We wanted a short break in Cornwall from Thursday to Monday (24th-28th November 2011) so my wife telephoned The Hotel, Watergate Bay. She was told the hotel was currently full but there would be a Standard room available for the dates we required. My wife was informed that building work was being carried out at The Hotel but it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience to us. The Standard room was booked along with a meal in the Brasserie for the evening of our arrival. The following day we drove to Cornwall and parked in the public car park adjacent to The Hotel. There is a Guest car park at the rear of The Hotel but all spaces were already taken. We were booked in at Reception by a very lovely and smiling Natalie with her colleague Nina working alongside her. Our room was 121, on the second floor. We took the lift and walked to our room where I opened the door. Looking inside the room our immediate reaction was, WOW!! What a wonderful room and what a bargain at £140 per night. We just couldn't believe this was a Standard room. Actually, it was termed as Ocean View, Ocean Wing, Standard Room. The room was large, light and airy with a super-king size bed complete with fluffy white duvet and large pillows, bedside cabinets with reading lamps and on one side was a telephone. Opposite the bed was a large flat-screen TV and DVD player. There was a hair dryer, kettle, mugs, coffee, tea, UHT milk and lots of different herbal infusions. There were ample power points to charge mobile phones and laptop and with free WiFi they were necessary. The bathroom was well equipped with a bath and a very good shower. The far end of the room is glazed and has a window and a door leading to the balcony. The view is absolutely stunniing. We were on the second floor and the view of the golden sandy beach with the huge waves breaking into white water surf was amazingly relaxing. We saw several surfers enjoying the large waves and a number of people walking on the beach. From our balcony we could see Fifteen Cornwall over in the corner of the car park and The Beach Hut directly underneath Fifteen. The car park is very well illuminated and we felt our car was safe. (Always a problem when living in London.) We hung up our clothes in the fitted wardrobe and went down to the Brasserie for our evening meal. Two waitresses were there for us, one named Jen and the other Jenna. Jen informed us about which wine to have with our meal and it did not disappoint us. The meal was superb and, via Jen, we sent our compliments to the chef.
Breakfast the next morning was extremely busy but nobody had to wait for anything. With so many young people running backwards and forwards into the kitchen to take away empty pots and bring back full up ones as well as bringing tea, coffee or infusions to your table an and always with a happy smile on their face was quite a delight to see. All had a friendly word to say to you and nothing was too much trouble for them. The buffet breakfast was full Cornish with delicious sausages, bacon which was both streaky and back cuts, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, eggs poached the correct way and mushrooms, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon. Museli, fruit and yoghurt, several different fruit juices, bagels, croissants, white and wholemeal sliced bread.
The other evenings we ate at The Hotel in The Living Space. A large, comfortable room with gorgeous views and sofa's and couches as well as several tables and bench type seating making it an ideal place to eat. Two delightful young ladies, Beth (with the English Rose complextion) and Tallie (with the lovely dreadlocks) were ready to take our food and drinks order. I had steak and chips (which were the best chips ever!) and my wife had the Cornish fish cakes and both meals were really delicious and excellent value.
During our four night stay we spoke to so many members of staff, mostly young people. Matt is wonderful and so interesting to talk to about his back-packing adventures in Australia. The Hotel does appear to have a huge amount of staff and every one of them look so happy in their work. All wear a trendy 'uniform' from the 'White Stuff' company.
We had a most enjoyable four days at The Hotel. It was a sad occasion for us when we checked out but now we know The Hotel has special offers we know we shall return...soon.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this Hotel most highly to any age group. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a spectacular surfing beach on the North Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for a contemporary beach holiday. It’s a place that’s about the balance in life – being active, getting among the elements, eating and drinking well, chilling out and getting cosy. Most of all, it’s about having a good time. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Hotel And Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay
- Hotel Watergate Bay
- Watergate Hotel Newquay
- Bay Hotel Watergate
- Watergate Bay Newquay
- Watergate Bay Hotel Newquay, Cornwall