A HOTEL in Alveston is celebrating its success after receiving glowing feedback from inspectors.

Alveston House Hotel was visited by the AA on February 28, with everything from the hotel’s hospitality, service and cleanliness to the food being services in the hotel's Carriages Restaurant being assessed.

The Georgian-period, three-star hotel on the A38 came out on top, with inspector Philip Lamb saying it was "a good return", remarking in the report that hospitality “remains a great strength of the hotel with a very friendly and welcoming team in place” with the hotel offering “a pleasant and relaxing environment”.

Mr Lamb also noted that both bedrooms and public areas were “all very well decorated and furnished”, and praised housekeeping staff for displaying “very good attention to detail throughout all areas of the hotel at this visit”.

The purpose of the AA ratings is to give visitors a guide by which to compare hotels of the same star rating, with Alveston House being scored an impressive 85 per cent, well above the UK average of 79 per cent for a three-star property.

Also coming out on top was Carriages Restaurant which retained its prestigious one-rosette rating.

The feedback has been welcomed by the hotel, which has been on the market for some time, but despite developers having submitted prospective plans to turn the site into retirement accommodation, owner and general manager Julie Camm said their doors are “well and truly open” for business

“We are over the moon with the increase in our merit score," she said.

“I am extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated team who work so hard to provide a consistent level of service.

“Carriages Restaurant has also benefited enormously from the expertise of our chef, Tony, who had previously worked in Michelin restaurants in Bristol and London.

“Our doors are still well and truly open and we are looking forward to welcoming our guests both old and new.”