St Brides Spa Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews St Brides Spa Hotel Saundersfoot
Views and food to die for...
We have just returned from a wonderful mid week winter escape to this cliff top retreat. An emerging butterfly, any previous criticisms of the standard of furnishings and amenties at this hotel are now completely out dated. The public areas and our room were styled with modern sophistication with all amenities of a five star hotel. The view from the bedroom was to die for and although the cliff restaurant is out of action at present the quality of the food certainly lives up to its reputation. We cant wait to return to sample the spa due to open in summer 2006
They were still refurbishing this hotel when we stayed but it was still lovelly. We had a family room which was a good size with the most comfortable bed I have slept in. The furnishings were all new and of excellent quality. The food was great and although they were using a marquee for a restaurant they still managed to keep it warm. They were lovely with the children and made a point of remembering their names. The wine list was good and reasonably priced.
Wonderful view and will be excellent
We stayed over the weekend of Aug 6th 2005 and found the St Brides hotel to be perfect, even in it's unfinished state. The views of the Pembrokeshire coastline were excellent (we were blessed with good weather) although one could debate if it was worth the extra £40. We ended up staying an extra night and were given this complimentary upgrade as we had to move rooms. We would have been more than happy staying in the lower rate rooms which were still in excellent condition.
The hotel is ungoing much work at the moment and is at the builder 'snaggin' stage which means that some of the finishes are a little rough and our first room lacked a mirror or pictures, and some of the thoroughfares are still only undercoated. However, it is easy to see the potential that this hotel has.
The picturesque dining room, was amazing and the food more than matched up to it. The staff were all extremely helpful and chatty.
Overall, we'd love to go back there next year and see it in all it's glory, but don't be put off by it being in a state of repair.
Beauty's only skin deep
We stayed here two nights in July 2005 with a touring group. It's clear that a lot of thought was put into the decoration, because it's a very attractive hotel, but it appears that much less attention has been paid to the underlying basic design and layout. Remodelling is ongoing, so there was masonry dust and the smell of paint in the air, and everywhere there were design glitches and unfinished work. We had one of the newly remodelled rooms. Did not have a view but the room was attractively decorated in muted colors. However, on closer inspection there were all sorts of very inconvenient problems. The lovely table lamps and floor lamp had no electrical outlets to plug into. There was not a mirror within easy reach of the stationary hairdryer. The closet was not deep enough to accommodate clothes hangers unless they were turned sideways or the closet doors were left open. In the big modern shower, the hand sprayer hung limply from its too-small holder and fired wildly when turned on, and there was no ledge anywhere in the shower to put soap or shampoo - just use the floor. The nicely tiled bathroom was very spacious with an inviting free-standing bathtub, but all that tile made the room quite cold, and the radiator would not come on, nor would the towel warmer. Mysteriously, the towel warmer was on the next day when we returned to our room but had shut itself off again by the time we took our shower. It turned out we were lucky to get a hot shower, though. Half the people in our group had only cold water by the time they showered. The front desk said it was a computer problem. The elevator was out of service while we were there and the stairs were so narrow and steep as to make it very difficult to move luggage (or even people) up and down. In the middle of the lovely lobby there was an unexpected step down which tripped a number of people in our group - the hotel hastily propped warning signs in two large urns. This hazard along with the other problems like the shallow closet made me wonder about the person who designed the remodel - was it someone who knows how to decorate a room but not design a closet or large public space? On the good side, the dining room is beautiful and the food and service were good on the whole, with minor irritations such as porridge left to cool in an open serving container so that only the early birds got hot porridge. I think this hotel has the potential to be the five star establishment they hope for, but only if some attention is paid to basic building design flaws first.
Excellent position but needs refurbishment finishing
We stayed at this hotel the week beginning 6th June.
The hotel is in a lovely position overlooking the sea and is at present
undergoing extensive refurbishment.
The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and the service and food
was of a very high standard.
There is however one big problem at the moment.
The room we stayed in had been refurbished but finished to poor standards.
Getting to the room required going up stairs with handrails covered in dust and
passing walls that had been roughly filled and not rubbed down and painted.
If you had decent clothes on then you had to be careful not to touch anything.
Our room overlooked a building site of a carpark and I was dismayed to
see my car having been caged in by builders who had moved the temporary separator railings in the carpark right round the side of my car so that they had more room, making it difficult for me to get into the drivers seat.
I'm sure this hotel will be very nice when finished to the correct standard but I was extremely dissapointed with the condition of it at present.
A suberb hotel - a jewel of Pembrokeshire
I feel that the November review by one of your members is wholey unfair, the hotel is perhaps in a dreamy & unique position on its headland overlooking the marina, beach and Saundersfoot bay; in this it is splendid.The hotel is run by a very personable and dedicated management whose focus since taking over is one of quality and attentive service.Unlike the member who reported after one night i have stayed nearly a dozen times over the last few years all very plesant and relaxing.Like any business the gradual process of refurbishment is one that is dictated by the sensible order of priority that Andrew Evans who i have got to know has correctly focused on the public area's, the quality of the dining and restaunt areas along with its suberb level of service, i know he is focusing on the refurbishment of the hotel rooms and whilst older in their style were of character and in keeping with the older private hotel.I can say i have never had a bad experience at this hotel and thank Andrew, the management and very dedicated team for the relaxing peaceful and plesant stays i have experienced over the last few years.My partner and i wish them well in phase two of the refurbishment and express our sincere thanks. Ian Bellingham Managing Director Horton International
We were invited to a friends wedding reception at St Bride's and we decided to stay two nights. The public rooms and views over Saundersfoot are beautiful. The meal on the Friday evening was of gourmet quality, the wine flowed, and a great time was had by all sixty of us. It was so good that twenty nine of us decided to eat there on the following evening and we were not disappointed. We had the set menu and again the food was of the best quality. Service was efficient and friendly but not intrusive. The breakfast buffet was of excellent quality, traditional and replenished at regular intervals. Our room was clean comfortable and cheerful with a stunning view but was in need of refurbishment. This, as I understand, is on the way. The weather was great and we had a fantastic weekend.
Short break in Pembrokeshire
Had a couple of days in Pembrokeshire on a short break with my partner and loved it. The area has so much to offer, found a lovely, secluded beach just a few minutes walk from the hotel. We had a large room overlooking the blue flag beach at Saundersfoot, comfy bed with snug duvet and dinner on both nights was fantastic, haven't had a meal of that standard for quite some time (even in and around London) and the staff were really friendly. Looking forward to another trip back soon.
Worst hotel I have ever stayed in
Probably is the worst hotel I have stayed in. Public areas were fantastic, then it's like stepping into a tired old chintz world when going upto the rooms. We had booked for 4 nights, only stayed for one, given that the place was awful, dirty and we didn't relish staying there any longer than we had to.
Also, the worst breakfast was served in the morning. Rubber hot breakfast sat around too long.
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