We recently stayed for three nights at the Inn on the Shore as we were attending the wedding of some friends nearby. We were late in booking our accommodation, so the £100-a-night premium room was all that was available.
First of all, the room: The premium room has the most amazing view, so close to the sea you feel like you are part of the landscape. It really is an experience, and the sound if the waves lapping at the shore is quite lovely. The room itself is clean and tidy but quite simple, however, and even with the spectacular views, doesn't justify it's £100 price tag in my opinion - a tiny television, no wifi in the room (only available downstairs in the bar), furniture a bit dated, bed not the most comfortable (and a little short for me, even at 6 foot tall). Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly good bed and breakfast room - it's just not a hundred quid's worth.
On to the breakfast - on all three days, I had the full Cornish breakfast, while my girlfriend had poached eggs on toast. My breakfasts were very good indeed, but my girlfriend was disappointed by a couple of details in hers - one day her toast was soggy, the next day her eggs were overcooked. We are both very fussy about our coffee too, and I would say that the coffee at breakfast is to be avoided - on days 2 and 3 we had tea, as the coffee on day one tasted like instant.
The dining room itself is also the bar area/restaurant in the evenings. It was disappointing to note that at breakfast time, the floors had not been swept, and on one morning our table was still sticky from the previous evening's festivities. The general cleanliness of the bar area wasn't perfect, as generally the tables could have done with being cleared and wiped down more often. Attention to small details like this could make this nice bar really special.
Our biggest gripe with the place came on the first night - we were unable to sleep until after 1am because of the music coming from the bar. The irritating thing about this was that we had just come from the bar, where the music was barely audible over the sound of people talking. Upstairs in our room, though, there was a constant low hum from the bass-line if Coldplay's "Fix You" which was seemingly on repeat. We called down to the bar three times, and it took an hour of complaining before this was resolved.
On our final evening in the Inn on the Shore, we had a good chat with the manager of the establishment. He was a really pleasant and friendly guy, who really made us feel valued as customers. He was telling us all about the place, and he really seemed to care about the Inn, which I think has potential to be a wonderful place to stay. However, he seemed really stretched with the maintenance of the place, which constantly needs things replacing and repairing, and could do with a lick of paint here and there, along with a few upgrades in the rooms (that tiny TV for one!). My guess is that the place is a bit of a gold mine, and people will keep paying money to come and stay / eat here because of the amazing location, and for this reason, the owners (the website shows it is owned by Singer Inns) will not invest money in the upkeep of the place because it keeps making money anyway. I hope they will read this and spend some money to stop it from becoming shabby, and to justify that premium price tag (I have stayed in the 5* Balmoral in Edinburgh for the same price of £100 a night - something to consider!).
Overall, a pleasant stay, extremely pleasant staff, good breakfast (with room for improvement), a decent room (but certainly not 'premium'), but the whole place needs a little more TLC. Don't be complacent, Singer Inns - that view won't keep people coming back forever!
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