just read JohnAT899 and was going to be harsh on Bedruthen...but think he was a tad over stern!
It's a very pricey hotel aimed at families with young children (probably not great if your kids are over 12) It is brilliant if you want a break where young children are happy and you can eat in peace in the evening knowing that they are safe (they offer a baby listening service in the evening so kids can go to bed and you can go and have a drink in the bar/eat in the restaurant).
There is a soft play, kids club, lovely swimming pool and spa, craft activities, great kids tea served early evening and good evening entertainments for the kids 6 - 7pm. Yes it is a bit like a sloany upmarket Butlins! But if you can't face self catering for a few days and want a bit of luxury and some friends for the kids so that you can sit and chill and ooh maybe read a page or two of your book it is a good break.
Having said that. We went this half term and it was packed. You had to book half hour sessions at the pool - we coped, but it meant swimming was very stressy. With a 2 and 4 year old, as you spend more time getting changed, showering, drying and changing than swimming! The food was good in the cafe, but disappointing in the red herring restaurant downstairs and overpriced. They offer a food allowance scheme now that you can pay for in advance, but they don't carry the amounts over, so if you don't spend your money one night...it's gone!! Service is very friendly in the cafe and herring, but agree with other reviewers rather erratic. They do seem to forget you a bit. I did think the breakfasts were delicious - but agree the pancakes are a bit of a rip off and looked disgusting!
The soft play is big and great for the kids and our children went one afternoon to the kids club which they enjoyed. The playground and trampoline outside are really good too. The beach is a hop and a skip away and the decor is gorgeous, modern, chic, sumptuous (but you pay for it in food prices and room rates). The Eden project isn't far, nor is Padstow where you can cycle the camel trail and there's a low key theme park Crealy's also nearby.
We stayed in connecting rooms joined by a door which we kept open. A little bit on the small side, but we spent hardly any time in the actual room and much better than the integral room we used before which had a blind pulley to separate kids from adults section. Our friends had a connecting room like ours and theirs interestingly had new decor and felt much larger due to white paint, brighter colour scheme. Only other downside is that you can't have a sea view with these adjoining rooms...but as we were hardly there didn't really matter. Brilliantly - they deliver fresh milk each day to your room. The rooms were warm, but I just turned off the heated towel rail in the bathroom and opened a window and we were all fine....
The staff are ALL delightful and amazing. Really good service from everyone.
Car park was packed - but they were at 99% capacity, so I guess it was bound to be a bit of a squeeze with extra staff trying to park too.
I will go again if our friends ask us to go with them as it is a fab place to go with another family. Kids can play together and you have some company for dining etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cornwall's Large Hotel of the Year 2010/11 and Enjoy England's Sustainable Tourism Business of the Year. Bedruthan offers magnificent views over the Atlantic, an award-winning restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, children's clubs and a stunning Ocean Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedruthan Steps Mawgan Porth
- Hotel Bedruthan Steps
- Bedruthan Steps Hotel
- Bedruthan Hotel & Spa Mawgan Porth, Cornwall