Inside Torquay’s new harbourside Hilton hotel

The Hilton hotel in Torquay is the latest business to open as part of the £32m harbourside regeneration scheme.

After 32 months of building works the hotel is now finished, being completed by property developers THAT and development design manager Fabio Bragoli who’s decked out the building in ‘nautical themed art’.

The 131-bed Hampton by Hilton hotel overlooks the harbour and has been fitted with a five0metre tall Riviera palm tree growing through the front entrance canopy on Torwood Street.

It has been built with a fitness centre, bar and seating area with rooms starting from £129 per night.

The hotel opened on April 12 to those on essential travel and further opened to leisure guests on May 17 following the relaxation of national restrictions.

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Property developers THAT are urban regenerators, whose first flagship project was The Hilton in Bournemouth and the group is run by chairman Ray Kelvin, chief executive Peter Tisdale and finance officer Steven Brown.

After long planning battles, work finally began in September 2018 and was due to finish in the summer of 2020 – until Covid-19 brought the scheme and everything else to a standstill in March last year.

Torquay's new Hilton hotel
Torquay’s new Hilton hotel
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The building has now been completed with development design manager Fabio Bragoli decking the hotel in ‘nautical themed art’.

There are two entrances to the building as well as a glass vestibule on The Terrace which will take hotel visitors into the open plan ground floor level of the hotel, with three floors of hotel rooms above.

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The floor in the reception includes a sweeping Corian marble desk, mirrored dining areas, a wood panelled cosy snug and banquette seating.

Rooms have either a blue or terracotta colour scheme and feature nautical themed art by Torquay designer Bert & Buoy (Bert Fowler). The luxury bathrooms have beautiful fittings and Corian moulded sinks.

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The building has opened up some interesting new vistas with great views from all of the windows across the rooftops, the harbour and gardens with the English Riviera big wheel and Pavilion beyond.

Since the pandemic, Hilton has introduced CleanStay, an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection; extended its re-booking and cancellation policy, allowing guests greater travel flexibility.

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