Royal Beacon Hotel

The Beacon, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2AF

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Situated in the delightful Regency Terrace in the heart of Exmouth is the Royal Beacon Hotel, a historic 52 bed, three star hotel with royal connections that offers spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast, outstanding service and fine dining. The Royal Beacon Hotel really is Exmouth’s finest.

The Royal Beacon Hotel has offered guests a tradition of genuine hospitality for over two centuries as Exmouth’s most historic hotel. You’ll find the Royal Beacon on the highest point of the old cliff-top nearest the town centre, the site of the original beacon, which is thought to date back to Elizabethan times. This is a time in British history where there was fear of an invasion via the ocean, so the whole English south coast was linked by a series of beacons in order to warn of an approaching enemy from Land’s End to London in a matter of hours. The original beacon is no longer on the site, but you can find a memorial right outside the hotel’s front door. The site’s use as a hotel can be traced back to the French Revolution of 1789, when the English aristocracy decided to spend time in the UK rather than visiting the continent which led to many members of the Royal Family and the English gentry heading to the south coast. Exmouth’s beacon area became filled with fine Regency houses and hotel, leading to the establishment of the Royal Beacon Hotel, under the name of the Marine Hotel. Over the years, a number of high profile guests have stayed at the Royal Beacon giving Exmouth a real regal connection.

Guests will find plenty to love about the Royal Beacon Hotel, from the variety of comfortable rooms to the many onsite restaurants and eateries and the gorgeous town of Exmouth to explore. The hotel has spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast and Exmouth’s seafront offers breath taking panoramic views across the estuary. The beach is just a short journey away from the hotel and has two miles of sand perfect for families or those just wanting to escape the every day hustle and bustle of life. Exmouth’s main promenade is lined with shops, restaurants and pubs, perfect for a stroll and an ice cream during the summer months or somewhere quiet to escape during the winter months when the town is less busy. If you’re a fan of getting out and about, the Royal Beacon is the ideal place to base yourself, giving you access to the South West Coast path which runs through the centre of Exmouth, as well as a number of walks along the dramatic cliff tops. The Jurassic Coast is a world heritage site, giving you plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the region’s history, as well as getting the chance to enjoy the sights and do a bit of rockpooling with the children.

Guests at the hotel are welcome to use the hotel’s many eateries, including the 1810 restaurant and the Marine Bar and Lounge. The menus aim to reflect both the stunning location and the kitchen’s passion for using seasonal flavours. You’ll find dishes containing high quality local ingredients. Sunday Roasts are extremely popular with locals and visitors alike and offer the finest West Country meats and the freshest local and seasonal vegetables. Another English tradition that is incredibly popular for visitors and residents of Devon alike is cream tea, which you can eat in abundance at the Royal Beacon. Surrounded by such regal history, this really is the ideal place for taking part in this customary tradition for which Devon is famous. The Cream Tea comes complete with home-made scones made on site as well as clotted cream and home-made jam.

For a unique fine dining experience, head to the highly acclaimed 1810 Restaurant, this faces out to sea with cosy bay windows and soft lighting offering a lovely place to relax and enjoy fine dining. Where as the Marine Bar and Lounge is great for those wanting a more relaxed and informal option serving lighter dishes and snacks.

Whether you are staying for a short break, a business trip or a celebration, the Royal Beacon has options to suit everyone, so it doesn’t matter whether you are travelling light or with the whole family, we can cater for you.


Establishment Features

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Room / Unit Features

  • En-suite
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms



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    Recent Reviews:

    • SIMON T
      Trip Type:
      Nice to be back.
      4 of 5 stars
      1st July 2024
      We chose Royal Beacon as we stayed here before many years ago, and whilst not much has changed with the decor, it still gave us a nostalgic feeling about being close to the seaside which was lovely... Read full review
    • sheilaghp
      Lovely hotel
      5 of 5 stars
      8th July 2024
      Really lovely stay. Room was clean and bright, beds comfortable and clean. Towels also clean. The staff were friendly and so helpful. We had breakfast on Sunday morning, we went for the continental... Read full review
    • Graham W
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Royal Beacon Hotel - recommended
      4 of 5 stars
      8th July 2024
      We chose the Royal Beacon as it was the only reasonably priced hotel from Topsham to Exmouth we could find that offered reserved parking (albeit for an extra £20, but worth that for us). All other... Read full review

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