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Where to Stay in Torquay - From Traditional Guesthouses to Seafront Resorts

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Torquay specializes in warm welcomes, with plenty of family-run guesthouses to choose from in the middle of the town. Further out towards the coast, you can find some newer hotels in the area offer a more all-inclusive experience, with modern resort facilities and sea views.

Torquay town


Most of the accommodation options are close to the train station in the west end of town, which is a little over a mile from the marina and the big wheel. The town centre is served by regular buses, but it's compact enough to explore by foot if you would prefer a nice stroll back to your hotel.


Many of the hotels are small, family-run bed-and-breakfasts, where you can expect a warm welcome on arrival and a hearty hot meal in the morning. Most offer free WiFi and free parking for that extra convenience.


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Head up Beacon Hill, which is east of the marina, and you'll arrive at the mini-resort of Meadfoot. It's still within walking distance of the town centre, but geared towards visitors looking for a sun and sand holiday. Nearby you'll find Meadfoot Beach, where you can stretch out and work on your tan.


This south-facing area is a prime beachfront location and home to some of the area's larger, resort-style hotels. If you're looking for hotels with swimming pools and spas, Meadfoot is the area to head to.


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North of Torquay, Babbacombe has one of the best beaches in the area and a laid-back Mediterranean feel. There's a little more room in which to spread out here, with lots of terrace bars and restaurants so you can enjoy a meal without missing out on the sunshine. Babbacombe Promenade offers a quiet place for an after-dinner stroll.


This area offers a selection of medium-sized places to stay, including some recently built hotels with modern facilities. You'll also find several traditional English guesthouses for a quaint, old-fashioned stay.


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Paignton is a coastal town with its own character, just a 10-minute drive south of Torquay. East-facing, it's also a big part of the English Riviera, and connected to Torquay by regular buses. You can also jump on a boat and take a pleasure cruise north, if you feel like travelling in style.


Paignton is filled with traditional guesthouses offering a family welcome, as well as free breakfast and parking. The guesthouses are mostly near the beach, so you can watch the sun rise over the sea each morning.


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North of Babbacombe, Maidencombe is on the fringes of rural Devon, and ideal for those looking for a little peace. You can enjoy the old-world charm of the surrounding area, filled with thatched cottages and quiet country pubs. Maidencombe Beach is one of the more secluded beaches in the area, hidden from the rest of the world by huge sandstone cliffs.


Continuing the rustic theme, most accommodation here tends to be spacious and secluded. You can find converted Georgian houses serving as hotels, with rooftop terraces that offer remarkable sea views.


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