The Best Hotels to Book in Exeter for Every Traveller

From boutique boltholes to renovated old inns, there is something for every traveller visiting Exeter
From boutique boltholes to renovated old inns, there is something for every traveller visiting Exeter | Courtesy of Southernhay House /
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo

The easy-going capital of Devon has accommodation to suit every taste – and our list makes finding them a cinch. From boutique boltholes to renovated inns and slick city apartments, here are the best places to stay in Exeter – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Jurys Inn Exeter, for a wallet-friendly base


The lobby area at Jurys Inn Exeter is filled with modern decor and tall plants
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Futuristic, compact rooms at this centrally-appointed Jurys Inn feature original abstract wall art depicting the city’s skyline. The location is hard to beat if you’ve got a weekend to explore Exeter, with major attractions such as the cathedral, quay and underground passages all within a 15-minute walk. A hot and cold breakfast buffet, served with Costa coffee will fuel your sightseeing, plus there’s an eclectically-decorated restaurant serving mains and desserts for later in the day.

2. Mill Farm, for a rural retreat

Bed and Breakfast

The Mill Farm exterior is of stone and brick, filled high with floral decoration
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Delia and Bruce, the owners of this sprawling farmhouse, welcome you with a warming pot of tea – the perfect start to an invigorating rural retreat. Situated on the vast Powderham Estate, surrounded by fields, waterways and forests, it’s ideal for a weekend of hiking on Dartmoor (half an hour’s drive away) or for bird-spotting along the banks of the Exe Estuary, reached with a 45-minute walk. The five guest rooms have countryside views and include a cooked-to-order breakfast that will keep you going all day.

3. The Devon Hotel, for a stately suite


A double room at the Devon Hotel is sleek and modern with all necessary amenities
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Ideal as an all-in-one base, the Devon offers accommodation in a Georgian manor adorned with colourful hanging baskets or in a modern extension, where the ground floor rooms have their own patios. Kitted out in grey, dark wood and exposed brick, the Carriages Brasserie serves British classics such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts, alongside fajitas, pasta and burgers. Take a seat on the lawn for a pint of local ale or an afternoon tea, starring Devonshire’s decadent clotted cream.

4. The Telstar Hotel, for a traditional bed and breakfast

Budget Hotel

The lounge area at the Telstar has a vintage leather sofa and roaring fireplace
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This Victorian B&B glories in period details, including plump red leather sofas, a marble fireplace in the lounge and a dainty breakfast room straight from a doll’s house. You’ll no doubt appreciate the breakfast offering: one of the best in Exeter, it spans the entire dietary spectrum – ranging from a traditional full English made with local, organic produce to a vegan variety with falafel, avocado, hash browns and tomatoes. Rooms are available ensuite or with shared bathrooms.

5. Southernhay House Hotel, for old-world charm

Boutique Hotel

The modern exterior of the Southernhay House features candle lanterns and trees
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Boutique hotel Southernhay House is a vintage lover’s dream – sash windows, antiques and soft shades of Farrow & Ball. This Grade II-listed Georgian officer’s residence has individually designed rooms. Scoff the in-room Devon fudge then walk to Exeter’s grand gothic cathedral – it has the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England. Come nightfall, dine at the hotel – in season, there’s delicious venison with wild berries and truffle.

6. Hotel du Vin Exeter, for a romantic getaway

Boutique Hotel

A double room at Hotel du Vin feature modern design and twin sinks for him and her
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British brand Hotel du Vin love a good conversion – and you’ll adore this sprawling red-brick former hospital near the cathedral, one of the finest boutique hotels in Exeter. Urban-oasis extras include walled gardens with terraces for drinks, a spa and a heated outdoor pool open year-round. Browse the library and wine cellar, then sink into the custom-made mattress in your room, admiring the softly illustrated wallpaper. Bistro classics include a fine French onion soup. Dartmoor and its ponies are a half-hour drive away.

7. Queens Court Hotel, for vintage appeal

Boutique Hotel

A double room at Queens Court features plush furnishings and an old fireplace
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A quick walk from the station, this white-fronted Georgian townhouse is a must for period-decor fans. While the rooms are decent in shades of brown, the suites – with family-friendly sofa beds – are splendid in calm grey tones, with whirlpool baths and dramatic light fittings. Dine in-house on creamy saffron risotto with white truffle oil. Then find history five minutes away by car: the ruins of Exeter Castle, a magnificent Norman landmark built for William the Conqueror.

8. The Globe, for a cosy night's sleep

Pubs with Rooms

The outdoor dining and bar area at the Globe features dining tables, umbrellas and lots of plants
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History permeates the Globe, once a coaching inn in the 16th-century, now a pretty pastel-green boutique bolthole of 21 rooms beside the burbling River Exe. There’s warm panelling, open brickwork and rustic shades of light green and teal blue – how many pubs can offer that? The bar area is an oasis of brick hearths with timber mantels and logs piled in bookshelves. Devon pork sausages and buttered mash set you up for walks to Topsham village, for boat trips along the river.

9. No 18 Apartments, for an independent stay


Almost in the shadow of Exeter cathedral, No 18 Apartments ooze period charm – the two-bedroom serviced apartment has a kitchen of original Georgian sash windows, with venerable panelling and homely marble fireplaces. Two one-bedroom apartments and a studio are supplied with hotel-grade fluffy towels, as well as dishwashers to save you falling out over washing-up duties. Through full-length windows, you’ll get some lovely city or garden views.

10. The City Gate Hotel, for quirky style

Pubs with Rooms

The indoor dining area at City Gate is modern and light, filled with vibrant furniture and funky lighting
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Who doesn’t love a G&T on arrival? Oh, but it gets better. The home-spun boutique bedrooms here range from panelled gentlemen’s club to quirky: think balls of wool in glass lampshades among the references to sheep – a nod to the Devon countryside nearby. The traditional British pub menu honours local – try Brixham hake – and you can sup real ales in the large garden. Fashionistas and foodies should head to Fore Street for ethical boutiques and Mexican grub.

For more options, check out these bed and breakfasts in Exeter and book now on Culture Trip.

Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.

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