Hotel Riviera

Sidmouth, Devon

The Hotel Riviera is a 4 star luxury hotel, splendidly positioned at the centre of Sidmouth’s Esplanade and overlooking Lyme Bay. It is one of only a handful to receive the coveted Gold Award from Visit England and has been awarded two AA Rosettes in recognition of its fine cuisine. With its mild climate and the beach just on the doorstep, the setting echoes the south of France and is the choice of the discerning visitor in search of relaxation and quieter pleasures. The glorious sea views can be enjoyed from the recently re-designed en-suite bedrooms, all of which are fully appointed and have many thoughtful extras.

The Wharton Family has been welcoming guests for over forty nine years and the success of the Hotel Riviera is due to the hotel striving for impeccable standards in both accommodation and service. Their policy of continual improvement has resulted not only in rooms and facilities of the highest quality but also in a genuine sense of welcome from a loyal and long-serving staff who have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and excellent service.

Hotel Details

The interior of the Hotel Riviera is an alluring blend of old-fashioned service and present-day comfort. With its focus on relaxation, the hotel has a long tradition of hospitality, making it the perfect venue for memorable family holidays, long weekends, unwinding breaks and the all-embracing spirit of the Festive Season. One of England’s finest hotels, Hotel Riviera is in perfect harmony with its seaside setting; providing the very best in quality, warmth and attention to detail; a hotel that will beckon your return time and time again.

Naturally, your bedroom will be everything you would expect from one of the leading hotels in Sidmouth. Each is individually designed and tastefully furnished; in keeping with the hotel’s character, and continual refurbishment ensures their maintenance is to the highest standard.

Glorious sea views can be enjoyed from many rooms, all of which include television, WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The hotel also provides thoughtful touches such as flowers, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.

Hotel Riviera Restaurant

Hotel Riviera has been awarded two AA Rosettes in recognition of its proud reputation for fine cuisine. The Executive Chef and his team prepare discerning menus that combine international dishes with the best English cooking, featuring a selection of fresh local produce with an emphasis on seafood. The hotel restaurant in Sidmouth is open to non-residents, and an extensive a la Carte menu is available, as well as Table d’hote Luncheon and Dinner menus.

Special dietary requirements can be made available by arrangement. Dinner is served between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.  The hotel can also make special arrangements for pre-theatre meals and also for children’s high tea. Light refreshments are always available and can be served in the Regency Bar, in the Foyer or on the terrace during the summer months.

Gracious living includes being served traditional Devonshire cream teas in the lounge or outside on the terrace in the summer. Later, you will be spoilt for choice from the extensive dinner menus. Local seafood is a speciality in the elegant bay-view dining room where every dish is a pure delight, expertly served and complemented by a wide selection of wines.


The Hotel Riviera has a long tradition of catering for prestige functions of every description and is splendidly positioned at the very centre of Sidmouth’s Esplanade, overlooking Lyme Bay, and with the beach on its doorstep. The moment you pass through the grand bowed entrance, the feeling of being welcomed into a large private house pervades. Many of our friendly staff members have served here for over a decade and this is evidenced by their old-style courtesy and extra concern for your well-being.

Whatever your style of wedding, from small, more intimate parties through to larger groups of up to 120 guests (subject to seasonal variation); the Hotel Riviera can provide the perfect start to your new life together. The eager and enthusiastic team have a wealth of experience and will do everything possible to make your day outstanding and exceptional. In essence, this elegant English seaside hotel provides a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, whilst combining distinctive styling, excellent service and exquisite food, to create a truly unique wedding experience, just for you.


Business meetings are more assured of a successful outcome in the superb working environment of the hotel's self-contained conference suite.

The hotel's suite combines comfortable surroundings and extensive facilities with attentive staff and a high standard of service, providing the perfect venue for a variety of corporate occasions, from intimate meetings to conferences and seminars.

Complete with conference packs, pens, water, cordials and mints, wireless internet access is available and the following audiovisual equipment can be provided:

  • LCD Projector
  • Overhead Projector
  • Screen
  • DVD
  • Video
  • Television
  • Microphone

Specialist equipment can also be arranged upon request.


During your stay at Hotel Riviera you should certainly take the opportunity to explore some of the delightful villages, rolling countryside and coastline of East Devon.

On foot, there are breath taking walks along the Heritage Coast Trail as far as your legs will carry you. By car, the possibilities are numerous - for example Dartmoor with mile after mile of ever-changing scenery.

The nearby towns of Budleigh Salterton and Ottery St Mary offer great escapes steeped in history.

Bicton Gardens, which were designed by Andre le Notre, who planned the gardens of Versailles, are of outstanding horticultural interest.

Just to the west of Sidmouth lies the Raleigh Country. Sir Walter was born at Hayes Barton, in a beautiful Tudor building which is now a farmhouse.

Sidmouth and its surroundings offer some of the most beautiful and historic walking in Britain.

A memorable cliff walk links Beer, an enchanting fishing hamlet, with Branscombe, Britain’s second longest village.

The quay at Budleigh Salterton inspired John Milais’s’ Boyhood of Raleigh.

Beer’s Roman quarries provided the stone for Exeter Cathedral.

Salcombe Regis retains its 19th century charm.

Branscombe’s Norman church is just one of many well preserved ancient buildings in the area.

So, in essence, the Hotel Riviera in Sidmouth remains unsurpassed as one of the finest and most idyllic touring bases in the South West and we very much look forward to welcoming you!