Travel Blogs from Torquay
Hi everyone, I arrived back in the UK yesterday after a very long journey about 26 hours total - fortunately I didn't feel too bad after it, just a little tired! I've had an amazing trip, thanks for reading the blog, it's been nice knowing that people have been keeping up with what I've been doing whilst I've been on my adventures. Even whilst I've been travelling I've planned a few more trips - I've well and truly caught the "travel bug"! I hope to see you all soon and show you the ...
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... She drew inspiration from the house and gardens and included them ina number of her "who-done-it"novels.
However, we think the jewel in Devon's crown is Dartmoor. Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon and is Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers some 954 sqkm. What a treat Dartmoor is where we saw lots of ponies in the wild, ...
... to get a refund from the travel agent, Brendan Vacations. The Thistle did try and help us by calling Brendan Vacations but NY, Australia and somewhere else were all closed on Sunday. Something was fishy, we ordered and paid for first class rooms but as the trip progressed they were anything but. So we asked our travel agent Go Travel to give us a detailed breakdown of all charges for our trip and the cost of each hotel. More to ...
We started our adventure today going by boat to Greenway House down the Dart River. Greenway was the vacation house for Dame Agatha Christie and her family. Agatha loved Greenway and the Dartmouth area. In 1938, she and her archeologist husband paid the exorbitant price of 6,000 pounds for the large house and about 400 acres of oak trees along the river. Agatha would write one book ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Cimon Torquay
Great value for money
As a family of four with two teenagers, we wanted to be near the city centre without being on top of it, with its associated crowds and noise. Hotel Cimon is perfect for this. Amenities such as the pool, the views, the ample parking, access to restaurants (Dennis and John provide a comprehensive list), the massive breakfast and the commitment to customer service made Hotel Cimon a great holiday option for us. We stayed four nights and found this to be a great jumping-off point for exploring the many area beaches. Driving home, we all agreed that this was as enjoyable a family holiday as our much more expensive get-aways.
Great guest house
Certainly lived up to its web site .We had a superior room - large and tastefully decorated.
The owners were extremely helpful and friendly- and have given the place warmth
and a special feel.
We had wonderful weather and had excellent breakfasts on the deck round the pool .
Centrally located though steep hill .
No chintz and no children - great!!!
We wanted a fairly stylish, not necessarily cheap, definitely not chintzy, small hotel as a base when visiting relatives in Babbacombe (our experiences with Babbacombe hotels on past trips varied from the so-so to the dreadful). The reviews for Hotel Cimon looked encouraging and my phone call to book was so welcoming and enthusiastic that I was cautiously optimistic that we'd cracked it this time. And I was not disappointed.
Apparently John and Dennis are new owners and are gradually putting their own stamp on the decor (which does still have vestiges of traditional English guest house retro kitsch - notably in the bar and the breakfast room but, hey, it's early days).
Three things stand out:
1) I mentioned the bad review by the woman with her children and John (or Dennis) said he remembered the woman, gave his side of the story and said that that experience had led to them deciding to do away with family rooms and discourage people bringing children - he said the difference in noise levels at breakfast and the more relaxed atmosphere around the pool was so noticeable that theywere really glad they'd done it. So were we. And so, I think, will others who aren't themselves travelling with kids.
2) The pancakes with apple, maple syrup, cream, cinnamon (and goodness knows what else) did nothing for my weight loss programme but they, and other cooked options, made a very welcome change from the usual Full English (which is also on offer). And the home-made bread/cake was a nice touch.
3) After booking I googled and found the hotel listed on a Gay Torquay site proclaiming it as gay-run and gay-friendly. Although I've stayed at gay-run hotels before (without knowing beforehand) and had no problems at all, I was midly concerned that this one might be gay-centric and, as a hetero-sexual couple, we'd feel uncomfortable. However, I can reassure anyone who does the same thing that they need have no worries on that score at all.
It's not as pared-down and stylish as I like hotels to be - you wouldn't mistake it for a boutique hotel - but then I'm probably in a tiny minority looking for that at the seaside, particularly in Torbay. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who doesn't need easy walking to the seafront, doesn't want to be in the company of coach parties and who likes things a little bit different.
My husband and I have just returned from the Hotel Cimon for a 4 day break and we was not disappointed. Tthe Hotel Cimon is a lovely hotel, situated about 5 mins from the centre of Torquay. It has a heated swimming pool, and a nice garden effect with tropical plants etc. The bedrooms are comfortable, clean and have extrodinarily high ceilings. All bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, alarm clock radio's, hairdryers and all ensuite. The owners Dennis and John were friendly, polite and very helpful. The breakfasts were huge and there was plenty of choice from fruit and yogurts to the full english breakfast. If we ever go to Torquay agin we will stay here!
A great break
Found the hotel by chance. The welcome was both warm and inviting. All the people all the hotel staff were friendly and very helpful and this made my stay very enjoyable and relaxing. I was a stranger to Torquay but their advice was both sound and invaluable.
My room was very comfortable, immaculate, and had a great sea view. The breakfasts were huge, home-cooked and excellent.
Overall I would recommend the Hotel Cimon to anybody and I will certainly be returning.
Very close to the busy centre but peaceful with a gorgeous pool.
Different to what we expected
My boyfriend and I booked this hotel with 2 children in tow, after looking at the Hotels main website and making an online enquiry. When I phoned to make the booking, I was informed that the family room was small but the older child could have a room of her own at no extra cost.
Upon arrival we were shown our rooms where we were to stay for 3 nights. The family room consisted of two small rooms separated by a curtain. The younger child had two single beds where she slept, one could have been removed to make more room.
Our double bed was in fact two single beds pushed together. Besides a wardrobe there was not much room for anything else. Although there were windows in a separate room where the youngest slept, we didnt have any, making us feel pretty claustrophobic. The shower light failed on several occasions and the lamp beside our beds didnt work. The TV was suspended on the wall high up and far too close which meant we had to move ourselves right to the end of the bed to get the best view. On the plus side the location was great, the breakfast was enjoyable and having been impressed by the home made fruitbread I asked for the recipe.
Great short break
Just spent a weekend at Hotel Cimon on the recommendation of this site, and can say I was certainly not disappointed. The rooms are clean, the breakfasts hearty, and the hotel is well placed for the shops, bars and harbour. There is the added bonus of a heated outdoor pool. The owners Dennis and John are friendly and very welcoming. As someone who usually stays in large chain hotels, this gem has been a great find.
This lovely, comfortable and clean hotel has everything to recommend it. The rooms are nicely decorated and the owners are extremely friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool which is set in a tropical like garden and is kept very clean and well maintained. It is within about 5 minutes walking distance to Torquay town centre and is excellent value for money. I have stayed at this hotal three times now and would not hesitate to go back.
just returned from a lovely stay at the hotel cimon. Spent two nights and can't say enough about the exemplary service that Dennis provided for my girlfriend and I. The pool area is fantastic, pool was heated perfectly for the cool weather we had. If you want a friendly, clean and relaxing place to stay in torquay the hotel cimon is the place to go.
A real 'find'...
Such a lovely hotel - a real 'home from home'. Dennis and John are the owners, and really can't do enough for you. They were telling me over a drink in the bar one night that they took the hotel over in early 2004 and have already made massive changes, including completely overhauling the sun-trap of a terrace by adding tropical planting, decking and wonderful garden furniture and sunloungers to enjoy the Torquay sun on. And, which is quite rare for a hotel in Torquay - they have a 30ft heated swimming pool! The rooms are lovely and clean, with amazing high ceilings as the hotel's a converted Victorian mansion. They are all en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and a TV, and many of the rooms have lovely views over the pool and the sea. The hotel bar reminds me of a 'traditional' English pub, you'll normally find Dennis being 'head-bar man' and you can spend an evening chatting away to him, getting advice on Torquay's local attractions or alternatively sit on your own in a corner of the bar, unwinding after a busy day. The hotel is bed and breakfast, and the breakfasts are absolutely amazing, proper home cooking, and will really set you up for the day, though I think they also do snacks during the day time (not that I needed it after the breakfast!) It's really centrally located, with the town and the sea front both in walking distance. We came across this hotel by chance but we'll definitely be going back for the warm welcome and the lovely atmosphere.