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Bay Hotel 3.0

Teignmouth, Devon, England

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  • Housed in a 19th-century local landmark
  • Two minutes' walk to Teignmouth's sandy beach and the town center
  • Most rooms have views of the sea or estuary
  • Good cold buffet and cooked English breakfast included in the room rate
  • Traditionally styled restaurant with locally sourced menu
  • Friendly bar with sea views, terrace, jazz, and an albino lizard
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free but limited parking


  • No elevator and lots of stairs 
  • Single Rooms are tiny
  • No spa or health facilities
  • Most bathrooms don't have tubs

Bottom Line

Bay Hotel is a mid-range bed-and-breakfast housed in an attractive Victorian-era building within a two-minute walk of Teignmouth beach and the town center. While the property evokes traditional seaside charm and has a popular bar that gives it a bit of a buzz, decor is a bit dated in places. Many of the 18 rooms have sea views, but some, especially Singles, are on the small side. Be aware that the property has lots of stairs but no elevators. Room rates are typical for this location and type of accommodation, and include breakfast.

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Landmark Victorian-era hotel with live jazz most evenings

The Bay Hotel is a colorful local landmark building that dates to 1869, when the property was built for the Earl of Devon, and it retains much of its stately 19th-century elegance. The interior looks every inch mid-range seaside hotel, with beach-themed artworks, breezy decor, and slightly dated styling throughout. The atmosphere is social, and the bar, with live jazz most nights, is popular with both locals and hotel guests, and occasionally the owner Shirley -- an ex-top London barrister -- stops by. Another interesting bar character is Oberon, an albino Australian bearded dragon lizard. The hotel is geared toward families, couples, and small groups looking for a seaside break, though the lack of elevators and the property's many stairs might deter those with limited mobility.


Two minutes' walk  to south end of Teignmouth's sandy beach, and the town center

The hotel is located in the south Devonshire seaside town of Teignmouth, about a two-minute walk to the start of its long sandy beach with its charming vintage pier. Teignmouth town center, with its quaint cafes, souvenir shops, and pubs, is also within a two-minute walk, while the main train station is less than 10 minutes away. For those wishing to explore farther afield, it's about a 20-minute drive to Torquay and about the same distance to the historic city of Exeter. 


Bright rooms with some period features and seafront views

The hotel's 18 rooms are decorated in airy pastel or light tones with seaside-themed artwork, traditional furnishings, and some original period features. The Bay View Suite is especially extravagant, with antique-style furniture, four-poster beds, and chandelier lighting, and jetted tubs. All rooms have mounted flat-screen TVs (some are newer than others), tea- and coffee-making equipment, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are clean and well-maintained -- though some are tiny have only showers. Bay View Suites have jetted tubs, and gold-plated fixtures. Many rooms have views of the sea or the nearby estuary.


Friendly bar with real ales and sea-breeze terrace

Breakfast is served in the hotel's basement breakfast room. It begins with a selection of cereal, and yogurt and fruit are served buffet style, followed by a full English breakfast or smoked haddock and eggs -- all included in the room rate. The hotel's restaurant has more classically elegant surroundings and offers a good quality menu specializing in local fish dishes. A bright and friendly bar offers real ales and local wines, and is popular with locals as well as guests. It opens to an outdoor terrace, where guests can enjoy the sea breeze. On-site parking is free but limited, and there are no spa or fitness facilities.

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