The Grand Hotel
The English Riviera
Steam railway & sailing excursion
Centrally located in the seaside town of Torquay
Situated at the heart of the English Riviera on the south Devon coastline, Torquay is a stylish resort with a palm-fringed promenade, seafront gardens and a lively harbour. Torquay has something for everyone with an abundance of eateries, bars, shops and attractions.
Check-in at our hotel. When evening comes, we can enjoy a welcome drink with other Solos guests before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast we will meet in Reception for the short walk to nearby Cockington, a wonderfully preserved medieval village, full of character. Step back in time along narrow lanes lined with thatched cottages. At the heart of the village is Cockington Court, an ancient manor house that is now a craft centre, offering all sorts of temptation, from glassware and jewellery to leather goods and handmade chocolates. You may prefer a stroll through the beautiful gardens and rolling parkland of the manor, or perhaps relax with something tasty in the village pub! The rest of your day is at leisure to explore this delightful area or relax at our hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and say our goodbyes.
This elegant hotel occupies a prime location on the seafront with Torquay station just a few minutes’ walk away.
Modern day facilities are combined with the opulence and grandeur of bygone times. Free parking on a first come first serve basis, however if you wish to reserve parking as a guarantee for the duration of your stay then there the option to pay for a space. Please note that due to a fire, the hotel leisure facilities are currently closed.
Rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, a safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The hotel is located in Torquay’s seafront, with Torquay Station just a minute’s walk away. Hotel car parking has to be pre-booked and charged at £10.00 per day. Street parking is available around the hotel at no charge and is subject to availability.
Steam Trains & River Boats
Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway trip and cruise on the River Dart.
Visit to the village of Cockington (1 mile walk from hotel)
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual.We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.
The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart with gentlemen requested to wear a shirt and tie. Dress code for restaurant no jeans/no trainers. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended. Remember your swimwear should you wish to take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January - February||6 °C||1 °C|
|March||9 °C||2 °C|
|April||11 °C||3 °C|
|May||15 °C||6 °C|
|June||18 °C||9 °C|
|July - August||20 °C||11 °C|
|September||17 °C||9 °C|
|October||14 °C||7 °C|
|November||9 °C||3 °C|
|December||7 °C||2 °C|
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