About the hotel
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We have 132 individually and comfortably furnished bedrooms, spread over 4 floors – many with wonderful sea views of Torbay. We offer a variety of room categories, from single and double rooms to family rooms and suites. All have en-suite bathrooms and offer tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, TV and toiletries as standard.
Our executive rooms and suites offer some extra special touches to make your stay even more comfortable.
We also have a heated indoor and outdoor pool, multi-gym, hot tub and sauna. Looking good is easy too, when you pamper yourself with a special treatment at the Grand’s Beauty Clinic.
The Grand Hotel is an AA 4 Star hotel and also holds an AA Rosette for Fine Dining.
WIFI is available in all public areas.
Check in and check out times
Your room will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival. Check out is 11am, if you would like to extend your check out time it would be charged at £10 per hour after 11am
The Grand has one bedroom with fully-equipped wet room, fitted with grab rails around the bathroom and it is situated on the ground floor. A shower stool can be provided for use in this room.
We also have:
- A number of rooms with walk-in showers, of all categories except single rooms
- Two lifts that service all floors and can accommodate a wheelchair
- Bar, Lounge, and Restaurant are all on the ground floor
- Disabled access ramp for entrance into the hotel itself
- Pool and leisure facilities on the lower ground floor are accessible by lift and then a flight of 3 steps
We welcome well-behaved dogs and have specifically-allocated dog-friendly rooms. Please ask about these when making your booking.
History of the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel first opened in Torquay in 1881, in response to the Great Western Railway’s expansion into the South West. Its striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food has earned it pride of place as Torquay’s landmark hotel for over 130 years.
During that time, The Grand has witnessed many historical events and has played its own role over the years. In 1926, it was one of the first hotels in the UK to install central heating – a pioneering venture at the time! During World War Two, the hotel was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force. Behind the wallpaper in the rooms on the fourth floor, there are messages and dates that some of the aircrew scribbled on the walls and the restaurant was used as one large dormitory. Each crewman was given a pillow and blanket, and requested to find his own bed – namely, whatever area of the floor was vacant by the time he got there! The Grand reopened as a hotel in 1946.
Corbyn beach, right in front of the hotel was once the site of a late medieval harbour and this maritime tradition has continued, with the more recent development of Torquay Marina (a 10 minute stroll along the seafront from The Grand), and regular large ships and Royal Navy vessels anchoring further out in the bay.
We’ve welcomed many famous guests throughout our history, including the world-renown ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie and music legends, such as the Rolling Stones.
Originally built with just 12 bedrooms, The Grand has been expanded several times to reach its present size of 132 en-suite bedrooms. Keith Richardson purchased the hotel in 2001 and undertook an extensive refurbishment in order to pay homage to its period architecture and Art Deco interiors.
Agatha Christie Connection
The Grand has a unique association with the much-loved author Agatha Christie, as the place where she spent her honeymoon in 1914. In recognition of that The Grand Hotel has a bedroom suite named after her. The Agatha Christie suite can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people; it consists of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a lounge which has a sofa bed, and a spacious bathroom. The suite is decorated in a style that reflects her literary prowess. Find out more about Agatha Christie and her connection to our hotel and Torquay
‘Family’ is at the heart of everything we do. We are not only a family of hotels but we are also a family-run business. We have a passion for hotels and this extends to every part of what we do…from the stunning period architecture, which is being lovingly restored and refurbished, to our individually-appointed bedrooms, award-winning food and our commitment to providing excellent service to our guests.
At Richardson Hotels, our team is a family too and we look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends – and to ensuring your stay with us is one where memories are made…
Keith and Fiona Richardson
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