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“A nice hotel but not in such a nice town”

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The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woolacombe
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel for 3 nights and the hotel room was clean, pleasant and warm. The hotel food is pretty good and drinks not too expensive. We would recommend eating in their Doyles Restaurant on the first floor of the hotel rather than in the brasserie on the ground floor although the menu's are the same the ambiance is much better upstairs!
Breakfast is buffet style and very good quality although we did find the food a little on the cold side.
The problem with this hotel is that it is not in a very nice town as we found Woolacombe more akin to a surfers paradise and not to those wanting quality shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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WoolacombeBayHotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2013

Dear Bus Pass Holders, firstly thank you for taking the time to review our hotel - we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay, but sad that you were disappointed by our little village. Our blue flag beach has been voted the third best in Europe - the village is very clean and well looked after, and there are some fantastic local pubs both here and a few miles up the road in Mortehoe. It is very much a surfing village due to the fantastic beach we have, and there are some wonderful restaurants tucked away that we are only too happy to recommend to our guests - it is a shame you didn't find them when you were here. If you return please be sure to ask us and we will point you in the right direction. We will look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Stayed here in August for a family holiday with my parents. The facilities are really good, the outdoor pool which I think is fairly new is really lovely and a bit of a sun trap. The indoor pool, sauna, steam room and spa were all immaculate and very relaxing.

There is a golf course in front of the building which my children loved. We surfed every day and there is surf board storage available for a small deposit.

The gardens are immaculate.

Our room was nice but lacking on storage space, no drawers whatsoever in the childrens room which meant we had to use the window sills to stack all their clothes up which was always a mess and not very relaxing. There was a disused door in their room which could easily have taken a chest of drawers in front of it. On the plus side we had a very spacious bathroom which we hung our wetsuits to dry every night without them getting in the way.

The brasserie is really good for an evening meal. We ate once in the main restaurant (Doyles) but found it to be very stuffy and we did not go back. The food was good though.

The best part was breakfast which was a delight every day. They do homemade pancakes which the children loved.

Would definitely recommend eating at The Boardwalk which overlooks Woolacombe Bay. The mussels were to die for!

Tip: Take lots of coat hangers!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely stay here last week with our 15 month old. Huge spacious rooms, proper cots for the little ones and the baby listening service is such a brilliant idea. Fantastic food and location. This hotel is a credit to the hardworking staff. The porters still smiled even after helping my husband with our luggage in the pouring rain and gale force wind.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is a good hotel for happy holidays. An old lady well restored with modern facilities and at a perfect location. The staff is friendly and very young. They do their job well and professional. The hotel fits good for families and also for us, as a couple. We stayed in room nr. 302 which is in the little tower with a awsome view. The room is in good shape. It's more on the ordinary side than luxury. No wooden floors, only carpet. Breakfast is good. Dinning room is very impressing. Parking in front of the hotel is easy and free. The price is right. We will be back.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

It was last min booking but we were not disappointed, this hotel has cust service at it's core and reinvests in the whole hotel. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a lovely break, the brasserie where we ate often was very tasty even for teenagers. Having everything included really made the break, pitch and putt, lido all spot on.

Room Tip: Up high to avoid the patter of feet:)
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

While camping in Morthoe we decided to go out for a meal. Having spoken to fellow dog owners we were recommended the brasserie at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel. An extremely good meal in a dog friendly environment. Great food and staff.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stayed many times at WBH over 20 years and loved every visit. This time stayed for three night as a party of 5 (multi generations) in three rooms (202, 207 & 308)each with seaview. Although the rooms decor lack individuality this is more than made up by the views! Wonderful reception on checking in and out. The rooms were always serviced during breakfast, many thanks to the housekeeping team. We ate each evening at Doyles, lovely food, excellent service, the Sunday morning breakfast queues should be addressed but the staff seemed to manage the situation always with a smile, well done. The Brasserie bar had some fabulous cowskin rotating pouffes and amazing lizard wallpaper! All the staff were professional, polite, friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble, and they seem to work quite hard with a very happy attitude, the management should be very proud of all the staff, many thanks. Very sad to leave on Sunday but we will return!

Room Tip: Sea view room essential and worth every penny.
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Additional Information about The Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Address: South Street, Woolacombe EX34 7BN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Woolacombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woolacombe
Price Range: $225 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Woolacombe Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 64
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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