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Royal Exeter Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This converted Victorian mansion is a 5-minute walk from the beach and Bournemouth Pier
  • It was one of the first hotels in the town
  • The AA Hotel Guide 2020 praises the hotel's "ideal" location and "exciting" bar

Enjoyed This
"Excellent stay , great value package with travelzoo, hotel is excellent and especially liked 1812 bar and restaurant, staff very friendly and welcoming,"
Mar 22, 2020 - Reading, United Kingdom
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The Royal Exeter Hotel is a stately Victorian property in Bournemouth town centre, five minutes' walk from the beach. It was once home to Lewis Tregonwell, a naval captain charged with defending the coastline around Bournemouth from smugglers and invaders.

Bournemouth has a "glorious 7-mile strip of soft sand" and a number of "hip hideaways" to visit, says Lonely Planet, and there's an abundance of things to see and do, including Bournemouth Gardens and Oceanarium: The Bournemouth Aquarium, which are both five minutes' walk from the hotel. You can also catch a show at the Bournemouth International Centre, which is directly opposite the hotel.

Bar So serves food and drink throughout the day, and mixologists make bespoke, seasonal and classic cocktails. The newly refurbished 1812 Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

The hotel has 54 bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. There's also a small gym.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(77 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Royal Exeter Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.9 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent stay , great value package with travelzoo, hotel is excellent and especially liked 1812 bar and restaurant, staff very friendly and welcoming,
John Mar 22, 2020 Reading, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
staff were helpful and freindley, food and drink was excellent
fiona Mar 16, 2020 Tavistock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
very easy
william Mar 13, 2020 stroud, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Only complaint is the evening meal choice they should have some basic food like soup as starter choice and fish or pizza for main it will also make hotel money
stephen Mar 13, 2020 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent stay, as always.
Other Comments
Brilliant food and great staff.
Gaynor Mar 12, 2020 Abingdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Parking a slight problem would have preferred Travel Zoo to have given a map. However after ringing the reception it was easy to follow directions.
Other Comments
The staff were exceptionally curtious and helpful. Waitresses were very efficient and professional. Food was delicious. Poached eggs both mornings were perfect. My husbands full English was how we all dream about a good full English breakfast to be! Our evening meal was delicious. Cannot fault the Royal Exeter.
Sandra Mar 12, 2020 Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A stylish hotel, smart decor and large bar. Staff were exceptional. Location couldn't be better.
alan Mar 11, 2020 Swindon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful. Food was amazing although limited options for vegans (one choice & no pudding options).
Amanda Mar 09, 2020 Weymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Check in was easy. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The evening meal was very appetising and wonderfully presented. Breakfast was expansive with a good range of foods.
Roger Mar 08, 2020 Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Staff were excellent
Pam Mar 06, 2020 Ottery Saint Mary, United Kingdom

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