12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"There is one word to describe this hotel and that is OUTSTANDING. From the time we checked in to the time we checked out we felt like we were special. The food was excellent and our room was spacious and light. All the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. We would like to extend a special thank you to Posie on reception for all the help she gave us throughout our stay. We will definitely be staying again in the near future. We could not fault anything at all and had a wonderful holiday. "
- Travel date: Mon 20th of June 2016
Fantastic value and quality
"Beautiful setting inside and out. Fabulous food and excellent, friendly stall. Gorgeous decor, clean and tidy. Bar prices reasonable which is unusual for many hotels in this area."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of February 2016
loved it !!!
"loved it!!!!had a lovely room 52 no extra cost for a balcony .furnishing were very good.fkat screen tv etc.
entertainment was a disco good atmosphere and seperate smoking area away from children etc.
breakfast ver nice.
only compliant on departure i was asked to pay my bill which i had settled on arrival an error by the reception.it was a bit embarressing!!!
i would certainly go back again."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of August 2006
Excellent family hotel
"Have just returned from a lovely week at this hotel. We went with our two teenage children as there were plenty of facilities to keep them occupied and lots of lounges for us to relax in. The public areas are all well maintained and the leisure facilities are excellent-the outdoor tennis court is in an excellent position,the tabletennis was in a light and airy room (different to some hotels) and the snooker room was also nice (although you do have to pay to use this facility ). The indoor and outdoor swimming pools are both an adequate size and kept clean. We booked two rooms with sea view and were pleasantly surprised as they had lovely views and were well maintained,large and with air-conditioning. The restaurant is pleasant and serves a good variety of foods-even my teenage daughter who is toying with vegetarianism had sufficient choice. The sweet trolley is excellent-freshly prepared every day.The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us.It is a short pleasant walk to Dawlish Warren, and there is a pleasant coastal walk to Dawlish approx. a mile away. All in all, this was an excellent hotel and is in an ideal position for visiting Torquay, Paignton Zoo (highly recommended), Brixham and lots of interesting places. The only small thing i would recommend to make my stay more comfortable (especially now we are getting warmer summers) is Mattresses on the sunbeds- i wouldn't quibble if they made a small charge for this option (Â£1 ?). I observed lots of locals using the hotel for weddings, meetings etc.-surely this shows how valued the hotel is to the local as well as tourist community. We are hoping to return ?next year for another comfortable, relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of July 2006
fabulous stay ------------ Again!!
"In June we visited this hotel for the third time as part of a dancing party. We were delighted to see that many of the rooms had been refurbished and were really excellent.
I have always been impressed by how the restaurant have always been able to provide such a varied menu yet served hot and efficiently.
This is a really great hotel with all round good service, food and standard of care.
The location is wonderful, we had nice weather and the gardens and surroundings are well maintained and a pleasure to sit in.
Long live the traditional standards of this hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of June 2006
best place in the world, read on
"i adore this hotel ive been going there 25 years, not every year but sometime twice in others. it has everything you could want. spacious grounds a great layout, wonderfull views, swimming pools, tennis court, two bars, snooker room, and many winding corridors and stair cases to get lost in. its a true gem of a place a dieing breed of hotels that are few a far between. most hotels like this have been bought up by big hotel groups which have turned them into sterile dull places to have a holiday whos staff dont care about you just there wages, not here though alot of the staff are family of the owners or staff that have been there many years who love there jobs and the hotel even more ..and thats just it at the langstone you can go for a one or two day break or you can go for a two week holiday its a proper hotel that gives you that holiday feeling. its a great walk along the coast to dawlish. theres things to keep the kids happy in dawlish warren aswell in the summer, and then theres the beach of course. this hotel is worth every penny if it cost twice as much a nite i would still go ......."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of January 2006
New Years Break at the Langstone Cliff Hotel
"We have spent many years taking our holidays at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish. It is family run and one of the best of its kind. Nothing is to much trouble for the staff, the standard of rooms is very good as the food and the atmosphere is always relaxed,
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of January 2006
The Langstone.... Legendary
"Having just spent a 4 night break at the Langstone, I am puzzled at some of the more negative comments about this very fine hotel.
I spend a lot of time in faceless, multi-national chain hotels through business travel and appreciate friendly, caring service when I come across it.
I first came to the Langstone as a child with my parents and spent many a summer playing with newly-acquired friends in the large child-friendly grounds. I was allowed to roam free all day with my buddies - having returned for the first time with my kids I now fully appreciate why my parents took us year in year out.
The kids had an absolutely fabulous time... and so did we. My son, age 7, and I played cricket on the lawns until 10pm with other kids and their Dads. We were able to fully relax from the moment we checked in knowing the children were safe and the staff are unbelievably attentive and friendly towards them.
The spotless accommodation is superb - we were in a spacious family room which had a double bed and two singles with a balcony with gorgeous sea views.
The dining is excellent. The food is of an exceptional quality with fresh produce served up each evening. The kids can opt to have the childrens' supper at 5:30ish and then go on to their own entertainment ranging from plate spinning to a magician to a disco. We could then dine at 8pm knowing the children were safe and happy.
We just got home tonight and are planning a longer stay (2 weeks) next summer!
Long live the Langstone... a true gem."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of August 2005
Good Old Fashioned Hotel
"We booked last minute for a three night break in Devon not knowing what to expect other than from the mass of information on the rather quirky website.
This is a large rambling Hotel set in lovely grounds overlooking the sea (with a railway track in between the two however!). The two rooms we had were large, clean and comfortable and the cooked breakfast was served buffet style with everything hot and appetizing. We didn't try the evening meals, however, prefering to eat out - (don't try to find a decent Restaurant in Dawlish, however as there aren't any). There is a large pub with decent food a short distance from the Hotel, however, which is in Dawlish Warren, not Dawlish by the way!
The best places to eat were two pubs, the Anchor and the Ship, both in Cockwood, a very short drive away from Dawlish Warren.
There's not much here to do for teenagers but the younger children seemed in their elements - there was a creche, playroom, children's meals and entertainment and the hotel seemed more suited to families although there were also a number of couples we met who stay there on a regular basis.
There are indoor and outdoor pools although my teenage daughters were disappointed by the small size of the indoor pool and how crowded it was but the younger children seemed to love it. I had booked a beauty treatment from the impressive list available but on arrival was told that the only therapist was off sick so that was the end of that!
I also noticed that you could bring dogs although I think you had to stay in a different part of the Hotel.
The reception and bar service reminded me ever so slightly of Fawlty Towers and the snacks & drinks service was rather hit and miss as to whether what you ordered was what you actually got but it all added to the fun!
If you're looking for a conventional, chain style Hotel this is not for you but if you are looking for a more relaxed and old fashioned style hotel then you could do worse than this.
One tip - daily newspapers are free but you have to ask - they won't be offered!"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of August 2005
Once was enough!
"Hotel was in a beautiful setting with lots of amenity rooms and facilities. However the food was very disappointing, always lukewarm, and the vegetables were totally uninspired - eg overcooked carrots three nights running, called Vichy Carrots one night- though plainly not. The heating in our room failed, together with the hot water. Although we reported this three times, the heating was still off when we left, although the hot water had been reinstated and was off yet again. When we complained, as we paid the bill, we were told that the heating had been fixed the previous day - unfortunately this was not true. Although we had no heating for 2 1/2 dyas, at no time were we asked if we were comfortable or if we would like portable heaters to keep the room warm and no apology was made. There seemed to be a total absence of any Management or Supervisory staff."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of February 2005
Will not return
"Hotel faciltities are good, rooms and hotel are kept very clean. Children are welcome, playroom suitable for the under-5s. But smoking is allowed in all the bedrooms and in the lounge next to the playroom. The downside to this hotel is the food and the service. They serve a carvery every night, with only 1 choice of meat and only 3 other main choices. Despite stating they are family -friendly, the children were offered the standard burger/nugget/sausage/fish-finger & chips fare. You serve yourself, which is easier than troubling the surly waitresses, food is often lukewarm and stuck in the 70's timewarp along with the rest of the hotel and attitudes. Plates are left uncleared and the restaurant is really a function room, no cosy lighting. Staff do not smile and do not keep guests informed or try to resolve problems (boiler problems meant no hot water for 2 mornings and the TV channels did not work), but there was no overall "care" or feedback for guests. Were not asked once if we enjoyed our food/stay/overall comfort. I requested a satisfaction questionnaire or feedback form to be told blankly they didn't do them. The opportunity was not taken to ask me what I wished to say on it!"
- Travel date: Mon 31st of January 2005
excellant family holiday
"Just spend an excellant week at this hotel.Very good for families,nothing to much trouble for the staff.Room good. Lovely cooked breakfast which you could serve yourself or waitress service if reqiured. Nice grounds and found food excellant including cream teas."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of August 2004