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About the hotel

  • About the hotel

    History

    The Grand Hotel was first opened in Torquay in 1881, in response to the Great Western Railway’s expansion into Devon and Cornwall. Its history of striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food have earned it pride of place as Torquay’s landmark hotel for over 130 years.

    Originally built with just 12 bedrooms, The Grand has been expanded several times to reach its present size of 132 bedrooms. The current owner, Mr Keith Richardson, bought the hotel in 2001, when it became the flagship hotel of the Richardson group of hotels. Mr Richardson undertook an extensive refurbishment to the hotel, in order to pay homage to its elegant Victorian architecture and Art Deco interiors.

    During the first half of the 20th century, The Grand was regularly the venue for television and radio programme broadcasts and during World War 2 was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force, re-opening as a hotel in 1946. The 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.

    The Grand has welcomed many famous guests throughout its illustrious history, including the world-famous ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie (who spent her honeymoon here), and international music icons such as the Rolling Stones.

    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.

    Hotel facilities

    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

     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

    Dogs

    We welcome well-behaved dogs and have specifically-allocated dog-friendly rooms.  Please ask about these when making your booking.

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