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Molesworth Arms Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Wadebridge
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“English Experience”
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here two nights as it was central to where we wanted to visit in Cornish Positives staff very helpful but the room cleaners are slack and bathroom could do with a good clean. Food was good and continental breakfast very good.
We booked a double room and ended up with two singles? Our room was in the old hotel so had hotel noise if you are staying here ask for room in new section. I still get the feeling that when booking hotels in the Uk the class structure is a live and well - they allocate room on the basis of how you book
On the whole it give an English put experience if that what you are chasing and the beer is good

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Having read mixed reviews about the Molesworth Arms, we chose to take the chance regardless and were rewarded with a lovely few days at this hotel in Wadebridge.

Struggling to get accommodation for the dates we wanted, the owner was accommodating from scratch and offered what he had left, explaining that we would have to swap rooms half way through our stay from a Family Room to two Doubles, he’d only charge the family room rate throughout and would try to avoid swapping us if possible.

The hotel is a lovely old place with oak beams and a rustic feel, while the rooms are pleasant and have everything that you need. Previous reviews criticised some features of the rooms/hotel but seemed to forget that they were paying the prices for a room above a pub not the London Ritz, and therefore should expect what they paid for; entirely suitable for a stay away, but not extravagant or flash.

The key selling points above all else though are the staff and the food. From asking for directions when we couldn’t find the car park, throughout our stay and even the see off that they gave to the kids, the staff (Shaz especially) couldn’t have been professionally more accommodating or personally more welcoming. The food is home cooked, with a wide range of choices and was absolutely beautiful, so much so that we actively chose to repeatedly eat here instead of trying elsewhere. The pub even serves a nice pint without the prices of food/drink being extortionate.

The only criticism’s I would have, and although minimal are included to give a balanced review, are that there was some noise from the street until the bar closed, but they are open about this on their website and it is a pub after all. Also the rooms were up some awkward stairs, but I’m sure the staff would lift your baggage if you were unable.

I would absolutely recommend this hotel, set in a quaint little market/seaside town and within easy reach of North Cornwall. You’d find a pleasant stay in a place that serves as a great base for a trip to the area.

Andy & Sue Jones (boys 11 & 8)

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Yes there is mould around the lower part of shower tray and how long would it take to fix it.
Lack of attention to detail as it has obviously been there a while.

Being central it is noisy but should have expected it.
Cleanliness reasonably good in rooms, public area's less so but it is an old pub.

Bed of the poor quality spring mattress type.
Food in bar basic in choice for a 'gastro pub' but generally ok for what it is, but nothing special.

Welcome a bit of the were busy with the pub feeling about it.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room if there is one
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2013

When reading the reviews on here we knew we were taking a small risk on booking, but am thoroughly disappointed. On arrival everything was ok, rooms were fine and clean. However within minutes we realised we were to spend the 3 night stay totally in the dark. The room overlooked the courtyard at the back but with no blinds or curtains on the windows had to shut the curtains when in the room. The worst thing was the noise, from around 7.30 until after midnight there were people talking outside the room using appalling language. We like live music, so thought the noise other reviewers complained about wouldn't bother us. However, it was so loud with the windows shut that we couldn't hear the television. Breakfast was ok, although very expensive if you want a cooked breakfast, an additional 7.50 (had a lovely breakfast 2 doors down). A glass of wine in the bar cost 8 pounds. I think a decision on whether the place wants to cater for hotel (?) guests or the foulmouthed drunks!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Travelers are raving about these Wadebridge hotels

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We did book last minute in the height of summer and on Wadebridge's annual fun event. We warned it would get busy and took the last room available. The owner David was very amiable and filled us in on where to visit.Staying in room no.1 is directly above the disco so be warned there! The room was comfortable but was let down with the breakfast being continental.
Apparently you have to pay extra for a 'full English'!
The staff were friendly and the pub seems very popular with locals and visitors alike.

Room Tip: Stay away from the back rooms adjoining the rear entrance. Also the parking space gets filled quickl...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I was worried after reading some of the reviews- and I should have known better.
First impressions were terrible.
You go to the bar to check in which is ok, (I've done that in lots of smaller places) but what made this worse was being completely ignored whilst standing there with suitcases... Girls behind bar in disgusting vests emblazoned with 'Zoo' logo (their new lounge/club), the man who I had to approach was just plain odd- no greeting, no introduction.
There was a lot of fuss about which rooms, lots of repeating the process of check in whilst standing at bar still with suitcases just wanted to check in!!
It was actually creepy and very odd.

The place smells- staircase and common areas are disgusting, new carpeting needed if selling rooms within a bar... The rooms were ok, decent bed and ok ikea furniture,no sound proofing and noise from staff outside windows smoking and talking about last nights conquests... but the bathrooms were covered in mold and mildew,so not a great start.

We wanted to eat downstairs as the town was dead, everything shut- but after a stressful few mins dealing with said man from check in we had to give up... It was laughable if we weren't all hungry and a little stressed from experience so far. Considering they had just four drunk customers who I imagine are a staple at the bar I would have thought they could use the business!

Breakfast was one redeeming feature- a guy who wore a navy Molesworth Arms Tshirt( not the ridiculous 'Zoo' vests was very helpful, polite and attentive- quality of food was poor, but we were happy with tea and toast and a friendly welcome.

They need to fire 90% of the staff, lose the Tacky Zoo club/ lounge thing and concentrate on being a pub with rooms in a country town.
Make it warm, clean and friendly and they would be much better off!

Don't risk staying here, it is as bad as some reviews say it is, it wasnt relaxing and at times quite disturbing that any old drunk can wander directly from street into corridor where you are asleep in bed- very very ODD!

  • Stayed August 2013
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dplanetzog, Owner at Molesworth Arms Hotel, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
This is the response we have had from our email regarding the unfair comments alleged against the stay. as below....

We I've just looked at the site and that isn't my review (I've never written one)... But I accept it maps broadly to the experience of my group so could easily be one of the other guys.

Personally, like you, I wouldn't really agree with the review to be honest, I understood that it was rooms above a pub & nothing fancy and communicated that clearly to the group. They may be used to staying in posher places...

I had a reasonably good stay, and indeed you were very thorough at check in. I suppose they were tired after a long drive and not used to people being so specific about details/times but I know plenty of people who are just as attentive to detail! I know they were annoyed that evening but thought they had a decent sleep and were positive about it by the time we left.

I can ask around and tell them they may get a refund if they remove it, but as I say it's not mine to remove - can you not post your comments below as a reply to the review? I've seen owners do that before... But I guess that leaves the score.

Our Response

Mr Daykin we have read your review of our establishment on trip advisor and assess it to be very unfair and damaging to our business which we have greatly improved over the last 12 months and take great pride in the operation daily.

From the moment you arrived at the Pub, I tried to be as helpful as possible from the initial booking through the check in process which did take slightly longer than usual due to that it had been a multiple room booking giving info about car parking, where to take morning breakfast and the end of food service times and wishing for your party to get the most suitable rooms.

When you guys came down for food at 10 to 9 the chef was just about to close the kitchen but we were still taking orders.

If you had allowed us the opportunity although the Curry of the day didn’t not meet you 2 friends specific dietary issue which you did not state on the Trip advisor review, I would gladly have compiled a list of dishes suitable for your needs without any difficulty.

The bathrooms are not covered in mold and mildew.

The Zoo bar vest’s are promotional garments our staff wear through the summer in order to promote the new bars and lounge areas. The girls wear the vest’s as it is more comfortable for them to wear during very hot periods the rest of the time they wear Molesworth T shirts.

I would not allow them to wear the shirts if I thought they were distasteful.

During breakfast again because of the Gluten intolerance, we did the best to accommodate your needs cooking bacon instead of the ham just in case gluten had been present.

David assisted one of your group to print off her travel documents before departing.

We were here to help to rectify any issues at all times during your visit as we are with all our guests.

Overall we would ask you to reconsider your Trip advisor review due to the damaging affect it can have on the business to which we have put so much effort to improve and continue to do through a rolling program of improvement over the last four months.
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We popped into The Molesworth Arms Hotel for a bite to eat as a last resort as we did not have any recommendations for anywhere in the town. We were really pleased with the quality and service of the food. The risotto was really delicious and red hot. The waitresses were fabulous and nothing was too much trouble. If we were staying another night in Wadebridge I would definitely return for their home baked brick oven pizzas. A fabulous place with a good atmosphere. Diane and Peter from Staffordshire.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Molesworth Arms Hotel
Address: 38 Molesworth Street | Wadebridge, Cornwall, Wadebridge PL27 7DP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Wadebridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Wadebridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Molesworth Arms Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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