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Bay Esplanade Hotel, Paignton


Bay Esplanade Hotel

Customer Rating: (16 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Situated right at the heart of Torbay, 10 minutes walk away from Paignton town centre
  • Offers stunning views across the Bay from the sun lounge and bar lounge
  • Minutes away from Paignton Harbour
  • Local attractions include Kent's Cavern, Paignton Zoo, Torre Abbey Meadows, Cockington Village and the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Perfect base to epxlore the South West's Beaches

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Hotel information

Paignton is right in the heart of Torbay and has a wealth of nearby attractions to suit all ages. The Esplanade is a pleasant hotel ideally situated on a level seafront position just a short walk to the sandy beach, pier, shops and brand new cinema.

Within the hotel, the south facing Sun Lounge and Harbour Bar Lounge offer stunning views across ‘the Bay’ and the attractive Riviera Suite provides a warm and friendly atmosphere to enjoy the entertainment.

Make the most of the views and upgrade your room to one with a sea view (charges apply) - you won’t be disappointed! Take a short stroll to the picturesque harbour and along the cliffs of the coastal path or enjoy a trip back in time on a steam train to Dartmouth. Glorious.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is a public car park nearby, charges apply

Great for

  • Walking
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Gardens

Bay Esplanade Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical standard plus room

Bay Esplanade Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Esplanade Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Paignton is located right in the heart of the English Riviera, with its twenty two miles of ever changing coastline. Paignton is a smaller, quieter resort crammed full of activities for sheer holiday enjoyment.

How to get there

By Car:

After leaving the M5, continue along the A380, following signs for Torquay, Paignton. On approach into Paignton, follow signs for the Sea Front, Harbour. The hotel is located on the corner of The Esplanade and Sands Road, on the right hand side opposite the Harbour. AA Roadwatch 09003 401100.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is a public car park nearby, charges apply

By Train:

Paignton railway station is situated about 500 yards from the hotel. Some trains change at Exeter or Newton Abbott. (Rail Enquiries to 08457 484950).

National Express:

Services to Paignton, stopping 500 yards from the hotel. (National Rail Enquiries 08705 808080).

By Bus:

Stagecoach number 12 run between Torquay, Paignton and Newton Abbott and X46 between Torquay and Exeter. First Western number X80 runs between Plymouth and Paignton.

Bay Esplanade Hotel

Bay Esplanade Hotel

Sands Road




Res: 01803 556333

Tel: 01803 556333

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Paignton:

  • Torquay
  • Totnes
  • Exeter
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Dartmouth
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Plymouth

Local Insight

Paignton is part of the stunning English Riviera which also includes Torquay & Brixham.

  • Compton Castle
    A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and two portcullis gates, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother to Sir Walter Ralegh.
    Visit their website

  • Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
    Dartmouth Steam Railway is the holiday line, with steam trains running for 7 miles in Great Western tradition from Paignton along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and on through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear. The scenery is superb, with seascapes right across Lyme bay to Portland Bill on clear days.
    Visit their website

  • Paignton Zoo
    Cover thousands of miles in just a few hours and on foot, on a worldwide nature trail. Explore habitats from around the world: scorching deserts, frozen poles, African Savannah and the rain forest of South America are all represented. There’s plenty to do throughout the day as well as seeing the hundreds of animals. Listen to the keepers talk about the animals, how they keep them and what they feed them. Or why not visit the Animal Encounters Theatre and watch the feathered Feats bird show.
    Visit their website

  • Greenway House and Gardens
    This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery and peach house, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary.
    Visit their website

  • Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises
    Greenway Ferry & Pleasure Cruises have been awarded a Quality Visitor Attraction status by Visit England for 2 years in addition to a Silver Green Tourism Award. With every effort by its staff and crew, Greenway Ferry strives hard to ensure your voyages are as memorable as possible in all the best ways. Join us for some fantastic Coastal and River Cruises in the fabulous Bay or along the stunning River Dart.; be them on a ferry trip or one of our exclusive days out, with our assurance that we put every effort into customer care, quality and value.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Gardens


Entertainment Programme

Lee Shetliffe

Presents music for dancing, cabaret, quizzes and competitions

On Monday Night
Lee Shetliffe’s own Cabaret night

On Tuesday Evenings
Guest Artiste
Paul Eastwood
Top Drawer Comedian  

On Wednesday Evenings
Music for Dancing, Fun, Quizzes & Cabaret with
Daniel Harris
On Thursday Evenings
Guest Cabaret   
Ben Nickless
Excellent Comedy Impressionist   

On Friday Evenings
Lee Shetliffe’s own Cabaret night

On Saturday Evenings
Outstanding Comedy Vocalist
Dean Winters

On Sunday Evenings
A full evening of entertainment with
Instrumental Vocalist either
Ricky Tempo or Sean Edwards

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.



rating is 5 stars

31 March 2014

Excellent Value

We have just returned from a 5 day stay at the hotel, and we were not disappointed. Yes the hotel is dated and is in need of further refurbishment, but that did not spoil the holiday. We didn't pay 5 star prices, therefore could hardly expect 5 star accommodation. But what we did get was excellent food, and the staff were wonderful, nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Also the entertainment was brilliant too, we couldn't fault it. We would definitely recommend the hotel.



rating is 3 stars

3 February 2014

Not that wonderful for us

The included trips were good too on the whole. The entertainment in the hotel was excellent, nightly bingo, quizzes, and 3 excellent acts over the week, now for the not so good...The hotel is being refurbished gradually and this is the problem. If you are lucky enough to get a refurbished room then we heard they were lovely but ours was not one of them .Far from it. Freezing room when we arrived. No heating at all in bathroom. Needed a heater needs updating but some rooms already done we heard.

Barry and Joan


rating is 3 stars

26 November 2013

Great Hotel

Me and my wife stayed at this hotel in November 2013, on the trip to Dartmoor and Tavistock my wife had a very bad fall down some steep steps and was taken to hospital in Plymouth where she had emergency treatment, the hotel staff were fantastic and rang the hospital every day to ask about her health and looked after me as I was travelling to and fro daily, what a great hotel clean & good people working there, will return there next year.

Tina Alner


rating is 4 stars

19 October 2013

Great Hotel

Really nice hotel, well suited to my family needs we took parents and parents in laws whom have various difficulties the hotel was really helpful and accommodated our needs, the only niggle is the bathroom as its tiny and there is nowhere to put towels if you have a shower, bathroom needs modernisation, overall a great place to stay and would certainly book again as its close to shops, beach and on a level so people with walking difficulties can stroll.

Kathy Downer


rating is 4 stars

19 October 2013

Lovely Break

I stayed at the Esplanade Hotel for 3 night’s half board. I had a comfortable single room with a bathroom. I travelled by train to the hotel. The food was delicious, porridge followed by a full English breakfast set me up for the day, to enjoy exploring the area. The 3 course evening meals were delicious. The little harbour only just round the corner. Dartmouth by bus made a delightful outing. Hope to come back one day. Would recommend it to friends. Kathy Downer



rating is 5 stars

10 November 2012

Lovely Hotel

This is a good value for money hotel with excellent food and friendly staff. In a good location closed to the beach and shops. The rooms were clean and pleasant, but a bit small. The en-suite bathroom could do with being a bit bigger, more like a cupboard than a bathroom. Nowhere to put a bar of soap on the washbasin. The room needed some hooks for coats instead of using wardrobe space. Overall a very pleasant and comfortable place to stay. I would recommend.

J Carroll

Truro, Cornwall

rating is 5 stars

14 May 2012


Good value for money. Lovely friendly staff. Good size rooms and nice and clean. Good choice of food. This cost us £35 per night you would have a job to get B and B for that money. The only thing was we had a bathroom without a shower. I would have preferred a shower but this was our own fault as we should have asked for this when we booked. I would recommend this hotel to my friends.

Dave Billingham


rating is 5 stars

17 December 2011

Dave Billingham

First visit to this hotel will certainly be back again. Food was excellent and all the staff were so helpful. The Hotel is in a great position opposite the beach and a sort walk to the shopping centre. Worth a lot more than just 2 stars should be at least 4 stars.

D.J. Stuart


rating is 5 stars

2 October 2011

Relaxed Holiday

Wonderful Hotel, clean, good food and selection, waiter MARIUS outstanding, ANDY at the desk when holiday over excellent and helpful with luggage to car. Entertainment live and very good but a bit too loud for myself. All the staff excellent and helpfull. Highly recommend to any who wish a good no hassle Holiday. Double room with two single beds recommended as the double bed rooms very small, but one only needs it to sleep? Last, I wish to thank all at the hotel for giving me a pleasant Holiday.

Mrs Edna Pearson


rating is 5 stars

19 August 2011

My second home

Here in the Esplanade Hotel one cannot find a more caring helpful staff either in this country or abroad and I have travelled to many places. One only has to ask any member of staff about anything whatsoever and believe you me they do their utmost to accommodate your request. I’ve recommended this hotel to many friends and they totally agree what a happy, friendly comfy hotel it is they also agreed that the menus are really good as is the food. I'm so looking forward to my next visit with them.

P Barnes


rating is 4 stars

15 May 2011

Lovely Time

Staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was good, a good choice of menu, something to please everyone. The entertainment could have been better but some things can’t be perfect all the time but a good effort. Very good value.

Tom Storey

Bracknell, Berkshire

rating is 3 stars

4 April 2011

Lovely Break

We came for a short weekend break for my wife’s birthday and it was really good. The room was fine, very clean and well appointed for the price we paid, but bathroom could do with a little more shelf space for toiletries etc. The food was very good and varied to suit all tastes and the evening entertainment was great. Will definitely return, may be not her, but happy to try other Bay Hotels.

Cilla Vinall


rating is 5 stars

14 March 2011

Weekend Break March 2011

We are about to return to the Esplanade for a weekend break, and we can honestly say that we look forward to going there. We originally stayed at the Esplanade because we had relatives in the area, but we have enjoyed our stays so much that we just want to go back and soak up the atmosphere again. It’s great value for money and wonderfully warm atmosphere.

Chelsea Henderson


rating is 5 stars

21 February 2011


We stayed here for a week and it was absolutely lovely. The room was big and decorated lovely, there was a big wardrobe in the room, bigger than Narnia! There was a big dressing table with a big mirror. The food wasn’t bad; the staff were lovely and very friendly. A great hotel for 2 star.

Dianne Hill


rating is 5 stars

16 February 2011

Review of the Esplanade Hotel from 25/10/10

This is a wonderful hotel, came here many years ago, loved it then and it is still a good choice. Lovely food, rooms are very clean, we had entertainment every night which was a bonus for us and the staff were very obliging and friendly. A lovely holiday all round!

M Turner


rating is 3 stars

15 February 2011


Good hotel. All the staff are very pleasant and helpful. Room very clean and tidy, food excellent and plentiful. I think excellent value for money. Only down side is that the entertainment is poor and the lift wasn’t working. I’ll be going again in September.

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