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“Delightful...a gem!”

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Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lyme Regis
Certificate of Excellence
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Delightful...a gem!”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Alexandra has a wonderful location and really makes the most of it.
The old house is elegantly furnished and kept in sparkling condition. The large well maintained cliff-top garden, part of it a croquet lawn during our stay, is perfect if you want to eat or drink outside and has some of the most seductively comfortable sunbathing furniture imaginable. A path leads down to the town gardens - themselves a credit to Lyme - the sea front, Marine Parade and the Cobb.
We had a "Hinton" room which meant we had a wonderful sea view from there as well as everywhere else in the hotel. The room itself was furnished thoughtfully to a high standard and the beds as comfortable as you could ever wish for.
We had two most enjoyable dinners during our short break and perfect breakfasts.Service was excellent throughout the hotel. The mostly young staff were friendly,efficient and extremely attentive without ever being at all obtrusive. They made our short stay a delight and we shall certainly be back.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Having been disappointed on many occasions going to supposedly good hotels it was a refreshing change to experience everything perfect. We had a 'Hinton' room with sea view and the view was really spectacular. It was clean and furnished more than adequately. The service in the hotel was just about the best we have experienced and the food was superb. We would certainly like to return in the future.

Room Tip: Choose sea view if possible.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We recently stayed at the Alexandra hotel for 4 nights , having booked a double sea view room and single room. When we arrived the single room had not been booked , the young gentleman on reception did his best to ease our frustrations by giving us a free coffee each and explained that no single rooms were available. So instead he explained that by young daughter could stay in the "luxury 2 bedroom cottage " for one night , at no extra charge and then be moved to a single room.

At first we were quite happy with this , as the description given of the cottage sounded excellent. But on inspection the luxury cottage is nothing more than a low rate self catering apartment. As other reviewers have described the entrance is nothing more than an internal rickety door , which you have to lock from the inside , that opens onto the crowded car park with frequent early morning deliveries . The bedrooms are dark , dingy and damp . The bedroom windows are below street level and open up onto the main road into Lyme Regis ,not ideal, especially if travelling with young children . We were appalled to find out that this apartment costs £320 per night , if you are considering booking this then I suggest you look elsewhere .

The second night my daughter was moved to a single room in the main house which was excellent. Quality of furnishings , bathroom and decor were all outstanding. Our sea view room was also excellent , all be it on the small side.

We dined at the Hotel for 2 nights and I must say praise to the chef and the restaurant staff. The food was fantastic and the staff were excellent . I think the food was amongst the finest we have ever eaten , the morning breakfast was also exquisite.

Another plus point is the amazing sea views and lawn seating area , which we frequented several times due to the sunny weather .

Unfortunately our visit was overshadowed by the very insincere apology we received from a member of the reception staff , whom lost our booking. The staff also do not seem to comprehend that the cottage is far below the standard of the main hotel and we would have appreciated an apology for the inconvenience caused .

Room Tip: Stay in the main hotel ,not the cottage.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We spend a lot of time in Lyme & came to stay at the Alexandra as a special treat. We chose the best room available at the time we booked and it was fantastic. It was room 12, I think called the Gould room - with a huge bay window & loungers in the room so that you could soak up the view. We are lucky enough to be able to eat 'a la carte' occasionally but I can honestly say I have never had a better tasting meal than I've had here. The trout with caviar mash & asparagus was out of this world. The staff could not do enough for you & seem to work all the hours under the sun! If you haven't time to stay and the weather is good just order drinks on the lawn instead - it's a little oasis of calm.

Room Tip: Buy the best you can afford, we had Room 12 - a special treat!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Booked into the Alexandra for a 2 night stay - looking at the web site, really looking forward to it.
However! The rooms showing on the web site were far removed from what we got - for £160 each per night we ended up with nothing more than an Ikea furnished, travel lodge style room, which was right on the road so very noisy. A loo which was so small both in width as well as height, we both bumped our head many times. This price did not even include breakfast. The door of the accommodation was straight out onto the car park and we had about 2 feet before you walked into the side of a car - car park a mess as vehicles were double and triple parked and keys had to be left with reception. The exterior was being decorated and our freshly valeted car ended up covered in white paint dust. Deliveries started early as we discovered to our cost, sack trucks dragged across cobbles are not silent!
To be fair though, the rest of the hotel was lovely and the food was really good - the sun was out and we spent most of the time in the beautiful gardens overlooking the sea and harbour - the dinning room, conservatory and sitting rooms were again great, just a real shame about our room.
It would have been borderline acceptable if it had been considerably cheaper!

Room Tip: Don't agree to being put in the cottage, it's not what you might expect!
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Mansfield, Australia
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

The bedroom was rather small but the bed was certainly comfortable . The bathroom was very tiny but certainly contained everything required to make your stay comfortable with tea and coffee making facilities and biscuits as an added bonus . My biggest complaint was climbing so many stairs to our room thank God someone else had to carry our luggage up and down on check out . Dinner and breakfast were adequate but certainly not exciting . The best part of the hotel was its location and the scenery all around the foreshore plus walking around the gardens just outside the hotel down to the sea .

Room Tip: Ask for downstairs rooms as you can walk outside for the best views
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed in room 25 in May the staff were very helpful and thankfully carried our suitcase to the room on the top floor. The room was nice with a king size comfortable bed. Not much room for anything else in the room. The bathroom was nice smaller bath than I am used to and the shower took some working out to get the right temperature before you got in. Food and service in the restaurant in the evening was good while breakfast was just ok. Limited choice of cereals an pastries etc and cooked breakfast was basic nothing special. Parking was available and the staff did everything they could to ensure everyone was parked this could result in boxing in . Best day out was to durdle door about an hours drive great scenery and lovely beaches.

Room Tip: Room 25 lovely view and a king size bed but awkward shower.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant

Property: Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Pound Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3HZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Lyme Regis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lyme Regis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Georgian Dower house built in 1735 with large garden, panoramic views across Lyme Bay's Jurassic UNESCO World Heritage site coastline and the famous Cobb harbour. Pathway to beach through gardens. Treatment room and Gym. Sea view restaurant with attentive service. Delicious food using seasonal local produce. Total Seaside Chic. ... more   less 
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Alexandra Lyme Regis
Alexandra Hotel And Restaurant Lyme Regis, Dorset

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