During half term we paid a flying visit to Dawlish and had a review stay at the Langstone Cliff Hotel there.
I had never been to Dawlish before and I wish we’d had more time to explore as there are some beautiful photographs of the beach there online, but we didn’t get that far. We arrived on a very soggy afternoon after our stay at the Seaview Holiday Village.
The bit of Dawlish we did get to see included the amusement arcade and the gorgeous walk below from the car park.
I would love to see how those lights look all lit up at night time! The staff at the amusement arcade that we went to for the 2p machines were really lovely. I won a prize and jokingly asked the boys which one I was going to give it to. A member of staff nearby heard me and then gave us another one so that they would both have one.
It wasn’t a prize that was worth a lot of money, but it was so kind of them. My first impression of Dawlish was definitely a good one.
The Langstone Cliff Hotel itself is just outside of the main part of Dawlish at Dawlish Warren. A very beautiful area. When we left the hotel to drive home the next day there were squirrels running across the road all over the place.
The photo above is what greeted us in the car park. On a clear sunny day, the view would have been stunning. Since it rained on our arrival and was then extremely misty the next day, I have a distinct lack of photos of the outside of the hotel. The hotel did kindly provide me with this stunning shot though.
The sea is close by and there is a child’s play area and more outside of the hotel. You can see more of the outside of the hotel looks on the Langstone Cliff Hotel‘s website.
We were checked in by very friendly and helpful staff members and were given the key card to our room. We were given a family suite to stay in for one night, which was a short walk from reception upstairs.
I was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t have a suite with a sea view, we were actually overlooking the car park, the roof and lots of air vents. Really not very scenic, but obviously I do understand not all rooms can have a nice view.
Our suite was laid out as three rooms, our bedroom, a twin room for the boys and a bathroom. Connecting all three rooms was a corridor, which was great as it meant we really were in separate areas and unlikely to disturb each other. Perfect for those holidaying with small children who don’t fancy going to bed at 8pm with them.
The suite was lacking a little in wow factor, but I think it made up for it with practicalities and comfort. Our bed was really comfortable, and there was everything we could need inside the rooms. This included a television in both bedrooms and much to Simon’s delight even air conditioning!
There is free WiFi at the hotel, which I love. So many places now seem to charge you for the use of WiFi when staying there, and as it is usually charged per device it can work out expensive for us with the two boys and their various gadgets.
There’s a telephone number to call at any time of day for help if you need it or to order room service. I always find this reassuring in a hotel, as if there are any problems in the middle of the night, you don’t really want to be wandering around looking for someone.
Dinner was included in our stay as part of our review and we were booked a table in the gorgeous restaurant downstairs.
Unfortunately, as we have fussy eaters we ended up eating in the bar instead. I did ask at reception whether there was a children’s menu for the restaurant, but there wasn’t. Instead, they serve an early children’s dinner in the bar area earlier on, which needs to be pre-booked. We were slightly gutted as the menu looked fantastic for the restaurant, and the choices in the bar were more bog standard.
However I wanted to eat with the children and not separately, so the bar it was. The boys didn’t mind at all as the bar staff were very friendly and they both loved one of the young men working there that evening who kept making them laugh.
The bar area itself was a little bit quirky which is a look I love. The mix of modern and traditional in there with little pops of colour really works and makes it seem more of a relaxed area. The seats were really comfortable too, and I imagine if we had been without the children, then Si and I would have happily sat in there for the evening chatting and drinking.
I didn’t actually take photos of the food in the bar as I ordered scampi and chips and everyone else ordered equally exciting looking food. It tasted delicious despite its lack of photogenic properties. There was no way I could not take a photograph of my dessert.
Gingerbread cheesecake … the dessert that may have ruined me for all other desserts. It tasted as good as it looks in the photograph. The breakfast the next day was brilliant as well, really tasty and set up as a help yourself buffet. I love when breakfast is done like that, as you feel less greedy picking up a few things rather than having to ask the waiter/waitress.
We finally got to sit in the actual restaurant for breakfast. Not being morning people the boys stuck to the fruit juice, which was also set up for people to help themselves to. There were plenty of choices other than a cooked breakfast, including several different types of cereal.
The lady manning the ‘desk’ in the restaurant could not have been more helpful, the staff at the Langstone Cliff Hotel really do seem to all be well trained, friendly and approachable. Just what you want at a hotel.
As we were only there for one night we didn’t make full use of the facilities at the hotel. They have an indoor swimming pool, a gym and even a hairdressing salon and beauty therapy room. Plus the play area outside, a soft play area indoors, entertainment in the evenings for adults and children, a billiards room just for adults and the sea is very close. Not to mention Dawlish itself.
With all of this, I can imagine a longer stay at the Langstone Cliff Hotel would be packed full of entertainment. Overall I liked the hotel a lot, with a few extra touches in the bedrooms, a sea view and a children’s menu available in the main restaurant, then I think I would have loved it. I would happily stay there again.