Was travelling in the area and decided to give this hotel a try. When I called they explained they were built on a hill and that the two rooms that I requested were a bit of a climb up some steps. Rooms 26 and 27 were indeed that and after going up a couple of flights of stairs inside the main hotel we walked down a short corridor to a small outdoor garden up some steps, then down a bit and up some more steps and then around the side of a building and up a circular staircase to the two rooms.
The trek was well worth the effort. Each room was immaculate and well furnished with extremely comfortable beds with a large bathroom that included all the basics and then some nice extras like Cornish bath salts and comfy robes. The room decor was appropriate for the seaside with crisp clean walls and minimalist paintings. A few local books tossed into each room added a bit of flair. And, then the windows opened out onto a small balcony that overlooked the bay with a lighthouse in the distance briefly winking at you as if to say hi there.
Hotels need to provide two basic items at a minimum which is a decent bed to sleep in and a decent bathroom to clean up in but it is amazing how many places seem to fail at this let alone at providing a pleasant atmosphere for the guest. Tresanton did not fail at all with either of these and the only disappointment in the morning was the fog that had rolled in overnight that limited the view in the morning as the view in the evening was fantastic.
The hotel provides a car parking valet which is much appreciated as there is very little in the way of unloading space in front of the hotel let alone parking spaces. With the lack of elevators use of the valets and baggage handlers is recommended for anyone that needs such assistance.
The sitting room off of the reception desk is spacious, comfortable and has a real fire which was going on the evening I was there and added a nice feel as you looked out on to the harbour. As the restaurant opened up guests started to file in and have some drinks and prepare for their meal. All the diners appeared quite happy with their choices and were looking forward to their meal. We had arrived a bit earlier and ate before the 7PM dinner service started so we slightly messed up the routine but the staff was very gracious and took care of us with no fuss at all. My mother had the club sandwich which she declared to be wonderful which looked to be generous and well prepared. My aunt had the fish and chips which was a skinned and breaded piece of fish instead of the usual heavy and greasy piece of fish one can sometimes get and was declared to be delicious. I had a sirloin that was competently prepared but that unfortunately didn't have much flavour.
The restaurant itself is spacious, clean and with large floor to ceiling windows bright and airy. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful and the service was prompt without being intrusive.
Breakfast was in the same room and there was a small table of very fresh fruit that was nicely prepared and a choice of plates cooked to order. My mother had the ham and cheese toastie with a fried egg on top that was an interesting breakfast item that she enjoyed. My daughter had a haddock omelette with gruyere cheese that she enjoyed but it was more a large piece of fish in a sea of lightly scrambled egg than a true omelet but I suspect that with such a large piece of fish that an omelette may have been unreliable to cook. Me and my aunt had the eggs benedict or as the menu stated poached eggs on shaved ham on an English muffin with hollandaise. The egg was poached perfectly and the hollandaise sauce was nice though a bit more bite to it would have been nice. The shaved ham was a poor substitute and sadly the muffin was too thick and bready to result in a perfect dish. We both ate all of it so it wasn't bad but certainly it could be improved with a thinner and toasted muffin.
Cost wise you can easily find hotels in the area for half the price or even less but I don't think you will be able to find one as nice as this one.
Great rooms, great sea views, great restaurant and food, great staff and owner so hard to ask for more. All in all a wonderful place that makes your night away just a bit more special.
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- Also Known As:
- Tresanton Hotel St Mawes
- Hotel Tresanton St Mawes, Cornwall