This hotel is as good as you will find in Padstow. I booked a month before we arrived and decided to upgrade to a premier room so i phoned back and done so only to arrive and be told we were in a standard double. Luckily they had a room which opened up onto the garden for us.
It was a bit old fashioned but very spacious with a hugh bed and lovely bathroom. The one thing that let the room down was the poor cleaning (cobwebs over the patio doors and hanging from both light fittings).
We had booked on a half board basis and the food both evenings was the highlight of our stay. The service in the restaurant was very attentive, the menu had a good choice and the food itself superb. I am a chef myself and this was one of the best fine dining experiences i have had.
The breakfast though was a different matter. They have a very good selection on the buffet table but the breakfasts from the kitchen we had were just disgusting. The cooked breakfast i ordered the first morning was presented very well but had bacon so over cooked and dry i could snap it in half, the worst excuse for a sausage i have ever seen which was completly black and scrambled egg which looked like it was made from powded eggs (if such a thing exists?) It was unedable apart from the tomato! The porridge my partner had both mornings had raw oats and was completly unsweetened. Considering what a great chef they must have it is a shame he is not aware of the slop that the inept breakfast chef is serving.
Also on our final mourning we were completly forgoten about at breakfast and even after reminding the head waiter/maitre'd it wasn't untill after we had finished eating our breakfast and was about to leave that i got my coffee. All the waiters seemed pre occupied looking at something on the wall near the kitchen (maybe the rota). Not what you expect in a four Star hotel.
On the whole we enjoyed our stay and would probably return if we were paying out of season rates. Not worth 4 star prices unless dinner is included.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pride of Padstow Located in one of the most enviable positions on the north Cornwall coast, the Metropole offers stunning sea and harbour views, traditional style bedrooms and delicious AA rosette dining in the Harbour Restaurant. Complete with an outdoor pool and spa treatments, enjoy a truly Cornish welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Padstow, Cornwall