The Cormorant Hotel
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
oh dear !!!
"I agree that the location of the hotel is great. From that point it goes downhill. Talking of hills try the one leading up to the hotel, 25% and with a broken hand rail. Perhaps we should have taken ropes and crampons in our weekend bags. We were shown upstairs to our room (grab a waiter from the restaurant to do porterage) and there we did see River life in all its glory. But looking out of the window is not looking at the hotel. Our room had a nice panoramic window with the cill at knee level and opening onto a 30ft drop. Down for dinner and I ordered grilled bream. The fish was excellent, the veg on the cool side of warm and it was the first time I had seen creamed potato with a flowing consistency. A quite reasonable nights sleep and sally forth into a gourmets breakfast. It really was good including the local wildlife of the flying variety doing honours by tasting my meal before me and then doing a 'perish' under the bacon..I wish it to be put on record that the waiting staff were really top notch as was the wood-log fire. the bar area is bijou and quite frankly cold. the lounge is comfortable enough but don't think you can sit and relax and read the paper because there arn't any. Not even offered to be delivered to youre room. Did I enjoy my stay at the Cormorant; shall we say the jury isstill out but I suspect that it is not disabled friendly. Would I return; not with my angina and vertigo I wouldn't."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
Can't wait to go back
"We spent five nights at The Cormorant. Smallish bedroom, large bed, very comfortable, with everything you need. Breakfast was delicious, beautifully cooked and great coffee. There was enough choice on the dinner menu to keep us occupied for 5 nights, and an excellent wine list.
Mary, the owner, is very welcoming and the staff good.
Bottom line, small, well run, comfortable hotel that has everything you need for a very relaxing time."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
utterly charming! we'll be back!
"my husband and I stayed here for 2 nights recently. The hotel was very quiet, we were the only guests for the first night - it would have been nice to see it with a little more life! however, we were fantastically looked after, excellent service, professional yet friendly. The food at dinner and breakfast was first class - local, freshly cooked, and perfectly presented. Our room was lovely, with a balcony with a view! bathroom was compact, bath a little short, but all very recently decorated and spotlessly clean. We walked right from the hotel into Fowey (about an hour) and carried on in a circular walk which ended up being about 10 miles! This hotel is perfect for a tranquil get away from it all short break - we hope to return in the Spring or Summer and enjoy sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine watching the herons!"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of January 2008
Extremely well run hotel in a beautiful location
"The Cormorant Hotel stands on a cliff in an idyllic situation overlooking the estuary of the river Fowey.
We booked room 12 which, although slightly small, was nonetheless immaculately clean with a very comfortable bed & the best shower we have ever used.
The views from our room across the river were magnificent.
Mary & her staff were at all times very welcoming & nothing was too much bother.
Breakfast & Dinner were excellent. Both carefully prepared & delicious.
When the swimming pool reopens,which will be open all year, it will be a very great asset to an already charming hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of November 2007
We loved the attentive service from Mary and her team of excellent staff
"When we arrived at the hotel, we were made to feel very welcome. We were shown to our room, and asked if we needed anything. Our room was beautiful over looking the river Fowey, exactly how the picture is on the hotel website. Mary, the owner had even put a fresh jug of milk in the mini bar for our tea/coffee. I have never come accross this before, you usually have the dried or small cartons.
Dinner time, the food was delicious, canapes before you start in the lounge with your pre dinner drink. The waiter came and took us to our table along with any drinks we had. The service was first class. After we had fnished, we had the option of tea/coffee in the lounge or at the table. This was served with petit fours. The lounge has a large picture window overlooking the river, very comfortable chairs and settee's.
Breakfast, equally as good, service, 1st class.
This carried on for 3 nights that we were there for, nothing too much trouble. The owner Mary made our stay very comfortable. Hotel clean throughout. The restaurant staff are Polish, I had many conversations, and language was not a problem. I would certainly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of August 2007
Fantastic Location & Great Food
"We have just returned from a short break taking in the Eden Project and the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan. We booked direct with the Cormorant Hotel and email correspondence was dealt with efficiently, although it would have been useful to be able to pay our deposit online using a secure webpage.
Golant has one pub and the Cormorant Hotel so do not go there expecting exciting night life. It is a great place to chill out, which we did. From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome by the owner, Mary Tozer, and her staff. Since Mary took over the hotel in July 2006 a substantial refurbishment programme has been carried out and everything looks clean and fresh. We would agree with a previous comment that the fridge took up a lot of space in the wardrobe but on a short break that wasn't a problem. A previous reviewer said he/she had difficuly communicating with the "foreign staff". We had no such difficulty; the mainly Polish dining room staff spoke good English and were very attentive. Our room had magnificent views over the River Fowey, as did the lounge and restaurant. The dinner menu was excellent with chef's specials changed daily for both starters and main courses. It was complemented by a comprehensive, reasonably priced wine list.
We hope to return sometime to see the Lost Gardens of Heligan in the spring, and when we do we will certainly make the Comorant hotel our base."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of July 2007
"Our room overlooked the river and had a balcony. The view was wonderful. However, we felt the room was small for the amount charged. We were offered an alternative room but this did not have a balcony.
The didning room also overlooked the river and had large picture windows. Breakfast was excellent - both the food and the service. One small quibble - the number of extras for which there was a charge. Fresh fruit salad, for example, had an additional charge of Â£2.
Dinner was beautifully presented. As is the style with such cooking, portions were small. On request, my vegetarian needs, and my wife's low fat diet were both well catered for,
The lounge was spacious and comfortable, again with the superb river view."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of July 2007
A bit disappointed
"After reading the previous TripAdvisor reveiws we were a little disappointed. Bedroom was not generous and a strange mix of antique and modern. Fridge (minibar) that made our room "superior" took up a lot of space in the wardrobe. Did not resemble any photographs on website. Furniture on our terrace left a lot to be desired and we were not too keen to sit on the chairs. Rooms face East so plenty of morning sun to wake you early but breakfast not served until 8.30 am. Dinner was good unless you are a vegetarian who does not eat fish. Choice of the same starter and main on the menu for all three nights - they did do a different main one night.
We think that the new owner still has some work to do and is trying to make the hotel something that it isn't. Lots of foreign staff who don't always understand you. Coversations in kitchen don't add to the atmosphere at dinner. Website says no pets but one couple staying had two dogs?
Peaceful, good views and close to Eden."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of May 2007
Great place for a break and will get better
"We stayed here for 5 nights and had a wonderful time. The room was fantastic with a large picture window view over the River Fowey, beautiful. Check-In, food and service was excellent with dinners in particular standing out. Four courses with a very good choice, the menu changing daily with a few select items staying on each time. Cornish cheese board superb and a very good choice of wines, the Rioja at the time standing out!!
The only reason we have not given this full marks is that it has only been taken over recently by the current owners and is a little jaded in some areas, worn carpet on the main staircase, paintwork and some furnishings etc. This I'm sure will be sorted out soon with it being closed down for a short while over the winter for some deserved refurbishment. The hotel and the new owners deserve full marks for their efforts to honour existing bookings up until a bit of a makeover can take place. We wish them well and would have no hesitation in returning or recommending the hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
Could sit and watch the river all day
"A friendly yet professional, gem of a hotel. Although it rained continuously it was still a very pleasant and memorable stay. I think all the rooms have great views over the river - herons and cormorant or shag feed at low tide; binoculars were thoughtfully offered.
The hotel's a real mix of styles that's evolved over the decades, the view looking out is the best. They've taken some effort recently to update the rooms etc.
A feature about staying in Golant is that you don't have to forage your way around and park up in the tiny village streets around that part of the coast for a good evening meal. There's not much else in the village so most guests have meals in the restaurant - they recognise that their long-staying guests might be put off by that so take a LOT of effort to give a new and interesting menu every night, & cater for all tastes. They also have a good cellar with some interesting local cornish wines. Note that a few days of their 4-course gourmet meals will stretch anyone's waistline.
Its location is actually very easy to get to, though some GPS will try to send you over a cliff! Just follow the 'main' road and keep in first gear when you go up the drive.
Its also very close to the Eden project via a back route.
You get what you pay for, rates seem par for the area, their half board is better value.
No young kids, although it has a small covered pool (which we didn't fancy in the March rain)"
- Travel date: Wed 19th of April 2006
"A fantastic personal hotel with amazing staff. View is fantastic and you can lay in bed watching the boats on the river whilst listening to uninterrupted sounds of the river. Breakfast in the hotel was superb with a great choice."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of August 2014