Stayed here on other occasions as we have friends who live locally. The location cannot be faulted with easy access to beach and town. The grounds are first class and the hotel, now part of the RNIB empire, is truly dig friendly.
BUT (there's always a but) the service can leave something to be desired. It's not the staff it's the culture. Example: we paid for B&B and ordered boiled eggs (note plural) and toast and a croissant. We were told we shouldn't really have both (toast or a croissant). To buy breakfast is £9.95 by the way so it ain't cheap. You have a table allocated but, as we changed rooms, they never did quite get around to allocating so we had to wait whilst they set a table for us. The boiled egg (singular, well I did have the temerity to ask for a croissant) arrived without a spoon to eat it with.
The food is not great and I cannot recommend it but the place is great for those who want or need that 'full board' and entertainment experience.
We know its target market are the visually impaired and blind and its doggy heaven if you like being around well behaved dogs (ours is but more by luck than judgement as we are gratefully sighted and she is a pet). It's just a strange, almost weird, 'have this and be grateful' attitude to service that makes me smile. Be aware but don't be put off especially if you want a genuinely let friendly hotel that is well positioned for all Teignmouth has to offer- that's another story.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cliffden Hotel was built as a private House in 1815 for Sir John Strachan on 35 acres of grounds adjacent to the Dawlish Road. The original gardens were built in the Regency style gardens, with smooth lawns, shrubberies and trelliswork and wall-plants against the lower storey of the house. In 1988, the then current owner Dr Mules retired, he put Cliffden House up for sale with the understanding that it would be used for "greater good". The House was purchased by Guide Dogs for the blind and converted to a hotel which offer accommodation to both blind, sighted and partially sighted guests. The hotel now sits in 7 acres of landscaped gardens, and a short walk through these private grounds brings you to the glorious seafront at Teignmouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliffden Hotel Teignmouth, Devon