The hotel was built in 1903, and is nicely decorates and furnished in the fashion of that era. The bedrooms are large and airy, and the mattresses comfortable, not so the bedding which comprised blankets, which, when interleaved to fit a super-sized bed became heavy.
We were happy to 'dress' for dinner as this maintained the ambiance, the dinner was a five course affair, and was substantial, though perhaps quality was second place to quantity. I ordered a Beaujolais for £29 thinking they had a 'find', no such luck, it turned out to be a basic tired Beaujolais; that was taking 'markup' several stages too far!. Breakfast again was a substantial affair of somewhat higher quality. Overall the service was excellent which makes a grumpy head water at breakfast stand out: telling off a waitress in the midst of diners is not good form.
One of the reasons for visiting this hotel was its Spa. This was delightfully lit and decorated. it was however small, the sauna would fit five very close friends, three /four people could swim in the pool, and the Jacoozi, which was not working, was about two metres in diameter. The brochure does not tell you that this facility is shared with the the 3 Star sister hotel next door, so what was acceptable in November might may not be so in the season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 5 acres of manicured gardens, the Victoria welcomes guests with a unique blend of hospitality, comfort and style. Perfectly located on Sidmouth's beautiful seafront esplanade, for many years the Victoria has been owned and managed by the Brend family - Devon and Cornwall's leading family hoteliers. Much loving care and attention has been lavished upon this fine establishment and it's no wonder that it enjoys a reputation as one of England's finest hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sidmouth, Devon