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Day 17 - Torquay

sunny 20 °C
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This is tourist central of Devon. There appears to be more hotels, guest house and B&B than anywhere else I have seen. In one street, for a couple of hundred metres or so, every house on one side of the street was accommodation. Probably why I got such a good price at the Palace Hotel. High season demand probably sees these hotels full, other times, offering B&B prices for a 4-5 * hotel.

Now I have to have a special mention here about The Palace Hotel. I cannot fault the service. The food was just brilliant and the service in the restaurant was first class. The staff were very nice and helpful and could not fault in any way.
I would rate this hotel as 5 stars for service.
However, the wonderful service was let down by the age and condition of the building. It has been allowed to slide and subsequently it is less than satisfactory. Just little things like the door handle loose and a real struggle to get the key to unlock the door, antiquated shower with a fiddly system for setting the water flow. Actually, looked like something that a DIY inventor knocked up.

Unfortunately, I had a very sleepless night on the second night due to the people above, who for a good hour from 10.30pm did not realize their footsteps sounded like a herd of elephants. In fact, I only heard one person, the next day I found out there were two people. So one particular selfish sod had no sense of etiquette at all. At some stages I though cracks would appear in the ceiling as the footsteps sometimes ended with such a thump, the floor make a loud cracking noises. Actually, it was not a one off, because once they rose in the morning, the same thing happened.
So to "The Berry's" who stayed in the Palace Hotel in Torbay for 3 nights in May 2014, probably room 202, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for ruining my stay.

The staff were very good about it and said they would upgrade my room. However, this very nice room had a major fault. Such a loud humming noise coming through the wall. So I asked for yet another room. This last room was tiny, chairs were hard as rock, and no WIFI at all.
So I took this as a message from above - time to move on.
So 10/10 for service & 3/10 for the rooms.

I did have plans to spend the afternoon relaxing and kicking back. In fact, I have been so busy this would have been my first real afternoon just relaxing. Instead I find myself checking out at 4pm and heading to Cornwall on a 2 hour drive.

So I arrived in Falmouth at 6pm, with nowhere yet to stay. Drove around a bit, did not like the look of the large waterfront hotels. Drove around the headland, and eventually found a hotel in a back street. Fortunately, they had a room available. So far, this is the best room I have had on the trip. A little more than what I would like to pay though. Probably would have looked elsewhere if I had booked in advance purely based on price. Being the last 2 nights in the UK I will spend in hotels, it will be OK.

Anyway, I digress. Before all this happened, I did spend a lovely few hours just ambling around Torquay harbour.
I must say this: 3 hours in the sun and I was not burnt or uncomfortable. Just brilliant, and rare, for me. The Australian sun is just too powerful, I can only expose myself to for a few minutes and I start burning. So enjoyable and relaxing just to soak up the sun for once.
On the way to the harbour, I took the scenic route around the headland. I was surprised to see sea fog rolling in, quite a sight, and in such contrast to the beautiful sunny day.

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Posted by AlastairPorritt 23:44 Archived in United Kingdom

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