Hotel Riviera

‘What a difference the details make! More

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Hotel Riviera
The Esplanade
EX10 8AY
01395 515201

Hotel information




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 at mealtimes, occasional live piano music in bar.


all ages welcomed.


small dogs allowed in some bedrooms, not public rooms except foyer.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2017] per person B&B £112–£201, D,B&B £102–£222. Set dinner £40–£44, à la carte also available.

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VisitEngland Four Star Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What a difference the details make!’ Regular Guide contributors agree, finding service at Peter Wharton’s traditional hotel ‘consistently excellent’. At this fine Regency terrace overlooking Lyme Bay, visitors receive a ‘warm’ welcome from ‘very friendly, professional staff who remember your name, and take time for a little chat when appropriate’. Bedrooms are ‘spotless’ and ‘well equipped’, the bathrooms ‘very modern’. (‘My one quibble was the scarcity of available sockets.’) The sound of waves lapping the beach reaches seafront rooms. Dinner is ‘a delight’: chef Martin Osedo’s ‘inviting’ daily-changing menus might include ‘perfectly portioned, beautifully presented’ dishes such as seared king scallops, apple compote, celeriac. Several vegetarian options are available. While guests dine, the bed is turned down, the teapot cleaned, the curtains are drawn. In the morning, an ‘extensive and absolutely delicious’ breakfast awaits. Served at the table in the ‘timeless’ dining room, it includes juice and freshly brewed coffee, fruit compote and cereals, poached haddock, eggs any way, hot toast ‘that comes at the precise time you want it’. (TL)

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Hotel Riviera
The Esplanade
EX10 8AY

Guest comments

'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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