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The Idle Rocks

Harbourside, St Mawes TR2 5AN England
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#1 of 5 hotels in St Mawes
Travellers' Choice
The Idle Rocks has the most enviable location in St Mawes, overlooking the harbour with views across the River Fal to Falmouth. Our 18 bedrooms, most with stunning vistas over the bay, have been thoughtfully designed, each having their own unique identity with fabulous fabrics and decor that leave you in no doubt that you are by the sea. After a long day lazing on the beach, our south facing terrace is the perfect place to relax, have a long drink, and watch the world go by. You may even see your dinner being landed on the harbourside. The Idle Rock's restaurant, led by our Executive Head Chef, Dorian Janmaat, is a celebration of Cornwall; showcasing a range of fabulous produce that has been sourced locally using only seasonal fresh ingredients. In many cases it will have been swimming right on our doorstep only a few hours earlier and while the food is of the very highest standard our setting is very relaxed.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Electric vehicle charging station
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Tennis court offsite
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Italian and 1 more
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timchambola wrote a review 16 Jan
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom411 contributions314 helpful votes
As with the 'other' hotel across the bay, we always eat here once when we stay in St Mawes. There was a bit of a scare as we understood that it had closed due to a Covid outbreak over Christmas which must have been a nightmare for the business. Fortunately, we were able to get a table on December 30th in the evening. We really love it here - the décor, the staff, the views, the ambience and of course the views. Initial drinks service was a little 'clunky' and staff apologised for a delay and explained that they were still a little short on numbers - Not a problem for us really, we were in no rush! Food was epic and service thereafter was faultless. As with the competition across the bay, it's not cheap here but it is most definitely well worth it. We'll be back again in a few months.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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steveharris843 wrote a review Dec 2021
10 contributions5 helpful votes
Super Hotel, Super staff, Graham, Lucy, Bianca they made our stay absolutely wonderful , rooms where impeccable, food fantastic, I couldn't fault it, So much care has been taken to create a lovely calming feel to the bar its super comfy decorated to absolute perfection.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms are lovely
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adele m wrote a review Nov 2021
Hunsdon, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are looking for the perfect getaway then look no further We have just returned from a wonderful break at the gem of a hotel, The staff to name a few reika Dane Lucy the manager Malcom and not forgetting the best night porter any hotel could ever have, Nothing was to much trouble, Thank you thank you all you really don’t know how much I needed this break x And so lovely to meet the owner Karen and a big thank you to the lovely lady on reception who loved my perfume I can’t remember your name? Our room was gorgeous and my treatment amazing Until the next time Adele & Rob X
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Lilly Langtree wrote a review Nov 2021
Ludlow, United Kingdom2 contributions
Beautiful location. Lovely front of house staff on arrival. The details were a let down. It took four phone calls and numerous emails to get confirmation of my booking. No deposit taken until call number three so got quite concerned. The final call for confirmation to me in writing made me cry. The man I had spoken to three times was very rude to me. Told me he was doing me a favour as we had agreed a discount on our three night stay by including a free meal. I then requested to be put onto the winter rocks deal because it was better than the one he had put me on. When we arrived they had forgotten to put in the sparkling wine, I had to ask. They hadn’t booked us into their restaurants at the times I had requested or even booked us in. Luckily we got in. The seven course dinner was underwhelming. Our monk fish was dried out and tough. I could hear other customers complaining too. The deserts were not special. It was not, in my opinion, a memorable meal. On a positive the staff that we met were so helpful. They made our visit a pleasure. It was the back office that let the hotel down and the poor dinner we received in the hotel. We have had much better tasting menus elsewhere. Breakfast was excellent.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: The harbour view rooms are excellent. Great views and lots to sit by the window and look out at.
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ladiesabouttown wrote a review Nov 2021
Harrogate, England, United Kingdom310 contributions127 helpful votes
Sadly underwhelmed , this must be the smallest hotel in the Relais and Chateaux group. Our room was basic and caused some problems for partner who is 6ft as the space between bottom of the bed and sloping ceiling window was tight to manoeuvre. A very small lounge was the only area other than our room, which only had one chair. Food was alright, expensive even by R&C standards. In house bottled water charged at £5 , at £330 per night plus £95 for dinner this is a bit much when on departure you are given water! Lobster ravioli sauce over reduced too salty to eat. Desserts boring. Other hotels within this group ( both UK and Worldwide) have been exceptional in quality and service. Mediocre at best. No return for us.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$244 - US$461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandCornwallTruro DistrictRoseland PeninsulaSt Mawes
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Idle Rocks
Which popular attractions are close to The Idle Rocks?
Nearby attractions include St Mawes Church (0.2 miles), Summers Beach (0.2 miles), and Tavern Beach (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Idle Rocks?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Idle Rocks?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Idle Rocks?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Idle Rocks?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Idle Rocks?
Conveniently located restaurants include St Mawes Bakery, Victory Inn, and The Watch House.
Is The Idle Rocks located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of St Mawes.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Idle Rocks?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Idle Rocks?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Idle Rocks?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Idle Rocks?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pendennis Castle (2.0 miles), Marlborough House (3.1 miles), and Cliff Road Chapel (2.3 miles).