The Grand Hotel, Torquay
Torquay's landmark hotel since the Victorian era, The Grand Hotel combines romance and a family-friendly vibe in a genteel seaside location.
Channelling the Art Nouveau vibe of its Victorian hey-day, Torquay’s landmark 4-star hotel offers fine dining and palatial pillared lounges, just perfect for sneaking away with your significant other. Boutique it is not, but who doesn’t love the frisson of anonymity, and a giant central bar for a naughty nightcap? With its romantic seafront location, it’s no surprise the hotel is a sure-fire hit for weddings too.
When you’re not checking out Torquay’s iconic harbour, with its bars and Michelin-starred Elephant restaurant, there are indoor and outdoor pools for a dip, both heated. Gym bunnies, don’t forget to pack your trainers or if you’d prefer to chill, head to the downstairs Spa and treat those tired tootsies to a Jessica pedicure or Caudalie facial.
There are 130 rooms to choose from (including dog-friendly) but if you want to connect with the county’s literary history, book a stay in the pink-pelmetted splendour of The Agatha Christie Suite, where the crime novelist herself once stayed, or in The Prince William Suite with its 180-degree views of the bay and Torquay’s iconic Ferris wheel. Ooh and how about a champagne cream tea? I’m sure Agatha would approve.
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