“ Address: St Lukes Road South, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5NZ / Telephone: +44 (0)1803 294237 „
For all Football fans the chance of an away trip in early January to support your team in the FA cup third round is one of the highlights. This year although Carlisle didn't manage to get a big draw in the FA Cup we got the next best thing, a trip to the English Riviera, which meant a weekend away in Torquay. Having spent quite a while on the internet looking at hotel rooms it was the Wednesday before our trip that I finally came across the Brampton Court Hotel on laterooms.com and we finally had out hotel for the weekend.
One requirement for the weekend was to find a hotel in a central location and it would be fair to say that the Brampton Court Hotel ticked that box. It is located on St Lukes Road South, which is literally a 5 minute walk from the main shopping area of the town. We drove in from the north and headed straight for the sea front. Once there the hotel is positioned on the biggest hill along the town's main sea front and thanks to the sat nav we managed to find it very easily. With its central location on top of the biggest hill around it makes it quite easy to find.
Once at the hotel it has a number of parking spaces in its own private car park and should this be full there was clearly enough additional parking in the streets nearby. Of course thankfully our visit is out of season and instead of a full car park and hotel it in fact only had three cars in it including ours.
Having parked the car and entered the hotel we were given a warm welcome by the owner, his wife and daughter as well as a bit of a ribbing about the upcoming match. The reception at the front of the hotel had leaflets for local attractions and leading off reception were the stairs to the rooms, a bar, the restaurant and a lounge room complete with pool table. After a quick look downstairs we collected our keys and after a bit more ribbing we headed up to our rooms.
The hotel comprises of twenty en-suite rooms in a mixture of double, twin and singles. We had booked two doubles for the night for my parents and my wife and I. These were both off the same corridor upstairs, but rather than try and cram everyone into one corner of the hotel there were three rooms between us which provides a bit of a separation. The rooms themselves were exactly what we required and although I wasn't intending on unpacking, should I have had the need t there was plenty of space in the room.
It came complete with a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a couple of chairs. The room also contained a TV complete with freeview, tea and coffee making facilities and a en-suite bathroom comprising of a shower, toilet and wash hand basin. All in all the room had everything we needed for a comfortable nights stay but would have equally have been equipped for a longer stay should it be required. Perhaps the only let down was the lack of a view from the bedroom window as it overlooked the car park and the street beyond but that was soon forgotten.
Included in the price we paid for the hotel was also a full English breakfast cooked by the landlord between 8 and 10. Before I mention the quality of the food I first have to mention the stunning view around the bay to Paignton where the pier and all of the sea front was bathed in light. The view alone was excellent and it would be fair to say that the food more than matched the view. It was cooked well and tasted delicious. The hotel also offer an evening meal service but we didn't realise this till the morning having dined out the night before but the food prices were very reasonable and when we stay there again we intend to stay in for something in the evening.
This was perhaps the biggest factor in our choice of where to stay and when we found the Brampton Court Hotel on laterooms it beat every other B&B quote we had had for the Saturday night. The cost was a very reasonable £39 per room including Breakfast and given the cheapest B&B quote we had found was £25 each it made the Brampton Court Hotel an excellent find. Even at the hotel's full price of £59 in low season it makes for a decent base from which to explore the area. There is a full range of pricing options on the Hotel's website.
For the price we paid though we were very happy with the Brampton Court Hotel from a very well equipped and comfortable room to a very enjoyable and relaxed breakfast it made the £39 seem like a very good price and we would happily have paid the full going rate given the service and hospitality we received.
Would I Stay There Again
I think I've already given the answer to this question away but absolutely. The landlord Phil and his family made us feel very welcome and with such a central location you really can't go wrong with the Brampton Court Hotel. It has everything you can look for from a pleasant decor; excellent location and very friendly staff who really make you feel welcome, even if we did take a bit of stick after Carlisle lost to Torquay. A good hotel is always the make or break of a trip and I think it would be fair to say that the Brampton Court certainly made it a good one.
The hotel has a free car park to the front of the hotel
Check in 3 pm
Check out 10am