Hotel Riviera

Old-school service and attention to detail come to the fore at this ‘splendid place’ overlooking Lyme Bay. More

Contact details

Hotel Riviera
The Esplanade
EX10 8AY
01395 515201

Hotel information


26. Some suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, lounge, bar, restaurant, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, opposite pebble/sand beach (safe bathing).

Background music

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.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2018] per person B&B £116–£232, D,B&B £105–£253. Set dinner £40–£44, à la carte £44.

Other reviews

VisitEngland Four Star Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

Old-school service and attention to detail come to the fore at this ‘splendid place’ overlooking Lyme Bay. The proudly traditional hotel, in a Regency terrace where ‘everything is of the highest quality’, is owned by ‘pleasant, charming’ Peter Wharton; his staff ‘do their best to ensure an enjoyable stay’, say Guide readers in 2017. While some guests think the interiors ‘old-fashioned’, fans revel in the ‘sumptuous decor bearing some resemblance to the displays at Fortnum & Mason’. ‘The bar with the grand piano is very showbiz – that’s not a complaint!’ Bedrooms varying in size and style may need careful selection, but all are ‘spotless’, visitors agree. ‘Housekeeping is excellent, and supplies (water, tea, wonderfully light shortbread biscuits) were generously topped up.’ In the ‘timeless’ dining room, chef Martin Osedo serves ‘a five-course banquet’ of ‘quite adventurous options’. ‘The portions are well considered, and each dish is well executed – my battered monkfish was sublime – but we’d appreciate some simpler fare as well.’ An ‘extensive choice’ of breakfast (‘an even greater delight’) is served at the table. (Mary Woods, Trevor Lockwood, Peter Govier, and others)

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Hotel Riviera
The Esplanade
EX10 8AY

Guest comments

'A charming traditional hotel wonderful sea views. We had an excellent room. Dinner was excellent and served with style. It was good to see staff dressed traditionally (although one could not say that of all the male guests). ' - John Barnes - May, 2018
'Excellent staff. Hotel old-fashioned in style but lovely to experience. The hotel was beautifully clean, the food was excellent. We were allocated a table and kept it fort the duration of our stay. Our room was not large but was fine. Its bathroom was modern with everything working well. Our bed had super quality sheets, and blankets, what a pleasant change. ' - Max Lickfold - September, 2017
'The owner and his staff were all very friendly and did their best to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. We had a comfortable room facing the sea. The restaurant served delicious meals in portions to suit our appetites. ' - Peter Govier - May, 2017
'My third visit in two years. Immaculate inside and out. Smiling staff. Little things make it special (evening turndown; barman remembering which wines I like) The pubic rooms re beautifully furnished. The breakfast menu is extensive; cooked dishes beautifully presented and delicious. Dinner an even greater delight. ' - Trevor Lockwood - May, 2017
'Repeat visit. Service first class both in the dining room and all aspects. Housekeeping-spot on. Bath towels and soap etc changed twice daily. Couteous staff. Excellent menu choices and NO BREAKFAST BUFFET! Sit at ones own table for beautiful service. Sea view room-spacious and normal coat hangers instead of thief proof awkward ones. More than ample storage space . Lighting in bedroom proper brightness and positioned correctly. ' - Prof. and Mrs Moonman - October, 2016

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