The Driftwood Spars is in a great location, has a friendly staff and it is a pleasant place to stay, however, I question whether it rates the Automobile Association’s 4-star rating. It just misses it, somehow.
As I said previously, the location is great – on a hill overlooking the beach at St. Agnes and it’s just a quick walk down to the cove. Also easy access to the coastal paths if you're planning on hiking. The view from the dining room is impressive, but the dining room itself is rather spartan – a lot of empty space when we visited in July. We ate two breakfasts and one dinner there, the food was good, but not exceptional. The soups needed to be sent back to be reheated and a dish that was supposed to be served on a bed of white or Cannellini beans was served on garbanzo beans instead – no apologies or explanation given. At breakfast, hard as I tried, I couldn’t seem to get a cup of fresh, hot coffee.
The room was bright and clean, although small. I did have to laugh at the macramé light pull in the bathroom. The bathroom was spacious and bright and the shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water.
There was a lounge (of sorts) for guests, but it wasn’t very inviting. It had overstuffed leather sofas, but no selection of daily newspapers or local guidebooks to look at while waiting for your traveling companions. If I could have sat there and had a pint while waiting, that would have been nice, but I didn’t see any signs that they offered that service, I guess they expected guests to go downstairs to the pub, which appeared to require guests to go outside and enter from the road.
With these shortcomings, plus the absence of an elevator up to the guest rooms, I’d rate it a 3-star, rather than a 4-star hotel or inn, however, if ever back in the area again, I'd probably stay there and I'd recommend based on it's location.
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