It may be delegates own responsibility to find, book and pay for their accommodation, but we’ve put together this short guide detailing the range available in Exeter to make the task a little easier.
Youth Hostel Accomodation
Exeter has its own independent youth hostel the ‘Globe Backpackers’. Located in the heart of the city centre it is approximately ten minutes from the central high street by foot and fifteen minutes to the conference venue. The hostel is a very cheap option, with the average room price being just £17 per night. At present the hostel’s own website is offering cheaper deals for those who wish to stay for a two or three night consecutive break. The hostel offers a variety of rooms and prices, ranging from private double or twin bedrooms to 10 bed dormitories. The hostel website states that this accommodation is not suitable for those who are looking for quiet times and privacy or for those who are unable to climb a bunk bed ladder. Please see the hostel website for further details and for booking.
Bed and Breakfast Accomodation
There are numerous bed and breakfast accommodation options in and around Exeter. The following options have all been used by University guests recently and are in walking distance from the conference venue:
The Clock Tower Hotel is conveniently located in the city centre, between the train station and the conference venue. It is approximately fifteen minutes from both by foot), although it is worth bearing in mind that it is an uphill walk from the station! The Clock Tower Hotel has been awarded 4 stars for bed and breakfast accommodation and has 18 different rooms – single, twin, double and family. Prices start at approximately £30 per night for bed and breakfast, but please see the hotel website for current prices and offers.
The White Hart has 55 recently refurbished rooms and has been awarded 3 stars for bed and breakfast accommodation. The hotel is located centrally, approximately a five minute walk from the main high street in Exeter and twenty minutes from the conference venue. The hotel has a traditional pub, garden and restaurant below it that visitors can use. Prices start from around £40, but please see the website for further details and the latest offers.
The Edwardian is the nearest option to the conference venue, being just a short two minute walk down the hill from the St Luke’s Campus. The accommodation has been awarded four diamonds for its bed and breakfast accommodation and prices start from around £65 per night. The Edwardian has a range of single, double, twin, four poster and family rooms available. Please see the website for further information.
City Centre Hotels
Jury’s Inn is relatively new to Exeter and is one of the largest hotels in the City Centre. It is also one of the closest hotels to the conference venue. The hotel is an approximate ten minute walk from the St Luke’s Campus and also from the main city centre. The hotel offers approximately 167 rooms – single, doubles and twins. The hotel also has its own restaurant and bar area offering snacks, meals and drinks all day. Jury’s Inn has been awarded three stars and largely caters for the business market. It is a modern, comfortable and recently built hotel. Prices start from approximately £60 per night. Please see the hotel website for further details.
The Southgate hotel is owned by the Mercure chain and has been awarded four stars for hotel accommodation. It has recently been refurbished and it is the only city centre hotel offering a swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna. The hotel is in close walking distance of the conference venue (approximately fifteen minutes, along a flat and pleasant local shopping street) and the city centre (approximately five minutes). Parking is available at the hotel. The hotel also has its own restaurant and bar which serves main meals, drinks and snacks. Prices start from around £65 per night. You would be advised to look for deals on the internet and to check the hotel’s own website
The Thistle hotel is slightly further away from the conference venue (approximately 25 minutes by foot) but it is located in the centre of town and close to the train station. The hotel has been awarded four stars and some of the rooms have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. The hotel is also on the main bus route to the University (approximately 10 minutes to the St Luke’s Campus and with buses running every twelve minutes). The hotel has its own restaurant and bar. Rooms are advertised from approximately £39 per night. Please see the website for further details.
The Royal Clarence is regarded as the one of the best hotels in Exeter. Part of the Abode hotel chain and located on the green opposite the Cathedral. It also plays host to one of Micheal Caine’s restaurant and champagne bars. The hotel has been awarded four stars (largely because it does not have its own leisure facilities). Rooms are generally spacious, comfortable and modern (with some interesting features in some of the suites). The hotel is right in the city centre, but the conference venue can still be reached on foot (approximately twenty minutes on foot) and the bus and train station are relatively close at hand. Please see the website for more details and look out for offers online
Exeter already has one Premier Inn, but this one will be newly opened at the time of the conference and is directly opposite the central train station (less than a minute’s walk!). Although it would be a forty minute walk to the campus from the hotel, it is on the main bus route which directly accesses the conference venue. It is also centrally located and an approximate ten minute (uphill) walk to the city centre. The hotel is particularly ideal for anyone staying just for a short time, or who would need to be close to the train station. Prices start from £29 per night, please see the website for more details
There are also a number of other hotels in the city, which are slightly further away from the main conference venue. As we are unable to list every accommodation option and price option, you may also want to have a look at the following websites for options, deals and alternatives on LateRooms, LastMinute and TripAdvisor
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I would love a day session in Bristol. I do not have a group of pelpoe as yet, but if we try for later in the year that would be wonderful. How many sessions to do all the elements you list in your workshop page? Six, I presume. Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.Nathan