Overlooking the scenic River Gannel, Hotel California is located a short walk from the iconic Fistral Beach, popular with surfers hoping to catch a wave, or families looking to take advantage of the long stretches of sand and facilities. The Elizabethan manor house of Trerice is a 10-minute drive away, while Newquay Zoo, the biggest in Cornwall, is also close by.
There are plenty of dining opportunities on site, from the restaurant to a cosy lounge bar. Nibbles and drinks can also be taken outside on the terrace, which faces out across the river and the rolling countryside hills.
Guests can take a dip in the refurbished indoor or outdoor swimming pool (during peak season only), or even relax in the sauna. They may also relax in one of the many common areas, such as the snooker room, squash court and bowling alley.
Groupon’s Guide To Cornwall
From Bude to Land’s End, Cornwall encompasses everything from chocolate-box villages to vast Atlantic coastlines and vibrant surfing hubs. As residents are rarely more than a half-hour drive from the sea, there’s no surprise it plays a huge part to Cornish life, with busy harbours and Michelin star seafood restaurants allowing fish to go from boat to plate in 24 hours.
With clubs, bars, and extreme sports, Newquay has plenty for a youthful crowd, while family-friendly Falmouth has more sheltered beaches and all-ages day outs such as the National Maritime Museum. Away from beach life, grown-up St Ives is an established arts centre, home to the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth’s garden and a wealth of independent galleries. Inland a little, the Eden Project’s greenhouse biomes create spectacular tropical environs and an otherworldly, space-age feel. Visitors can also buy into the local legends on Bodmin Moor or hike along the rugged landscape to catch a glimpse of the fabled beast.