Watergate Bay Hotel has the perfect situation, right on the beach with fantastic ocean views from the main communal areas. The hotel has been well decorated and modernized and looks very sleek and chic. Perfectly suited for the Londoners escaping for a seaside retreat (which seemed to make up the bulk of the guests). We were there for a 3 night stay at the beginning of 2014.
Room - we were in Room 22, one of the "Best" rooms with a sea view. The décor is nice, light and nautical. Even though it is one of the best rooms, it was very small and we found it quite awkward. There isn't much surface space and a lot of the room is taken up with a roll top bath which looks great, but means there is nowhere to put a suitcase or to sit other than the bed. The small balcony actually overlooks the car park rather than the sea - so your sea view is through the windows behind the bath. The bathroom was tiny! I dread to think how small the standard rooms are. It was the beginning of Jan, but the room was absolutely freezing and there was no way to control the temperature in the room - the staff weren't very quick to provide us with additional blankets or duvets.
Communal areas - these are all decorated very well. I imagine they get very busy in the summer months as they were fairly heaving in January. This is clearly a very family friendly hotel, which is great if you have kids, but if you don't there is not much chance of getting away from the noise of children running around throughout the hotel at any time of the day. The "Ocean Room" which is part of the spa complex had a very small sign suggesting that it was an adult area, but that didn't seem to be enforced at all and there were kids making a noise whenever we were there. I appreciate as a family friendly place they need to cater to the majority, but I wouldn't recommend staying if you are after some peace and quite, or a romantic break, as it's not really an adult-orientated hotel. It would be great if the Ocean Room was kept to adults only as that would provide a space in the hotel for non-families to relax.
Food - we ate once in the Living Space area which had a lovely menu and good food. They also made some great cocktails. We didn't eat in the main hotel restaurant.
We came away with mixed feelings about the Hotel. It is definitely better than a lot on offer in this area of Cornwall, but although it is a well-oiled machine, it lacked the personal touch of a truly great hotel. For the prices they are charging, we hoped for a stay which was a bit more special.
- 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