Where to stay in Torquay - Planning a Holiday

Planning your holiday to Torquay

The decision has been made, Torquay is your holiday destination…but…there are so many things to consider. If you have never been or you are not sure where to stay when visiting Torquay then no problem, I am here to help 🙂

Checklist of things to consider

1) Guests – Exactly who is travelling

2) Bedrooms – How many bedrooms and beds do you need for everyone to be comfortable

3) Accommodation – What accommodation is most suited for everyone travelling? Torquay has everything from Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Holiday Apartments, Holiday Homes / Cottages, Camp sites, hostels. 

4) Needs – What needs do the people travelling have? Do you want to have meals prepared for you or do you want to go out for food? Do you like preparing food yourself or do you enjoy the experience of preparing food together? Do you need laundry facilities? Does anyone smoke? 

5) Access – Does anyone have any mobility restrictions and require level entry? Are there stairs / lifts in the property? Is this important for anyone in your group? Is the accommodation all on one level? Do you need to go up or downstairs to reach the kitchen / eating areas? 

6) Rules – Are there restrictions where you are booking regarding child ages, group size? Do they have rules where guests are required to be quiet at certain times?

7) Travel – How am I and everyone else getting there? If it is a large group and going by car are two cars needed. If flying does the accommodation supply linen, towels, toiletries? If flying how close to the airport is my location and how I am getting there (taxi, coach, train, hire car)

8) Parking – Is there space for multiple cars, are there extra charges for parking? Is parking on site and what is access like from the parking area to get to the accommodation?

9) Views – Are views important to me? What type of view if so do I ideally want to see? Seaview, Countryside, Harbour View, Town view.

10) Wi-Fi and entertainment- Do I want / need Wi-Fi access? Is this available and is it free? Is it limited to certain areas? Are there TV’s, Board Games, DVD players?

11) Allergies – Does anyone travelling have any allergies? Can the accommodation provider assist with this?

12) Check in and Check Out – What are the check in and check out time? Is it self check in via a lockbox or will someone meet me there?

13) Assistance – Is there anyone available in the case of a problem / emergency? Who do you need to contact?

14) Location – Is the accommodation well located to access everything you want to see or do? Are things accessible foot if not travelling by car? What are the transport links like?

Hotels or Self Catering in Torquay – Having owned and operated a hotel for 11 years and run self catering and holiday lets for over 9 years I can say with a lot of certainty that there is quite a substantial difference between the two. For example I have found that holiday lets and self catering is a much better option for groups or families as not only is it a lot better value but you generally can get a higher standard of apartment as the weekly rental is split between more people. Hotels are fantastic though if you do not want to do any cooking, you want to have the basics looked after such as food prepared for you, cleaning etc. The challenge with hotels is that it can get expensive if you need multiple rooms. It all comes down to what do you want from your holiday, your budget and how are you going to make as many people travelling with you as comfortable as possible. 

What’s the best location in Torquay

Location, location, location. If you use the above suggestions as guidance this will make choosing accommodation so much easier. My favourite areas in Torquay are in and around Torquay Harbour, Meadfoot and Ilsham Marine Drive. This is where I spend most of my free time and would look for accommodation there. I always look for a Sea View, a location where I could potentially leave the car for the week, where the parking is free and the accommodation is comfortable, clean and safe. We have a selection of apartments that offer all the above points. Some of the apartments don’t have a sea view but we price them lower to account for that. Sea views in any holiday destination will always command a higher price but we try our best to offer our guests amazing properties at much better prices than other agencies. The reason we can do this is because we have great relationships with our owners, we take a very small commission on a booking compared to other agencies so we can collectively pass on a saving to our guests. Win – Win!

Top Travelling Tip = If you are going to do a self catering holiday why not pre-order your shopping from a supermarket. You can arrange it to be delivered at a time that suits you once you have arrived. This will really help to get you off to a great start.

Booking a holiday can be hard enough so please reach out and get in touch if you need any help.

Call us – 01803906210

Email us – enquiries@rivieraholidaylets.co.uk

View our apartments – http://www.torquayholidaylets.co.uk/holiday-apartments-in-torquay/ 

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