We really have mixed feelings about this place. On the one hand, the views are stupendous and the service generally is very attentive and friendly. But at this price (we paid around £700 for a 2 night stay, dining in the restaurant one night only) this place should be a lot higher quality. That pricing puts it in the same league price-wise as places like Babington House, Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and Lords of the Manor which are all our "local" top hotels. All of the above really are 5-star quality throughout so you feel like you've got value for money....
However, Driftwood (for the same price) just didn't quite hit the mark. The buildings are a bit 60s chalet-style and the rooms no better than a good B&B. The breakfast was very good but so it should be! However, dinner was a little disappointing. Nothing wrong with the quality or freshness - top marks there - but the portion size of the fish was minuscule. Remember you are right by the sea so there is no excuse to skimp on the fish portions. I think the fish course was £18 so surely they could afford to give you a decent piece of fish and still make a good profit.
The particular room we had was a ground floor with terrace with sea view. Slight mis-configuration in that you had to walk through the restaurant to get to the room which was a little strange. The views were breathtaking but not so relaxing when other guests use the lawn a few steps away to take a short cut to the bar/terrace/restaurant. I would recommend perhaps a first floor room instead as you still get the views but less intrusion.
Service was generally very good - front desk, bar, restaurant, maids - all tip top and with a smile. However, at this room rate, breakfast in the bedroom should be an option - my wife was not feeling great one morning so wanted to lie in - we were told (by the one sullen member of staff - a small older lady) that "we don't really do room service" and were constrained to having tea and toast only - no cereal, no cooked food. If you think about it, we were only 2 steps from the restaurant so what difference would it have made to carry it those extra 2 steps ...?
Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty good place but just a little over-rated and over-priced for what you get.... maybe they can get away with this because there is little or no competiton and still plenty of people who want to visit this area of Cornwall....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine your perfect holiday - a stylish, privately run Cornish Beach House Hotel, overlooking the stunning Gerrans Bay, near the pretty village of Portscatho, near St Mawes South Cornwall. Driftwood is like no other boutique hotel in Cornwall. Driftwood has the friendly informal service, a michelin star restaurant, and the efficiency you would expect. Where else can you walk down a wooded path, to your own beach and cove? Where else can you lie back on a steamer chair, with a glass of wine, and enjoy an unbroken sea view. Where else can you eat the best, locally sourced food, perhaps lobster caught that morning, or crab from the bay? Whoever you are or whatever your looking for, whether that be a family holiday, a boutique or romantic hotel in Cornwall, Driftwood is perfect for all your needs. At Driftwood, families can be as well looked after as romantic couples or small groups of grown-ups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Driftwood Hotel Rosevine
- Driftwood Hotel Cornwall, UK