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The Royal Castle Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The hotel is on the edge of Dartmouth's "picturesque" harbour, in "one of Devon's prettiest" riverside towns
  • The AA describes it as "distinctly different" with "considerable charm" -- it was originally four Tudor houses built on either side of a narrow lane
  • It still has original features such as spiral staircases, wooden beams, tudor fireplaces and oil paintings
  • There is a traditional pub bar, a modern bar and an AA-Rosette restaurant with "unbeatably fresh fish" (The AA)

Enjoyed This
"Very enjoyable, staff were very flexible, lovely location. Free valet parking."
Dec 2, 2019 - Newton AbbotNewton Abbot, United Kingdom
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The Royal Castle Hotel has a "superb" (The Daily Telegraph) location on the edge of the "picturesque" harbour, in the riverside town of Dartmouth, which Lonely Planet calls "one of Devon's prettiest" towns. 

Set within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this former coaching inn dates back from the 18th century, when four houses merged to become one. It still has many of its original features, including spiral staircases, wooden beams, flagstone floors and fireplaces. Famous previous guests include Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Cary Grant

In Dartmouth's harbour, where hundreds of fishing boats and yachts bob on the water in front of the rolling hills on the other side of the estuary. Dartmouth high street is bustling with boutique shops, indepedent art galleries and little cafés, and is two minutes' walk from the hotel. 

Dartmouth Castle is less than 30 minutes' walk away, along the River Dart. You can take a break at Bayard's Cove Fort to enjoy the views of Dartmouth and Kingswear or alternatively, you can catch a ferry from Dartmouth pier to Kingswear. From there you can catch the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Paignton

Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands -- "two of Devon's finest beaches", says The Daily Telegraph -- are less than 20 minutes' drive away.

The hotel's "character and charm" (The AA) is abundant in the tradional Galleon Bar, which serves pub classics and local ales. There is also the modern Harbour Bar adjacent to it and the AA-Rosette restaurant, The Grill Room, is on the first floor. Its views are "hard-to-beat", while food served includes "unbeatably fresh" fish and "prime" local meats.

All rooms are individually decorated. Non-River View Rooms have views of the town.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service
  • Public car park


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

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Crib/Pack 'n Play not available.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(68 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Royal Castle Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
5.0 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable, staff were very flexible, lovely location. Free valet parking.
Jill Dec 02, 2019 Newton AbbotNewton Abbot, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This is a very special place. Unique. Lovely location, wonderful staff, fabulous river view room. View from breakfast room gorgeous. Faultless. Would love to come back. We had a wonderful time, thank you to all.
Linda Nov 29, 2019 Truro, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great couple of nights.
Barry Nov 25, 2019 DroitwichDroitwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic hotel, lovely touches and excellent customer service
Paula Nov 25, 2019 Taunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We went with a Travel Zoo offer. So was able to afford the break
Mary Nov 23, 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Helpful staff who parked the car as parking at back of hotel . Porter to help take up suitcases as no lift . Staff very amenable and chat to see that every thing was to our liking.Hotel very interesting , clean and plenty of refreshments in bedroom three times a day and breakfast of high quality. Excellant all round
Other Comments
All though autumn / winter plenty to see in town and boat trips still operating . Wonderful 2 night break.
J Phiippa Nov 22, 2019 Exeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We visited the hotel in 1974 for our honeymoon and 45 years later decided to visit again. Would recommend unreservedly the whole experience.
Other Comments
New decor is great and en- suites were not available in 1974!!!
Barbara Nov 20, 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful historic hotel with delicious breakfasts and cosy ambience we all loved every minute there thanks so much to the fantastic staff !
Other Comments
As above
Elly Nov 17, 2019 Southsea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Perfect from start to finish. Staff, service, food and attentiveness excellent.
Other Comments
The excellent offer allowed no reduction in quality from previous visit.
Jack Nov 17, 2019 Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Couldn't have been made more welcome. Staff exceptionally helpful. Nothing to complain about.
Deanna Nov 13, 2019 Cheltenham, United Kingdom

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