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The Royal Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel is part of the Brend Hotels group, which won the AA Hotel Group of the Year award in 2015
  • Parts of the hotel date back to the 17th century -- it was once a courthouse and its old prison cells are still intact
  • You can walk the Tarka Trail, which is right on the hotel's doorstep, or take a ferry to Lundy Island, a walker's paradise

86% (7 Member Ratings)

"The character of the hotel and food"
Jun 10, 2017
Saint AustellSt.Austell, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is off the B3233 and Torrington Street. There is free parking on site. Barnstaple Railway is approximately 17 minutes' away via taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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The Royal Hotel is close to the river in the town of Bideford in Devon. The building was once a courthouse and prison -- you can see the old cells behind the ballroom -- and parts of it date from the 17th century. It is part of the Brend Hotels group, the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2015.

The hotel is a "short and extremely scenic" (The Daily Telegraph) stroll from the harbour and town centre. The historic Pannier Market trades Tuesdays-Saturdays, and there are antique shops dotted along the alleyways -- known locally as drangs -- that lead up from the bustling quay and river; boat trips to Lundy Island, a haven for rare wildlife in the Bristol Channel, run from March-October (see timetable). 

The Tarka Trail, a network of paths and cycle tracks inspired by Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson, runs through the town. Deal Expert Michelle Brister recommends walking the Hartland Heritage Coast path from Instow towards Clovelly to see an array of hanging valleys, tumbling waterfalls and ancient woodland.

Hartland Abbey, a former monastery with stunning interiors where the BBC's adaption of "The Night Manager" by John le Carré was filmed, is 30 minutes' drive away.

The opulent Regency Restaurant serves traditional and contemporary dishes made from West Country produce. The Regency Suite serves light bites and cream teas.

Guests get free use of the leisure facilities at the hotel's sister property, The Barnstaple, which is around 15 minutes' drive away. It has heated indoor and outdoor pools (outdoor pool open April-October), two saunas, hot stone beds and a fitness suite.


  • "A quiet and relaxing hotel, the Royal is set near the river within a five-minute walk of the busy town centre and the quay" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant

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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guests are permitted in the Deluxe room only.
Extra guest charges apply as follows: £12.50 per person, per night for children aged 2-16 inclusive. This includes breakfast.
Children aged 1 and under stay free of charge, on request, when staying in an infant's cot/crib. This does not include breakfast.
There are no extra beds for older children or for adults.
Please use the Special Requests field to request an extra bed/cot. 
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm GMT + 8.

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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86% Positive
(7 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Percy R. Brend & Sons (Hoteliers) Limited (t/a The Royal Hotel Bideford) over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
3.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The character of the hotel and food
Other Comments
The hotel, staff and food were very good but the travel zoo deal made no mention that the £30 food voucher for dinner only applied to table d'ote menu. Before booking I checked the menu on the hotel website and this nfluenced my decision to book. At dinner we were presented with menus but no mention was made that the deal only applied to the limited menus. Upon checking out we were presented with a bill for the dinner which we understood was part of the deal. The receptionist said that other guests had been supriesed by this additional charge. This short break was tarnished by this issue. Travelzoo should have made clear what was included and the hotel staff in the restaurant should also inform guests of the restrictions or was this a conscious decision to mislead customers and increase sales of the vouchers or revenue for the hotel?
Christopher Jun 10, 2017 Saint AustellSt.Austell, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
bedroom quiet,able to sleep well
graham Jun 09, 2017 Malvern, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food good, room a bit dated but very comfortable.
Other Comments
Our booking stated £30 per person towards dinner. When we came to pay we were charged quite a lot extra as apparently it only applied to the table d'hote menu but nobody had told us that. We checked our booking details before dinner - there was no mention of that and nobody had told us anything different. A rather disappointing, and expensive end to what had been a very enjoyable stay.
Helen Jun 09, 2017 Truro, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
location and room
Other Comments
There appeared to be some confusion over the agreed booking rate/inclusions ... but it was amicably resolved with help from the manger and TZ
Paul Jun 09, 2017 Newport, United Kingdom

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