The Esplanade Hotel, Newquay
Reviews - The Esplanade Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Amazing Views - very poor hotel!from Ringo
My son and I booked a family room with a sea view as that was all that they had left and looked forward to the contemporary decor.
On arrival, I was asked if I would like to pay the bill in full now.....before I had been at the hotel 3 minutes!!!
"No thanks, I'll wait until I check-out thank you!"
Surprise and amazement greeted us as we entered our room and were transported back in time to the 70's with floral patterns and dark wood vaneers. The bathroom had a shower only (strange for a family room) and one person could just about dry themselves in this broom cupboard.
Unfortunately no telescope was provided for the tiny TV perchered on the high wall bracket so we had to watch a coloured blur which could have been some sort of sport - we will never know!!
Lets finish the bad news with the first mornings breakfast. Yes the dining room has been renovated and has spectacular views....but thats not nuch use if you are shoved in a dark make-shift dining room on the dance floor of the rear bar. Coffee had to be requested 3 times and you were allocated 1 glass of orange juice which was served to your table rather than being provided as part of the buffet - I assume they have a history of juice guzzlers and now ration said refreshment!!!
Now the good stuff - the view is totally stunning over Fistral beach and its a 3 minute walk to get to the waves. The hotel also provides an excellent changing area with showers under the hotel so surfers can get changed and leave all their stuff in secure lockers.
The surf shop attached to the hotel is also excellent and very friendly.
The hotel will never know if I enjoyed my stay (unless they read this) as they never asked me - they just swiped the credit card and mopved on to the next customer - what a shame!!
great view, great valuefrom geordiem
loved the Esplanadefrom clarebare
The hotel is very busy but the staff were coping - just! They were friendly and the managers always were around which we liked to see. Generally the service was fine although when we ordered A la carte we were informed there would be a 30 minute wait, but at least we knew first.
Generally we found the food to be fine for an "inclusive price" restaurant, a large selection and good size portions. The breakfast was buffet style and well presented and varied with plenty of fruit / croissants etc.
We have stayed at many 3 star hotels, and found the Esplanade to offer great value for money, as a couple we found the amount of children in the hotel a bit of a pain - The swimming pools were always busy with Kids!
It cost us approx £55.00 per person per night, but this included breakfast and dinner, we found it good value and we have booked to return in September after the school holidays!
t believe the pictures on the website...from EmmC
The pictures on the website make it seem like an upmarket business-class hotel, with a funky restaurant and stylish rooms(although in fairness it does indicate that these are the suites). It seemed far removed from your typical guest house style accommodation with mis-matched floral carpets and peeling off wallpaper.....
But it wasn't!! There are no pictures on the website of the exterior of the hotel because it is a concrete bunker. There is a very bizarre marble staircase with some giant stone lions(??) at the entrance and then you enter a time warp to an old-fashioned faded and shabby hotel! When we checked in, it was a hike to our room down very narrow corridors (not the easiest with luggage and body-boards!)
The room (which was supposed to be superior) was tired and dated (like most of the rest of the hotel), had stains all in the toilet (!!) and a charming plastic sheeting faux-marble decor in the rest of the bathroom.
The best thing about the room though, was the fact that it was right next door to a building site - with fairly constant noise from angle-grinding and heavy machinery movements. In fairness to the staff (who were pleasant and helpful throughout), they did agree to switch our room - but to the one next door......not sure how that was meant to reduce the noise problem?
When we finally found a room on the other side of the hotel, this turned out to be on the opposite wing, and only 3 rooms up from the building site. Our new room - through 7 more fire doors and down numerous narrow corridors - was half the size of the first - but apparently still a superior room (?).....At this stage, we gave up and just decided to spend our time on the beach and in a bar!
The restaurant renovation has been successful as it looks very modern, but very out of place with the rest of the hotel. The half board option gives you few choices for your evening meal, as you have to pay extra for the a la carte options (which looked much nicer) - although you do get a 10% discount off these if you pay half board - brilliant!! But if you stick with the half board meal option, you can always have a glass of warm fruit juice for your starter, which my boyfriend was really pleased with!
Basically, if you don't mind paying £126 per room per night for sub-standard accommodation and plain, dull food, carry on. We paid £56 for a room at a travel lodge the night before and it was basic and a bit tatty, but that is what we were expecting. I do expect more for the prices charged by the Esplanade, even in high season.
The problem with booking into the Esplanade via website, is that the site is good, but can only leave you disappointed, as it bares little reflection of the truth. I only wish I'd taken photos to show you all
The only good thing about this hotel is its location - which is probably why people like me end up booking in.
Oh, and I am sure 'Alan the Magician' wowed the other visitors, but we fled into Newquay for a night out...
Below parfrom _DLC
Afer paying less money for hotels in other parts of Cornwall which were really good the Esplanade was disappoinitng for us. We liked the beach in Newquay a lot and there were certainly lots of bars/clubs in town to keeps us entertained. I am sure there must be a hotel in Newquay that satisfies our needs but we couldn't find one but next time I don't think we will stay in The Esplanade.
great viewsfrom shinybunny
room basic but clean and tidy and changed the towels daily. we found the hotel to be very hot and the games room was very hot as it was next to the pool where hot air was blowing into the room.
the food was very good and you could have plenty of tea and coffee. The waiters and waitresses were very friendly.
The best part of the hotel was the consevatory style front of the hotel with views of fistral bay where you could sit with a coffee and read the paper watching the surfers ride the waves.
worst part was the tiny lift we had to use to get to our room, the parking on the front and the heat!
we would definately stay there again but try and get a sea view next time.
Adored the Viewsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Whilst some of the decor in the hotel does look old-fashioned, everywhere was always clean and tidy. The lounge area by Reception was fabulous, with conservatory style front so that you can sit and enjoy the beautiful views of Fistral Beach. I spent a lot of time there with a drink from the bar, reading the newspaper or mesmerised by the waves and the surfers - pure relaxation.
The dining room has been recently refurbished and is very modern, light and airy. Breakfast was of a good quality, with lots of choice. You help yourself to cereals, fruit, yogurt etc and are served your hot choice from the kitchen. The English Breakfast does not come with mushrooms, but I found out on the final morning that they are available if you ask. Tea, coffee, choice of fruit juice and toast are also served to you - if you want more just ask - the staff are happy to oblige. During our stay we ate in the restaurant one evening. It was a set menu, but there was a very good choice (at least 4/5 for each course) and the food was of a good standard considering that it is obviously cooked 'en mass'. However, you had to be seated between 6:30p.m. and 8p.m. which did not always suit us.
My room (233 or might have been 235!!) was fairly basic but served it's purpose (I had no intention of spending any time in it other than to sleep and shower), although the shower was not very powerful & it was difficult to get a comfortable temperature. Others in my party did have nicer, more modern rooms - perhaps they are gradually modernising. Towels were changed, the bed was made & the room tidied every day. One complaint I did have was that the floor in the corridor outside my room was very squeakly & there seemed to be people walking along it at all hours so I did not sleep very well, but then I am a light sleeper anyway.
Evening entertainment is provided in the hotel - although I only saw this on the one evening that we ate in the hotel. The music in the ballroom was totally aimed at the older generation (great if you like a waltz) but there was a singer/comedian in the bar who was pretty good.
Overall, I had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The hotel is very pleasant, the staff are all friendly and helpful and the views are amazing. The Esplanade is great value for money and offers a great base from which to explore Newquay and the surrounding area.
If you visit this hotel (or another in the area) I would highly recommend that you visit Lewinnick Lodge. This is a modern bar/restaurant right on the coastline. There are sofas/comfy seats where you can sit and enjoy a drink with huge windows so that you can enjoy the views. It also has an outdoor patio and grassed area, which I'm sure will be absolutely wonderful in the summer (I intend to go back and find out!). The views are spectacular (watching the sunset is amazing) and the food is excellent (especially the Hokey Pokey ice-cream). Lewinnick Lodge is about a 3-4 minute drive from the Esplanade (we got Reception to call us a taxi so that we could all have a drink!!), easily within walking distance if the weather is good & you want to walk off all the calories you will consume at Lewinnick! Note: if you're driving - mind the track down to Lewinnick - it's a bit bumpy.
Enjoyed our stayfrom KITTY1811
Communal areas of the hotel were well maintained and inviting to guests (picture window lounge with views of Fistral beach very relaxing). The exception to this was the stairwells/corridors where the decor was a bit dated and dark.
Restaurant appeared to have recently been modernised. We were given a good table with seaviews. Food was excellent and well above standard I had expected. Menu was varied and changed daily. Good selection of wines which were reasonably priced.
Good hotel with relaxing atmosphere. Well situated for visiting many of Cornwalls tourist attractions.
s waiting roomfrom mandk2001
There's nothing much wrong with the place but it does seem setup for more elderly folk than a young family. Nothing against older people but we did feel a little out of place - the cabaret-type entertainment being a case in point as is the generally high temperature in the hotel.
Dinner is from 6:30 to 8:00 and feels a little like being processed through rather than a leisurely event. The staff were friendly and the food pretty good.
We had a family room (309 again) and it was fine - side view of the sea but a little sparse.
The beaches are great, there are some wonderful places to visit but be aware of what this hotel is.
Lovely stayfrom anniepoppy
ROOMS - We stayed in a family room (309) which was a very good size and had a superking bed and 2 singles in it and a beautiful sideview of the sea. The room was large compared to other family rooms i have stayed in it was very clean and fresh bathroom was fine lovely powerful showers and plenty of tea, coffee, chocolate etc.
FACILITIES - The hotel has a small pool, spa bath and sauna which were fine (we only used them once when it rained). It had a games room which had a small soft climbing frame suitable for kids up to about 7 yrs a pool table and table tennis table.
RESTAURANT - The restaurant is 1st class we were on a half board package so had breakfast and dinner there.
Breakfast was lovely we had the cooked breakfast nearly everyday which was never greasy and very tasty and they had plenty of cereals tea, coffee juices and toast portion sizes are very generous. Dinner was even better there are about 3-4 choices of starter, main course (usually one fish)and just loads of desserts. We could not fault it everything we had was tasty, well presented and perfectly cooked. There was a good choice of wine and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is well managed (by a young lady called Gemma) and staff were always polite, friendly and efficient.
It has a lovely lounge overlooking the fistral beach bay which is rather hypnotic and very relaxing. we often played board games which were from reception.
It had some entertainment which started in the bar at 9pm or in the ballroom but we never made it so couldn't say how it was.
There is a great little surf shop run by mark which hires out surf boards, wet suits etc which is very reasonable compared to some of the others around
This hotel is very child friendly all the staff were helpful and always wished you a good day or asked what you had been doing that day I like that it makes you feel at home.
The hotel is in the best position across the road from the beach and about a 15 min walk to town.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough and I do not think you will disappointed We will definately be going again very soon.
Top Local Tips for Newquay
avoid town centre the best places seem to be on the outskirts near beaches
sometimes it rains, get over it and do something indoorsy, or in the sea, then you are already wet. Or just wrap up and get dry when you are back in doors! This is still the UK it's the same weather as the rest of the country, if you are afraid of rain visit somewhere nearer the equator (ps it rains there too).
Windswept Cafe - Fistral Beach What a great place to eat and drink. Food choice and quality fantastic.
Other names for The Esplanade Hotel
- esplanade hotel newquay
- Address: 9 Esplanade Road - Newquay - England - TR7 1PS - United Kingdom
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