We all have to be realistic with ourselves and the hotels we book, before we post damaging reviews on locations that are not trying to be something they clearly aren't.
The Hotel California is one of those places.
Fairly easy to find with decent parking and located right on the banks of an estuary.
The reception area is fantastic. Fire place to the right as you walk in, reception desk to the left with a large bar area, loads of lovely old seats, plenty of wood and stone pillars.
Reception staff were polite, efficient and informative. Almost as if they were genuinely pleased to have our business (unlike large chain hotels).
Our room was small. Quite small actually, but had what we needed for a 1 night stay. Comfy double bed, tea and coffee, hardryer, TV, nice view onto the estuary and bath/shower and WC.
Shower and bath had a mind of their own, but despite a few minutes trying to get it right the end result was still hot water which is ultimately what you want. (Hot water in your bath from these taps is the same hot water that comes from the 5 star hotel down the road really isn't it.)
Reception staff willingly opened the bar for us for a few pints. Nice selection of drinks available there. There's an indoor pool and sauna downstairs. Bit small but we never used it. There's also a bowling alley and club downstairs too. There was a function on the night we stayed but as it's 1 floor below ground and we were 3 floors above we heard nothing.
The bowling alley has a small bar and the guy behind there is jolly and welcoming. We opted for the hotel bar as it was a little quieter but with kids the alley is the ideal place.
Evening meal was fine without being exceptional. Food was nice with a good Wowcher led menu. One criticism was that after we got our free glass of wine the staff never came back and asked us if we wanted water or any more drinks for the entire meal. But it's a young, and I'm guessing inexperienced staff who despite their lack experience were polite and as accommodating as they could be.
Good nights sleep, menu style breakfast with toast and cereals as per most hotels. The full english was smaller than most yet perfect in size as we all tend to over indulge don't we? And it was pretty much perfectly cooked.
No, this place isn't perfect and I could point out the little flaws and things that would probably have annoyed me had I not been with good friends having a great time. But this hotel caters for a certain clientele and it's not the one that frequents the Hilton or even the Holiday Inn.
Don't come to this hotel with a grand vision of oppulence because you'll be disappointed. Rather come to the Hotel California with bed and breakfast in mind but on a larger scale and I'm sure you'll leave feeling that "everything was fine, thanks."
I would stay here again but might upgrade to a larger room. But for 1 night the small double room was fine.
- 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