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ABode Exeter

Exeter, UK
  • "Georgian grandeur meets minimalist chic" -- Lonely Planet
  • Historic18th-century residence, said to be the very first hotel in England
  • Set on a cobbled square opposite the Gothic Exeter Cathedral
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Cathedral Yard
Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HD
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The 4-star ABode Exeter occupies a corner spot on Cathedral Green's cobbled streets, opposite the grand Gothic cathedral. Formerly The Royal Clarence, this historic 18th-century coaching inn was reputedly the very first hotel in England, and was where Horatio Nelson received the Freedom of the City after his victory at the Battle of the Nile.

The Georgian property is within an 8-minute walk of Exeter Central Station, as well as the city's main attractions, such as the castle, the historic Quayside and the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Further afield, Dartmoor National Park is a 22-minute drive away, while the seaside town of Exmouth is about 30 minutes by car.

At the hotel you can choose from the fine-dining ABode Restaurant, the more causal Café Bar & Grill or the popular Well House Tavern pub for meals, or sample a variety of drinks at the Champagne and Cocktail Bar.

The "range of well-appointed bedrooms and suites, many retaining original features, all boast modern facilities and smart en suites", according to the AA Hotel Guide 2016. All Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable or FABulous rooms feature free Wi-Fi; upgrade to Desirable or above for roll-top baths and views of the cathedral.

From the press:

  • "Buzzy atmosphere" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "A range of well-appointed bedrooms and suites, many retaining original features" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016

  • "Georgian grandeur meets minimalist chic" -- Lonely Planet
by Tracey Cheffey


  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 2pm


  • Standard checkout time: 11am


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 11am

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

    Know Before You Go

    • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

    • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 15.00 per person (approximately)

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Getting there

Exeter Central Station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. There is no on-site parking, but limited car parking is available off site. Mary Arches Street Car Park is the nearest multi-storey car park, which is two minutes' drive away or four minutes by foot.


  • Cathedral Yard
  • Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HD
  • United Kingdom

Customer Service

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

M-F, 8am-9pm

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