Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Cornwall

Pros: Lots of activities for children, beautiful vistas

Cons: It’s a long drive from major cities, basic accommodation, crèche hit and miss

The drive to Bedruthan Steps took an age. As anyone who has travelled to beautiful Cornwall will know that if the traffic is bad, the journey down the A30 is far from fun.  Unfortunately we made the trip on one of those days, so it was with  a sense of huge relief that we finally pulled up outside the hotel and were able to stretch aching limbs. Unfortunately this euphoria was tempered by the sight of a rather bland looking hotel façade that looked more like a standard Travelodge than a very popular family resort.

Undeterred, we found the reception quite easily, and then quickly went to our inter-connecting room. Although we knew that we did not have a seaview, we were less than impressed by the view of the busy car park. Looking on the positive side at least it meant we could keep an eye on the car, which was parked very close to our window! The rooms themselves although very functional, were small and cramped, and lacking in any real little charm. Again, we were reminded of standard business hotels that can be found up and down the country, built for convenience and conferences, rather than luxury family breaks.

During our stay we used majority of the facilities. The pool was lovely and despite small changing-rooms the kids has a lot of fun splashing in the water, which was of good temperature. Holidaydaddy used the adult-only spa facilities which he described as excellent. He was less complementary of the gym however which comprised a couple of cardo and weight machines in a back room.

The large crèche is housed within the hotel, and although our kids were happy there, we were disappointed with the staff. When we went into the crèche, there didn’t really seem to be many activities set-up, and the staff just seemed to be watching over the children rather than interacting with them in a fun way. The crèche was packed with children of various ages, with no areas obviously designated by age.

Alongside the crèche there is also a soft play which our children enjoyed, although during our second afternoon the hotel allowed access to the local school. Our quiet afternoon with toddlers quickly turned into a loud and raucous playtime! It’s worth noting that there are outdoor playgrounds and really good after-supper entertainment for the children every evening.

The children ate at the kid’s supper throughout our stay, and was clear that the food was fresh, with a great selection to please even the fussiest of eaters. Holidaydaddy and I ate in the main restaurant every night, and the food was excellent throughout. Each evening of our stay we hired a babysitter provided by the hotel, which worked out very well.

The biggest selling point for this hotel is it’s cliff-top location The view is really hard to beat, and we definitely enjoyed whiling the evening away sitting in the adult bar looking out to sea. Overall however, I felt disappointed in the Bedruthan Steps Hotel. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but other than the food, everything just felt a little too functional

Holiday Mummy rating 2.5/5