Lee Jones is owner of The Riviera Lodge Hotel in Torquay. Born in Plymouth and brought up in South Wales, I initially trained as a chef before moving on to restaurant & hotel management in London. My career developed in the hospitality industry to involve staffing services, product sales and publishing. Having lost my direct working links to the hotel sector in 1995, to focus more on financial publishing and business consulting, it was always my goal to return to the industry I loved in the future.
In 2005 my partner and I started our search for a suitable hotel property. This search included countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Greece and even as far away as Palm Springs in California. Despite our exhaustive search in these countries, we were unable to find a property that ticked all the boxes and after nine months decided to take a break from the hunt. Not wanting to travel abroad for a short break, we looked to the UK and settled on a long weekend in ‘The English Riviera’ – Torquay. Within 24 hours of our arrival, on a brilliantly sunny July day, we found ‘The Riviera Lodge Hotel’ the property was up for sale and within weeks we had secured the purchase.
After extensive refurbishment work the new ‘Riviera Lodge Hotel’ opened to the public in April 2007 and I gave up my air conditioned office, secretary and fancy desk and returned to my true home ‘The Kitchen’. Since then the hotel has gone from strength to strength with many guests returning year after year. Ranked in the top ten of all hotels in Torquay, every year we aim to improve still further to make a visit to ‘The Riviera Lodge’ as good as it can get.
The Riviera Lodge is a stylish Hotel in Torquay, offering a range of facilities & services to make your stay both pleasant & relaxing.
Three levels of En-Suite accommodation are offered to cater for every requirement Standard, Premium and Contemporary Styled Open Plan Suites. All tariffs include an exceptional breakfast, freshly cooked to your order. In addition the hotel offers a light lunch menu, an evening restaurant service, a well-stocked bar & cocktail lounge as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool set in secluded gardens.