Good Hotel Guide Review
On the esplanade, overlooking the pink-pebble beach, Peter Wharton’s stuccoed Regency hotel is loved by many readers for its old-style values. ‘I last stayed in 2014, but was welcomed back by the concierge, who collected my bags from the taxi and showed me to my room,’ writes one. ‘We have not had such a wonderful reception since we stayed at the Savoy,’ declares another. A bow-windowed sea-view room is top choice, but town-facing rooms are perfectly fine. ‘My room was clean, comfortable and well appointed, with Molton Brown toiletries, shortbread, a well-stocked hospitality tray.’ A resident pianist sometimes plays in the refurbished cocktail bar. In the restaurant, dinner is a ‘delightful ritual’ with ‘consistently imaginative but unpretentious cooking’ including dishes such as Dover sole with chive butter or mushroom stroganoff. ‘The arancini is standout.’ Like Sidmouth itself, the Riviera has resisted modernisation, but that’s part of its charm. ‘It is slightly dated but it has a wonderful feel about it and very attentive, well-trained staff.’ (Ian Marshall, Michael Lewis, Richard Bright, and others)
26. None on ground floor.
small lift, foyer, lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, parking (£8 a day), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in bar and restaurant, occasional pianist in bar.
all ages welcomed, under-3s free, extra bed 25%–75% of per-person adult rate.
small dogs allowed in some bedrooms (£17.50 a night, by arrangement, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £260, singles from £130. Set-price dinner £49.
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