*I was offered a complimentary stay at The Osborne Hotel in exchange for an honest review*
We might still be in the grips of an icy winter here in England, but there’s something about Torquay that seems to draw in tourists year-round. Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s own special microclimate allows palm trees to thrive in January, or perhaps it’s the many colourful guesthouses, restaurants and waterfront bars that make this British seaside town a hit with with visitors and locals alike. Whatever the reason, even on a dreary overcast weekend, we were excited to be packing our bags for an overnight stay at The Osborne Hotel in the English Rivera..
What: The Osborne is an elegant coastal hotel with newly refurbished rooms, a restaurant and sensational views of The English Rivera.
Where: Perched high up above the colourful coastal town of Torquay, The Osborne hotel is located at the centre of a beautiful regency crescent. The hotel’s landscaped gardens stretch down to the secluded Meadfoot Beach, allowing guests to enjoy undisrupted views of the beautiful South Devon coast.
Who to go with: While we saw a couple of families dining in the Crescent Restaurant during our stay, we personally felt that this hotel would be best suited to couples. It’s somewhat tucked away from the centre of the town (although not too far to walk) and provides an ideal location to escape the city and relax by the sea.
The Rooms: There are 32 individually designed rooms to choose from at The Osborne; including spacious family rooms, junior suites and sea view rooms. During our stay we were placed in a newly refurbished Superior Sea View Room, named ‘Meadfoot’. We were pleased to discover that this room was very spacious and its two large windows looked out onto its idllyic namesake Meadfoot Beach.
As well as a large double bed, there was a comfy sofa to lounge on, local literature to get stuck into, a makeup desk and tea & coffee facilities. I thought that the light shades used on the walls and furniture fit well with the coastal theme and the bedrooms were elegant enough to pay homage to the buildings history.
The Amenities: The hotel offers a few leisure activities for its guests, such as a pool (which was unfortunately closed for refurbishment during our stay), a fully equipped gym and a bar. During the summer months The Osborne also offers guests the chance to play a spot of tennis on the lawn or enjoy an alfresco meal out on The Terrace.
The Atmosphere: The Osborne is fairly typical of a large coastal hotel of its calibre. You get the impression that most of its guests are there to spend time in the English Rivera itself and therefore there doesn’t appear to be a central hub of activity. Having said that, the rooms were very relaxing and with the inclusion of a sofa and room service there was no real reason to leave the comfort of your suite (aside from heading to the restaurant or hitting the gym).
One of the best aspects of The Osborne (aside from our room) was the staff. Everyone we encountered went out of their way to accommodate us and this made for a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout.
The Food: We dined in the hotel’s Crescent Restaurant on the evening of our visit. It describes itself as ‘a blend of contemporary English cuisine with traditional touches’, which sounds about right. The staff were incredibly attentive and the food was certainly served to a good quality. Although we received a complimentary dinner in exchange for a review, we thought that the ordinary prices were very reasonable when you consider the quality of ingredients and the generous portions on offer.
If you’re after something a little bit different there are also plenty of places to dine in Torquay itself, providing you don’t mind a short walk of around 15 minutes. The Elephant and The Orange Tree both come highly recommend and on a lunchtime there are plenty of spots to indulge in traditional fish n chips.
You can read my full restaurant review over on my sister blog The Devon Foodie.
What’s the Damage?
A night in a Sea View Double Room will set you back around £134. Dinner menus and prices can be found on the website: www.osborne-torquay.co.uk/restaurant-and-bar
We enjoyed our stay at The Osborne Hotel and we were particularly impressed with the quality of our room. The hotel was clearly in need of the refurbishment it received and I think the decorative changes have elevated it above many of its local competitors. A short walk down to Meadfoot Beach is a must for anyone visiting the hotel and I would 100% recommend booking one of the sea view rooms, as the views are stunning. During the summer months, The Osborne would be a good choice of base for a visit to the English Rivera and the restaurant is certainly worth a visit if you’re after a relaxed evening with good food and service.