After working (for my day job) in Torquay I decided it would be a good opportunity to stay overnight and explore the English Riviera some more! I did a last-minute booking for the Heritage Hotel on booking.com and paid what I thought was a really good price for centrally located and large room.
The Heritage Hotel is rated as 3.5 stars on TripAdvisor and is located just up from the seafront. It’s about a 15-minute walk along the seafront to the marina and most rooms offer lovely distant views of the sea. There’s parking available but as the hotel is attached to Appleby’s bar the parking gets busy and there were limited spaces when I arrived around 3pm on a Friday. If you can’t find a space, you are advised to park in the pay and display car park which is a short walk in front of the hotel. I was glad I didn’t have to park here as the car park changes 24 hours a day and would have cost me £10 to park overnight which would really have defeated the point of getting a cheap room for the night.
The room was clean, comfortable and spacious. For the price I paid I was really surprised by how large the room was and the fact there was both a double and single bed – plenty of room for just me!
There was plenty of storage space, two seats and a table overlooking the car park/view and a TV with Sky. The TV could have been a bit bigger, but most people don’t go away to watch TV do they!
The bathroom was a good size with the standard toilet, sink and shower. Individual body wash and soap were provided too.
There was the usual compliments tray with tea, coffee, milk and biscuits. I was impressed actually by the amount of tea bags there was – normally you don’t get enough for two of you to have a couple of cups but there was plenty!
I decided not to eat at the bar attached to the hotel as I wanted to go outside and soak up the evening sunshine on the seafront. I think Appleby’s did a good range of food and drinks though and it seemed like it was pretty popular.
For dinner, I took a walk down to the strip of restaurants next to the seafront. Lots of people were sitting outside in the nice warm evening sunshine and I opted to do the same at Seabank Fish and Chip Restaurant. Here, I ordered fish goujons and chips and was promptly presented with a big portion of hot and tasty food. Washed down with a can of Rio whilst reading my book it was lovely! Fish and chips are probably always going to be the best-priced meal you will find – nice and quick and it’s always good to have fish on a Friday, isn’t it!
After my meal I took a quick walk along the seafront and made the most of the warm spring evening – it really felt like summer was coming – so warm! It was nice to see all the boats in the marina and visit the bonbon shop!
The gardens were lovely to visit again too. It was very humid and muggy out though and I was looking forward to a cool shower.
I made my way back to the room for a shower and chilled out watching TV and eating my bon bons! There was a little bit of noise from the bar later on in the evening, but it didn’t disturb me – not half as much as the generators outside my window! They were continual and pretty noisy, especially given I had to have the window open as it was so warm. If you’re going to stay, don’t go for room number 7 unless you like white noise/fans to send you to sleep! Luckily, I knew it was Friday and I didn’t have to be up that early or have work the next day, so I was able to sleep.
Breakfast at the Heritage Hotel is a continental affair. It’s buffet style where you can help yourself to cereals, toast, yoghurts and pastries. There are juice, tea and coffee on offer too. The continental breakfast is included with your stay, however, there is the choice to upgrade to a cooked full English breakfast should you prefer.
I had a nice stay at the Heritage Hotel; my room was spacious and clean, and the shower was good. The hotel has a bar which was a little lively at night-time, but it didn’t keep me awake. Breakfast was pretty average, and the parking could be a little tricky. I think the biggest selling point of the hotel is its location and views out to sea.
Have you ever been to Torquay? What do you look for most when staying at a hotel?