Let it be said that London hotels are best dressed in winter. When temperatures plummet, the appeal of stepping inside somewhere cosy and adorned in festive decorations suddenly multiples.
Some have magnificent Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and wintry drinks, but it’s the hotels with themed pop-ups that will really get you in the spirit. Favourites this year include a kitsch bar with plenty of nostalgic décor, rooftop igloos with views across the capital and a golden wonderland with ‘figgy pudding’ cocktails. Don’t be a Scrooge, get stuck in – with some pop-ups open until March, even May, there’s no excuse.
A five-minute drive from Newquay Airport, making it ideal for a weekend break. It’s also right on the beach, with direct access to Mawgan Porth beach, which is popular with surfers in the summer (beginner’s lessons available). The bracing but beautiful Bedruthan Steps coastal trail is on the hotel’s doorstep.
Style and Character
8 / 10
Interiors look like something conceived by a psychedelic knitting class: patchwork purple sofas; candy-striped armchairs; more shades of hot pink than the Mac counter in Selfridges. Cushions are stitched with the kind of groovy patterns Elton John cut his suits from in the Seventies. The building – a sprawling compound with fraying carpets – has the slight whiff of a shabby university complex. Retro touches – a jukebox here, a 1920s radio there – are less self-consciously cool in effect, more charming curiosity shop.
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Service and Facilities
8 / 10
Staff are more friendly than they are fastidious (they might forget to lay you a spoon if you order the soup at dinner); best just to roll with it.
Jav sex The spa comes with all the trimmings: lavender caldarium; eucalyptus steam room, cedar sauna with sea views, indoor pool, and whirlpool overlooking the ocean. Guests are also treated to tennis courts, a craft workshop space running everything from pottery to jewellery making, an indoor pool and three outdoor swimming pools (summer only). A lovely on-site shop stocks local artwork, scented candles and Orla Kiely homeware.
- Fitness centre
- Golf course
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
7 / 10
Busy-patterned fabrics in confident colours are redolent of a Moroccan lounge, psychic medium’s living room or similar. Sea-view rooms are the most sought after, though entry-level doubles will suit those on a budget who plan on spending most of their time outside anyway. Tea and coffee facilities (Nespresso machines in villas); powerful showers; made-in-Cornwall toiletries; and plenty of storage space. Book an Apartment Suite or above for a big bath and balcony or patio. Villas, located just off the main building, are best for peace and quiet. Several options for families, from bunk beds to interconnecting rooms. Cleaning isn’t spotless; you might find the odd dustball or historic stain on the sofa.