Sandy Cove Hotel
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I'd read the other reviews before we went, there was some trepidation. I'm normally visiting corporate style, slick business hotels, you can't benchmark the Sandy Cove against Holiday Inn.
The arrival was handled well, fabulous views, easy car parking and the receptionist was prompt and much more personal than the typical corporate environment.
Our room was in "The Lodge" but we had been warned about that given we booked through a discount web site. The room turned out to be a small house with a entrance hall, double bedroom, triple kids room and a huge bathroom. No shower though which was weird, just a mixer with shower attachment.
Got to agree with the comments about the pool, it was in a hot greenhouse, and we were put off going in. I'm sure it would be good in the summer though if they pull the roof back. I too was also too scared to use the gym equipment, it looked dangerous and you had to get a key from reception to use the treadmill for some reason.
The food however was excellent, the smorgas board was incredible as a starter, followed by a carvery. In all we had 4 courses (not counting coffee) of eat as much as you like, and all was excellent. Breakfast was one of the best I have experienced, none of the undercooked bacon and sausages that are so typical. The "egg" chef also served us with fresh fried eggs and toast.
And the views, they're worth a visit on their own!
Overall, if you are looking for the holiday inn don't go here, also don't pay published rates, its not worth it, but for a discount break, we really enjoyed ourselves.
The Adams Family
I could not recommend, the Sandy Cove hotel. It is dated and shabby. I booked this hotel as a 4* treat, boy was I disapointed. The staff reminded me of the Adams family, the corridors are dark and narrow, like a horror movie. The back room we were given smelt like an old dog, and I spotted labrador hairs on the carpet. I decided to take a swim, and found the pool in a large mouldy greenhouse, 3 pieces of rather dangerous gym equipment, where I got trapped in poor machinery.
The restaurant however was the redeming feature of the hotel, and I was pleasently surprised at breakfast time, I noted 5 tables in the beautiful windows overlooking the bay. I was shown to a table at the rear of the restaurant, but asked the waiter if I could sit in the window, he told me they were taken ( only 1 was occupied) OH! Then he said if I was staying for a week I may gradually be allowed to sit nearer to the window. My husband thought his name was Basil Faulty! The breakfast was quiet good, thank goodness.
Don't stay at the Sandy Cove Lodge
We stayed at the lodge that belongs to the hotel(it's across the road from the main building) for a couple of nights the week before Easter. I think it has about 8-10 twin rooms in total over 2 floors. Unknown to us, it was in the middle of being refurbished, painters turned up the next morning. The rooms were nice and big, but the walls were paper thin. You could here next door using the toilet, so you were afraid to flush in the middle of the night. The doors were impossible to close quietly, so you were woken up by others coming home late due to no fault of their own. As you would suspect, you can also hear conversations clearly and all the other usual"noises"-so if you are staying here you'll need earplugs! This made our stay quite unpleasant. The rooms weren't particularly clean, cobwebs and dust in places. One of the towels in the bathroom had obviously been used, so I left it in the bath to be replaced the next day. It was refolded and put back on the rack! I don't mind re-using clean towels, but I object to using someone else's dirty ones! The impression I got was that they were doing things on a tight budget and cutting corners as a result. Even the staff look grubby.
The hotel itself has a spectacular setting, and the cooked buffet breakfast is good. (I think if the breakfast wasn't as good we would have left after the first night). Some people were complaining about the breakfast service on the Saturday morning when they were busy-no tea or coffee, no toast etc...
The staff didn't ask if we enjoyed our stay when we checked out, they were probably too afraid of the response! I wouldn't recommend this hotel to family or friends, there were lots of others that looked nicer in Lynton/Lynmouth.
The hilton of combe martin
my husband and i stayed at sandy cove in september, this was our secound visit this year, we stayed in march for our wedding anniversary.
the staff, accomodation, and views were all fantastic not to mention the food which you would not find better in the hilton.
my daughter and i are going in febuary for a girls weekend and we cant wait.
We loved the Sandy Cove Hotel
We stayed at the Sandy Cove for the weekend after celebrating with a number of family for our parents 25th wedding anniversary.
The food was fantasic and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We found the a la carte menu to be very extensive. There was also a choice of the sea decks bar menu, which we sampled for lunch before leaving. We were amazed to see lobster thermidor on the bar menu!!!
The room and facilities were very good. We were in a sea view room with breath taking sea views.
The whole stay was wonderful and our family were very happy.
Great views great staff great food
We stopped here for our siver wedding and were very impressed with the staff who were always very helpful. The room we stayed in had the most amazing sea views and was well worth the extra we paid .
The 5 course evening meal was very good and there was so much choice it was really hard to decide what to order,every one we spoke to stopping there were very happy and the hotel was fully booked. Even though the hotel was busy the service from the staff serving the meals was worthy of a 5 star hotel.
The heated indoor pool and the gymn and sauna steam room were a nice extra.
The hotel is well situated for touring the North Devon coast and there are also a number of walks you can do directly from the hotel,you can buy some of these walks from the hotel directly.
We will most certainly be booking this hotel again and will be recommending it to all our friends.
Some of the tripadvisors went somewhere else
Though my wife and I have not had the opportunity to stay at SANDY COVE HOTEL, we have experienced the food, the staff and the public rooms.
We booked SANDY COVE for our Golden Wedding Celebratory luncheon last week.
It had been our intention to visit several hotels in the vicinity of Ilfracombe, but we looked no further having received such a warm and frindly welcome from all the staff that we encountered.
Nothing was too much trouble for the Assistant Manager and his Chef who made special arrangements for a carvery luncheon (on a day when they do not normally serve a carvery).
The service on the day was courteous and friendly efficiency of the highest order. Royalty could not have been treated better.
The luxurious facilities of the hotel were ours to use during the time that our party was there.
The food was excellent and more than adequate. Twenty-eight friends and relatives from all over the country cannot be wrong in their praise of 'The SANDY COVE Experience'.
I am certain that a couple of recent TripAdvisors went somewhere else thinking that they were at SANDY COVE !
Grumpy staff/bad food
I stayed here with my boyfriend for 3 nights and found the hotel to be unfriendly and uncomfortable! The bar food was really bad and we hoped that this would be because the resturant food was better but we were mistaken (they managed to burn my food so well onto the plate that I couldn't even free it with a knife). The waiting staff were grumpy and unhelpful, we had our toast almost thrown at us the first morning (I think because the waitress was cross that it was morning). The bed we had in our room we had to turn the mattress over after the first night as the springs were digging into our ribs. The towels they give you to take down to the pool are ripped and tatty. On leaving we said goodbye to the receptionist and gave him our key and he didn't even bother to respond nevermind any sort of "have a safe trip". But the view is beautiful! I would go there, look at the view and then book into a hotel down the road.
i stayed in this hotel as a child about thirty years ago and have such fond memory's i had to return with my children but what a disappointment. the view is still the same but unfortunately so is some of the decor. the rooms were tatty,the food average , the atmosphere was awful and the pool was grubby. some of the staff were friendly if a little forgetful. i couldn't let my children run in the grounds because it wasn't safe with rickety fences and sheer drops. because the restaurant was deadly quiet all the parents looked on edge and i do wish that people that dislike children would avoid family hotels in the school holidays because all the filthy looks and rolling eyes just makes everyone unhappy, children deserve holidays aswell!
on a positive note it was very reasonably priced and i guess you get what you pay for and the view is amazing. if they rip it down and rebuild it with new management i will definately return!
Spent a week at this hotel in the height of the British rainy season i.e August; it was the week that, further down the coast, Boscastle was washed away!
However, the weather did not ruin what was a very enjoyable stay at this perfectly situated hotel with beautiful vistas.
We had a seaview front facing en suite which was an adequate size (although not large by any standard), with a large window allowing maximum light - the room was comfortable.
The food at this hotel is great - however, you would be wise to bring clothes two sizes up for your departure as the evening meal has five/six courses.
The hotel itself is a short drive/walk to Coombe Martin village which has some noce walks along the rocks and a small beach.
Closer by is Berrynarbor, which is a delightfully picturesque typically Devon village - it has won best kept for many years in succession.
During our stay, we were plagued by an invasion of wasps which was unpleasant - this was the only thing to spoil our week.
One thing we did notice was that the hotel was very slow the clear plates and glasses (leftover food) from the gardens of the hotel, which, given the wasp situation became highly unpleasant.
Drinks at the hotel were a bit on the expensive side.
However, I would recommend this hotel to families and 50's plus for an enjoyable vacation.
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