I booked this hotel as it was on the Conde Nast Johansen website, a facility which has not let me down yet. The hotel was very nice, in a very select area of St Austell, with spectacular views both from our sea-view room, and from the dining room. The interiors were luxurious, not at all out-of-date, and will not disappoint those considering this hotel for a luxury break.
The room was nicely appointed, a good size for two adults, although it felt a little cramped for two adults and two children in a cot and further collapsing bed. Nevertheless, were delighted to have the opportunity to have our two children in the room with us, an option that is too-frequently unavailable for our rather cynical sensibilities, and we were very pleased with the room. The satellite TV channels were very generous, better than any UK or Irish hotel that I have stayed in, but no "pay-per-view" type provision was available, although we didn't miss it given the range of channels provided. We also brought portable DVD players, invaluable with children, and easily connected to the room television.
Breakfast was included and was of a high standard. It was generally a buffet service, although table service was available for those who required it. The continental selection was perhaps a little limited, but breakfast in general was more than adequate for us and I would imagine for most uk and irish visitors. A massive plus point for me was the large coffee pot provided "for one"!
We paid for dinner for every night of our stay, which was a very minor additional cost, but which was unbelievable value for money. For less than 7% of the price of our week long stay, we received a 4 course meal for 2 adults and 2 children, selected from a menu of approximately 4 starter items, 4 main items, 5 or 6 desert choices, tea and coffee, and also an additional small aperitif type course. Further choices were available for a supplement, and the menu changed from day to day. We thought the food to be of the highest standard, the dinner service to be excellent, and could not fault it in any way. Even those who thought they probably wouldn't dine in the hotel each night should still consider paying the extra, and would probably find themselves dining in the hotel religiously anyway. There was a dress code for dinner, which was perhaps a little more relaxed than initially apparent, although I couldn't be my usual totally scruffy self.
Those with children might prefer to go during holiday periods as our children were nearly alone in running wild in the dining room, sorry! However, their portable DVD players meant that they were manageable and hopefully didn't disturb other diners too much!
In summary, an excellent hotel, those wishing for luxury will not be disappointed, but with a wide selection of excellent facilities.
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- Also Known As:
- The Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell
- Carlyon Bay St Austell
- Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell
- The Carlyon Bay Cornwall/St Austell