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Set in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, the Duke of Cornwall is a stunning period hotel brimming with character and style. Built as Plymouth’s first luxury hotel in 1863, the Duke has been lovingly preserved and enhanced so that its unique Victorian Gothic splendour can still be enjoyed by guests today.
The hotel’s 72 rooms are all individually designed with thoughtfully-selected designer wallpapers and vintage furniture, creating a chic look that does justice to the building’s striking architecture. With a range of bedroom sizes and styles available, from comfortable en-suites to indulgently romantic four-poster rooms, there’s accommodation to suit everyone.
The Duke’s luxury extends to its impressive culinary offerings. Fine dining is available (for guests and non-guests alike) in the comfort of the hotel’s elegant restaurant. With Two AA Rosettes and a dynamic team of chefs, its dishes look and taste sensational. Light lunches, cream teas and a generous choice of drinks are available in the lounge, with its welcoming bar and, in the colder months, a homely log fire.
If you’re planning a wedding, party or business event, the Duke is the ideal choice. With a wealth of experience in organising celebrations and group events, a range of room options and a full set of facilities and equipment, the hotel has everything you need to ensure your event runs smoothly. And with the backdrop of the Duke’s stunning decor and features, you can be sure your guests will be impressed, whether the occasion is one of business or pleasure.
One of the hotels most distinctive features is undoubtedly the imposing tower that rises up from the hotel’s curved corner. And this tower also happens to be the setting for one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon in the city – its Tea at the Top experience. Tea at the Top grants exclusive access to the Duke’s tower suite for two hours to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea for two. What makes this comfortable spot at the hotel’s highest point so inviting is the sensational 360-degree viewpoint it affords. To the south, you can look out over Drake’s Island and the English Channel. As your gaze sweeps around, you take in the lush green of the Cornish countryside, a unique aerial view over the cityscape of Plymouth, and Dartmoor’s tors on the horizon. Whilst the views provide a pleasure for the eyes, afternoon tea is a treat for your taste buds. Homemade scones, a variety of sandwiches, and tempting cakes and pastries make for a delicious offering, with the all-important fresh pot of tea making this a classic English afternoon tea. A glass of champagne brings an added indulgence. Plus, the experience comes complete with your own private butler – this attentive service leaves you and your companion free to relax and fully enjoy the afternoon. All in all, Tea at the Top is the perfect opportunity to share a thoroughly relaxing and memorable couple of hours in beautiful surroundings. You can purchase a voucher from the hotel for this experience – so why not treat yourself or offer this as a thoughtful and unique gift for someone special. Tea at the Top costs £90 for two people and must be booked in advance for a Wednesday or Sunday between April and September. Availability is limited so early booking is essential. To purchase a voucher for Tea at the Top, contact our events team on 01752 275850.
As well as the merits that await guests within, the Duke also offers a fantastically convenient location in the centre of Plymouth. The hotel is a short walk from the city’s abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the historic Plymouth Hoe and Barbican, with their spectacular ocean views. And it’s a mere stone’s throw from two of the South West’s finest entertainment venues, the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions – making the hotel the ideal overnight stop-off or meeting place if you’re catching a show.
Whether you’re visiting Plymouth or it’s the city you call home, you’ll find the Duke of Cornwall a pleasure to experience. With its fascinating history, friendly but professional service, and breath-taking style, the Duke is truly a gem in Britain’s Ocean City.
2018 South West Wedding Awards Finalist
2018 AA Highest rated 3-star City Centre Hotel with 84%
2018 Two AA Rosette for fine dining
2017 Visit Devon Tourism Awards – Bronze
2017 Booking.com Guest Review Awards – 8.2 out of 10
2017 Plymouth in Bloom Highly Commended
2017 City and Waterfront Award Highly Commended
2016 Laterooms.room - Top rated
2016 Herald Business Awards – Tourism and Hospitality Highly Commended
2016 Medium Sized Business of the Year – Devon Chamber of Commerce Finalist
2016 Green Tourism – Silver Award
Improving Lives Plymouth 110 Club Member
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|Double or Twin Room||£99.00 per room (breakfast included)|
|Sole occupancy Double or Twin Room||£87.00 per room (breakfast included)|
|Sole occupancy Single room||£82.00 per room (breakfast included)|
|Sole occupancy Superior Double or Twin Room||£107.00 per room (breakfast included)|
|Superior Double or Twin Room||£119.00 per room (breakfast included)|
*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Take the A374/B3416 exit towards A379/City Centre/Kingsbridge/Plympton At the roundabout take the 1st exit Keep Right to head to city centre onto Gdynia Way At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Exeter Street Take the 2nd left towards Bretonside bus station At the mini roundabout turn left Follow the road towards Plymouth Pavilions The hotel is opposite the Pavilions on the left-hand side (you can’t miss us)
From the Train Station
You can walk from the train station if the day calls for it heading for Plymouth Pavilions, or alternatively jump in a taxi right outside the station and you’ll be here in no time.
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