socialising on his days off. Good to see he supported the business in that way too. He was incredibly funny, and played some great music!
Speaking of the bar, it was BRILLIANT! The locals and guests mixed appropriately and we found ourselves battling it out on the pool table or with card games. Huge TV's which played sports and the news channels. This attracted more locals for sports days.
The food was amazing. I had to recommended to anyone who asked. Usually we would eat out every night but we kept finding ourselves sat in the restaurant finishing another delicious meal!! The waiter was friendly, funny and chatty which was great. The other guests eating had a good vibe and everyone in the room got along.
The manager also told us about the membership card lasting a year which got you crazy good discounts on alcohol and food (40% off in some cases) - we got one and had the cheapest drinks we'd had in a while!
I couldn't recommend this place enough, I will definitely be aiming to come back next year for a week as it is a simple half hour (tops) drive away from Wolacombe Bay, a fantastic beach with good waves for surfing/body boarding.
A big thank you to the staff! Hopefully see you next year!

Sophie Finnigan
Manchester

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Our stay was only for 3 nights but we found the hotel comfortable with some minor problems. The service, staff, and location were very good.
Use of space in a very old and maze-like building was done quite well but our toilet was only accessible at a 30deg angle, which is not very comfortable.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea are quieter as the pub opposite has Karaoke nights.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cornwall
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Me and my fiancé stayed here for one night as a getaway.
The service was very friendly and good.
Food was lovely. Nice to have a menu that suits everybody. Very reasonable prices too.
The room was very comfortable and clean.
No complaints here at all.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Royal Britannia
Address: The Harbour Broad Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9EE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Britannia 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel sits on the Harbourside and we have a waterside seating area two restaurants Carvery on Sundays and two bars open from 8.30am until late. ... more   less 
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