Although I have previously reviewed just 5* establishments, the convenience of the location for my trip to Cornwall (and a personal recommendation from the person I was visiting) gave me the opportunity to visit The Royal Inn, described by ‘Visit Britain’ as being in the 'Inn' category – with 17 letting bedrooms; and, by themselves, as a ‘Bar & Restaurant, with rooms’.
Booking by e-mail, there was some initial confusion that I wanted to stay at The Royal and I was referred to alternative accommodation, elsewhere in Cornwall. It took daily insistence on-line that I was indeed both keen and eager to be a patron before I found my way onto their books (?).
Although the Inn dates from the C19th. the accommodation (“tastefully decorated to a high standard”) is quite modern – and designed to be easily cleaned and maintained; which it is, to a high standard. The rooms want for nothing and are well kitted-out – particularly for this price category. I could not fault the one I stayed in.
The staff are to be commended for polite and efficient service – particularly on a weekend evening which saw the place at maximum occupancy, with two party bookings and a live band session in the bar. (‘Par-ty, par-ty !’)
Food and drink were excellent .. and most reasonably priced.
For some people visiting the area, The Royal will be conveniently placed, being near the railway station, on a bus route, and within walking distance of Par Sands (quite a ‘good’ walk !) For all that, Par is NOT the most pretty town in Cornwall and, if The Royal were to be elsewhere (say, Fowey) it would be able to command prices two or three times higher.
The value-for-money while staying here makes me question whether the higher prices at some ‘high end’ hotels is justified for the extra ‘bells and whistles’ which you might (or might NOT) make use of in ‘International’ establishments.
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