I was greeted here by sarcastic an rude staff, who stormed out of the hostel to inform me that I couldn't use their car park, despite this having already been cleared with the owner.
I was taken aback by the prices at the bar and was put off further by the general incompetence of the barstaff.
Yes, the views are magnificent, but difficult to enjoy whilst you're forcing down a 'continental' breakfast of stale rice crispies and coffee which tastes like grit. I shudder to think which continent prides itself on such a tasteless start to the day.
The rooms smelt like an open sewer and there were odd white stains and pubic hairs on the sheets. Despite the plan to stay here for an entire week, I fled bathe myself in disinfectant after only two restless nights.
I feel it important to add that I have stayed in cheap hostels in Romania, Greece, Turkey and Cambodia with ten times the charm and sophistication as St Christopher's Inn, Newquay (and often at a fraction of the price). Save your money and your dignity and stay elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll find St Christopher's Inn, Newquay perched on a cliff top, overlooking the beautiful Towan Beach. This stunning location on the southern tip of England is the perfect mix of sun, sand and sea. You'll also find the Escape Surf School in the same building - making this hostel in Newquay the perfect place to slip into a wetsuit and hit the waves. After a day of working out in the water, the on-site Belushi's bar and restaurant is the top spot to recharge and make new friends, as you enjoy the outdoor sun deck, summer BBQs, and all round good times. This backpacker base in Newquay doesn't just connect you to one beach - it's actually close to eleven sandy shores, making it the perfect place to stay when the Zapcat King of the Waves speedboat competitions roar into the area and smash across the sea. Another annual highlight in the area is the Rip Curl Boardmasters Festival when, for a whole week, you can hit the beach for surf, skate, BMX and bikini competitions galore - not to mention the best live music in Europe. If you follow the shores beyond the beach you'll find the ruins of Tintagel Castle - the legendary home of Merlin the Magician, Uther Pendragon, King Arthur and the one and only Knights of the Round Table. Another international tourism treasure in Cornwall has to be the nearby Eden Project - Britain's very first, self-contained biosphere and the cutting edge of all things environmental. ... more less
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- St. Christopher's Inn Newquay Cornwall