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Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3HZ

Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3HZ

If you are looking for boutique chic by the sea, The Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant ticks all the right boxes. For those partial to a drink or two its revered wine list, complemented by award-winning food, is reason enough to book a room, while for others its stunning location on the Jurassic Coast with a pathway to the beach and views over Cobb Harbour and the coastline of Lyme Bay, is hailed as its best asset. This Grade II listed historic house goes for rustic charm in the right places, like the reassuring worn wooden floors and chic patterned armchairs in the lounge, while bedrooms (most with sea views) are individually decorated, replete with fabrics and furniture in the traditional English style with a modern twist.

Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant also has a Wedding Venue and Restaurant:

Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant (Wedding Venue Section)

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Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Top 10 English Seaside Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Lyme Regis was once a busy port on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast but almost continual war with France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries- and the lack of a natural deepwater port- led to its decline. It was rescued commercially by the new fashion for sea-bathing that was given royal support by George III who, from 1789, took annual recuperative trips to the British coast.

Keen to see Lyme rise again, this time as a sea-bathing resort, local landowner Thomas Hollis developed much of the semi-derelict town and created “The Walk”, a public promenade out to the old Tudor harbour (known as the Cobb). Hollis also built the Assembly Rooms at the bottom of Broad Street on the site of some abandoned warehouses. By the time Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis with her mother and father, in 1803 and 1804, Hollis’ attempts to create a resort were paying off handsomely. The Assembly Rooms where Jane liked to dance were perched romantically on the harbour wall with the sea breaking beneath them.

The success of Lyme Regis in Victorian times led to the building of many holiday homes and a few hotels here. Up on the cliffs above Lyme, the “Alex”, as it is known locally, actually predated all this development. It was built in 1735 as a home for the Dowager Countess Poulett and was later the residence of the Anglo-French aristoctratic Duc de Stacpoole. The house has superb views over the Cobb and a serene, tree-lined garden. No wonder in 1901 it became a hotel.

There are 24 bedrooms, a sweet little forecourt as befits the retirement home of a countess, and a freestanding chapel that is currently being restored. In the mornings there is nothing lovelier than the stroll down Pound Street to Broad Street and as far as the Cobb, although you’ll notice the climb on your way back. Jane wrote to her sister that Broad Street was so steep it was "almost hurrying into the water”.

At the Cobb itself – a wonder of Tudor engineering – take in the beached fishing boats and pause to reflect how this harbour wall found its way into two critical scenes in English literature, John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Lyme is the place for a literary seaside holiday."

Hotels with sea views by Kate Simon

"Take a look at Lyme Regis's famous Cobb harbour wall and the Unesco-listed Jurassic coast from this 19th-century property set in beautiful private gardens just steps from the beach. Once the former home of a countess, the interiors of this gracious house have been given a contemporary makeover to transform it into a sumptuous 25-room chic boutique hotel. For the best sea views book a Gould Room."

10 Historic Hotels along the English Riviera by Adrian Mourby

"The “Alex”, as it is known locally, overlooks Cobb Harbour in Lyme Regis, the setting for John Fowles’ novel – and the Meryl Streep film of – The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The original building was constructed in 1735 as a home for the Dowager Countess Poulett and was later the residence of the Duc du Stacpoole before becoming a hotel in 1901 with the addition of a Victorian bay window over its neo-classic portico."

Information on Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant , Pound Street , Lyme Regis

No. of bedrooms: Total: 25        
Types of room: 1 Single, 22 Twin/Double, 2 family apartments
Room rates guide: Single from:  £95.00
Double/Twin:  £180.00-£345.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed:  31/12/17 - 02/02/17
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Romantic Details: private dining in garden lookout tower, wedding licence, honeymoon, fabulous seaviews
Eco Friendly: Green Tourism Gold Award and member of Considerate Hoteliers
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No
Accreditation: Taste of the West Gold Award 2017
Room facilities: LCD flat screen TV, Radio, telephone, Wi-Fi / Complimentary, Hairdryer, Luxury toiletries, bathrobes, Tea & coffee making facilities, Room Service & Food & Drink
General facilities: Beautiful gardens, Treatment room, Health & Beauty Treatments available, Gym, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, Meeting facilities, Childrens playground, Pathway to beach
Indoor activities: Sitting room with wide choice of board games for rainy days
Outdoor activities on site: Boules, Petanque, Croquet on the lawn
Activities nearby: Golf nearby, Pleasure cruising, powerboat trips, Water sports, sea swimming, scuba diving, Coastal walks, Fossil hunting, green-wood working courses, gyrocopter trips, Horse riding, Hot air ballooning, Lama trekking, Mackerel and deep sea fishing
Local directions: Please see our website for Map and directions.
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Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Exeter , Bristol

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Review of Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by K HCustomer stayed Nov 2015

Everything here is outstanding from the décor, presentation, cleanliness and top class cuisine. Above all the friendliness, helpfulness and care from all the staff was superb. Highly recommended by me to all wishing to visit Lyme Regis.

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Posted on by A BCustomer stayed Nov 2015

Perfect location, beautiful rooms, friendly helpful staff, fabulous views, amazing food, wonderful room service, spotlessly clean, really comfortable beds! Brilliant!

Review of Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Ian JCustomer stayed Feb 2014

Welcoming staff. Beautiful location with rooms, dining room and spacious garden overlooking the sea. One of the loveliest locations we have visited. Excellent food, with imaginative menu.

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Posted on by Michael WCustomer stayed Jun 2013

Top quality, good location with good views of sea, harbour and cobb. Rooms 12 & 15 excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful

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Posted on by Clive CCustomer stayed May 2013

Fabulous setting, lovely decor, helpful staff, excellent restaurant (food exceptional). Really excellent stay.

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Posted on by Max JCustomer stayed Apr 2013

An excellent hotel in a beautiful position with highly professional, yet friendly staff. Food and quality of accommodation are first rate. We enjoyed our special occasion celebration in this excellent hotel. Conveniently placed we were able to take full advantage of walks, views and interesting aspects of Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coastline. We would also recommend at trip to West Bay near Bridport.

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