Redcliffe Hotel

Rated 8.6 in 978 reviews. 64 rooms.


The unique style of the building can be attributed to its original designer, Robert Smith, a retired colonel of the British Army in India. This colourful eccentric was in fact an eminent architect, engineer and a very fine artist.

Colonel Robert Smith sold the family home in Bideford, N. Devon, in 1850 after the death of his wife and set up home in Paignton.

Another reason for the Colonels move to the South - West might have been that his sister Mary, who was the sole survivor of the family, had recently moved to Torquay, from the coastal town of Teignmouth.

It was surprising that Colonel Smith with his admiration of India did not return to the country. Instead it seems that he brought India to the South -West by designing an Indian/Gothic palace overlooking the bay.

Redcliffe Castle or Redcliffe Towers acquired its name by being constructed on a redstone cliff. It is said that this red-coloured sandstone might have reminded him of Delhi.

Overlooking Torbay’s sandy beach, the 19th-century Redcliffe Hotel has an indoor swimming pool and is set in 3 acres of gardens. A cooked-to-order breakfast is served in the restaurant, which boasts seafront views.

Each room is spacious and has a private bathroom with a hairdryer, and some rooms have coastal views. Free WiFi is available in all bedrooms.

Drinks served in the Redcliffe’s bar can be enjoyed in the casual lounge area or on the large sun terrace which overlooks the sea.

Torbay town centre is within a 15-minute walk and Paignton Pier is less than 200 metres away. Free on-site parking is available. The fishing town of Brixham and Torquay’s beaches and coves are a 10-minute drive away.

Spa Facilities

  • Heated pool
  • Steam room
  • Spa lounge/relaxation area
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Indoor pool (all year)

Available Rooms

2 guests




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    40 m from hotel

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    Great place value for money bar until 4am all food unfortunately microwaved but will give it 4 outta 5 rating

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  4. Parkfield

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  5. The Embassy Tavern

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  6. Preston Beach

    A good, open beach when the tide is out. There's a great cafe at the end too. Free parking (at it should be).

    363 m from hotel

  7. The Inn on the Green

    2 for 1 meals. Very nice selection of meals.

    422 m from hotel
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  8. Subway

    483 m from hotel
    Torquay Rd.

  9. Scoffs

    Battered chips are the best! Try em today

    0.7 km from hotel
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  10. The Isaac Merritt

    Great value food and real ales. The breakfasts and Thursday curry club are excellent.

    0.8 km from hotel
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  11. Costa Coffee

    Hand over all your personal details in exchange for free wifi

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  12. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

    This is a must when in south devon. Great day out. One of the best zoo's in britain.

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