Sandy Cove Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandy Cove Hotel Berrynarbor
I'd read the other reviews before we went, there was some trepidation. I'm normally visiting corporate style, slick business hotels, you can't benchmark the Sandy Cove against Holiday Inn.
I could not recommend, the Sandy Cove hotel. It is dated and shabby. I booked this hotel as a 4* treat, boy was I disapointed. The staff reminded me of the Adams family, the corridors are dark and narrow, like a horror movie. The back room we were given smelt like an old dog, and I spotted labrador hairs on the carpet. I decided to take a swim, and found the pool in a large mouldy greenhouse, 3 pieces of rather dangerous gym equipment, where I got trapped in poor machinery.
We stayed at the lodge that belongs to the hotel(it's across the road from the main building) for a couple of nights the week before Easter. I think it has about 8-10 twin rooms in total over 2 floors. Unknown to us, it was in the middle of being refurbished, painters turned up the next morning. The rooms were nice and big, but the walls were paper thin. You could here next door using the toilet, so you were afraid to flush in the middle of the night. The doors were impossible to close quietly, so you were woken up by others coming home late due to no fault of their own. As you would suspect, you can also hear conversations clearly and all the other usual"noises"-so if you are staying here you'll need earplugs! This made our stay quite unpleasant. The rooms weren't particularly clean, cobwebs and dust in places. One of the towels in the bathroom had obviously been used, so I left it in the bath to be replaced the next day. It was refolded and put back on the rack! I don't mind re-using clean towels, but I object to using someone else's dirty ones! The impression I got was that they were doing things on a tight budget and cutting corners as a result. Even the staff look grubby.
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my husband and i stayed at sandy cove in september, this was our secound visit this year, we stayed in march for our wedding anniversary.
the staff, accomodation, and views were all fantastic not to mention the food which you would not find better in the hilton.
my daughter and i are going in febuary for a girls weekend and we cant wait.
We loved the Sandy Cove Hotel
We stayed at the Sandy Cove for the weekend after celebrating with a number of family for our parents 25th wedding anniversary.
The food was fantasic and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We found the a la carte menu to be very extensive. There was also a choice of the sea decks bar menu, which we sampled for lunch before leaving. We were amazed to see lobster thermidor on the bar menu!!!
The room and facilities were very good. We were in a sea view room with breath taking sea views.
The whole stay was wonderful and our family were very happy.
We stopped here for our siver wedding and were very impressed with the staff who were always very helpful. The room we stayed in had the most amazing sea views and was well worth the extra we paid .
Though my wife and I have not had the opportunity to stay at SANDY COVE HOTEL, we have experienced the food, the staff and the public rooms.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for 3 nights and found the hotel to be unfriendly and uncomfortable! The bar food was really bad and we hoped that this would be because the resturant food was better but we were mistaken (they managed to burn my food so well onto the plate that I couldn't even free it with a knife). The waiting staff were grumpy and unhelpful, we had our toast almost thrown at us the first morning (I think because the waitress was cross that it was morning). The bed we had in our room we had to turn the mattress over after the first night as the springs were digging into our ribs. The towels they give you to take down to the pool are ripped and tatty. On leaving we said goodbye to the receptionist and gave him our key and he didn't even bother to respond nevermind any sort of "have a safe trip". But the view is beautiful! I would go there, look at the view and then book into a hotel down the road.
i stayed in this hotel as a child about thirty years ago and have such fond memory's i had to return with my children but what a disappointment. the view is still the same but unfortunately so is some of the decor. the rooms were tatty,the food average , the atmosphere was awful and the pool was grubby. some of the staff were friendly if a little forgetful. i couldn't let my children run in the grounds because it wasn't safe with rickety fences and sheer drops. because the restaurant was deadly quiet all the parents looked on edge and i do wish that people that dislike children would avoid family hotels in the school holidays because all the filthy looks and rolling eyes just makes everyone unhappy, children deserve holidays aswell!