We were staying at a hotel nearby and wanted to play snooker. After searching we found that the Hotel California had a snooker table that anyone could play. So please bear in mind that we did not stay at the hotel and cannot comment on the food or rooms.
We were greeted by the friendly staff at reception, who assumed we were local, due to our strange request and they gave us the key to the snooker room,after a £5 deposit (not £5 an hour, as stated on their website).
We were given directions to the snooker room but had difficulty finding it, due to poor signage and layout of the hotel.
However whilst trying to find it, we did see the indoor pool, function room, bowling alley, bar and outdoor pool. All of which seemed adequate, though dated.
We did eventually find the snooker room after a man, who we weren't even sure if he even worked there but was directing many guests, showed us where it was.
The snooker room was musty, smelling like an elderly relatives home, hotter than the sun and reminiscent of the billiards room in the Cludo board game.
It was even referred to as 'the billiards room' by several elderly guests who walked by. We did not see any guests under the age of sixty.
The snooker table was old, the cloth ripped at one end, missing the long rests and no spider rests. The snooker balls were old, well used but serviceable.
We decided to leave after one game, during which several guests walked by because they could not find their rooms.
As stated by other reviewers the lobby has been recently refurbished but the rest of the hotel needs refreshing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Gannel Estuary and Crantock beach, Hotel California a 3* listed hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach & Vibrant town centre packed with some of England's best bars, restaurants & Nightclubs. There are 2 swimming pools, sauna, games room, Solarium, Hairdresser and free parking. The hotel also has a 4-lane bowling alley, squash court, table tennis and snooker and pool tables.Guests can relax with a drink and enjoy the sun terrace, or sit down for a candle lit dinner in our restaurant with views over rolling countryside, the Gannel estuary and Crantock beach.Away from the town centre, Hotel California’s peaceful rooms each feature a TV, complimentary tea & coffee facilities, Direct dial phone, Trouser press & Hair dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- California Hotel Newquay
- Hotel California Newquay, Cornwall