ABode Exeter, Devon

Cathedral Yard

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Reviewed by Helen
ABode Exeter is a great friendly boutique hotel, right in the heart of Exeter. Ideal for your coastal city break and a great base for a romantic coastal getaway.

  ABode Exeter and its award winning Michael Caines Restaurant is located in the heart of the historic and vibrant Cathedral city of Exeter.  Situated in the beautiful, pedestrianised Cathedral Yard, amidst an array of restaurants, gift shops and cafe bars, this is the ideal setting for your boutique coastal city break.  In addition to this, Exeter is the home town of Michael Caines and his passion emanates from here throughout the rest of the renowned ABode hotel collection.

The hotel has been beautifully transformed from the former Royal Clarence Hotel (the country's first "hotel") into a chic and contemporary city centre haven. There are 53 rooms following the same AB format as the other hotels in the ABode group, with rooms designated Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable and Fabulous.  All rooms, at all levels, are bright and airy and some have monumental views of the 12th century Gothic Cathedral. They all feature the standard ABode luxury features, such as incredibly comfortable Vi-Spring beds, monsoon showers, pampering ABode toiletries, DVD players and LCD televisions.  If you are celebrating a special occasion then a Desirable room is spacious enough for private in-room dining, or for a more luxurious treat, then the Enviable and Fabulous rooms have more dining and living space to relax and unwind in, again with spectacular views of the Cathedral.

The Micheal Caines dining experience is not to be missed. Without doubt, the Michael Caines Restaurant is considered the best restaurant in Exeter. Michael is one of the best know chefs in the country and this flagship signature restaurant really lives up to his name, serving exciting, modern British cuisine utilising the finest West Country ingredients. There is an Early Dining option as well as the full à la carte and tasting menus to choose from. The MC Café Bar & Grill offers a more informal setting to enjoy freshly prepared meals based on the best local andregional produce.

You don't have to venture very far for a pint or a glass of wine: the Well House next door is also part of ABode Exeter, run under the careful eye of Michael and his team.  Here you can sample delightful gourmet pub food or light snacks whilst trying out the local ales, beers and fine wines.

For more sophisticated evening drinks or afternoon treats, there is the Champagne and Cocktail bar, great before your evening meal or for a nightcap before bedtime.

There is certainly plenty to see and do in Exeter and the surrounding Devon countryside. The city is steeped in history going back to mediaeval and Roman times, a walk along the underground passages is recommended, or you can explore the miles of Jurassic coastline, walks and many blue flag beaches. There are vineyards to visit and galleries and craft shops dotted around in tiny rural villages. For those wanting more action, there is an abundance of water sports around as well as golf, fishing, cycling and horse riding. If you are planning a day out you can  take your own prepared sumptuous lunch with you from the ABode MC Boutique deli.

ABode Exeter has something for everyone, whether it's your romantic city break, a fun weekend away with the girls, or a coastal getaway with friends, you are all sure to have a memorable time and, just like myself, will no doubt want to return again soon.

ABode has some great offers on throughout the year, please check the website for details and don't forget to mention Away without the Kids when booking.










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