My wife and I had stayed at this hotel 8 years ago in August 2004 - when we had only just met - as late 20 somethings. We had a decent stay then as I remember, perhaps just feeling a little on the fringe of things as most other guests were familys and it was clear the hotel back then was very family orientated (definitely in the old school tradition). So 8 years later, now married, with a 6 year old son, and deep into my 30's, we had a yearning to return to the North Cornwall coast once again.
I was delighted to find that the Kenton Hotel had availability for our summer break, although this did turn to some trepidation when I checked this very site afterwards. Because I was really surprised in all honesty to find some terrible reviews on here and even some of the good reviews sounded more like propaganda. We've never written a review of any place we've ever stayed at before, but we vowed to write a review for this hotel, however things turned out.
I should now come to the point and say that we found this hotel excellent in almost every respect and this makes those poor reviews even harder to understand? Like I said, we had no real problems with the hotel back in 2004, but it is clear that almost everything has improved since then. Our room was great, with fantastic views over the coast, and it was kept spotlessly clean every day. The staff (it's family run) were all warm and friendly and would go out of their way to ensure you were contented and comfortable during your stay. The hotel itself was also clean and tidy, and just as importantly, has genuine character. We found the food very good and the bar prices were more than reasonable.
A word on the food: This is a family run hotel (definitely not a B&B for the record), who enjoy looking after other familys and couples, and the food is decent and plentiful and probably hovering around the '2-3 star' quality. People have to get their expectations right; you shouldn't come here - having paid 2-3 star money (again, very reasonable tarifs here), and then expect posh nosh, 5 star cooking etc. That is just not what this hotel is about. We knew what we had paid for and the three of us looked forward to our evening meal (which is optional) every day of our stay.
To sum up then, we just could not fault this hotel after a week here. Friendliness of the staff and cleanliness of our room were the most important things for us and the hotel really shone in these respects. Quality of the food and reasonable costings were also very important, and our expectations were more than met. And it goes without saying that the location of this hotel is totally without fault; beautiful views on to a beautiful coastline, in a beautiful county. You can walk in a matter of minutes to Whipsiderry bay and Porth beach, and the famous Watergate bay is only a 15 minute walk (4 minute drive) away. The town of Newquay and it's beaches are only a 10 minute drive away and you are in the very heartlands of the UK Surfing Scene if that is your thing. And if it isn't, there are loads of excellent activities in other parts of Cornwall that are all within driving distance and loads of stuff that is family orientated.
Above all else you can enjoy the Kenton Hotel itself, where I found it very easy to relax in the warm surroundings, and I would definitely stay here again and would never hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Thanks for a lovely summer holiday.
Mark, Suzanne and Zachary. August 2012.
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