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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is by no means a bad review but I have to be honest. Yes this hotel is very dated and a little shabby BUT it's not dirty and the linens were fresh and clean. The breakfasts were lovely and the staff welcoming, friendly and attentive. It has an indoor pool which also needs updating but it was pleasant to be able to use it. As a base to explore the local area it is ideally situated. A short walk, albeit up and down a steep hill, to the local restaurants and beach and if you're brave (much steeper hill) the next village of Morte hoe has a lovely pub/restaurant. Everywhere is totally child and dog friendly, even the bars and restaurants.
If you like modern, luxury hotels then book elsewhere, if you are just looking for a place for a few days and you are down to earth about it then this fits the bill. We stayed for 5 days, we walked over the downs in every direction, went to the beach, ate and drank in the local restaurants and had an absolutely brilliant time.

Stayed: August 2017
Thank Sue G
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

DON'T EVER go to this hotel. The photos on line are deceiving, it's falling apart! The balcony is a death trap, the curtains are falling off and shredded in parts, there was a chunk missing from the wall in our room which was decorated in the 1950's with pale pink flowery wallpaper, turquoise, green and brown patterned carpet and purple and blue curtains! Like something from a horror film. The patio door didn't close or lock so our room wasn't safe as neighbours could get over the low wall between balconies. The corridors had silver tape holding down carpet and leek stains all on the ceilings. Our bathroom taps made an awful noise when used, the shower was either freezing or scolding hot, no in between. The doors are so thin you can hear other guests in the corridors all night long and the wifi only works in reception. The staff do not care at all if you have a problem as I witnessed several other guests at reception complaining, the receptionists answer was simply "we've done all we can to help you" when a lady in front of me was complaining about water coming through the bedroom ceiling from the room above!! Totally shocking.
We were booked in for 4 nights but stayed 1 night, couldn't wait to get out of there.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Cruiser607835
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

its a bit pointless reviewing this hotel as it shuts in Sept for a complete upmarket referb,no more coaches,that really made us feel welcome on a coach trip,it would have been a nice hotel 20 years ago but now its tatty,nice pool the food was good we even had our Christmas dinner,most of the staff where friendly,nice views,only a few channels on telly entertainment most nights,very hot water,loads of cupboard space,the wifi didn,t work and there was no phone reception,its ok for disabled

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Ian G
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

The royal hotel offers an indoor heated pool ,entertainment most nights in the bar area .Rooms are very basic the breakfast and evening meals are very good .staff are really friendly more so than some other hotels ,hotel is very tired now and was told they was c losing at the end of September .We heard they was revamping the hotel over the next two years ,and is being turned into timeshare flats ,so goodbye to a wonderful hotel .evening meals cost about £12 a night for three courses worth it as you can't get anything down town for anything near that price

Room Tip: Sea views cost a little extra well worth paying ,as the back of the hotel can get noisy
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank David A
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of nights, in high holiday season at last minute and was only place available within budget for two rooms. The core business is coach tours, therefore the average clientele possibly appreciate the hotel more so than us younger ones. The furniture and decor were very dated and tired, but the rooms were extremely clean and this cannot be faulted. We did hear that the hotel is closing soon for refurbishment which is definitely due. In its day it was probably a high class place, there is a swimming pool which was great for the kids and free but slow wifi in the reception.
Breakfast was a buffet all you could eat which was good and had a good choice.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful and even though we didn't use it there was nightly entertainment in the bar.
It is a good walk from the town and beach depending on your fitness, and a good amount of parking available.
Many thanks.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Poolegirly
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