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Esplanade Hotel, Paignton

Hotel Summary

  • Situated right at the heart of Torbay, 10 minutes walk away from Paignton town centre
  • The front facing sun lounge and harbour Bar Lounge offers stunning views across 'The Bay'
  • Situated on the extensive level seafront, with a 5 minute walk to Paignton harbour
  • Ideally placed for enjoyment for all the resort’s entertainments
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We have two great selections of hotels tailored to make your short break just the way you like it.

Bay Hotels - these hotels represent all that is best about Shearings - the warmth, the hospitality, the comfort, the great entertainment and all round great value.

Coast & Country - each hotel has a comfortable bar and lounge offering the perfect place to relax and unwind and our restaurants pride themselves on offering good food and a choice of wines.

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5 out of 5 stars ( from 26 customers )

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About Esplanade Hotel

Paignton is situated right at the heart of Torbay - as this delightful stretch of the Devonshire coastline is affectionately known - and the Esplanade Hotel is right at the forefront of Paignton, a resort for families of all ages! Welcoming and lively with a selection of lounges and bars to suit your mood, whether it be relaxed or celebratory, the Esplanade Hotel has one of the best locations of all the hotels in Paignton. Situated on the extensive level seafront, just across the road from the sandy beach and a pleasant stroll from the harbour, pier and shops, our hotel is ideally placed for enjoyment for all the resort’s entertainments, both by day and by night.

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

Esplanade Hotel
Sands Road

: 01803 556333

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Room Type Details

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
  • Television
  • Shaving point

Local Attractions

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

Places To Visit

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

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Audrey Bell

Chester Le Street

20 June 2014

Great Holiday

Just had the most enjoyable 8 days with Shearings coaches staying at your wonderful hotel .The position was just a short walk to the beach & all amenities. The food the staff the entertainment could not be faulted .we made some new friends please pass on our regards to Simon his charm & jokes kept us in stitches and made our meal times a real pleasure. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mrs Jackson

Widnes Cheshire

7 June 2014

Esplanade Hotel

Shared a twin room. Very clean but disappointed with the shower, it was too small and the water pressure was poor. The wash basin wasn't big enough either. The food and service was excellent. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Good value for the money .My friend and I would like to say what a great driver we had, CHRIS who was so cheerful he kept us entertained all the way on every route



24 April 2014

Easter Break

Had good time over Easter really appreciated the extras Easter card wine hot x buns & crème egg. Food ok bit disappointed with Easter Sunday dinner just normal Sunday roast & chef’s special sausage & mash which I didn't think was special! All Shearings hotels are bit dated but are being done up slowly & for the money we think they are good value.

june williams

rhuddlan north wales

12 April 2014

very enjoyable break

The staff were all very friendly and helpful especially Rene who served us our food. The food was excellent had no complaints at all presented and served to the highest standard. Would definitely stay at the hotel again and would recommend it



28 September 2013

Esplanade Hotel

Hotel in an excellent position on the sea front, like most coach holiday hotels is well passed its sell by date. We got a refurbished room, even that need refurbishing, a small clothes cupboard masqueraded as a bathroom and toilet, and the shower had nowhere to put the soap and other toilet articles. An amateur plumber had positioned the shower controls and shower head across the shower to cut the room in half. Food good Staff helpful. After 4 hours were further from than when we started.

Mrs Andrews

West Midlands

26 September 2013

Always a pleasure to stay at Bay Esplanade

This is our fourth year at the hotel, and can’t fault it. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. the food is very good with a good choice, my partner has special diet needs which the hotel and the chef catered for exceptionally well, the waiting staff work hard to ensure you get a good service. Thank you James. All problems are dealt with promptly. Is a little bit dated but I like that as long has got a clean comfy bed at end of the day that’s all I need after enjoying the wonders of Devon.



7 September 2013

Well done Stephen

Lovely holiday bathrooms very small. Congratulations to Stephen who drove the 316 coach from Londongate way to Brighton and beyond. And found an alternative route due to colossal tail backs on M25 and A23 on Friday 7th September we had been travelling from Paignton since 8.30 am and he made it to Brighton just 45 minutes late.

Jean Hindley


14 July 2013

Good staff, Bad trips

Staff cheerfully sort queries/problems but can only work with what they have, hotel showing its age and no access ramp (in 2013?) Good food locally sourced and it shows. My single room's sea view was by leaning around fixed furniture however room change no problem. Trips need re-organising, not driver Geoff's fault but 40 mins at Buckfast, ridiculous! Rushed visit Mt Edgecumbe and 2hrs in Plymouth to view and also find lunch with no knowledge of the area was difficult. Would stay again without doing trips.

Dave Bebb

North Wales

26 March 2013

Almost 5 star

Worst weather EVER, had on a Shearing trip, hotel itself in the middle of being done up, our room was very small cut my toe on the bed as there’s not much room, to move about, beware of getting out of the shower as there’s lest 8 inches drop, which l think could be dangerous to older folk, Food wise is above standard and service is first class, entertainment was ok , girl singer was good, really Shearing needs all round entertainers, 4 drinks fair enough, but SHOULD be open bar, free soft drinks.

Debbie Napier


10 March 2013

Nice Friendly Hotel

Had a mid week break here at the beginning of February. Higgledy-pigglety hotel (which added to its charm) Friendly staff, nice, hot food, compact but clean bedroom (it's only for sleeping in at the end of the day), best entertainment at a Shearings Hotel so far. Nice days out but I wouldn't return here again, hotel was great but Paignton and the surrounding area wasn't for me :(

Ray and Sandra Stenning


25 February 2013

Very Pleased

Well we wrote on this page on August 1/12 about our holiday at the esplanade had a great time there in August. Went back for new year had a great time that was until 1.1.13 we are now going back again on the first of march hopefully for a week looking forward to it very much we know we are going to have a good time.

Mike and Linda

Walsall, West Midlands

22 February 2013


We recently went to the Esplanade Hotel for a long weekend with our dance club, the staff were very helpful, the manageress was on the ball, staff even waved us off when we departed, food was excellent. It was obvious there had been work done, only one complaint our bathroom was very compact bend down to brush your teeth and the door opens.

Kevin Stockall


21 February 2013

Dancing Break

Just returned from weekend break with our dancing club, Bathroom was on the small side, but apart from that everything was excellent, Food and service was excellent, credit to the manager, it was restored my faith in Shearings.

Yvonne Graham


20 February 2013


Really good hotel had a great holiday. Staff can't do enough to help you. Meals no complaints. Recommend a sea view room. Entertainment good no need to go out of hotel. Will certainly book with Shearings again, coach drivers really informative about surrounding areas.

Paul Brearley

Sutton Coldfield

20 February 2013

Group Holiday

Just returned from taking a group of 130 dancers for the weekend break. Excellent food, great entertainment, friendly staff, drinks vouchers for Saturday night, two trips and coach travel all for £119 what a great value for money hotel. Lee (the entertainment host) adjusted his programme to suite our groups needs. Some bedrooms have been upgraded and the hotel was warm throughout. One of the best group holidays we have done with Shearings and we have done quite a lot.

Heather Ramm


31 August 2012


Staff were excellent Service and Staff support and help excellent it is just a pity that Thomas Cook told me the Hotel was wheelchair friendly when it is definitely not. The main lift is long term "out of order". If you are disabled avoid this hotel.

Raymond Stenning

Chichester, West Sussex

1 August 2012

Very good hotel been there many time

we are driving back there again on 31st aug really looking forward to 7 night there staff are very good and very helpful nothing is too much trouble for them as I am disabled but well looked after some of the rooms are a bit small but you are not in them for long. My wife and I know we have not had this holiday yet but we know we are going to be looked after by the staff and really good food so we do not have to say what we have had but what we are going to look forward to can’t wait. Sandra/Ray.

John Matthews

Deeside, North Wales

12 May 2012

Very pleasant stay

Had an enjoyable four night stay with Shearings in March 2012. Hotel in a very good location, a short walk into Paignton centre. Room was fairly small but fine. The bathroom and shower cubicle were very small. There was a large step into the shower and I had difficulty getting in (I'm disabled), luckily there was a grab rail to pull myself in. I still managed a shower every night so not a big deal. Staff and food were excellent. Decent entertainment. Would definitely go back.

Janet Spencer


14 March 2012


We have had a Mon.-Fri. all inclusive break and what a great time we had. The staff were so helpful, as a disabled person, all my needs were catered for, the food was brilliant and we were made to feel at home. We have stayed in most of the hotels in this group, and found the Esplanade to be one of the best, good parking too as we went in our own car. Thanks again to all the staff.

Dave Greene


13 March 2012


I worked at the Tarbet Hotel for a year as the deputy manager and found it quite unique. The challenges and rewards were many and the people there wonderful. I'm glad the upgrades have taken place as the beautiful area deserves it. I miss many things about the old castle and the land of horizontal rain.

Mr and Mrs Levick


4 March 2012

Many Thanks

We have just come home from the Paignton hotel and would like to thank all the staff at the hotel for a helping to make our stay a happy one. The only fault we would say the rooms are very small bathrooms would not suite everyone as they could have trouble getting out of the shower. The entertainment was great and we would go back again.

John McClure

Warrington, Cheshire

2 March 2012

Thank you for a good refreshing holiday

My wife and myself recently stayed here, we have been in a number of Shearings hotels, but we found this one really relaxing and very friendly, the staff were brilliant, food was really good with good variety, the bedroom was a little bit tired and needs uplifting, but very comfortable, excellent value for money we will be back and would highly recommend it.

Pauline Diable

Hornchurch, Essex

12 October 2011

Nice Short Break

Emailing on behalf of our group of 5 to say how much we enjoyed the holiday. Good location for visiting other places of interest. Excellent staff who were courteous, attentive and cheerful, nothing was too much trouble. Great entertainment every night to a very high standard. Must also mention our coach driver Roy who was very knowledgeable and kept us informed of local history and landmarks during the trips out. He was a great character who was always friendly and cheerful. Top marks!

Irene Hindle


24 September 2011

Great Holiday

Had a lovely holiday first time to this hotel and had read very differing reviews of it so did not know what to expect. The staff were excellent, friendly and genuinely cared that guests enjoyed their holiday. There is a very good choice of menu including vegetarian dishes. It made a change to be offered this rather asking each meal time for a vegetarian option like a lot of hotels I have stayed at before. The room was small but clean and fresh towels each day. Sea view and convenient for town centre.

David Deadman

Belvedere, Kent

16 July 2011

Thank you for a pleasant stay

Thank you for a lovely stay at your hotel. All four of us stayed from 8th to 10th July and we had a fantastic time. We were treated like God's and the staff were so helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel was so very clean and fresh and everything was spotless. The food was of very high quality, plentiful and was cooked to perfection. Our thanks to Tim the chef and all those in the kitchen who made it possible. The entertainment was very good both nights and something we did not expect at all. Our rooms were a bit small but clean and comfortable but the only thing we were not happy with was the very cramped bathroom. You could not swing a cat in there. We have seen bigger broom cupboards! I understand that this is a common feature at this hotel as it was converted from a Victorian hotel and part of each room was lost for the addition of the very small bathroom. Still you only spend but a short time there so this is but a minor niggle. We would certainly come back. All the criticism about this hotel seems well over the top and totally unfair. Well done to you all and top marks for everything, bathroom excepted!

Norma Fitchett

Bury, Lancashire

3 January 2011

Thank You

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve break here. The welcome was warm, as was the temperature in the hotel. The entertainment was great, despite the reluctance of some of the guests to join in, but you always get them! The food was fantastic and so were the staff. We will definitely return.

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