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“Absolutely Fantastic” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Tresanton
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in St Mawes
Certificate of Excellence
Devon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Absolutely Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2007

Stayed here for 2 nights in April, the hotel staff were extremely helpful, friendly and "customer focused". The food was top class and having eaten here on previous occasions I can honestly say I have always found the food excellent and the service in the restaurant faultless. The bedroom with balcony was large and had great views over St Anthony Head. It was extremely well presented, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. We ordered pre-drinks in the lounge. again the staff were quick, attentive and friendly. Breakfast was lovely with plently of choice and food cooked to order. This hotel is fairly expensive but its worth every penny - we are returning in June as its one of the friendliest hotels we have stayed at and the food is excellent.

  • Liked — The fantastic room, friendly staff and great food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Bryer
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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London
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2007

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Tresanton and fully agree with many of the sentiments in other reviews. The hotel is in a lovely position and the view from our room was just wonderful. However, the food was very average (do not believe the hype that is is better than Rick Stein's, it is not). Our room nos 6, was very noisy, particularly as the housekeeping room was just close by and we were woken around 7.30 every morning by the staff chattering away.
The hotel staff were hard working, if a little slow and I put this down to training, but they were charming.
However, the main reason I would not visit this hotel again is the average food and to a certain degree some of the guests were loud and overbearing which I found intrustive both during breakfast and dinner.
If you are visiting St Maws do take the boat trip to the Trelissick National Trust Garden, it is a fantastic day out.
On returning to Cornwall we shall revisit Padstow as I can highly recommend Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant and Hotel -outstanding food and service and nice rooms too.

  • Liked — The position and the view
  • Disliked — The food
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank JaneBLondon
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Hampshire
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2007

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Tresanton. At last we got in!
I am a complete hotel junkie and love nothing more than staying in great hotels around the world and my partner and I have been looking forward to staying at the Tresanton for a long time.
We normally stay at the Lugger in Portloe or more recently at the Marina Villa Hotel or The Old Quay in Fowey if we fancy a stylish weekend break in Cornwall.
We had high expectations of the Tresanton after reading great reviews in various publications so we were really looking forward to our stay and had believed all the hype.
We stayed in room 28 which is located in the house next to the Tresanton. The plus points of the room were its size and of course the views of the estuary were fabulous.
The bathroom was the best part of the room together with the dressing area. The point below about the window in the bathroom not being covered has since been addressed so no-one can see in now when they walk by.
The Bay window in the bedroom isn't private so anyone walking by does look in but we found that quite amusing more than annoying - what else can you expect when you stay in an old small Cornish fishing village.
All in all the room was fine - although the window seat covers were stained and there was paint over them too. The bed was huge and very comfortable. TV was tiny - so a larger screen would have been better.
I also agree that it is annoying to hear the people staying in the room above walk around - especially at 2 in the morning.
We found the staff to be extremely friendly and everyone of them made us feel welcome - the staff and views I believe are the Tresanton's greatest assest.
The food was OK - Not the greatest I have eaten but certainly not the worst. The service was also a little bit slow. The breakfast was also OK - again nothing special.
The communal areas are OK - The bar area was small - you felt as though you were in a dolls house but the lounge was comfortable.
The reason I rated this above average and not excellent was because I personally didn't feel the hotel completely lived up to its reputation. Yes it's a lovely cluster of buildings in a pretty village but I have to say that I prefer the boutique hotels in Fowey. St Mawes just didn't appeal to us.
All in all we did enjoy our stay but we wouldn't stay again and I now know not to believe all the hype.
Also be aware that the hotel does attract a certain type of guest
who can potentially spoil your evening as you have no option but to listen to them talk very loudly.

Stayed January 2007
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10 Thank SarahDarren
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
133 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2006

We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful hotel. Everything about it is quality. Its not flashy or in your face, but it does everything really well with top quality furnishings, bedding, towels etc.

We stayed in Room 28 which was the lower room in "The Nook". This basically feels like the property next door to the main Hotel. Its kitted out like the rest of the property and the rooms are really large as a result. Massive bathroom also and the bedroom has a large bay window to the front with a lovely sea view, although the hotels decription on the phone of "sea views to three sides" is pushing it a bit. Think that only applies if you stick your head in the bay part of the window.

We had really stormy weather and it was lovely to sit in the room and watch the massive waves crashing and the lighthouse on the headland earning its keep. The sprint to the hotel though when dressed for dinner wasnt particularly pleasant but rather bracing !

We had the lower floor in The Nook and wouldnt stay in that room again. Although lovely and large, the upstairs room has wooden floors and it is really noisy when guests are in the room above. Not what you want on Rest and Relaxation break. We'd stay in the main hotel next time or the upstairs room in The Nook.
Also the bathroom in the Nook Room 28 is a little odd. It has a window that is at head height on the side drive up to the hotel, and the window isnt, and cant be covered. A little disconcerting if your eau naturelle in your bathroom !

The lounge and dining room are all lovely. We dined once in the evening and we both found our meals to be exceptional. One of us thought the meal to be better than Rick Stiens Seafood Restaurant (and that was great) which we also tried. The breakfast was also first class and freshly cooked to order.

A couple of good tips - The car park is miles away at the top of the village. Quite a hike if your unfit. The young guys on reception will happily sprint up for you though. We found a space right opposite the Nook with a sign on "Reserved for the Nook" the hotel dont advertise it, but this is ok to park in if your in The Nook. Also there is a superb gastro pub called The Roseland Inn about four miles away in Philleigh which is wonderul. Really good food and very old.

All in all The Tresenton is exceptional and we will be back. We have already booked for June and cant wait. A total gem of a hotel.

  • Liked — The quality of the furnishings and fabrics. Great food
  • Disliked — Noisy wooden floors in the room above
  • Tips/Secrets — The Nook parking across the road
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank bax52
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Gloucestershire, England
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336 reviews
184 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2006

The Tresanton has been on our list of places to go for some time and finally we found ourselves with a weekend to spare and booked at fairly short notice. We secured the last room - described, rather apologetically by the person on the other end of the telephone as "small". in answer to my request to clarify this, she simply explained that it was only fair to warn us, so that we wouldn't be disappointed. In fact, our room was more than adequate, very well appointed and no smaller than many other hotel rooms we have experienced in our travels.

We received the warmest of welcomes, really enjoyed our stay and will return. The service is unobtrusive but efficient, the decor stylish but comfortable and relaxed and we appreciated the understated "English" manner very much indeed. There are so many thoughtful touches, small details which are easily overlooked but, in our opinion, count for far more than simply marketing hype.

We ate in the restaurant on all three evenings of our stay, which we agree is expensive, but reliable and very enjoyable. We agree with earlier reviewers that the soundproofing is inadequate and shared more than one telephone conversation with guests in the neighbouring room - the sound of excessively loud, braying voices from some guests is possibly the one aspect of our stay which we would prefer to overlook!

  • Liked — The quiet understatement
  • Disliked — Overhearing the conversations of the guests in the next room
  • Tips/Secrets — Leave the high heels at home!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank elegantraveller
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2006

We had tried to book into this lovely Hotel for some time-but beware they have lots of advance bookings, and 'regulars' who like a particular room. So it was in November that we set forth to St Mawes, and unbelieveably had fantastic sunny and unseasonal weather. We booked Room 1 which has a lovely balcony (but could in High Season being next to the Street be noisy) and asked about other 'Balcony' rooms - 5 has the best - 6 is a slightly larger room but slightly smaller balcony. These 3 rooms cost a little more but then you get your own private outside space.
However the shareD 'deck' area is great.
On arrival at the door our bags were taken off to the room and our car parked in the Hotel Carpark up the hill.
The Reception staff at check-in were a little frosty but warmed to us over the time we stayed, and ended up being friendly - just not a warm greeting at check-in.
We ate both nights in the Restaurant - the food is good - just not exceptional.....but compare with England 20 years ago - we can't complain. The Restaurant is well run with a helpful Maitre D and Head Waiter, and we found the service quick. We agree with other reviewers that there were too many loud and arrogant 'new-money' types eating here - but cannot blame the Hotel for that. The 3 course Dinner at £39 is good value for England today. We also tried the Afternoon Tea by the fireplace which was lovely. Breakfast which is included, had lots of choices and the only complaint i found was the serving of 'tea-bags' in a Tea-Pot. This is absurd in such a lovely Hotel (sorry just one thing I hate) and lowered the standard of an otherwise lovely breakfast. SERVE REAL TEA PLEASE! The weather was fantastic and although we chose to eat inside there were people eating breakfast outside in November.
Another great touch are the lamps Moroccan lamps with candles all over at night.
The views from the Hotel are spectacular. The ambiance is great, and the staff (when they get to know you) are also lovely.
This Hotel well deserves its reputation, and although expensive, is in my opinion worth it. The Roseland Peninsular on which it is situated is gorgeous and the ferry ride over the King Harry Ferry to get there is charming. Stay here if you can!

  • Liked — Quality and Location
  • Disliked — The use of Tea Bags
  • Tips/Secrets — Essential to book well in advance!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank Brighton69
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Devon
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2006

Such a lovely hotel with great service. Really enjoyed everything for the spa treatments, the wine list, cocktail list, food (yum).

Go for a room with a balcony its worth the extra bit of cash.

Take out the rib around and see the seals or get a boat of the water and go shopping!

  • Liked — The food and the room
  • Disliked — No wifi
  • Tips/Secrets — Go you'll love it
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank k8jns
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Property: Hotel Tresanton
Address: 27 Lower Castle Road, St Mawes TR2 5DR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Roseland Peninsula > St Mawes
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in St Mawes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tresanton 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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