Good Hotel Guide Review
Elizabeth Barrett (not yet Browning) would have known this ‘charming, traditional’ white stucco seafront hotel when she moved to Sidmouth in 1832 for the balmy climate. Behind a ‘very impressive facade’, the interiors today would not faze her. Owner Peter Wharton does not pursue change for its own sake, say readers approvingly. ‘The decor is old-fashioned but in keeping with the hotel style’ and public rooms are air-conditioned. A bow-fronted, sea-view room was ‘excellent’, the bed ‘very comfortable’. ‘The hotel was beautifully clean, and our bathroom modern with everything working well.’ Robes and flowers are pleasing touches. On some nights a pianist plays in the refurbished cocktail bar. In the ‘convivial’ dining room Martin Osedo cooks classics with a modern twist – for instance, seared lemon sole fillet, new potato and spring onion salad, crispy leeks, avocado and tomato beurre noisette. ‘The meal was excellent and served with style. It was a pleasure to see staff dressed traditionally.’ There is table service at breakfast, which brings freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, smoked haddock, omelettes, hash browns. ‘In all a lovely experience.’ (John Barnes, ML)
26. None on ground floor.
Small lift (not suitable for large wheelchairs), foyer, lounge, bar, restaurant, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, opposite beach (safe bathing), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in bar and restaurant, occasional live piano music in bar.
all ages welcomed.
small dogs allowed in some bedrooms, not in public rooms except foyer.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per person B&B £118–£246, D,B&B £139–£267. Set dinner £42–£46, à la carte £46.
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