We booked a family room for the long weekend during the Boardmasters festival in August. The hotel has a magnificent location to access Fistral Beach, immediately opposite the access point to the beach and Bodhi's Cafe. The included breakfast was superb with both a hot full English buffet, and a complete range of continental breakfast items and cereals. It was great to fill up for the day ahead, and the many Spanish service staff were really friendly and happy to talk with guests to make them feel welcome.
Despite these two good aspects, the rooms and bathrooms are in serious need of refurbishment. The beds were creaky and mattresses very uncomfortable: they were like boards on old springs. The bathrooms were poorly lit with low wattage incadescent bulbs more suited for a table lamp, and the showers abysmal and outdated from the 1980s. At night, the walls were not soundproofed sufficiently, and rowdy guests would disturb your already uncomfortable sleep at 3-5am as they stumbled back from Newquays worst.
The swimming pool was heavily chlorinated and the chemicals were unbalanced. Even the following morning before other swimmers, the water was murky and cloudy.
A well marketed hotel (website looks really promising) that was a mild disappointment and needs investment to make the most of its enviable location and great breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Esplanade Hotel is a contemporary family-focused hotel overlooking the world-famous Fistral Beach in Newquay with stunning views from inside and out. The Hotel is more than just a place to sleep - it's a place where you can enjoy quality family holidays on the North Cornwall coast; from splashing about in the heated indoor pool and dining together in the informal family-friendly Ocean View Restaurant to exploring the indoor and outdoor play areas or chilling out in the reception lounge whilst soaking up the view and enjoying a coffee. The hotel is also home to the Quiksilver Surf School and all guests receive discounted surf lessons and equipment hire- the Esplanade Hotel really does have something for all the family! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esplanade Hotel Newquay
- The Esplanade Hotel Newquay, Cornwall