I've stayed in hotels and B+Bs so I know the difference. I don't mind staying in either of these types of accomodation but let's call a spade a spade: the 'Barn Hotel' is a B+B! Anywhere that makes all the guests come down for breakfast between 8-9am (full, noisy room with everyone waiting to be served at the same time) is operating on B+B principles of 'you will eat when we tell you'. This was not a particularly welcome feature after getting to bed after 1am (attending a formal function) and felt very controlling. The full english breakfast was tasty though but it took two extra requests before the toast arrived after 20 minutes.
We had a large, spacious room with great views of the garden and sea. The room was clean but no heating made it feel rather cold in the evening and again in the morning, especially in the bathroom; it may be June but nobody has told the weather! The duvet was really thin (I had no idea they came that thin) and cant imagine what Tog rating it was but it felt inadequate for the external temperature and I was cold. The bathroom was very tired with a drizzle of a shower and an incredibly noisy fan that went on for some time after the light was turned off. The owners really need to invest in refurbishing the bathrooms as a first port of call. There's an honesty bar downstairs which is a good idea but the fridge did not work for cold drinks (although they were able to provide some ice).
The Barn has a great location and friendly staff (who hide away in another part of the building) but we would probably stay elsewhere if we visited Exmouth again, as we really wanted a hotel for these prices not a B+B.
- Also Known As:
- Barn Hotel Exmouth, Devon