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The Carlyon Bay
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in St Austell
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

We stayed for a long weekend and found the hotel/rooms/spa clean and well appointed. Our room was fine and overlooked the sea which the photos show. All the staff we spoke were positive and polite. The hotel style is traditional but not chintzy/OTT. We didn't eat in the restaurants but had a good size burger and a decent club sandwich in the main bar.
Spa was very clean and pool warm.
All in all a lovely stay and the warm weather helped make it a very pleasant trip to Cornwall/Eden Project

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Just returned from another great stay at the Carlyon Bay hotel. Such great value, we went for the three day break at £75 pppn a Carlyon inland double, dinner, bed and breakfast. This included a free bottle of champers on arrival, a free lunch on the day of our choosing and 25% of all spa treatments plus a free round of golf on a championship course every day. We could use the spa facilities, pool, sauna, steam room, very large jacuzzi, and the well appointed gym, all of which was very clean and tidy and towels in abbundance. The food was superb and wine suggestions each night were spot on. Breakfast was bountiful, cooked or continental.The staff are second to none when it comes to attentive service but not intrusively so, special note to Kevin in the coffee room and Craig, the wine waiter. All in all, when we compare the value for money to other hotels in the area, The Carlyon bay Hotel always beats them hands down. Great stop for The Eden project or the Lost gardens of Helegan which are close by.

Room Tip: Go for the second floor rooms, or ask to be away from the friday/saturday noght music on the dancefl...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank catliz
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

I like the very friendly and attentative service in a child free environment! First class food and service, even a disco on the Friday night. Spa was very clean, I only wish I'd pre-booked for a massage the week before! Go stay there and spoil yourself & partner! We had a nice room, champers on arrival, a completmentry Tea & Lunch. Will be going back, thanks

Room Tip: South facing rooms have a sea view, and are very bright!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank David R
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

One of a group of family run hotels in the West Country. The staff were exceptionally helpful and seemed genuinely happy to accede to our every request. Would definitely recommend this beautiful hotel (see how we rated the hotel). Only one negative. I am teetotal and unfortunately the menu did not state that the dessert contained alcohol. As soon as I realised it did contain alcohol and pointed this out to the waitress the dessert was replaced immediately without any undue fuss. In these days of ever increasing allergy intolerances, the menu needs to be compiled in much more. However, this problem did not overcloud our stay and we are looking forward to returning at some time in the future.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a sea view - it's worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank shepsSandhurst
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

We booked this hotel for a special rate of £69 each BB&D and with a free room upgrade and cream tea on arrival. There was a bit of confusion over our booking - we booked over the phone to go there the following day for two nights and the receptionist we spoke to said she would e-mail us the reservation details. When we hadn't received them by that evening we sent an e-mail to ensure the booking had been made. Next morning we still hadn't heard from them so telephoned. They were bewildered as they had no reservation for us, but soon discovered it had been entered with two f's at the end of our surname instead of s's. The email address we'd given had also been incorrectly noted by them. On arrival the incorrect name spelling hadn't been changed which was a bit annoying. Anyway the hotel and our room were both beautiful and absolutely spotless. We decided to have lunch there and I was disappointed to find that one of the pieces of bread used to make my sandwich was quite hard and stale. Honestly, it should have been noticed by the person making the sandwich!

That afternoon we set off along the cliff path in front of the hotel for a really lovely walk to Charlestown, an enchanting village with two old, heavily masted boats in the harbour. On our return to the hotel we soon noticed how cold our room was and reported this to reception who sent someone up to check if there was air in the radiators, there wasn't. The porter who came said he would get maintenance to look at it next day and I don't think he can have done that as the room stayed cold. Talking to some other guests in the hotel they had also felt cold in their room and had been given an electric heater.

The evening meal on our first night was very disappointing. Pork with apple sauce had less than 5ml of the sauce, it looked as though it was a drip on the plate and the vegetables were tasteless and boring. We both ordered rum babas for desert, commenting we hadn't had them for years. Well, they arrived in the shape of muffins and were dry and inedible. Next night the food was better, but be warned they serve a lot of their starters and deserts on grey slate slabs. We didn't like that at all and would have far preferred a white plate.

All the staff throughout the hotel were extremely pleasant and attentive at all times. If the food had been better and room warm the hotel would have been faultless. What a shame!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank BrixhamJeanjeannie
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

we enjoyed 3 fantastic days at the hotel in late october in a super room - the food was top class and the staff were hard working efficient and really friendly ( and both a street ahead of their sister hotel at saunton sands where we have stayed a lot before ) - we would thoroughly recommend staying here - the free golf at the hotel's good golf course next door is a big bonus

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Great location and I was upgraded to a sea view room as no doubles available at side/rear. Room was not large but well apponted and a fantastic view down the coast and out to sea. Bed roomy and comfortable and bath with very good shower. Staff freindly and helpful. Dinner was good - but not great. WiFi available but needed to go to desk and pick up a card.
You can walk out of the extensive hotel gardens and golf course onto the coastal path. Charlestow harbour is a short drive away as is the Eden Project. Price as one would expect - not cheap. But, for a treat take advantage of one of their deals.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Carlyon Bay

Address: Sea Road, St Austell PL25 3RD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Austell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in St Austell
#4 Family Hotel in St Austell
#4 Romantic Hotel in St Austell
#4 Business Hotel in St Austell
Price Range: £126 - £319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carlyon Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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