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“Fowey Hotel-Red Arrows Garden Cream Tea”
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The Fowey Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Fowey
Certificate of Excellence
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Fowey Hotel-Red Arrows Garden Cream Tea”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

After trying to get into any sort of establishment for a cup of tea on Red Arrows day it was a pleasure to come across the Fowey Hotel Garden overlooking Polruan.

With Thousands of people in this small Cornish resort I cued for a short while to obtain a scone,jam,cream and tea.YES-It may have been in a take away cup and a paper plate-but at least it was served by Friendly enthusiastic staff in a lovely location where I then sat for over an hour on the grass to watch the wonderful Red Arrows Display.And all for around £4.

Yes-a pot and china would normally be my minimum expectations for an establishment of this standard, but considering the nature of the day an excellent effort by management and staff.

Meanwhile my husband went over to the Hotel Bar, where despite having to wait around 5 / 10 minutes, obtained a pint of Betty Stoggs at a reasonable price for a 3/4 star Hotel.

Comments from others in the que that there should be more staff behind the bar were soon seen to be ridiculous as any more than the 2 efficient chaps there would have meant falling over themselves in a short narrow bar.And there were two other outside bars available.

Well done Fowey Hotel for making an effort.Some other hotels would have shut the grounds and made then available to residents only.

Lee and Brian

PS-And a good Beatles tribute band as well.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

A brilliant stay at The Fowey Hotel with my 65yr old sister, my 42yr old daughter and my 24yr old granddaughter. This hotel suits all ages. The staff are really friendly. Food excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Will be staying again for sure.

Room Tip: Third floor room was very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The Fowey hotel is beautifully maintained and in a great location with great views. No need to go out to dinner, they have a great menu in the hotel. Staff are great and service is excellent. Wi fi works well in the rooms

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the water
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Buckinghamshire
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We enjoyed 3 days in this lovely, somewhat old fashioned hotel. It is set in a beautiful location with wonderful views across Fowey (even from the side window of room 301). It is ideal for exploring the area either walking or by boat but not so easily by car because of the restricted access to Fowey (and tight entrance and parking for the hotel). Our room was spacious and comfortable although the bathroom needed some attention all the services worked satisfactorily. There is a quaint lift to the 3rd floor dating back to 1800s still safely working.
Service at reception is particularly good and the very efficient young lady even carried our bags in. Breakfast was the weak area where the quality compared poorly with other more modest hotels and on our first morning was shambolic. The experience put us off dining at the hotel. Service for snacks and drinks in the bar and garden was good,however.
Allowing for some small shortcomings, we would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We had a very pleasant stay at this hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful we would particularly like to mention Jarrett who was exceptionally helpful on our arrival (sorry if we have your name wrong) We had a premier room which was clean and comfortable with great views of the bay. The breakfast and dinner were of a very high standard. We travelled here by train and in no way found this restrictive as the town is only a short walk from the hotel. it should be noted that it is a somewhat hilly part of the world. From the town there are various boat trips and ferries to Mevagissey and Polruan. A good day to visit Polruan is a Thursday when the Headland Gardens are open to the public during the summer. A nice place to eat whilst in Polruan is the Lugger Inn where we had a lovely lunch of Moules. A boat trip to Mevagissy is also recommended as you have great views of the coastline and when there amongst the attractions are The Lost Gardens of Heligan.The small museum by the quayside is well worth a visit. All in all we had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend this Hotel.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chesham
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The saving grace of this hotel is the staff. They were all welcoming, friendly and helpful. They are let down by the quality of the rooms, the lack of facilities and the curse of the accountant. This really should not be classed as a 4 star hotel. I have stayed in 3 star hotels with better food and room facilities. Our premier room was poorly decorated, a bit like a builder has done up the rooms - magnolia painted bumpy wallpaper to hide the cracks, fake ceiling roses, standard DIY coving, chipboard circular tables with badly made cloths, cheap carpet. As a premier room we would have expected a fridge and some better quality furniture, and a full length mirror; (and why is the lighting in all hotels too dull to do ones make- up even in the bathroom?). The view of the sea was delightful despite being below ground floor. The patio doors opened on to a garden which really needed some care and attention and the chairs provided for sitting out on the narrow 'patio' were just a bit basic. Our bed was not what I expect from a 4 star hotel premier room. A divan with no valance to hide the fact, a mattress topper with sheet not even tucked in and a thin synthetic duvet, no bedspread and a leatherette brown headboard - some interior design desperately needed.
Our bathroom basin taps were too short in the spout and had been badly put in with mastic covering some of the decorative border tiles. The tiny shower unit would have been too small for a lot of people and had nowhere to put the shower gel or shampoo other than the floor or the top of the shower. A light bulb in the bathroom needed replacing for the whole of our stay and you have to wonder how this wasn't noticed by the chambermaid, as in order to clean, the lights needed to be on.
Our children had a 'dog-friendly' room on the first floor. Completely impractical for ease of taking the dog out and the decor was no worse than our premier room; plus the rooms next to our 'premier' room in the basement had dogs in them, so why not ours? These rooms were much more practical for exercising the dog as one could go straight out to the green areas without having to use the stairs and the dog racing to get outside desperate for a wee. They all looked of a similar standard to ours. Also, as we had to pay £15 per night for the dog, it would have been nice to have something provided for her. You cannot purport to be a dog-friendly hotel and then charge 3 times as much as other hotels. Please don't tell me that extra cleaning is involved; the rooms should be vacuumed thoroughly anyway, (something which noticeably was not done in either of our rooms).
Also, the walls between rooms were somewhat thin; we could hear our neighbour's shower, the chambermaid vacuuming the corridors early in the morning and the staff walking on the ground floor above.
The bar was nicely decorated, but the door was left open even though the temperature dropped noticeably in the evening. The barman was extremely friendly and helpful, however the prices were on a par with London prices. One evening we ordered a cointreau. It was out of stock. We were surprised that it was still out of stock the next evening and the following. What sort of bar is it which doesn't keep a classic liqueur in stock?
I have reviewed the restaurant separately, but the bar food was acceptable if a little inefficiently served; the food arrived but we had to ask for cutlery!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

A late booking for myself & my wife. A really lovely hotel with views to die for. Delicious breakfast with many choices in a delightful dining room especially if you were able to get a table by the window. Staff were professional & courteous. Our room was very spacious with a lovely bathroom which included a bath as well as a shower. A very clean & tidy hotel with an old fashioned lift. It was rather warm in our room so the fan came in very handy. The public balcony was super to sit & enjoy a cool drink from the bar, there was also a large grassed area with picnic benches where we sat & had an evening beverage while looking out at the beautiful view. A super location- a short walk to the shops & restaurants & about 15 minutes to Ready Money Cove. I would recommend this hotel if you are staying in Fowey.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Christopher B, General Manager at The Fowey Hotel, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear Darren F,

Thank you for your recent review of The Fowey Hotel.

Its lovely to read you had a great stay with us. We truly are lucky to have the location we do and its great that all of our guests feel the same way too. A lovely place for cool and refreshing Tarquins and Tonic!

Our staff are always on hand to make sure all of our guests needs are tended to in just the right manner. We pride ourselves on the local produce served both in the Restaurant and Bar.

I will be sure to pass on your great feedback to the team.

Please do let me know if I can be of any assistance with a future visit to Fowey.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Chris Bailey-Lewis
General Manager
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Property: The Fowey Hotel
Address: Esplanade, Fowey PL23 1HX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Fowey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Fowey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fowey Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Made famous by the celebrated authoress, Daphne du Maurier, and ranked as one of the UK’s most desirable locations, the pretty Cornish town of Fowey, is a delight to explore. Clusters of characterful buildings, cottages and shops tumble down the hillside to rub shoulders with those stacked along the curving main street, which runs parallel to the Fowey estuary. The Fowey Hotel, with its wonderful views over the town, estuary and the sea is the perfect place from which to explore it all!There's plenty to do and see too. Shopping is fun, with a variety of independent specialist shops, galleries and delicatessens - with not a high street name in sight! The town is a most pleasant walk from end to end; to be taken at a reasonable dawdle, in order not to miss a bit as there are some wonderful surprises just round every corner.From here you can venture east or west along the South West coast path and walk for miles or drive no more than a short distance, to visit the numerous sights and attractions situated in this lush, verdant area of Cornwall.The Fowey Hotel is part of Richardson Hotels of Distinction. ... more   less 
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