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Reviewed 11 August 2009

We stayed in one of the Ocean View Rooms, on the 3rd Floor, for 3 nights on a busy weekend in August. We were pleasantly surprised at how quiet and pieceful the room was. The hotel, although busy, was not stressful and the staff were pleasant and accommodating at all times. The room had a great view of the sea and the balcony was a great place to chill out with few tunes on the Ipod. The bed was both large and comfortable and the decor was tasteful and modern. As others have commented we noted the lack of complimentary water and biscuits, and the toiletries were somewhat limited, but this was more than made up for by the quality of service and the view from the room. We had a good meal at the 15 restaurant, although I was slightly disappointed by slowness of the service, but for cheap and cheerful, with great food, you can't beat the pub up the road from the Hotel (fab treacle tart and cheesecake).

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cleggy12A
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Reviewed 29 July 2009

We had our wedding at the hotel and it was absolutley perfect. The food was excellent and the venue is brilliant. The room they gave us had a balcony with views of the beach. The room was really big and the bathroom was modern and clean. Breakfast was relaxed and tasty. There was nothing negative we could say about our stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Seileso
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

We stayed here for one night whilst walking the coast path - it was our splurge of luxury in the middle of the trip. The hotel is right next to the beach and is really well appointed. There is internet access, laundry facilities, a small pool and various terraces. The service was really good and yet at the same time relaxed and the room was fabulous). The only slight dissapointment for me was breakfast - you had to make your own toast and it was all buffet-style, which surprised me in a hotel of this quality. As it was half-term it felt to me like a little bit of a scrum, and the air was filled with the aroma of burnt toast!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank M00nraker8
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

Fab!

We took our dog with us so were limited to room type. We had a standard room on the ground floor which was perfect as we had doors out on to the garden which was great for us, dog and little one. The room was small, especially as we had the travel cot up as well, but actually it was fine. OK so it wasn't a fancy room with rolltop bath in the window, but it was very comfy, and had everything we needed. Perhaps not enough places to put things up out of a toddlers reach but that's nitpicky! The bed was large and very comfortable, black out curtains keep you sleeping soundly when the sun is up at 5am. There's no aircon and boy it was hot hot hot! But I guess in the UK that doesn't happen often and you can leave the windows and door open. I had a fan delivered from reception and that made it better. First tip: if you're using the hotel's travel cot, bring a travel cot mattress as they just provide the standard hard mattress that comes with the cot.

We tried all the different dining options - breakfast in the hotel is great, but beware those without children - it can get a little hectic with lots of hungry children in the morning. Dinner in the Brasserie was better than expected, the Living Space does great food as does the Beach Hut and Fifteen. Living Space is just lovely in the evening - watching the sun go down on the terrace with a cocktail - could have been anywhere in the world! Fifteen was brilliant, WAY above my expectations. But my fave is the Beach Hut. Tip 2: Bring plastic plates and cultery if you need them for toddlers, hotel doesn't provide them.

Tip 3: Childrens tea is expensive (for those not on db&b options) it's £12 - so we opted to just buy a childrens tea in the Living Space - fab pasta and pesto for just £3.50, home made fish fingers and chips for a similar price. It's also a bit quieter as childrens tea can get a bit busy, or we went to the Beach Hut for other great child friendly food options. The fish and chips at Lusty Glaze is to die for, and you can work it off carrying children and assorted paraphanalia back up the steps!

There is a great childrens play room - perfect for the under 5's, and a pirate ship outside. The outdoor swimming pool was heated to bath temperature (what a treat) and was a firm favourite with all of us. Sure it was a bit tatty round the edges, but perfectly usable with comfy loungers available by the pool and also on the grass close by.

Of course the beach is just steps away and it's a great beach. Soft Sand, rock pools, and even some small "caves" to explore. Good walks up and over the cliffs for the dog. Its dog friendly year round which is just brilliant for us (and other considerate dog owners)

Baby listening is great, and even better it works in the Beach Hut or Fifteen so you can "go out" for the evening.

All in all, I vote for WTG over Sands at Porth but haven't tried the Bedruthan Steps yet - that might be the next one on my list to try. It's not perfect for sure, but it's a great family hotel, right on the beach. Great staff, everyone was very friendly, approachable and helpful (even down to collecting all the stuff we managed to forget and sending it on).

We'll be back for sure.

OH PS I probably wouldn't recommend this to a friend that didn't have children - it's fine, but if you want a quiet dinner or lunch without kids around you probably won't get it here!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

We booked the 3 night accommodation/dining break through Travelzoo and stayed in the hotel itself rather than the Coach House.
The room was spacious enough, the bathroom excellent having a large separate shower enclosure as well as a bath. Unlike a previous poster the windows did open but the one drawback was the television. There was a very limited choice of channels and what made it worse was the fact that you got London local news and weather rather than SW news and weather. When I'm on holiday I like to know what the weather is going to do locally not somewhere 300 miles away!!
We had dinner one night in the Brasserie (part of the package) which was enjoyable enough and a change from the Beach Hut and Fifteen. Good choice at breakfast but can be busy, even more so in school holidays I imagine.
Hotel parking is limited but you can park in the public car park opposite and get a free ticket from reception to let you out.

Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
Thank WaltR
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