Old maybe, but tired? Nope!!!
My fiance and I visited Exeter for a nice romantic weekend and found the location and staff to both be excellent. The room was extremely comfortable, clean, very well appointed and all the facilities were top notch. The check-in and check-out process was great, even if the lobby is pretty small / cramped, and the staff were very helpful indeed throughout our stay. While there are (inevitably) some idiosyncracies with a property of this age and history - the stairs / elevator, lack of parking and cramped corridors for example - these have to be expected and the views and location more than make up for these in our opinion. Would we go back? ABSOLUTELY!!! We had a wonderful stay.