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The City Gate Hotel

1 Iron Bridge Lower North Street, Exeter EX4 3RB England
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#3 of 23 hotels in Exeter
Travellers' Choice
In the heart of Exeter, The City Gate offers modern rooms, free Wi-Fi and a beer garden. Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids Railway Stations are nearby and the M5 motorway is within easy reach. The City Gate has 14 newly refurbished Boutique rooms with en-suite. They all feature a TV (with sky box), tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, air conditioning and some complimentary treats! The City Gate Hotel features real ales and a traditional food menu, made using fine local produce. Guests can dine either in the restaurant or in the spacious conservatory. In the warmer months, the garden provides yet more dining space. This is our guests' favourite part of Exeter, according to independent reviews. We speak your language!
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Mike wrote a review 7 Oct
Falmouth, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
Arrived and was greeted by a very friendly chap who sorted our room quickly. The room had a lovely feel about it and was decorated in a way we would love to implement in our own home. Bed was very comfortable however was not a large double as advertised. Was two smaller beds pushed together. My partner found herself in between this gap and the morning and is aching now. The room itself was clean and presentable with plenty of complimentary additions. The shower gels etc were amazing as well! We couldn't work out how to get the shower a nice temperature, was either burning us or freezing, may have just been us but it didn't make sense... Overall happy with the stay, just a couple of small issues stopped it being a 5 star. Would return if the bed wasn't two smaller ones pushed together.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from City Gate Events, Marketing at The City Gate Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Good afternoon, I hope you are well and thank you thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and the special treats! I will pass your additional comments onto the manager to look into. Kind Regards, City gate Team
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Gill J wrote a review 7 Oct
Winchester, United Kingdom143 contributions77 helpful votes
Nice place, room smallish but lovely big bed and good bathroom with a great shower. The room was a little dusty around the edges and we couldn’t get any reception for the TV however we stayed 2 nights on a ‘cosy nights deal’ which included an evening meal and breakfast both days and we felt was good value. Good food and location great for exploring Exeter.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from City Gate Events, Marketing at The City Gate Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Afternoon Gill, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your staycation with us and we hope you will return in the future. Kind Regards, City Gate Team
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Helen J wrote a review Sep 2021
Lege-Cap-Ferret, France5 contributions3 helpful votes
Great location. Conveniently near the the city centre and not too far from the train station. Vert comfortable accomodation and homely decoration. Breakfast, brunch and dinner all on offer with a great choice. The food was excellent and great value for money. The staff were very helpful and accomodating. I would recommend this hotel if you are visiting your child at Exeter University !
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from City Gate Events, Marketing at The City Gate Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Helen J, Thank you so much for your positive comments about the City Gate and the team. All feedback is highly appreciated! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Make sure you book directly on our website for the best staycation packages. See you soon! City Gate Team
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Sean O wrote a review Sep 2021
5 contributions
Stayed here for a 10th anniversary weekend away, paying £210 per night and hoping for a lovely room. However, there were soooo many things wrong, it was clear that this place is just taking the money and not giving any care to the upkeep of the rooms, and it left a sour taste in our mouths. When I tried to open the wardrobe, the handle wasn't properly attached. The TV was hanging, lopsided, off the wall (the fixings pulling out of the wall on one side). I put my toiletries bag on the glass shelf above the sink, and it instantly rotated, dropping everything into the sink. The carpet was stained. There were several downlighters out in both the bedroom and in the ridiculously claustrophobic bathnook ("bathroom" would be too generous). We quickly felt that we were being taken for mugs, and left us wishing we'd picked another hotel where the guests were appreciated. When we told the reception about the shelf etc, she cheerfully said something like "Oh, yes, we know about that stuff" before at least deigning to change the failed bulbs. Brilliant. If our room reflects the standards in the rest of the hotel, they need to take a hard look at themselves. On the plus side, the staff were generally friendly (though one waiter, too kool for skool, seemed to be on another planet in which he was the new Eminem - his rapping in the turning space next to the hotel was, at least, committed). And the breakfast was nice, and the food and service was fine. But, look, for those prices, you deserve something better. Certainly we will never be returning.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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PaJa09 wrote a review Sep 2021
Berkshire, United Kingdom65 contributions33 helpful votes
We arrived at the hotel and met someone in the bar who told us we could park in the multi storey across the road. Although arriving at 3 we had to wait half an hour for the room . We had a couple of issues with the room , tv and safe which were quickly sorted. We ate in the restaurant once and enjoyed our meal. However the room was a bit tired and could definitely do with a bit of a revamp.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$86 - US$167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The City Gate Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The City Gate Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Red House Mysteries Exeter (0.4 km), Exeter Cathedral (0.4 km), and Royal Albert Memorial Museum (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The City Gate Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The City Gate Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The City Gate Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The City Gate Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The City Gate Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Panda, Taco-Macho Food, and Dinosaur Cafe.
Is The City Gate Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Exeter.
Are there any historical sites close to The City Gate Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) (7.7 km), The House that Moved (0.6 km), and The Medieval Exe Bridge (0.5 km).