Really disappointed when the coach turned up. An old Y reg Grayways coach which one passenger who worked for Grayways described it as the "school bus". Couldn't have the seats we booked because it was only a 48 seater. Poor start to the holiday! We booked two sea view rooms and quite suprised at the good size of them, however, the decor was in need of a makeover and the carpets were in desperate need of a good clean . Beds were not very comfortable and don't like the rough blankets. Duvets would improve them. The dining room was quite clean but no windows making it rather gloomy and and found it warm and stuffy. Meals? lets just say we have all had enough of chicken to last us for a while! Every night we were offered a chefs special. Jacket potato with cheese and onion!! How can anyone make a baked spud special? Another night sausage casserole.. it consisted of 2 sausages on a plate with onion and mushroom gravy poured over them !! Breakfast was quite good but the desserts deserve a mention.. One night a slice of lemon merangue no more than an inch wide.I actually asked the waitress if they had ran out of it!! Raspberry and apple chantilly? A dish of pink sludge topped with a small blob of cream. Rice pudding was not cooked properly, it was hard and stodgy. BEACH !! No sand just grey shingle and boulders.. The tunnel beach was just up the road from the hotel and you had to pay to access the beach from the tunnel. Never heard of it in my life were you had to pay to use a public beach and this beach was just grey shingle and boulders. We were really disapointed with the excursions. Apart from Lynton, Lynmouth and Dunster the rest of the trips were just shopping trips. Would have liked to have stayed in Dunster a lot longer than an hour and 45 minutes. Barnstaple and Bideford trips were just shop after shop after shop. BORED to death!! Departure day came and guess what? The "school bus " broke down on the M5!!!! Sat on the motorway for 45 minutes sweltering because no ac on, we managed to crawl to the next services. My wife was feeling quite ill by this time because of the heat and suffering with asthma. Stuck at the services for the next hour and a half while the driver tried to get us on different coaches to get back to Burtonwood. We found Ilfracombe rather boring, just not enough entertainment there. In all not a place were we would choose to visit again. This is our 5th trip with Alfa and definitely the worst! Come on Alfa get your finger out or I'm afraid we will be looking elsewhere.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imperial Hotel - Ilfracombe [3 Alpha & AA Three Star]. Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, overlooking Wildersmouth beach, and the splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre, close to the High Street and only a short almost level walk from the harbour. 104 rooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, internal phone, hair dryer and TV. There is a large restaurant, bar, comfortable lounge and dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors (stairs to some rooms on split level floors). ... more less
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