Morgan Porth is a pretty, small village with beach and dramatic cliffs. The Scarlet sits at the top of the cliff on one side. It's a modern timber building with plenty of glass and views to the beach and cliffs opposite. The hotel's car park is quite small, you may have to block somebody else in and hand over your keys to the hotel. The lobby has no reception desk. You enter, wait and a host appears, usually immediately. The lobby and the adjacent lounge have comfortable, stylishl, colourful furniture, some excellent artwork, a modern slate chimney breast with fire and large glass window of the view. The host takes you through your details, requirements and shows you around the hotel and to your room. All hosts were friendly and helpful during my stay. All staff throughout the hotel were wonderful. The restaurant and bar are also very attactive and thoughtfully designed spaces. The restaurant contains interesting furniture and lighting and again has that fabulous view. The bar has a few booths that are cosy for a drink and a light snack, with a darker more feminine feel but still as inviting as the lobby and restaurant. I had a coastal garden room. The rooms again have that view, but with coastal garden rooms, you are able to walk straight out towards the cliff top garden, a real advantage over those rooms above with a balcony. Compared with the rest of the hotel, the rooms leave the view to do the talking and are a bit sparser with design elements and features compared with the communal areas. Rooms are spacious in cream with light wooden furniture and furniture and floors and some pretty cream felt lighting features. Bathrooms are open plan at the back of the rooms with a bath and shower/toilet area. The bathrooms did have some brown/beige/cream mosaic tiling. I personally find mosaic tiling a bit of a lazy design statement. The shower was good quality. The hotel has its own range of toiletries, provided in room, that are lovely! There was a couple of turquoise feature chairs towards the window that enabled sitting indoors looking out towards the view and some fabulous plastic rocking chairs that were surprisingly comfortable, and a low table outside in the garden, with railway sleeper fences separating the rooms for privacy. Beds are very comfortable. One very negative point for myself is that the hotel has no air conditioning. Luckily for myself, when I visited it was cold. I wouldn't visit the hotel in warmer spring or summer months. Following showering, the room was too hot and the garden door had to be opened. In Summer, I would imagine the heat would get too uncomfortable. Another disadvantage is that unfortunately, in the coastal garden rooms, all the footsteps of the room above are heard. It's not a problem most of the time, but early in the morning, this is irritating!!! The Scarlet provide no facilities in room. Everything must be requested. This is lovely when it comes to requesting freshly made tea and coffee at any time. However, sometimes you just don't want to have to talk to anyone or see anyone!!! I also find requesting an iron and ironing board a pain in the backside. This should be a given in all hotel rooms. Breakfasts were excellent with lovely cooked breakfasts including a lighter meat free choice such as eggs florentines and continental items such as yogurts with beautiful fruits and delicious pain au chocolat. I also had a gorgeous cream tea in my little private coastal garden that I really enjoyed. The room service/bar menu was also lovely. I did find the cocktail menu particularly disappointing and poor value for money. The menu claimed "we don't stock everything a cocktail bar stocks". Well perhaps you should if you are charging £300 for a room and £12 for a cocktail? The Scarlet is a member of Design Hotels and therefore obviously expecting discerning clients. Other fashionable places nearby were charging half that for better drinks. Most of the cocktails were a simple one or two spirits and a soft drink. A mixologist consultation, menu overhaul, a bit of staff training and voila!!! The bar would be perfect!! I did make good use of the indoor pool at the hotel. It is quite small which would be expected for a 32 room hotel but there is little seating and space around the pool making it less inviting. There is also a good steam room that was not at all mouldy, as some can feel. The spa also has some cliff top hottubs that can be booked for a half hour session and really is a must!! Check Mr and Mrs Smith as by booking here, you get a free session with rooms the same price as direct on the hotel website. I did really enjoy staying at this hotel and would happily return in cooler months, however for the price of the rooms and the facilities, it did fall somewhat short of my expectations.
- Also Known As:
- The Scarlet Hotel Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simply put, we are a beautiful 37 bedroom hotel built to the highest eco standards, boasting delicious locally sourced food and the best Ayurvedic inspired spa you can imagine.Discover an escape for grown-ups, to eat, dream and play in peace. ... more less
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