The Darnley Hotel

Star Rating
2 out of 5
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3.1 / 5
7 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking
  • Pet Friendly


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Ilfracombe Harbour
    17 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Verity Statue
    3 min drive
  • Restaurant
    The Wellington
    5 min walk
  • Restaurant
    MKs Lounge & Kitchen
    5 min walk

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    About this area


    Located in Ilfracombe, The Darnley Hotel is near the beach. Those looking for an activity can check out Ilfracombe Harbour, while everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of Exmoor National Park and Woolacombe Beach. Marwood Hill Gardens and Valley of the Rocks are also worth visiting.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Ilfracombe Harbour - 17 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Verity Statue - 3 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Ilfracombe Aquarium - 4 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Marwood Hill Gardens - 13 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Elliott Gallery - 14 min drive

    Getting around

    • Barnstaple Station - 22 min drive
    • Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.) - 77 min drive


    • The Wellington — 5 min walk
    • MKs Lounge & Kitchen — 5 min walk
    • Grassroots Cafe — 6 min walk
    • Cafe Blue Bar — 8 min walk
    • Gurkha — 8 min walk

    About this property

    The Darnley Hotel

    This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and tour/ticket assistance. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a garden. All 6 individually furnished rooms feature DVD players and room service. TVs, coffee/tea makers and hairdryers are among the other amenities available to guests.

    Property amenities


    • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

    Parking and public transport

    • Free self parking

    Food and drink

    • Free continental breakfast
    • 1 restaurant
    • 1 bar
    • Room service available

    Family friendly

    • DVD player
    • Free cots/infant beds

    Guest services

    • Tour/ticket assistance

    Languages spoken

    • English


    • Garden


    • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
    • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
    • Wheelchair-accessible parking


    • Smoke-free property

    Room amenities


    • Free cots/infant beds


    • Bathroom (partially open)
    • Free toiletries
    • Hairdryer
    • Shower


    • DVD player
    • TV

    Food and drink

    • Coffee/tea maker


    • Individually furnished
    • Iron/ironing board (on request)

    Nearby things to do


    • Beach access
    • Hiking/biking trails
    • Sailing
    • Windsurfing

    Where to eat

    • On-site dining venue – Restaurant offering local cuisine. Serves dinner. Reservations required.

    Frequently asked questions


    Guest rating

    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Bags of character comfy and friendly hosts

    Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Autumn break

    Clean. Great shower and breakfast. Nothing too much trouble for owners.

    Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2018


    Awful and argumentative

    I’m writing this review in the hope others can avoid the experience we had. The room initially looked ok. The decor was very dated but not necessarily concerning. However, the bed was very uncomfortable - the mattress was so old and tired that it drooped ever which way. Perhaps, if just one person stayed they could droop into the middle of the mattress and get some sleep but if there are two of you, sleep becomes very difficult. The shower shifts rapidly and unpredictably between scolding and freezing. You can lessen this somewhat if you turn it to the eco setting. Whilst the room was not conducive to sleep, this pales into comparison with the attitude and treatment by the staff. We politely asked when the wifi login details did not appear to work. We were immediately told off that they were old login details (they didn’t seem to think it was a good idea to update the guest folder in the room?!) and more so when we said that the wifi did not work at all in our room, even with the new login details. This began a very long and deeply uncomfortable process with both the man and woman staff (perhaps owners). They criticised us, blamed us, patronised us and did their best to make us feel as uncomfortable as possible. To name the highlights - entering & lingering in our bedroom when we were two females in our PJs and a barely veiled threat of him having been ‘MOD internal security’ in the past. Breakfast: only 8:30-9:30am ad greasy & gross.

    Pros: Leaving. There is some parking onsite (beware the posts and garden mess).

    Cons: The atttitude and approach of the staff. Renew the mattresses on the beds. Clean the bird poo off the windows and questionable marks on the linen.

    Location: Visit Lundy Island (but stay elsewhere. Breakfast not available in time to make the boat boarding time).

    Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2018


    Nice hotel, slow breakfast

    Nice big hotel and we got our room upgraded at no extra cost. Room was comfortable and enormous. Easy access down to the town and harbour area. Seagulls were noisy! Breakfasts were terribly slow. We were out walking each day and like to make an early start. On our final day when we had a long drive home we ordered beans on toast as we thought it would be quick and it still took 35 minutes to arrive. As the earliest they start breakfast is at 8.30am we ended up leaving a fair but later than we would have liked.

    Pros: Nice room and grounds. Private woodland walkway down to the high street.

    Cons: Breakfast needs to be much faster and maybe start at 8.00am

    Location: There's a lovely little woodland walkway down to the high street. The harbour is maybe a 10 minute walk away. The best pub is the George and dragon.

    Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2018


    • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Early breakfast request

    Not very good service for breakfast it states in there information pack breakfast 8 till 9.30 but were told its 8.30 till 9.30 If you want earlier let know I did and was told come down at 8.15 which we did as we were going to Lundy for the day had to leave at 8.55 breakfast arrived at 8.45

    Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2017

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