My wife and I together with our 4-year old son stayed at the St. Moritz in a suite for four nights over the Easter holidays - a time when the sun was out most days, but the temperature still quite chilly.
This is a well maintained modern hotel within easy walking distance of the beach and coastal trail. It is also an easy walk to Polzeath Beach, the main surfing beach for the region. We arrived by train from London (4 1/2 hours from Paddington Station) and were met at Bodmin Parkway station by a hotel-arranged taxi for the 30 minute ride (£35) to the hotel. While it is not necessary to have a car while staying at the hotel (the hotel does provide free car service to restaurants and other venues in the immediate area), it would no doubt be desirable should you wish to venture much further afield.
Prior to our arrival, I had been contacted via e-mail by Britt Loe, the Guest Host for the hotel. She arranged our taxi service, made dinner reservations, scheduled a babysitter so my wife and I could have an evening out alone, and suggested a whole range of venues and activities we could explore during our stay. Britt was especially welcoming and very helpful - a real plus for the hotel. That said, all the staff were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a pleasant one. The fact that the owner-manager is always on site and ready to address any issues that may come up is also a plus for the hotel.
Understand that the hotel is not right on the beach or even right above the beach. It is about a 10 minute walk down the hill to the Coastal Path and on to the nearest beach. The ocean can be seen from the higher floors of the hotel, but not from the ground floor suites or the restaurant. This is not a problem as walking to the beach or down the hill to see the ocean is a matter of only a few minutes. We did this many times during out stay and our 4-year old led the way in both directions!
Our room (ground floor double suite with garden view) was a very well appointed suite with separate bedroom and a living room-dining room combination and a large, fully equipped kitchen. The room was immaculate and the furniture very comfortable, including the king size bed. The kitchen came equipped with stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer and washer/dryer together with all manner of kitchen utensils, pots, pans and dishes, toaster, microwave, electric hot water heater, coffee press and teapot. One could rely entirely on self-catering if desired as the kitchen is so well equipped. There is a large room safe in the bedroom closet as well as plenty of hanging closet space and drawers. We did think the John Lewis dresser was a bit cheap given the rest of the furnishings as the drawers did not have guides making sliding them in and out something of an inconvenience. The bathroom was fine, though there is perhaps insufficient space around the sink and the lighting could have been brighter. The Cowshed products were a nice touch and the big towels and bathrobes a definite plus. The extra bed for our son fit easily in the living room (at an extra charge of £25/night).
The indoor pool is quite nice and my son liked it immensely. The outdoor pool is big and looks very pleasant but due to the cold weather was not open during our stay. My wife availed herself of the Cowshed Spa and found the facial and massage to be up to her standards, so much so that she now intends to utilize the Cowshed Spa in London.
We ate all our breakfasts and one dinner in the hotel dining room as breakfast was included in the room rate. The breakfast buffet and hot dishes available on order were fine, though a variety of omelets and perhaps a bit more healthier fare would improve the offerings. The coffee, however, was consistently dreadful over the whole 4 days, even though brought to the table in an individual press. It got to the point where we would make our own coffee in the room rather than order it during the hotel breakfast.
Our one dinner in the hotel restaurant was good, much better than expected. The food was good -- the butternut squash soup was excellent, the fish was nicely cooked and the selection of local cheeses for dessert was very acceptable. The wine list was fine, offering a number of options, though a few more offerings by the glass would be an improvement. Also, keep in mind that the hotel positions itself as family friendly, so if you are planning on a romantic dinner with your spouse, a later reservation - particularly during school holidays -- is probably warranted in order to mitigate disturbance from nearby tables. There is also a large bar area just outside the restaurant where one can have a before or after dinner drink if desired.
All in all, a well run hotel, very comfortable and well located. We would recommend it to our friends.
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- Also Known As:
- St. Moritz Hotel Wadebridge, Cornwall
- St Moritz Wadebridge