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Perfectly placed in Plymouth!

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Plymouth and a true landmark. This pet-friendly hotel provides a great base from which to explore Devon, Cornwall and the Eden Project. Built as the first luxury hotel in Plymouth, it boasts an illustrious history and has had some famous guests including explorer Ernest Shackleton (who stayed the night before setting off for the Antarctic) and Laurel & Hardy.

The hotel's Victorian Gothic architecture sets the tone for its magnificent standards of food and service. You'll love time spent in this wonderful building, but while you're out and about, theres plenty to enjoy too, thanks to the hotel's excellent location. Just half a mile away is Plymouth Hoe, from which Sir Francis Drake sailed to defeat the Spanish Armada. Go a little further and you'll find the Mayflower Steps the point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to the east coast of America in 1620 and ultimately founded the modern USA. Thats how rich in maritime history Plymouth is.

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel itself is a prestigious place to hold a wedding celebration and a great conference venue in Plymouth, with a large ballroom able to accommodate you and your guests.

A beautifully grand old building with thoroughly modern facilities throughout, it's well worth navigating your way to Plymouth for a stay at the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

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Millbay Road
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 0844 387 6053*


Limited onsite parking (24 spaces), available free of charge on a first come first served basis. Nearby offsite chargeable parking also available.
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to all floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: Accepted £10.00 per pet, please advise at time of booking
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

There's no finer place to eat in Plymouth than in the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel, with its luxurious restaurant and lounge.



Dining at the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel is an experience to savour due to the magnificent opulence of the surroundings. Enjoy AA Rosette food made with the finest fresh ingredients from the South West prepared for you by our award-winning chefs. A stunning central chandelier adds to the atmosphere and ambience. Little wonder that that this restaurant is renowned far and wide, making it a favourite with locals, as well as our guests.

Tea at the Top
The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel boasts an iconic tower that offers magnificent views over the historic city and countryside beyond. There's no more luxurious experience than to be at the top of it, enjoying afternoon tea with friends as its served to you by your own private butler. You can also tuck into freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and cream tea as you relish being waited on. Tea at the Top is not to be missed.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Lounge Bar

Our lounge bar has the air of an exclusive club, with its leather-covered Chesterfields and wood-panelled walls. But you can also expect a friendly welcome too as you relax after a long day in glorious comfort. Its the ideal place to unwind with a refreshing drink or an informal lunch with friends or business associates. Stay all night and chat with locals and fellow guests alike or begin the evening here before a night out in Plymouth.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


The sumptuous surroundings of the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel make for a prestigious wedding venue in Plymouth.


Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue

With a large ballroom able to accommodate up to 250 guests for a wedding banquet, plus several smaller suites, the beautiful Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers a prestigious venue for couples to begin their married life or even renew their vows. Whether you prefer a grand occasion or an intimate get-together, we can accommodate your requirements. Return here for your reception or hold the full ceremony in the hotel - we're fully licenced.

Large and sumptuous or small and intimate, our range of bespoke wedding packages will suit your requirements and your budget. Our dedicated team will also work with you to tailor a package to create the wedding you've always dreamed about. If your guests wish to stay over at the hotel, we'll accommodate them at special rates in the wonderful surroundings of our historic and iconic building. We promise you memories you'll cherish forever.


Whatever food you'd like served at your wedding, you can rest assured our menus get a great reception every time. From tempting canapes to sumptuous starters, mouth-watering main courses to delicious desserts, our expert chefs will serve up fabulous AA Rosette standard food. Talk to our experienced wedding planners if you have specific requirements - we'll do all we can to make your day extra special.


Registry office:
Plymouth Registry Office
Lockyer Street, Plymouth, PL1 2QD
01752 268331

Get in touch with Melanie Williams

Melanie is the Wedding Manager. Melanie and her team can provide a complete service to make your celebration memorable.

For any enquiries please call Melanie Williams on 01752 275850

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M5, J31, 40.00 miles
Nearest train station: Plymouth, 0.75 miles
Nearest airport: Plymouth, 5.50 miles
Free parking on site (24 spaces)
On site disabled parking (1 spaces)

Millbay Road

What's nearby?


  • Plymouth Argyle Stadium (2 miles)

  • The Brickfields Stadium (2 miles)

  • Plymouth Pavilions Basketball (0.2 miles)

  • Plymouth Life Centre (0 miles)

  • Plymouth Karting (0 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Plymouth Pavilions (0.2 miles)

  • Plymouth Hoe (0.5 miles)

  • Theatre Royal (0.5 miles)

  • National Marine Aquarium (1 miles)

  • Smeaton Tower (0.5 miles)


  • Plymouth Town Centre (0.5 miles)

  • Drake Circus Shopping Mall (0.8 miles)

  • Armada Shopping Centre (0.8 miles)

  • City Market (0.5 miles)

  • 1 bar

  • 1 bar

Meetings, Conferences and Events

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers a unique 'heart of the city' conference venue in Plymouth for your next business meeting, training session or workshop.


The exquisite surroundings of our beautiful hotel are the perfect setting to cater for the needs of businesses of all types. We offer a variety of unique function rooms that can hold meetings of all sizes. For conferences or banquets of up to 300 people, our large ballroom is available. For more intimate events, we have number of smaller suites too. All benefit from modern facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.


We offer a range of packages that can accommodate your meeting and meet your budget. All include the essentials you need for a successful meeting, from flipcharts to audio-visual equipment. You'll also be served unlimited refreshments throughout the day. If you require overnight stays for your delegates, we offer preferential rates on our 72 fabulous rooms that include all meals. Talk to our expert team who'll assist you every step of the way.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Writing Room 40 20 16 24 30
Ballroom 300 125 100 100 250
Fleur De Lys 50 20 24 24 40
Hayward 80 40 30 34 70
Millbay Suite 80 35 25 30 0
Whiteford 12 10 8 8 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 920 traveller reviews
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Ideal for the Pavilions

27/04/2017 mattexdj, Falmouth, United Kingdom

This historic hotel looks the part from a distance. The closer you get, the more you can see how much work is needed to keep this hotel in the game with the many rivals Plymouth has. Inside the staff ... more


What a great place.

24/04/2017 bob_batchelor, Rochester, United Kingdom

Stayed for the second time on 20,21,22/04/2017. It really is a very nice place. The room's have load's of space, 5ft bed and a lovely bathroom. All well clean and looked after. The staff are friendly ... more

Owner Response
Leila N, Director of Marketing at BEST WESTERN Duke of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. Paulina, our new Head of Housekeeping, and her team take a pride in all rooms and will appreciate your comments as will our Restaurant Manager. We love being at the heart of Britain's Ocean City and are pleased that you had the opportunity to enjoy our stunning waterfront and some great local watering holes! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes, The Duke Team

lovely old hotel -

20/04/2017 mah18632016, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

This is a lovely old hotel - the outside needs a little work - but the rooms and public areas are well decorated - the staff are excellent and the breakfast was fabulous - it is well positioned near t... more

Owner Response
Leila N, Director of Marketing at BEST WESTERN Duke of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is very much appreciated. We are pleased to tell you that the exterior of the building is due to get refurbished over the course of the next 12 - 24 months. We started last year by refurbishing the entrance canopy and will continue to paint all railings (a big job!) the side of the building, restore the iconic tower and the flag poles. This will all be complete by the end of 2019 ready for the Mayflower 400 commemorations throughout 2020. Thanks also for your comments on our team and the breakfast, we take a pride in service and our breakfasts are cooked to order as you know. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you enjoy seeing the transformation. Best wishes, The Duke Team

Friendly staff. Horrible mattress

20/04/2017 lucineia2016, Miami Beach, Florida

I would give this 1 star if not for the friendly staff. It needs a makeover. Looks tired and old. Very small bathrooms. Mattress was old with horrible springs. Location is ok within walking distanc... more

Owner Response
Leila N, Director of Marketing at BEST WESTERN Duke of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we do appreciate it. We are sorry that the mattress was uncomfortable, we do encourage all guests to call our Reception team as we would always do our best to make sure you enjoyed your stay at the hotel. We do have a regularly programme of replacing mattresses and this is something that our Housekeeping Team inspect on a daily basis. We are pleased that our staff were friendly and our location is great for those wanting to be at the heart of the city. We do hope that you would consider staying in the future and would make sure you had a comfortable mattress on arrival. Best wishes, The Duke Team

3 star hotel with 5 star service

18/04/2017 Jonathan P,

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights for a wedding being held at the hotel. Even before we arrived on the Friday the service was fantastic. We love that they let us bring our pet dog for only a £10/night... more

Owner Response
Leila N, Director of Marketing at BEST WESTERN Duke of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is really appreciated. Thanks also for going into such detail, we pride ourselves on giving first class customer service and going the extra mile for our guests. We believe it makes a difference. We are indeed dog friendly and can even recommend other local places where pooches are welcomed! We are pleased that the treat was enjoyed. We hope that your wife was comfortable and managed as much sleep as is possible at that stage in pregnancy. May we wish you luck on the birth moving forward! We hope to welcome you back if you find yourselves visiting Plymouth in the future. It is a great place for families! Best wishes, The Duke Team