We (myself, husband, and 10, 7 and 2 year old daughters) recently stayed here towards the end of the Easter holidays, looking for a relaxing family break in a nice hotel, with good facilities, and child-friendly environment- we were not disappointed. The hotel is superbly located with lawns reaching down almost directly on the fabulous beach. The gardens include swings and great childrens "fort" style adventure play area, with a zip-wire that had the older girls hooked!
The indoor pool was lovely - nice and warm, with a hot-tub, sauna and steam room alongside if you want to use them. Deposit required for towels (fairly hefty at £5 per item), but we used the rtowels from the room. I guess that's the sort of thing that makes this 3* rather than 4*, but it's a pretty minor issue given the overall package price and the range of facilities on offer.
Children's entertainment is laid on during the school holidays, although the entertainer didn't turn up on the evening we were hoping to see the promised magic show. This was a little disappointing - don't know if this is a regular problem? The only other thing I'd say about the children's entertainment is that the hotel didn't really advertise what was available or where very clearly. They could do better on this, but I'd recommend asking reception and you might be able to get a "what's on" type of leaflet (we weren't given one and didn't realise they existed until it was too late for us).
Best of all is the food at dinner - excellent five course meal, superbly presented and cooked, infact the beef we had was amongst the two or three best I have ever tasted. Breakfast and children's supper a bit more average, but enough choice on a self-service basis so nothing really to complain about.
All in all outstanding value for money and a lovely, restful location - we'll probably be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Much of the Hotel has been lovingly restored from the mid 1800's, creating it's unique and tranquil atmosphere. High ceilings, chandeliers and comfortable, quiet lounges are a testament to that era, and where first class modern amenities are required, they have been skilfully incorporated into the existing Woolacombe accommodation. We place high value on our staff. Trained to be attentive yet unobtrusive and to provide the kind of personal service that is so often hard to find. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woolacombe Bay Hotel
- Bay Woolacombe
- The Woolacombe Bay Hotel Devon