I would not recommend the room we stayed in. Room 11 which was a long way up a corridor through a fire door which seemed to lead to colder and damper areas of the hotel. It was located directly underneath the dining room on the main floor level and so when kids were running about it was like a heard of elephants were directly overhead! The room was large but decoration was tired, old and poor with a florescent strip light fashioned as a mirror light and bedside tables that were on a slope so things rolled off. The lighting had been very poorly done, gave it a real cheap motel vibe as did the mismatched decoration. The bed was cheap and uncomfortable. The balcony was grubby, they could clean that. They did put a valance on the spare single bed in the corner - it just looked a rough room tbh.
Morning breakfast was very salty bacon and cheap sausages and they appeared to have run out of white bread to toast, despite seeing a member of staff clearly go and look a the basic they didn't refill it. The fruit selection was two very tired looking large metal catering bowls containing a large volume of decanted tinned prunes in one and what looked like citrus fruit pieces in the other that had pips floating about. I didn’t feel comfortable eating my breakfast so left most of it.
The main level of the hotel looks quite nice and comfortable, would be interesting to see the other rooms on different levels, maybe upstairs ones are much better. Curiously they had put up pictures from National Geographic in the dining area which didn't appear to relate to the location which I think is a bit of a strange choice.
When we came back from dinner out the receptionist was being talked to by two guys who had beers in hand and had set themselves up in chairs facing her chatting right in the middle of reception. To be honest I was a little surprised about this. If I was doing her job I would feel pretty uncomfortable about it.
The view overlooking the Gannel and location is outstanding however. Its beautiful. Such a shame, someone could really do a lot with this hotel, it has a lot going for it. It needs a major refurb and some TLC. It could be really successful as a top class hotel considering its location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Gannel Estuary and Crantock beach, Hotel California a 3* listed hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach & Vibrant town centre packed with some of England's best bars, restaurants & Nightclubs. There are 2 swimming pools, sauna, games room, Solarium, Hairdresser and free parking. The hotel also has a 4-lane bowling alley, squash court, table tennis and snooker and pool tables.Guests can relax with a drink and enjoy the sun terrace, or sit down for a candle lit dinner in our restaurant with views over rolling countryside, the Gannel estuary and Crantock beach.Away from the town centre, Hotel California’s peaceful rooms each feature a TV, complimentary tea & coffee facilities, Direct dial phone, Trouser press & Hair dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- California Hotel Newquay
- Hotel California Newquay, Cornwall