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The Slipway
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Port Isaac
Reviewed February 15, 2010

Booked a sea view room via their website for Valentine weekend, received a confirmation email. On arrival (after 4 hour drive) we were told they had no trace of our booking, they could offer us a non sea view room for £120 and would throw in a half bottle of champagne as compensation, when we asked if we could have a FULL bottle we were refused. When pushed they said they would drop the price of the room to £100, The room was tiny with no view...and with no parking was not worth the money, so we left, disappointed and inconvenienced. The lady who dealt with us was pleasant and did her best, the manager seemed uninterested.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

We were married on 2 January 2010 at The Slipway Hotel. Our 39 guests travelled from far and wide and spent an idyllic few days in the sunshine of Port Isaac. Mark, the owner of The Slipway, and Jonno, his son, the manager, could not have done more to ensure that we had the perfect wedding. The ceremony in the Residents' Lounge was intimate and emotional - a wonderful setting. Jon, the chef, prepared a delicious wedding breakfast and all our guests were stunned by the quality of the food - particularly the spectacular profiterole wedding cake pyramid. So many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to - we cannot thank Mark and Jonno enough for all the effort they put into making it such a wonderful, memorable occasion. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Charles and Dominique Norman

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2009

Stayed here just last weekend for a night, during a four day tour of Cornwall, based on the desire to see the lovely place where ITV's Doc Martin was filmed.

Really enjoyed the stay, the hotel's comforts and service, and having read previous negative reviews, felt compelled to write a review to address certain elements which seem to be an issue leading to dissatisfaction by some guests.

Firstly, the hotel has no onsite parking?... if you want harbourside or village-located accomodation in Port Isaac, you will be unlikely to get a space for overnight parking.

If youve watched Doc Martin, you will be aware that the roads in the village are very narrow, and some are just about wide enough for horses.. Port Isaac is a 17th century fishing village which has retained its charm. (in the 17th century people rode horses and 4x4s were not yet invented!). So there is one car park at the top of the village, which is a ten minute walk from the hotel itself. Not ideal if you have small children or are infirm, however the hotels website does make it clear there is no car park. You can drop off your luggage at the hotel entrance though to make things a bit easier.

Secondly, the rooms are noisy.?. As Port Isaac is in a National Trust area, installation of efficient double glazing isnt a cheap option. It can be done, but has to be within NT rulings (keeping hardwood sash windows, etc). We stayed in the middle of a raging thunderstorm which swelled the sea, and yes, being located on the harbourfront did mean we could hear the waves crashing, but found it calming in a way to be tucked up in bed inside our cosy room, and drifted soundly to sleep with no problems.

Port Isaac is hardly Ibiza, so the maximum level of noise you will encounter is maybe delivery vans dropping off supplies and the odd clatter from the kitchens. And the waves crashing to the shore, of course.

The Slipway was built in the 16th century, 1527 to be precise, and was originally used as a chandlery. Due to its age, yes the floors are somewhat uneven and creak in places, but this all adds to its charm. Dont expect huge rooms with marble bathrooms and "Notting Hill" interiors.

We stayed in Room 1, which was spacious enough for the two of us, the bathroom area was small but modern and perfectly functionable. We also had a balcony with a great view. (Refer to the pictures I have posted).

Room 1 was akin to staying in a suite, as directly outside the door to our room was a lovely sitting area with TV & DVD player, with a good selection of DVDS and books/magazines. We had this to ourselves on the night of our stay.. wonderful!

Another nice touch was bottled water and biscuits in our room, and a really comfortable bed.

We paid £120 for our room including breakfast and thought this to be reasonable value, especially taking into consideration the standard of the breakfast. My husband had an ample "Full English" breakfast, this was served (as opposed to buffet-style). I ordered the scrambled eggs with snoked salmon.. have to say the salmon was the best I have ever tasted. There was also a good selection of cereals and fruit juices to help yourself to. The breakfast set us up for a day of walking and searching out all the "Doc Martin" filming locations.

I am basing my review wholly on my stay in Room 1. Didnt get to see any of the other rooms, but if you want to stay here, go for room 1 and you shouldnt be disappointed!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

My wife and I recently got married in The Slipway hotel and it was just perfect. We could not find fault with anything. The owner, Mark Fobes and his team were brilliant. We had 42 guests attending for the ceremony and a sit down meal and most of them traveled down from Berkshire and Gloucestershire. All of them loved it. The food was superb, The chef, Jon, has a real passion for what he does and it really showed.
I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.
The Slipway Hotel and all its staff will always be very special to us for making our day happen as we wanted.
Mr & Mrs Cahill

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for one night when we were walking the South West Coast Path.
In our view this hotel falls a long way short of the images in the brochure and the website presentation. The only redeeming features are its location on the harbour front, and the service from one young man who combines the jobs of manager, receptionist, barman, breakfast waiter and porter.

Our room was over the lifeboat station and we were very disappointed. It was quite spacious enough but our view was of the canopy that covers the outside area of the restaurant. Also, we had little privacy as the balcony of some of the rooms in the main building looked directly into ours. To make matters worse we were kept awake at night from the noise of the chillers connected to the kitchen area. We paid £120 for what they quaintly call this "village views" room. A complete rip off.

We booked back in February on-line, and our room number was allocated at the time of booking so I am sure that their policy is to allocate the poor quality rooms to people who stay for just one night on the grounds that they won't bother to complain. So if you decide to stay there for one night and are given room 5, refuse it!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

ideally located for our walking tour of the south west coast path so parking was not a problem for us. we had room at the back above the old lifeboat station with windows over the area where they store the beer and the smoking area at the front of the hotel. Unfortunately the room was marred by the constant thrumming of the machinery in the chiller room directly beneath our room. We could not sleep and the staff helpfullychanged our room at 10 pm at night

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

I went here with my partner on Saturday evening for a meal. We sat outside and had a few drinks on the terrace which was nice. We thought the dining room was nice, a bit different. The food was really nice, both really enjoyed it. Only downside was that we ordered another bottle of wine when they dropped off the dessert menus, 20 minutes later still no wine or any sign of a waitress to order our desserts with. Good value £60 for two courses, drinks and wine.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Harbour Front, Port Isaac PL29 3RH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Port Isaac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Port Isaac
Price Range: $98 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Slipway 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Slipway is a licensed cafe, serving traditional seaside lunches and afternoon teas. Above the cafe is a 7 bedroom Bed &Breakfast. Evening meals are served for B&B guests and a limited amount of reservations. ... more   less 
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