Cornwall, United Kingdom

St Moritz Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$125.81

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Surf-side family HQ

Setting

Rugged Camel Estuary

Set on Cornwall’s Camel Estuary, the St Moritz Hotel is a modernist marvel of a resort, with stylish wood-floored rooms and suites, a Cowshed spa and a buzzy brasserie and bar. There’s also its enviable shorefront location, accentuated by a series of charming and colourful classic beach huts. If it rains, fear not – the hotel also has a huge indoor pool. With lots of activities on offer and a very friendly professional staff, it’s the perfect place for families with children or couples craving a seaside getaway.

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Facilities

Photos St Moritz Hotel facilities

Need to know

Rooms

52: 15 smaller doubles, 15 king doubles or twins, 22 suites.

Check–Out

11am; Check-in, 4pm. Both can be flexible, depending on availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $125.81 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.

Also

Be sure to book dinner and any spa treatments well in advance – both the restaurant and Cowshed are local hotspots and can get busy. The hotel offers a Landrover chauffeur service from 8am to 6pm every day, to take you to nearby Polzeath and Rock.

At the hotel

Free parking; DVD library; helipad; Cowshed spa with nine treatment rooms, pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym. Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Flatscreen TV with Sky, board games, minibar, CD/DVD player, Hypnos bed with Frette linen, Cowshed toiletries, slippers, bathrobes, hair straighteners. First Floor suites have sea views, balconies, full kitchens, lounges and dining areas. 

Our favourite rooms

All the first-floor Suites have sea views: we particularly like the vista from 107a; 108a has a slightly bigger balcony. At the end of the building, room 110b has lots of space and two cosy armchairs.

Poolside

There's a mosaic-tiled indoor pool at the hotel's Leisure Club, and an outdoor pool (open in good weather) that's surrounded by hammocks and sunloungers.

Spa

The nine-room Cowshed spa offers a range of sumptuous treatments, but it gets full quickly, so book in advance.

Packing tips

The wherewithal to dress for four seasons in one day.

Also

Wellies are provided. You can buy Cowshed products from the spa, and Cornish deli items in the restaurant.

Children

The kids' room has a Wii. The hotel has a deal with a local surf outfit to offer beach sessions, included in the room rate. Children under 12 can stay on Z-beds in your room for £35 B&B. Cots for babies are free, but there's a one-off £5 charge for linen.

Overview

The kids' room has two Xboxes. The hotel has a deal with a local surf outfit to offer beach sessions, included in the room rate. Children under 12 can stay on a Z-bed in your room for £35 B&B. Baby cots are free, but there's a one-off £5 charge for bed linen.

Best for

Small, surfing Smiths

Recommended rooms

The ground-floor suites offer the most family space, as well as full kitchens and doors opening onto the garden.

Crèche

Not as such, but there is a kids' club down on the beach that keeps little ones occupied during the day.

Activities

The Xboxes in the games room may be diversion enough, but there's no substitute for surfing in this part of the world; St Moritz can organise lessons for budding wave-riders at a nearby surf school with a 10 per cent discount. There are tennis courts, too. In school holidays (excluding summer), young guests can join in with the kids' club down on Polzeath Beach between 9.45am and 12.30pm for free. 

 

Swimming pool

Both indoor (open 9am – 6pm for children) and outdoor (open seasonally) pools have shallow ends, and there are flotation aids on hand.

Meals

Youngsters are welcome in the restaurant between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, and there's a children's menu on offer. Highchairs can be provided, lunches can be packed, and milk/baby food can be heated.

Babysitting

Local nannies can be arranged 24 hours in advance.

Food and Drink

Photos St Moritz Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Near the open kitchen.

Dress Code

Bring on the Boden.

Hotel restaurant

On the first floor of the 'leisure building', St Moritz's restaurant serves good brasserie food, such as fish 'n' chips and steaks, lots of great seafood and local, seasonal flavours; the lunch menu changes daily according to what's good and fresh. Seaside is a standalone daytime restaurant, beside the outdoor pool. Open from 12 noon until 5pm, it offers sandwiches, salads and a handful of informal mains, all served up with fabulous sea views.

Hotel bar

Lounge by day, bar by night, a big, comfortable space next to the restaurant where children are always welcome and jazzy music tinkles. There are magazines scattered around, and you can order beer and local cider, as well as wine, cocktails, afternoon tea or a meal.

Last orders

9.30pm; children's menu from 6pm – 7pm (and at all times in the Seaside).

Room service

You can order from the restaurant menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Seaside restaurant does takeaways.

Location

Photos St Moritz Hotel location
Address
St Moritz Hotel
Trebetherick, near Wadebridge
PL27 6SD
Cornwall
United Kingdom

Planes

Newquay is the nearest airport, served by flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and the Scillies. The drive should take around 45 minutes.

Trains

First Great Western services run from London Paddington direct to Bodmin Parkway on the Cornish Main Line, taking around four hours; it's about 18 miles (a 35-minute drive) from the hotel.

Automobiles

Head west into Cornwall along the M5 and A30, towards Wadebridge and via Polzeath on smaller roads. Polzeath is about 10 minutes of country driving from the A39, which runs along the county's northern coast. The journey takes 3.5 hours from Birmingham – less than five hours from London. There's plenty of parking on-site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Golfers should slip on their slacks and head to either of the two terrific courses near St Moritz, St Enodoc or Trevose. The Cornish coast is ripe for adventure – kayaking, coasteering (rambling, scrambling and splashing along the shoreline) and surfing can all be arranged. St Moritz is chummy with a nearby surf school.

Local restaurants

Thanks to his peerless The Seafood Restaurant, eatery, café and bistro  – with a fish ’n’ chip shop to boot – Rick Stein reigns supreme in Padstow. No wonder locals have taken to referring to it as ‘Padstein’ (+44 (0)1841 532700; www.rickstein.com). The views over Watergate Bay, between Padstow and Newquay, are as rip-roaring as the food cooked up by Jamie Oliver’s band of 15 local trainees at Fifteen. Here, quality Cornish produce – yarg, wild venison from Bodmin Moor, and funghi foraged by the restaurant’s own mushroom hunters – is transformed into imaginative Italianate dishes on a weekly changing menu. Booking essential (+44 (0)1637 861000; www.fifteencornwall.co.uk).

Reviews

Photos St Moritz Hotel reviews

Anonymous review

I unfolded my human-paper clip limbs after the long – oh-so long – car journey from London to Trebetherick in Cornwall. ‘Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time.’ the receptionist at Cornish stay St Moritz hotel trilled as my inner, smouldering Smith roared ‘Time? Time!’ 

Holiday mode hadn’t quite kicked in yet. We’d skimmed along winding roads at 90mph, while young Master Smith had successive meltdowns in the back seat, and we suffered the spottiest of email connections. We’d booked a table in the hotel’s Seaside Restaurant for 8.30pm in advance, in the hope that Master Smith would be fast asleep as we lingered over a champagne apéritif in the bar mere footsteps from our room. A warning, Smith families – this wasn’t so easily achieved. 

The hotel, just north of Padstow, is a long way from home, but it wasn’t an insurmountable driving distance for this special weekend: Mr Smith’s 40th birthday. We took a deep breath under the night sky, as we were whipped by sea-salted air, and through our room’s glass doors we glimpsed the hotel’s inner garden, which we had private access to; this slight recalibration of the evening’s plans made us realise we didn’t have it so bad after all. A babysitter was on hand, by arrangement through reception – we decided this was essential after seeing how big the hotel is; and room service was, if not the next best thing to dinner at the hotel’s high table, perhaps the best thing. Within half an hour a quiet knock announced a tray laden with shiny domes sheltering oysters, exceptionally good mussels, and chips (skinny ones!) with a chilled bottle of wine. This Friday night was worth savouring, so we watched Breaking Bad at leisure, helped by high-speed WiFi and a spacious sitting room adjoining our bedroom. 

Mornings arrive rather too soon if Master Smith is within earshot. So as Mr Smith spread his limbs across the entirety of our enormous, white, soft-sheeted bed, junior and I bounded outside to explore. Our suite was large and comfortable, the interiors a mix of neutrals and mirror surfaces, which daring-style-statement seekers might deem inoffensive, but it was more than acceptable for the likes of these Smiths. However, outside a glorious world awaited us: in the garden a large pool was hidden behind the hedges, and a row of candy-coloured beach huts lined the lawn beyond. Master Smith and I skipped from one beach-hut porch to another and soon scrambled down the coastal path leading to the cove. Blackberry bushes and gorse lined our way and, as if transposed by time-travelling shuttle to this peaceful corner, the odd holidaymaker wished us good morning as they wandered off to the local shops.  

Wellies, nets and buckets are stashed by the hotel entrance, so after a hearty breakfast cooked in the open-plan kitchen, we made a family outing to the beach in search of rock pools. Grassland curves around the bay, and in the distance hilltop beacons punctuate a breathtaking view. The shingle beach’s strong tide makes it the perfect playground for stone-skimming, and catching crabs, shrimp, and even a starfish; mussels were in season too, and purple shells clustered on the rocks. The hotel’s playroom wasn’t quite as mind-blowing as this outing, but once Master Smith had been sated with kippers wrapped in The Guardian’s comments pages, that was a definite plus point, too. 

Master Smith took tea in the bar – an open space scattered with leather sofas and armchairs. Cups of crayons and animal dominos kept him entertained as Mr Smith sipped a beer, and I slipped off to the pool and Jacuzzi for some grown-up solitude – it’s adults-only from 6.30pm to 9pm. The weekends get very busy, even at the tail end of September, so we arrived too late to book any Cowshed spa treatments; but the pool and the hotel’s coastal setting entertained us more than enough, and Cowshed products lined the bathroom vanity. We’d booked a babysitter for Saturday night’s dinner, so we could finally have that glass of champagne at the bar; however our Cornish love affair wasn’t blind: we opted for a Reims grape over the local champagne, followed by a bottle of St Émilion, the perfect partner for Mr Smith’s mackerel and my beef. 

It was tempting to stay in the hotel’s grounds all weekend, we were so drawn to this tranquil spot on England’s far horizon. In summer, it would make an ideal alternative to some overcrowded Mediterranean hotspot; in low season, when we arrived, we saw how unspoiled this corner of the country is, even if – as Mr Smith remarked – the crowd was a little Soho-House-on-Sea. St Moritz is also less than a 20-mile drive from Tintagel Castle, along roads marked with quaint signage stating ‘For fox sake slow down’ and similar. The castle’s famed as King Arthur’s seat, although it’s likely built in the 13th century, later than the legend. After some classic Smith indulgence at St Moritz, we found the perfect end to our weekend escape, hard by Artie’s ruins: dining on pasties in a cliff-clinging café, feeling like we had all the time in the world. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in St Moritz Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The restaurant food is fabulous. The setting is lovely relaxed and makes it enjoyable for couples and families with well-behaved children. The staff were all very obliging and friendly. We asked if they could organize bike hire at Wadenbridge which was swiftly booked and confirmed with a card in the room. Spa was lovely too but book treatments before you arrive. We had pre-booked and wanted to book more but unfortunately they did not have availability. Padstow is lovely and we booked the Rick Stein Restaurant before we arrived. A bike ride along the camel estuary was great. We hired a car from Cornwall cars who I would definitely recommend, and visited the Eden Project (about 40mins away). That was enough for a 3 day visit!

Don’t expect

We booked the cosy room which was very small. There does not seem a good sized room without paying for a kitchen/ good view which is considerably more. My mobile phone had no reception in the room ( my husband did) but it was fine in the main areas in the hotel and WIFI worked throughout

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2016

We loved

The location, the leisure facilities, the Cowshed Spa, land rover shuttle to the beach and the spacious suite with great facilities. Recommend surfing lessons on polzeath beach.

Don’t expect

A child free zone - it is very family friendly. We visited with two children aged 14 years old and 11 years old

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jul 2016

We loved

The pool are and the seaside café, the staff and the costal walks nearby. The walks in both directions from the hotel were lovely. In Rock, we had booked a table and the mariners rock which was fabulous. We also went to the Basement in Padstow and enjoyed a lovely meal. In the hotel both the restaurant and the seaside café are good but the value at the café means that wins but a good margin.

Don’t expect

Don't expect much from your his and her travel sets. A small tube of hand cream and a lip balm seems pathetic to me. The gym was very basic too and the air con in the gym didn't work. Also housekeeping forgot us one day and did us very late another day which meant that chilling out in our room in the afternoon was not really an option.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything! The free transport to Polzeath and Rock was super-handy and I had the most glorious facial in the Cowshed Spa. Head either way on the coastal path at the bottom of the hotel garden for morning runs with a spectacular view. Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is a must - travel by water taxi from Rock.

Don’t expect

Much space in your Cosy Room - as billed they are small (but perfectly formed).

Rating

Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The peace and quiet, perfect for a mid-week sneaky night away in November! The beach hut that came with the room was just fab!

Don’t expect

to be in the middle of a ton of nightlife!

Rating

Stayed on 10 Nov 2015

We loved

Location, swimming pool, ground floor suite, restaurant food, (breakfast and dinner), and Cowshed spa. Extremely helpful staff. Will definitely revisit.

Don’t expect

Z-bed mattresses for children could do with a bit more foam/padding! Hotel has passed on comments to housekeeping.

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Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

The cowshed spa! 10/10.

Don’t expect

Adults only, this is a very family friendly place.

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2015

We loved

The beach hut provided with our room The decor and styling The location.

Don’t expect

Reasonable bar prices Not suitable if you don't like hills.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2015

We loved

The gorgeous view, complimentary cowshed products and the best oysters we have ever eaten!

Don’t expect

Peace and Quiet as there are so many families on holiday with children.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2015

We loved

The staff - all friendly yet not over the top.

Don’t expect

Good service in the bar at peak times in the evenings. It seemed a bit slow to me!

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2015

We loved

Stunning setting, the hotel is beautifully decorated, the food is FANTASTIC, great food and seating area at the outside pool and the spa is a must. I think our favourite part was having dinner and cocktails in the bar. The free shuttle service to Rock is also such a bonus too.

Don’t expect

We went during the school holidays so there were lots of children playing in the pools - not a negative but an FYI.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

We loved

Loved the rooms, food and service at the main restaurant and most hotel staff

Don’t expect

Very slow service at the cafe by the outdoor pool even it didn't seem very busy.

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Stayed on 14 Jul 2015

We loved

The location and views are fantastic, our daughter loves the outdoor pool, polzeath beach is gorgeous and a great place to try surfing.

Don’t expect

A wide range of food on the kids menu.

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2015

We loved

Breakfast, both indoor and outdoor pools, getting our own private beach hut and Land Rover shuttle rides to Rock and Polzeath.

Don’t expect

Perfect service in the restaurant or Cafe...However, Kaylee the Guest Host was so efficient and incredibly helpful, she arranged bookings, taxi's and gave us tips on local things to do.

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2015

We loved

Location was perfect and we were able to see a lot of places easily.

Don’t expect

Any air conditioning, we found the room too hot and used the electric fan provided.

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Stayed on 6 Jul 2015

We loved

Close proximity to Nathan Outlaw's at Enodoc Hotel at Rock, which was excellent

Don’t expect

Good coffee at breakfast, really disappointing to me

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

Fantastic breakfast and evening meal in the restaurant. Even though our stay was in March, off season, the restaurant and bar still had a nice buzz at the weekend. Excellent location for exploring Cornwall.

Don’t expect

Some rooms have recently been updated and not all have DVD players now so be aware of that if you hope to avail of the DVD library in the hotel. However they have Sky Movies so it is still possible to watch a film if you want.

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2015

We loved

Having all the facilities of a hotel, together with the independence of our own little kitchen. Glorious walks along rugged coastline in bracing fresh air and blue skies, flying the kite at Polzeath and rockpooling just beside the hotel - you can easily survive a few days without needing to take the car anywhere Lovely friendly hotel staff delicious breakfasts which set the family up for the day Dinner at Rick Stein's in Padstow Cocktails with the hubby while the kids joined movie night! Our kids (10 and six) loved it - the eldest was dreaming she was back there when I woke her this morning!

Don’t expect

Ritz and glamour - fresh air and sea walks are what it's all about!

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2015

We loved

How attentive the staff was.

Don’t expect

A child-free hotel.

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Stayed on 13 Feb 2015