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    Torquay’s Historic Jewel

    For old world grandeur and traditional British charm, the Grand has been Torquay’s landmark hotel for over 130 years.  Overlooking one of the finest bays, this elegant Victorian hotel offers 132 individually styled bedrooms, The Grand Spa, AA rosette Restaurant 1881 and is surrounded by 22 miles of spectacular Devon coastline.

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    About the Hotel

    You will be greeted with a luxurious lounge area to relax and unwind, in the winter months open fires crackle, whilst during the heat of the summer the patio doors are opened, allowing the fresh sea air to welcome you.

    At The Grand we have a range of beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites, many with stunning sea views over Torbay and beyond.  As a 4 star hotel, all our rooms are equipped with the essentials for luxury stay whether you are visiting on business or pleasure.

    Check in & check out times

    Your room will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival.  Departure is 11am, if you would like to extend your check out time at 1pm we would be delighted to offer this service at a charge of £25.

    Disabled Access

    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 ( A ramp is available on request)


    We do not charge for children under two years of age. From two to sixteen a child is charged at £25 bed and breakfast. Dinner bed and breakfast rates are unavailable, but children are welcome to choose from either the children’s menu or restaurant menu and will be charged individually. Children aged sixteen and over are charged as an adult.


    We offer valet parking at the Grand, with parking in our hotel garage. Additional on-street parking is available directly outside the hotel and across the road at Torquay train station and in the nearby Torquay rugby club.  All parking is free for guests and on a first come first served basis.

    Dog Friendly

    We welcome well-behaved dogs and charge £15 per dog per night. Please inform our reservations team, at the time of making your booking, if you are bringing your dog/dogs. We have allocated ‘dog-friendly’ rooms.  Please note dogs are not permitted in the formal dining area, but are given access to the communal areas such as the bar / brasserie

    Car valeting & cleaning Service by Grand Valeters

    Grand Valeters, are a valeting service which provides customers with a professional standard of cleaning at competitive rates. Grand Valeters is also open to non residents.   To book your car in call 07720 223602 or see their Facebook page here.

    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, 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 

    The Richardson experience

    As a privately owned business, we have a passion for great British hotels.  All of our properties have stunning period architecture which is being lovingly restored and individually appointed bedrooms. With award-winning restaurants using the best locally sourced produce, we are committed to providing excellent service and the best possible experience to all of our guests.  At Richardson Hotels, our team is a family 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 Richardson.








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