ABode Exeter

Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1HD, England

Claimed to be the first inn in England to be described as a "hotel," the 1769 Royal Clarence (the old name still appears outside) has been transformed into a strikingly modern boutique hotel. It retains its ancient lines (including narrow corridors) while offering thoroughly up-to-date rooms. On the ground floor are two contrasting restaurants—formal and casual—run by noted chef Michael Caines.

PROS

  • superb central location
  • wonderful views from front
  • friendly young staff

CONS

  • some rooms are small and viewless
  • occasional noise disturbance from outside
  • no parking

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01392-319955

HOTEL DETAILS

53 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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