I came to Thurlstone to celebrate my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary. They had been 15 years earlier, and were returning for this next celebration.
First impression were that the location was fantastic. Perched just off the cliff top, you have a great view of the nearest bay (especially if you have a balcony room).
Staff & Service
Extremely friendly and helpful no matter what you ask for. Top notch, although you are paying for it, so it would be expected.
We had a balcony room at the front of the building. This provided great views, and would be worth it in the summer. We had a particularly wet weekend, so we didn't use it, so in my opinion, that extra money for the upgrade wasn't worth it.
I felt the room was small for the money, but the bed was comfy, and the bathroom was modern, with an excellent shower.
Played the hotel 9 hold-par three. Currently 2 of the greens are being rebuilts, but other that, its a challenging course. Partially because its in a poor state. Wet weather aside, which would account for some of the course state, other than being mowed, it doesn't look like this course has been touched since the last time my in-laws were here. Bunkers with little/no sand & plants growing out of them. Virtually no drainage apparent across the course, so it feels little more than a few holes mowed into the grass. This is very disappointing considering the price your pay for your stay.
I didn't use the spa personally, but I did here that it was a good spa.
Super coastal walks, although this is more to do with its location than something the hotel provided.
Food & Wine
Breakfast - Good selection of breakfast items, both self service buffet for meats, cereals etc.., and good selection of cooked options. I would say it wa roughly the same quality as a Marriot.
Lunch - we only had sandwiches for lunch, but they were made with fresh bread, and they didn't skimp on fillings.
Dinner - Dinner was part of our room price. 4 course (one was a sorbet for palate cleansing), and was of a good quality. Each portion was the perfect size, so you were full at the end of the meal, but not stuffed. Plates were well presented, which showed effort.
A good selection of wines.
Hotel Public Rooms
This is where I have some difficulty. Parts of this hotel are charming, and befit a hotel of the price. For example, the public lounge is quiet, well decorated & cosy. The area by reception has a lovely fire burning away.
But, there were areas of disappointment. For example, the brown sliding doors at the entrance are dated. The bar area, although a first glance looks like a first class bar has cheap flooring (looks like laminate), and cheap wood hand rails.
The dining room is looking dated now. Its more akin to an early 90s Marriot, with the same cheapish wood (yellow colour), and chairs that had been whitewashed to make them look older (or less yellow). The red/orange/yellow décor looks wrong considering the heritage of the hotel.
The staff make this place worthwhile. Very courteous at all times, and nothing is too much trouble, and it was them that tipped the experience from Average to Very Good.
However, I just had a sense that the price didn't match the hotel (even taking into account the dinner, BnB price we were on). Poor quality golf course & cheap finishings in places just left me feeling that this place is trying to punch above its weight, and trade on its location.
I didn't feel it was worth the price I paid for the weekend.
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