Royal Castle Hotel

11 The Quay, Dartmouth, TQ6 9PS, England

Part of Dartmouth's historic waterfront (and consequently a hub of activity), this hotel has truly earned the name "Royal"—several monarchs have slept here. It was built in the 17th century, reputedly of timber from wrecks of the Spanish Armada, and fireplaces and beamed ceilings are traditional features that remain. Rooms come in different sizes and styles, but all are thoughtfully and richly furnished, with a liberal sprinkling of antiques. Number 6 has its own "priest hole," a secret room used to hide Roman Catholic priests. Most of the pricier rooms facing the river have hot tubs. The food in the restaurant and bars is consistently good, and breakfasts are a royal feast.

PROS

  • historical resonance
  • superb central location
  • professional staff

CONS

  • some cheaper rooms are nondescript
  • no elevator

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01803-833033

HOTEL DETAILS

25 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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