Devon, United Kingdom

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel

Rates per night from$109.38

Price information

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Nautical New England


Jurassic parkland

Set within a bona fide Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is an equally attractive proposition: a bright, breezy boutique hotel on one of England’s most spectacular shores – the rugged Jurassic Coast. Huge windows in the Upper Deck restaurant survey the sands, and superb freshly caught seafood is served. There’s water, water (almost) everywhere, with several sea-view suites and a sunlounger-surrounded pool, which adds a little Miami glamour to the great British seaside.

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Need to know




11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but also flexible.


Double rooms from $109.38 (£87), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast (freshly baked pastries, yoghurt, organic oats, cereals and juices).


Don’t miss the Devonshire tea, served with sea air on the terrace, or in the lounge, at 3.30pm daily. The hotel happily hosts seaside weddings – there’s room for up to 100 guests and a terrace supplies pictures with a beautiful bayside backdrop.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, parking and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, a minibar, free bottled water and White Company bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Keep watch over Lyme Bay in one of the sea-facing suites; opt for a Superior and you’ll have a balcony to admire it from, too. The Courtyard rooms are set away from the hotel in a separate two-storey building and might seem a little motel-like at first; don’t be fooled – they have all the breezy, beach-y charms of the main house.


There are two heated pools: a heated open-air pool with stylish sunloungers (open from July to September) for summertime swims in water that’s less chilly than the Channel, and a heated indoor pool in the spa. Both are family-friendly and welcome children from 8.30am to 10am, and 4.30pm to 6pm, daily.


The spoiling Harbour Spa offers all kinds of Espa-employing pampering, with facials, mani-pedis, pregnancy massages and body polishes, as well as options for children and men. There’s a gym, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, and steam room, and a sundeck by the pool to head to in a post-treatment trance.

Packing tips

Bring a fossil handbook for help identifying the archaeological relics strung along the coastline; and stylish swimwear for lounging on one of the white sunloungers around the pool.


The restaurant, bar and lounge are suitable for wheelchair access.


Dogs can stay in some rooms for £10 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Devon.


All ages welcome. Baby cots and extra beds can be added to certain room categories on request.

Best for

Older kids.

Recommended rooms

The Superior Double with Sea View and Balcony have space for a cot or extra bed.

Swimming pool

Both pools are family-friendly, but only at certain times: 8.30am and 10am, and 4.30pm to 6pm.


Children are allowed in the restaurant and bar at all times. Highchair and Tommee Tippee bibs are available to borrow and the menu can be adapted to suit younger tastebuds. Staff will also happily froth up a babyccino or a create miniature ice-cream sundae. 

No need to pack

Colouring books, bibs, travel cots and highchairs.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bag a seat by the double-height windows for the best sea views with supper, or slump onto the cushion-strewn, camel-coloured banquette for added comfort.

Dress Code

Push the boat out with nautical navy and captain-worthy whites.

Hotel restaurant

The Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant showcases the English Channel through vast windows. It has playful, sea-faring flourishes, such as hanging buoy-shaped lights and blue-glass candleholders. The chef champions British classics and regularly loots the fruits of the sea. Try various potted things (shrimps, crab, mackerel), the creamy cheesy soufflé with added oak-smoked haddock, salad Niçoise, Lyme Bay scallops or chargrilled pork and octopus. The menu’s predominately pescatarian but there’s a reassuringly carnivorous ‘cow and claret’ option on the menu: a Béarnaise-paired côte de boeuf for two, with thick-cut chips and the promised glass of plonk.  

Hotel bar

Order a vodka-enhanced rhubarb Bellini or a fragrant Bramley Smash and head out to the terrace for sundowners with a sea view. Sandwiches, salads and platters can be ordered here or in the lounge.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 10am during the week (8am to 11am at weekends). The restaurant serves food from noon right up until 9.30pm. The bar calls time at 11pm, but certain rooms have a free supply of gin and sherry to keep you going.

Room service

The bar’s menu can be transported by trolley to your room between noon and 9.30pm.


Photos Sidmouth Harbour Hotel location
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
Manor Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8RU
United Kingdom


The closest airport is Exeter (, 10 miles away from the hotel by car; the drive should take around 25 minutes. Skybus services fly here from various destinations in the south west of the UK; Flybe has arrivals from major European cities.


Honiton rail station is the nearest, a 20-minute drive away. Great Western trains ( arrive from London; there are direct routes from Waterloo (around a three-hour journey), but the train from Paddington takes two-and-a-half hours; from Exeter St Davids, Honiton is half an hour away by train.


From Exeter, the hotel’s a half-hour drive away. If you’re arriving from a northerly direction, leave the A30 just after Honiton and follow signs to Sidmouth. There’s free parking when you arrive.


Arrive via a Stuart Line Cruises ferry ( from Exmouth if you want to get into the seafaring mood early – you’ll land directly onto the pebbled beach.

Worth getting out of bed for

Before you indulge in lashings of cream and yards of craft ale, the Jurassic Coast is on your doorstep and there are several ways to walk it, from the scenic (Sidmouth to Salcombe Hill) to the strenuous (Mutter’s Moor and the Lower Otter Valley). There’s even the annual Sidmouth Walking Festival in September paying homage to the art of ambling. In Sidmouth, improve your astronomy knowledge with a visit to the Norman Lockyer observatory or watch a film at the town’s art deco Radway Cinema. The hotel can help arrange evening cruises, kayaking along the coast or visits to the Donkey Sanctuary. Don’t miss a trip to cliff-backed Jacobs Ladder Beach, one of the biggest in the area and so-named for the series of wooden steps leading to it.

Local restaurants

An outpost of gastronomic boutique hotel the Pig (a fellow Smith stay) can be found eight miles north of Sidmouth – The Pig at Combe and its freshly foraged menu awaits in the Otter Valley. In Lyme Regis, try Hix Oyster and Fish House for superb seafood in a superlative setting.

Local cafés

For a delicious Devonshire tea (top tip: it’s de rigeur to spread the cream on the scone first) and substantial slices of cake, visit Sidmouth’s Clock Tower Café. Axminster has a branch of the River Cottage, where the menu borrows the bounty of neighbouring counties; try Cornish sardines with seaweed salsa verde, courgette salad with Somerset feta, or Hampshire mozzarella with Isle of Wight tomatoes.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel on England’s south coast and unpacked their jars of jam and pots of clotted cream, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel in Devon

The weather might do its best to put a downer on it, but the British seaside puts up a good fight. Whether the sun’s out or not, refined redbrick manor Sidmouth Harbour Hotel on Devon’s Jurassic coast will dazzle discerning guests with its sea-facing suites and traditional white veranda. Set within the East Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the hotel’s surroundings are photogenic – but it keeps up the local standard with its nautical and New England-inspired sage, white and blue colour palette, vast countryside-showcasing windows and bright, breezy interiors. The heated pool, bordered by pristine wooden decking topped with white sunloungers, offers a bath-warm dip for those not up to braving British waters. Locally caught seafood stars in the dishes of the day in the restaurant, but huge hunks of steak and creative combinations such as pork and octopus also take pride of place. Other coastal towns could study Sidmouth for a lesson in ‘how to be kitsch and endearing but not faded and forlorn’. What’s a little rain when you’ve got buckets (and spades) of charm?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sidmouth Harbour Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Well appointed room and really happy to find that the double bed was actually larger than a standard double. Cute little spa area. Staff were all charming and helpful. I was particularly impressed by one of the bar team, I'm guessing he was a more senior staff member (was wearing a purple shirt). He was a proper professional bar tender, sadly quite a rare find. The hotel is good value for money.

Don’t expect

WiFi was an absolute pain. Had to keep logging on, which took multiple attempts each time. Although it was possible to receive mails and go online sporadically it was not possible to send mails at all: something to do with unsecure certificate. Intensely annoying Dinner was a bit of a mixed bag. My partner has a particularly good steak. I would not recommend the veal: it was very poor. Popcorn cockles were an excellent snack.


Stayed on 11 Nov 2018

We loved

Well located in the seaside town of Sidmouth. Walked the beautiful coastal path and enjoyed the charm of the town. Try the lovely fish restaurant Neal's and the Clock Tower Café for afternoon tea.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning in the rooms which made for uncomfortable nights in the summer heat. High quality food service.


Stayed on 5 Aug 2018

We loved

The lovely spacious rooms, and the spa. The spa is excellent: well run, friendly and inviting, peaceful, with a beautiful swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and marvelous treatments.

Don’t expect

Good food: it's incredibly mediocre from breakfast through to dinner.


Stayed on 15 Jun 2018

We loved

The sea views, the food, relaxed vibe and the helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Nightclubs or a fast pace.


Stayed on 23 Feb 2018

We loved

The overall experience was good. The nice little touches like the free gift and the complimentary gin and sherry. Beautiful hotel in a beautiful area.

Don’t expect

A good nights sleep if youre in room 9. Unbearable heat and no way to cool it down made for a terrible nights sleep despite the big comfortable bed. Unable to make use of the restaurant or bar due to a 90 per head black tie event which we weren't informed of until arrival. This meant we had to really struggle to find a place to eat out of the hotel on NY Eve.


Stayed on 31 Dec 2017

We loved

Really gorgeous rooms – all very cozy and well thought out, including the decanters of gin and sherry that are provided as part of the stay. Very friendly and helpful staff who provided us with a map of the area with all the walks. Dinner at the restaurant was also excellent: good wine choices and good value. We loved lunch at the Pea Green Boat on the esplanade.

Don’t expect

Unfortunately our breakfast order was lost so we had a bit of a 'rushed job', and the water pressure in the shower could have been better.


Stayed on 28 Dec 2017

We loved

The balcony in our room and the public areas of the hotel. Neil's restaurant – a wonderful fish restaurant a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. The food and service were exceptional.

Don’t expect

A spacious room, great water pressure in the shower or to be cool.


Stayed on 18 Oct 2017

We loved

The location is exquisite. The hotel is a couple minutes on foot from the sea and the stunning Jurassic Coast. It was lovely to use the indoor pool and sauna and steam room and to have an ESPA facial. I went when it was stormy and raining and still, I so enjoyed my visit to Sidmouth. There are wonderful walks all around Sidmouth, from the hills surrounding it, to the Byes Park along the Sid River. The town is small and really adorable and had a wonderful feel. I visited several times and never got bored. Amazing nature surrounds Sidmouth and according to one local, the most beautiful bluebells in the UK in the spring.

Don’t expect

I was a bit disappointed as the hotel is not as dog-friendly as they say. The dog-friendly rooms looked onto a car park and as a gold member I had no other choice. Also, I could not dine with my well-behaved dog, who is a companion, and therefore I ate in my room as I was on my own and went to the coast to spend time with my dog on long walks and discovering the town, which is absolutely charming. The food was expensive for what it was, and the room, too was expensive for what it was. The tv fell off the wall too which was a bit worrying, and half of the staff were adorable and half were not very friendly, which is not very good in the hospitality industry.


Stayed on 9 Oct 2017

We loved

The Hotel's location. Room 161, well equipped and comfy. Friendly staff. Sidmouth is a sleepy, yet sophisticated seaside town. Lunch at the Connaught Gardens was very good and coffee at #1 coffee lounge was exceptional.

Don’t expect

We did find the restaurant under-staffed. We were staying for our wedding anniversary and the table booking was poorly handled. Situation was reasonably resolved by the restaurant manger.


Stayed on 24 Jun 2017

We loved

The room was very nice, the bed was amazing! Great food in the restaurant, and beautiful views. Adam in the restaurant was absolutely brilliant, really friendly and super helpful.


Stayed on 31 Mar 2017

We loved

The swimming pools; but restriction on children a little inconvenient.

Don’t expect

Easy parking as car park overcrowded with daily spa guests and non-resident visitors.


Stayed on 16 Feb 2017

We loved

Our recent stay at the Sidmouth Harbor Hotel for a romantic weekend away was absolutely fabulous. Having travelled extensively and stayed in some of the most opulent hotels in the Middle East I have to stay that this hotel tops them all. It is understatedly elegant with a gorgeous nautical feel. The rooms are beautifully appointed and the beds are huge. From the receptionist's warm welcome to the complementary gin decanter in our room we were made to feel incredibly welcome for the entirety of our stay. The only downside to the gin was that because we had such a wonderful meal with champagne, wine and delicious after dinner liqueur coffees, by the point we were going to drink it we were actually too drunk to enjoy it! The two experiences that even outshone the rest of the hotel were the restaurant and the spa. I had a reflexology massage in the spa that was just wonderful. Anna was so professional and talented I left the spa feeling like I was walking on air. The second experience was the restaurant, not only was the food to die-for but the manager Adam made the experience the very apex of dining. He manages to make you feel completely at home and relaxed without being obtrusive (we were away for a pre-Valentines mini-break after all!) and his exemplary service and humour complement the quality of the food perfectly. With that in mind, the cheese soufflé will not be forgotten by either of us for a long time! Thank you so much to everyone at the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, but to Adam in particular. We will definitely be back!!

Don’t expect

Tonic water in the bedroom go with the gin :(


Stayed on 10 Feb 2017

We loved

The views. The spa. The ambience. A delightful seaside town with no signs of 'tat'!

Don’t expect

...anything too formal.


Stayed on 15 Jan 2017

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