“An old hotel (the Royal Clarence) on the cathedral close, with wonderful views of the cathedral, but difficult to approach by car and with limited parking, has been extensively modernised and is now part of a small national chain, ABode, owned by Andrew Brownsword. Rooms vary and, as at other Abode hotels, are graded into four categories (from Comfortable to Fabulous). They are bright and cheerfully furnished. It would be wise to check the size and outlook of your room when you book. Not all are Fabulous. Dining at the ABode is supervised by co-owner Michael Caines (of Gidleigh Park fame). He won’t actually be cooking your supper, but the menus he has planned range from simple bar snacks to fine dining and his integrity shines through.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“As the first ABode Hotel, as well as the hometown of Michael Caines, this is where the ABode vision first began. Centrally located in the heart of Exeter's beautiful Cathedral Yard, and formerly the historic Royal Clarence Hotel, ABode Exeter has built upon a tradition of excellence and quality to create the city's most exciting venue.
The hotel offers individual, contemporary design allied with tradition and understated elegance. There are 53 bedrooms, rated Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable and Fabulous. Bedrooms have been designed with a sense of luxury and relaxation so the guest can enjoy an ideal night's sleep, and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Bedrooms at all levels are well-equipped: trademark ABode features include Vi-Spring beds; luxury toiletries; personal DVD players and state-of-the-art LCD televisions. Some rooms enjoy splendid views of the 12th century Gothic Cathedral.
Michael Caines is at the helm of all ABode dining experiences. A talented team of chefs makes the best use of the finest local and regional produce and ingredients from Devon and the South West. Whether you're in the mood for a first-rate pub meal with authentic cask ale in the Well House Tavern, a casual dinner with eclectic music in the Café Bar, a glass or two of something good in the Champagne and Cocktail Bar, or a tasteful and stunningly delicious three-course meal in the Michael Caines Restaurant, Abode Exeter offers something for everyone.
The restored Cathedral and Clarence rooms provide the ideal venue for a stylish reception or private dining party, and the Regent room is fully equipped for a hi-tech conference or other corporate occasion.
We even have the facilities to make you feel absolutely fabulous. Why not join us for a workout in our well-equipped and comfortable residents' gym?
ABode Exeter, on the beautiful Cathedral Yard, is your home from home, whatever the occasion.”