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... over my legs and the seat, so I am now sat on a sticky seat with sticky trousers and sticky top! Nice! 06.47 1 hour 11 minutes to go! Breakfast is served - full English with Yeo Valley yoghurt, which was all very tasty! Mum is watching Marigold Hotel film and keeps laughing out loud - I don't think anyone else has noticed! There us also a very unhappy baby somewhere on the plane, thank you, thank you - it's no where near us!!!! An hour and 8 minutes now ...
Not much to write today. We came up from Cornwall using the M5 to save time, as it is quite a long way. Beautiful countryside, green fields, white sheep, black and white cows until Birmingham where it started raining and was very dreary.
Chester was founded as a Roman Fort in the year 79, so I am looking forward to exploring. It is very close to the Welsh ...
This is our last day in this delightful village, and we decided to have the day off before our drive up to Chester tomorrow. It was quite cold this morning, but we rugged up and went out for a final walk. It was very blustery and no-one else was out except for a few hardy dog walkers.
We walked to Bossiney, the next village. This little hamlet was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and was the parliamentary seat of Sir Francis Drake.
The roads are ...
... and found it to be one of the most interesting places of our whole trip. It is an ancient market town with a Norman castle and winding narrow streets full of interesting shops, homes and public buildings. We struggled up to the 11 th century motte and bailey castle and walked around the parapets.( We joined English Heritage which gives us free admission to lots of places.) We had a quick look at the 15th century St Mary's church, and ...
... Further out on Tintagel Island are the remains of an earlier castle popularly believed to be where King Arthur was born. All the signs stress that he is a mythical character, but I know he was real and looks a lot like Sean Connery. Merlin lived in a cave beneath the cliffs and protected him from evil with the sword Excalibur.
You can normally visit Merlin's Cave, but there has been storm damage to the beach, so we couldn't. I'd have loved too, but ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Esplanade Hotel Newquay
Comfortable and friendly
Stayed for 4 nights, very comfortable and quiet, nice and clean, staff great, fab sea view, couldn't have wished for a better stay. 5 out of 5 :)
Looking for a short break not too far from home and noticing the recent favourable reviews gave it a 3-day trial. What did we get?
Nice hotel 'but'
Nice place, people and teriffic views but the evening meal was poor.
With Friday's evening meal came peas and sweetcorn and with Saturday's a warmed tomato and two strips of parsnip. Where was the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, runner beans,sprouts etc.
I did fill out the hotel's comment sheet and I hope they take note. All veg lovers beware.
In response to a customer satisfaction survey I wrote the following letter. Regretably, it was not considered worthy of a reply:
We arrived and booked into room 138, there was damp on the ceiling and the room was dark and dinghy so I immediately asked to be moved. The next room was a bit better but there were problems and
We stayed for three nights in July 2004, and had a very nice stay. Without exception, every member of staff was helpful and very friendly, which always makes a difference to a holiday. The location of the hotel is great - overlooking the surfer's favourite Fistral Beach, but away from the busy car park area where most bodies seemed to congregate. We paid an extra £6 per person per night for the sea view, which was well worth it, because it is quite stunning. The hotel is a fair walk from the town centre, but this wasn't particularly important to us. The room was a nice size, well maintained, and the bathroom was clean, tidy and seemed reasonably new. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools (which we didn't try), a bar with entertainment, a nice restaurant, and a lovely conservatory/lounge area right at the front overlooking the beach and sea. The buffet-style breakfast was great - just how it should be these days! If we had to find any faults they would be quite minor ones: the car park is small compared to the size of the hotel, so we had to find a space on the road in front; the hotel is quite 'creaky' (the bed creaked, the floors creaked, the hallways creaked loudly, and the lift positively shrieked!); and the dinner was fine if you like 'meat and two veg' meals (as most people do, of course) but for those of us who aren't keen on the vegetables that came with each dinner option, we were left with a rather basic cheese salad on two occasions. Having noted these minor things, however, we did enjoy our stay and would certainly consider staying here again if we were in the area.
Excellent Location, Great atmosphere. Staff seem genuine. Will Return.
I stayed twice at the Esplanade, and have mixed feelings. First time, room was ok, second time it was terrible. And it cost us Â£150 for three ($270), for one night. When compared to accommodation available in the USA this is daylight robbery. Room was small, bad smell of dampness (lots of Newquay places suffer from this), old tatty furniture, and bath tap that was running all the time. Reception took very casual attitude to this problem, telling us that if it gets fixed than cool, if not, tough luck. Sleep with the noise.I have just returned from 5 week SF/Hawaii/Breckenridge US holiday, and will have to make it my habbit from now on. Huge rooms, clean, with all mod cons and above all, huge value for money.UK travel industry has lots to learn.But, if you are not bothered about these things, or are lucky enough to end up with better room, you could still have good time. Luck of the draw.Two things going for it:* Restaurant sea views over Fistral beach, * World's smallest elevator.
Loved the Esplanade
All our famllyhad great time a the Esplanade, we have stayed at most of the hotels in the area and found this to be the best.