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Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon
Located on a hill to the west of town, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel enjoys sweeping views of a long pebbly beach and dramatic red sandstone cliffs. Nautical details in the design of the hotel bring out its maritime history, and the hotel offers family activities like rockpooling and seaside picnics, or you can simply stroll along the esplanade and walk the steep cliffside steps of Jacob's Ladder. After a blustery coastal walk there's nothing nicer than visiting the hotel spa for a massage, or sitting back in the sauna. Then you can while away the evening in the bar, where there's a long cocktail list and plenty of local spirits.
Your expert reviewer
Though near to all the amenities of town, and of course the ever-popular beach, the hotel's location still feels quiet and peaceful.
The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of coastal Sidmouth.
By car: The hotel is 4o minutes from Exeter, under 2 hours from Bristol and around 4 hours from London. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: Honiton station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel with trains from London Waterloo (3 hours) and Exeter St David's (30 mins). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel manages to appeal to most. It's comfortable and accessible enough for retirees yet stylish enough for younger groups and couples, and with space and activities for families. The hotel really makes the most of its glorious coastal location, complementing the views from the huge windows with fun seaside elements in the decor.
Service & Facilities
The spa facilities are extensive and well-designed and kids can use the pool for three hours every day, which helps keep it laidback and quiet at other times.
- Function rooms
- Indoor & outdoor pool
- Fitness activities
- Family friendly
- Activities: SUP classes, family yoga, crabbing
- Pet-friendly rooms
You'll find complimentary gin and sherry in elegant glass decanters in your room on arrival, a thoughtful and welcoming touch.
Single, Inland View, Courtyard, Superior Seaview, Seaview
Facilities include: Nespresso Coffee machines, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TVs, complimentary gin and sherry, The White Company toiletries, 24-hour room service
Food & Drink
The drinks menu is well balanced, with unexpected cocktails such as the Negroni Bianco alongside an extensive wine list, plus plenty of locally-produced tipples. The vegetarian dishes are fresh and inventive - try the heritage tomato and mozzarella salad, or the tempura courgettes with plum sauce.
Upper Deck: Casual, all-day seafood bar and grill. Regional flavours, local produce, and seasonal ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. A la carte mains from £12.50.
Rooms available from £103.50 per night
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