We chose this hotel because the food was so good at the Imperial in Exmouth last year that we thought this would be representative across the Coast and Country group. It was not. The vegetables were frozen, the scrambled egg was dried and grey, while the soup was the same stock with different things floating in it each day. How can Shearings (who, as we found on arrival, actually own Coast and Country) allow such varying standards that one never knows what to expect?
Food apart, the rooms were small, as one would expect for this type of hotel, but well equipped, kept clean and, apart from the windows, in good order, though I suspect the mattresses were the originals from when the hotel was built. The staff were friendly, helpful and generally understood English. You cannot beat the view from the hotel (and seaview rooms are a must here). There is no car park but a fairly large public car park is nearby. The hotel has no parking permits available.
Our other major downer concerned the resort itself. For about 100 metres either side of the hotel there are a few shops, then nothing (although the castle, a little way beyond, is worth visiting). There are two pubs nearby which serve decent ale but at lunchtimes and for most of the evening their tables are laid for dinner and drinkers are discouraged. Best bet is the social club in the car park which visitors can use and which again has good beer. The terrace of the rather up-itself Idle Rocks Hotel is nice for cocktails if the concierge thinks you are the right type of person to be allowed in just to drink.
Our tip would be that unless you have a specific reason for coming here, to stay in Falmouth instead where there is more to do, and to visit St Mawes by ferry for a couple of hours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where the Rivers' Fal and Percuil meet to join the open sea, St Mawes boasts the perfect picture postcard retreat and at the heart of the village, right on the quay you will find The Ship and Castle Hotel. Once The Ship and Castle Inn, and a warren of small fishermen's cottages (remnants of which can still be seen at the rear of the existing building) The Ship and Castle is now a 54 bedroom hotel with all the charm and character one would expect for its location. Our bar and lounges offer the perfect location for a peaceful day in St Mawes watching the world go by, or enjoying a traditional Cornish Cream Tea. We have a selection of sea view rooms which understandably are in high demand and are well recommended to make your stay that little bit more special. ... more less
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