Invicta Hotel

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Invicta Hotel

, Plymouth
3 star

Rooms: 29

11/12 Osborne Place - Plymouth - England - PL1 2PU - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01752664997
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2/10
our experience
Submitted by: jackee in 30/09/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Although staff were very friendly,accomadation was not up to the standard of 3 stars. The beds were very hard, we were awoken on are last day, to water dripping from the ceiling onto are pillows. Parking was an issue. The car park was very small and the spaces were very tight. The rooms were very basic. the television was a problem,we were told since they had stwitched to digital they were unable to pick up some channels.We had hot water in our room on the first night, but the room we moved into for the second night had no hot water.on the plus side it was a convinient location for us. Breakfast was not that special where was the beans and mushroom on the fried breakfast.
my son had a family room which should of slept 2 adults and 2 children, yet there was only 1 double and 1` single bed you could not you would of been unable to fit another single in the room it was to small. they only slept for an hour which spoilt the next day.
1/10
SHABBY!
Submitted by: A Travel-Library User in 23/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
We were originally booked into The Invicta Hotel for 7 nights via online booking, but cut this stay short and moved to another hotel. The reasons are as follows: The room was in a generally shabby state, with stained carpets, stains on the headboards, flaking paint, and a window that wouldn't stay shut which was a particular problem as we were experiencing wet & windy weather. We reported the window problem within 24 hours of our arrival but heard nothing more about it. The bathroom, although quite clean, was lacking in fixtures such as NO towel rail, NO toilet-roll holder, No mirror shelf, No shaving light (Bulb not working). The bedroom came with the usual hairdryer, kettle, complimentary tea/coffee, etc. One of the power sockets was badly damaged and could be quite dangerous in my opinion. The beds were hard and uncomfortable, the bedding was badly stained including the blankets and outer cover, although the sheets appeared clean. Storage was badly lacking with 1 large wardrobe with 1 rail and no shelves, and 2 small drawers. The final straw came when I lifted the mattress protector and found a very badly stained mattress and what looked like an old piece of blood-stained tissue which I'd been unknowingly sleeping on for several nights. The breakfasts were more than sufficient although the dining room had inadequate seating/tables for a hotel of this size. (At least 36 rooms but only 8 tables). This meant some guests had to wait in the lounge before they could be seated for breakfast. The downstairs 'restaraunt' was closed. We found the breakfast staff to be polite and helpful but they seemed to be the only staff on duty in the mornings. This was only a problem when we decided to book-out early due to our unhappiness with the room, and despite the best efforts of the staff to summon the proprietor to discuss our issues, we were never able to meet with them. They attempted to charge us for an extra night as we hadn't given 24 hours notice of cancellation. The cleaner and the waitress/receptionist had to negotiate via the telephone to get this charge waived. I cannot recommend this hotel to anyone and feel this negative review is necessary to spare other potential guests a similar experience. AVOID!

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Shabby

from watcher1967
We were originally booked into The Invicta Hotel for 7 nights via online booking, but cut this stay short and moved to another hotel.

The reasons are as follows:

The room was in a generally shabby state, with stained carpets, stains on the headboards, flaking paint, and a window that wouldn't stay shut which was a particular problem as we were experiencing wet & windy weather. We reported the window problem within 24 hours of our arrival but heard nothing more about it.

The bathroom, although quite clean, was lacking in fixtures such as NO towel rail, NO toilet-roll holder, No mirror shelf, No shaving light (Bulb not working).

The bedroom came with the usual hairdryer, kettle, complimentary tea/coffee, etc. One of the power sockets was badly damaged and could be quite dangerous in my opinion. The beds were hard and uncomfortable, the bedding was badly stained including the blankets and outer cover, although the sheets appeared clean. Storage was badly lacking with 1 large wardrobe with 1 rail and no shelves, and 2 small drawers.

The final straw came when I lifted the mattress protector and found a very badly stained mattress and what looked like an old piece of blood-stained tissue which I'd been unknowingly sleeping on for several nights.

The breakfasts were more than sufficient although the dining room had inadequate seating/tables for a hotel of this size. (At least 36 rooms but only 8 tables). This meant some guests had to wait in the lounge before they could be seated for breakfast. The downstairs 'restaraunt' was closed.

We found the breakfast staff to be polite and helpful but they seemed to be the only staff on duty in the mornings. This was only a problem when we decided to book-out early due to our unhappiness with the room, and despite the best efforts of the staff to summon the proprietor to discuss our issues, we were never able to meet with them.
They attempted to charge us for an extra night as we hadn't given 24 hours notice of cancellation.
The cleaner and the waitress/receptionist had to negotiate via the telephone to get this charge waived.

I cannot recommend this hotel to anyone and feel this negative review is necessary to spare other potential guests a similar experience.

AVOID!

The best service; friendly and confortable

from lkh07
My room was very comfortable; newly refurbished with a flat-screen TV. The bathroom was clean and had a simple but wonderfully powerful shower (a good shower being rare on my experiences elsewhere). The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient, ensuring I had a relaxed and enjoyable stay.

Having been booked into the hotel by my employers for business, I was apprehensive on arrival. I needn't have worried as I was greeted by the very friendly and hospitable owners and immediately cooked a delicious meal (the food was consisitently good for my 16 day stay).

I will be returning to the Invicta in the future and would never think of staying anywhere else in Plymouth!

4 Months in the Invicta Hotel

from virgin63
Having worked in Plymouth for the last 4 months, I have stayed in this well run family hotel.The staff were friendly and some have become friends.The food was good, they will even cook of the menu ,restaurant or bar snack food the choice is yours.The hotel is old and full of character,rooms are well kept,comfortable and clean with tea,coffee and a tv.The location is perfect for the City Centre,The Hoe,Bars,Restaurants and Night life.Free parking and internet access a bonus i think. The lounge bar is well stocked and has a nice friendly atmosphere for pleasant evenings in to relax.Having stayed in other Hotels before i found the Invicta, on my next stay in this wonderful city the Invicta will be my first choice.

Terry

sad

from ajhaeh
‘Unconquered’… meaning Invicta, the hotel brochure explains. Having recently stayed I’m not sure how that name relates to this family run hotel. I will attempt to be as objective as possible. The hotel offers ‘Free Parking’ at the rear and there are six or so places. There is street parking outside the hotel and the meters operate from 10am – 6pm. It is free outside these times and a pound or so for 4 hrs. Outside the front door there is a sign advertising the restaurant downstairs, in a basement area. The menu told its own story, being old, damp and full of mildew. The restaurant was closed…
maybe for good? On entering the lobby, the small reception desk is on your right and the dining room to your left. The elderly couple sat in the window seat again told a story. There is a small bar & lounge to your right.

Red carpets, squeaky floorboards, curtains, pelmets, staircases & banisters all tell another story of this Grade II listed building. I had a double room that overlooked the famous bowls park and the street below. The room itself was just ‘sad’. An ‘old’ fashioned double bed with wooden lats, 1960’s style bedroom furniture, tatty peeling wallpaper and the old style sash windows. The walls are very thin and people in the next room could easily be heard. The wall paper was stained in places which matched those on the carpets. The en suite bathroom again was just typical with a damaged toilet seat, a lime green colour scheme and no plug for the sink. Paint was flaking off the walls in places.

I was expecting ‘Callan’ or a young Michael Caine to walk in with an old leather type suitcase.

The room did have a TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, clean towels and free, although temperamental, Wifi.

The hotel is ideally located, opposite the famous bowling green and within walking distance of the Hoe and a ten minute stroll down Citadel Street will bring you to the Barbican. The shopping centre again only minutes away down Lockyer Street. You have a view of Citadel Street and the Hoe from the room window.

Breakfast – The elderly couple were sat in the window seat. There was a choice of cereals, grapefruit, prunes then a fried breakfast, coffee and toast. The dining room, cutlery, menu’s, furniture etc. just looked ‘tired’, well worn.

The staff were very courteous, friendly and efficient. There weren’t many guests staying. The Hotel rate was £65 with breakfast. Although I don’t like to, I am sorry to say that this was probably one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in.

A Quality Product

from billstickers
Reviewer: Professional Event Judge
March 2007

I have stayed here before. Always receive a warm welcome. Have seen the continual improvements and upgrades. Warm, cosy and comfortable plus good food and drink. The location is ideal for access to shops and The Hoe. Free parking.

Good location, small room, poor breakfast

from ryanoid
We stayed for one night at the start of September, in an "Executive Room" for £80. The room was pleasant but rather small, although it had a good bathroom. Another positive was the location, within easy walking distance of the seafront and the centre of town. Our room was at the front of the hotel but didn't actually have a sea view - you look out onto Francis Drake's famous bowling green.

Breakfast was included in our rate, and was served in the restaurant located in the basement of the hotel. I found the cooked breakfast disappointing - the bacon was like cardboard, it had probably been warming under lamps for most of the morning.

Although our stay was perfectly comfortable, I didn't feel we got great value for money. However, the rate we paid seems to be typical of the south coast of England at this time of year, so it's unlikely we could have done much better in Plymouth, especially as I was booking at the last minute.

smashing hotel

from juliebleasby
Had a one night stay at this smashing little hotel. After staying on the plymouth hoe before on a previous trip we were plesantly suprised at this hotel.
We have a son in the Navy and had gone to meet him in plymouth. The staff were very accomodating when he turned up a day early, and went out of their way to accomodate him at short notice.
Will stay again next time we visit
Well worth a try.

Great Hotel - Great Location

from MP1974
We had a lovely stay at the Invicta, we booked an executive double room which had a huge queen size bed and a lovely view overlooking the hoe. The en-suite was spotless and had a shower which could knock a horse over. As the hotel is situated right on the hoe, it's an easy walk to the seafront and only 5 mins from the Barbican. On the whole a great little hotel, great location, friendly staff and a great breakfast!

Loved the Invicta

from AggieKJM
My husband and I recently spent about 2 weeks staying at the Invicta Hotel in Plymouth while we were searching for a place to live. It's in a great location...right on the Hoe and just a step away from the city centre shops. The family that own the hotel are extremely nice and will go out of their way to ensure your stay is a pleasant one. It is nice to stay in a place where you receive personal attention on a daily basis. We will definitely stay there again if needed, and we are recommending this hotel to all our family and friends that visit. It was great!

A very pleasant stay

from cjayd
On a business trip to Plymouth, I was looking for a small family run hotel, rather than the usual "chain hotels".

The Invicta was an ideal choice - right in the heart of old plymouth, and a short stroll to the waterfront.

Perfect

Top Local Tips for Plymouth

Firework Spectacular! The British Firework Championships are held on the Hoe mid August every year. They're well worth attending, but you'll need to book accommodation well in advance for those dates.

Car Park the car park is small and on-street parking isnt cheap, if you're in a group bring just one car and explore locally on foot or by public transport - as you're central waling is the easiest and cheapest.

Parking Parking in Plymouth is either congested on the street or expensive in the multi storeys. NCP by the aquarium was £8 for 5 hours during the day. Street parking at the hotels close to Plymouth Hoe is busy even during the evenings. You might have to grab the first space you find then move again later on when congestion has thinned out ie. after the theatres and cinemas have closed. Metered street parking does not start till 10.00. Quite generous compared to other towns

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  • Address: 11/12 Osborne Place - Plymouth - England - PL1 2PU - United Kingdom
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