The BEST WESTERN Hotel-Gleneagles is the inspiration behind the worldwide hit BBC TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. When the Monty Python cast and John Cleese checked in many years ago for a period of three weeks, John Cleese was mesmerized by the behaviour of then owner Donald Sinclair and his wife.
War veteran Donald Sinclair had some unusual customer service style along with his formidable wife Mrs Sinclair. The character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, owing to his allegedly stuffy, snobbish and eccentric treatment of his guests, which included and other members of the Monty Python cast. Many of the sketches that were eventually produced in this smash hit were actually directly based on those witnessed during the Monty Python casts three weeks stay, whilst on location filming in the area.
N.B. Although the ‘current photos’ are now out of date, Seaside History provides some great insight into the history of this building.
One of the highest rated AA three star hotels in Torquay, a position we have held for over four years now. Although proud of our association with this and recognized as a tourist landmark by Torbay, After several multimillion pound face-lifts The NEW Gleneagles bares little resemblance to the hotel that inspired the series. The reception desk still exists as does the famous staircase and the in/out doors to the Kitchen, which are all now resembling of a Boutique Style Hotel
Now a boutique style hotel, The BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles has been transformed into a place the appeals to the modern day traveller, whilst still keeping its unique location overlooking Anstey’s Cove and maintaining its boutique feel with only 42 rooms. You will still find pockets of memorabilia relating to its fame, and periodic Fawlty Towers weekends are staged, but for the most part, this part of the hotels colourful life has been put to bed.
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Torquay, a dream location
The perfect hotel for those who still enjoy the traditional British holiday in a stylish boutique hotel. BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles is the inspirational home of Fawlty Towers. Situated in one of the most peaceful hotel locations in Torquay, a 15 minute stroll will take you to the heart of the town with the marina, harbour and main shopping area. BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles enjoys a wonderful hillside position overlooking Anstey’s Cove and Redgate Beach with panoramic sea views across Lyme Bay. It is not just another hotel by the sea, it is a hotel with a country house feel, making it one of best hotels in Torbay.
Our mission statement
Located on the seafront overlooking Torbay, The BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles is the famous inspiration home of the legendary BBC sit-com Fawlty Towers. A modern boutique style hotel which has achieved one of Torquay’s highest AA 3 star hotel rating of 80%. We offer great quality, comfortable, 3 star hotel rooms. The standard of the public areas, dining options, facilities and services are often likened to a 4 or 5 star hotel. At the Gleneagles we aim to give our guests a unique and personal experience. This is at a 3 star price, with the added extra of the “can do” service culture, whilst going the extra mile. Read our mission statement.
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