Hotel Riviera

‘Old-fashioned in style and lovely for it. More

Contact details

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 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.


per person B&B £118–£215, D,B&B £107–£236. Set dinner £42–£46, a la carte £46.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Old-fashioned in style and lovely for it.’ Returning guests this year were pleased to discover that Peter Wharton’s ‘splendid’ hotel overlooking Lyme Bay ‘sails gracefully on, without feeling the need to change things for the sake of change’. The ‘very helpful, attentive’ staff ‘maintain all its high standards’. ‘Beautifully clean’, the public rooms are ‘very comfortable’; ‘the decor is in keeping with the hotel’s style.’ ‘Our town room was not so large but fine, with quality sheets and blankets – what a pleasant change – and a modern bathroom.’ The best rooms (‘very grand’) have large bay windows offering ‘wonderful sea views’. Chef Martin Osedo’s ‘inviting’ menu, including such dishes as steamed paupiette of lemon sole, salmon mousse, lemon couscous, fish cream, is ‘flawlessly served’ in the dining room, where ‘a convivial atmosphere pervades’. ‘It is so special to return to the room after dinner to find it tidied, curtains drawn and bed turned down.’ Breakfast, served at the table, is ‘extensive’: full English, an omelette, kipper, yogurt, freshly squeezed juices’. (Max Lickfold, Trevor Lockwood, and others)

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Hotel Riviera
The Esplanade
EX10 8AY

Guest comments

'We again booked a sea view room, comfortable and well appointed in every respect. We again emphasise the outstanding quality of the service in all areas. Dinner is an event to look forward to. The main courses were imaginative without being excessively elaborate. One can be entirely confident of tasty, interesting, well -cooked food, a relaxed atmosphere and service which ensures that the meal proceeds at a steady pace. Breakfast was excellent. ' - John Charnley - June, 2019
'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
'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

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide