Top 12 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Newquay 2023

Famous for being the UK’s first surf city, Newquay perches gorgeously on the north coast of Cornwall. The fun, upbeat, and breezy British seaside town is home to world-class surfing, wild nightlife, and many family-friendly attractions. 

Newquay’s surf heritage goes back to the 1960s when all surf legends would come here during the summer to ride big waves of the Atlantic. Tourists from all over the world flock to enjoy surfing, wild swimming, camping, hiking, coasteering, and other seaside activities. 

Newquay also happens to boast an impressive array of accommodation options. From trendy beachfront hotels to Victorian-style boutique B&Bs, here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Newquay, England (in no particular).

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The Headland Hotel and Spa

Occupying a striking redbrick Victorian building and adjoining cottages, The Headland Hotel and Spa is a mile from Newquay town centre with Fristal Beach reachable within a 5-minute walk. 

Stylish rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, premium linens, and flat-screen TVs. Suites come with 4-poster beds, full kitchens, and private balconies or terraces offering sea views. 

An in-house restaurant dishes out locally sourced produce and afternoon snacks. Leisure amenities include a surf school, a heated indoor pool with a sauna, a chic spa, tennis courts, a boules area, a croquet lawn, and a 9-hole golf course. 


Striking Victorian architecture

Proximity to Fistral Beach

A heated indoor pool with a sauna for relaxation

It also has tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course


Distance from Town Center

Parking challenges

Best For Boutique Style

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa

The ultimate base for romantic weekends, coastal getaways, and wild Cornish adventures, Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa exclusively caters to adults. 

Tasteful rooms come with designer beds and light wood furnishings. Flat-panel TVs, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi are offered in all rooms.

Some rooms are fitted with private balconies, while some have large windows offering sea views. Suites offer whirlpool baths, separate living areas, and game consoles. 


Walking distance from Fistral Beach

Romantic and classy upscale boutique

Scenic views from the balcony

Suites offer additional luxury with whirlpool baths


Can get booked up

Drinks can be a little pricey

Best For Trendy Design

Oceanside Lifestyle Hotel

Embodying a true coastal spirit, Oceanside Lifestyle Hotel serves as an excellent base for a relaxed vacation in Newquay. This second-generation, family-run hotel opened its doors to guests in 1983.

From the beach-chic decor to airy spaces to the salty-social vibe, you’ll love absolutely everything about this fiercely-independent hotel on Headland Road. 

Each of the 28 rooms is designed to synchronize with the coastal surroundings. You can choose from four accommodations: Balcony Bliss, Saltwater Seaview, Coastal, and Cozy. A flat-panel TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and controllable heating are offered in every room. 


Quirky-chic details

Ideal for Millennials and Gen Zs

Coastal ambiance

Family-run charm


Limited on-site activities

At a distance from the city center

Best For Spa and Wellness

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Overlooking the gorgeous Mawgan Porth Beach, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa offers the best of coastal beauty and urban comforts. It displays a powerful fusion of Danish design with Californian architecture and Cornish ocean breezes

From standard rooms to airy suites to luxury villas, you can choose from a broad array of lodging options here. 

Whatever quarter you choose to stay in, you’ll be surrounded by contemporary decor and enjoy access to top-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

The deluxe hotel is also home to a cozy cafe, a refined restaurant, and a cocktail bar, all offering sweeping coastal views. There’s also a chic spa, outdoor pools with sun loungers, and kids’ playgrounds. 


Stunning coastal location

Stylish Danish design with Californian architecture

The presence of a cozy cafe with on-site restaurant and a cocktail bar

Presence of a chic spa and outdoor pools


Some noise

WiFi is a little spotty

Best For Great Location

Newquay Beach Hotel

Newquay Beach Hotel is a seamless amalgamation of Victorian charm, coastal ambience, and modern sophistication. 

Sitting two miles from downtown Newquay, the beachfront hotel boasts spacious rooms with minimalist decor. Private bathrooms with power showers, flat-panel TVs, and wardrobes are featured in all rooms. 

The in-house restaurant dishes out the local cuisine in an elegant setting. There’s also a lounge bar with a curated selection of cocktails. 


Proximity to downtown

Beachfront location

Victorian charm

The on-site restaurant serves local cuisine


Some noise

Can get busy

Best For Couples

Tolcarne Beach Colonial Restaurant and Rooms

Tolcarne Beach Village and The Colonial Restaurant come together to provide an all-inclusive vacation on the privately owned Tolcarne Beach. This stunning combo of fine dining and five-star accommodation is exactly what you need to make the most of your time in Newquay. 

Guests staying at Tolcarne Beach Colonial Restaurant and Rooms get to wake up to the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 14 individually designed rooms boasts a flowing layout with Colonial decor. 

In-room amenities available at this beachfront hotel include plush bedding, smart TVs, coffee machines, designer toiletries, and walk-in showers. Select rooms offer 4-poster beds and spa baths, while suites feature large balconies with ocean views. 


Beachfront Location

Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean

Being located directly on Tolcarne Beach

Spacious rooms


At a distance from the city center

Limited onsite activities

Best For Beachfront Location

The White House Hotel

With spacious rooms, a warm ambiance, and premium amenities, The White House Hotel is one of the best hotels near Tolcarne Beach.

All six rooms feature vibrant decor and come equipped with private bathrooms, plush bedding, and flat-screen TVs. 

Complimentary perks include parking and breakfast. The hotel also has a laid-back lounge, a sundeck, and a terrace.


Beachfront Location

Vibrant Decor

Presence of a laid-back lounge and terrace

Individually designed rooms


Away from the city center

Limited onsite activities

Best For Views

Esplanade Hotel

Looking over the pristine Fistral Beach, Esplanade Hotel guarantees a truly comfortable stay with all modern luxuries. The 4-star hotel is located a 10-minute walk from Crantock Beach. 

Genteel rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee makers. Some rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows or balconies facing the sea. 

At the onsite restaurant, guests can savor international cuisine while reveling in beautiful ocean views. The hotel also offers plenty of amenities for kids, including a soft play area, a splash area, and a pirate ship adventure playground. 


Prime Beachfront Location

Insta-worthy panoramic views

Breathtaking sea views

Family-Friendly Amenities


Some parking challenges

A little far from local attractions

Best For Funky Theme

Sands Resort Hotel

Situated about 13 miles from Padstow, Sands Resort Hotel provides accommodation in unfussy rooms with satellite TVs, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi. 

Guests lodging in suites enjoy higher-end amenities, such as sitting areas, additional bathrooms, and sea views. 

The onsite restaurant dishes up Mediterranean classics in a relaxed setting. There’s also a bar with a summer terrace, a gym, and a kids’ club. 


Located about 13 miles from Padstow

Features a bar with a summer terrace

The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine

Families traveling with children can benefit from the on-site kids club


Can get busy at peak times

Potential noise levels

Best For Great Breakfast

Penwyth House

Located less than a mile from Porth Beach, Penwyth House is within walking distance of many amazing restaurants and cafes. 

The charming B&B boasts uniquely styled rooms with upscale amenities and a homey vibe. All units have flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with free toiletries, while some also feature a patio and/or a sitting area. 

Both a la carte and continental options are available for breakfast. 


Proximity to Porth Beach

Walking distance from numerous restaurants and cafes

Home-Like vibe and exceptional breakfast

Upscale amenities


Limited on-site facilities

Distance from Major Attractions

Best For Budget-friendly

OYO Minerva Guesthouse

Yet another Victorian-style hotel with wonderful ocean views, OYO Minerva Guesthouse is where you enjoy all homey comforts at the best value. 

Downhome rooms at this casual hotel offer satellite TVs, coffee makers, and wardrobes. Some rooms come with bunk beds, while others offer sea views. 

A full English breakfast is served for free, while afternoon snacks are available for a surcharge. Other amenities include a pool table and a laid-back bar. 


Victorian-Style Charm

Great spot for Gen Zs

The hotel offers amenities like a pool table

Ideal for budget-conscious travelers


Possible parking challenges

Not ideal for families

Best For Families

Legacy Hotel Victoria

Set in a magnificent Victorian building behind the South West Coast Path, Legacy Hotel Victoria overlooks the exquisite Tolcarne Beach. 

Satellite TVs and coffee makers are available in all rooms. Upgraded units offer sofas and balconies with sea views. 

Among the onsite facilities available at the 3-star hotel are a fitness room, a spa, a heated indoor pool, two restaurants, a lounge area, and a game area with billiards. 


Magnificent Victorian Building with family rooms

Lovely coastal views

Features a game area

Proximity to South West Coast Path


A little distant from the main attractions

Some noise

Top 12 Cool Hotels in Newquay Compared

The table compares and contrasts the top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Newquay.

Hotel NameLocationPrice Range (per night)Fitness FacilitiesDistance to Attractions (km)Nearby Restaurants
The Headland Hotel and SpaHeadland Road$282No1.03
Fistral Beach Hotel and SpaEsplanade Road$264-$339Yes1.53
Oceanside Lifestyle HotelHeadland Road$125-$278No0.73
Bedruthan Hotel & SpaMawgan Porth$196-$297Yes5.93
Newquay Beach Hotel1 narrowclif$206-$283No0.83
Tolcarne Beach Colonial Restaurant and RoomsTolcarne Beach$631-$757No0.83
The White House Hotel33 Mount Wise$352-$391No20.03
Esplanade HotelFistral Beach$189-$344No1.32
Sands Resort HotelWatergate Road$82-$274No1.32
Penwyth House1 Stanways Road$125-$151No2.02
OYO Minerva Guesthouse2/3 THE CRESCENT$223No0.13
Legacy Hotel VictoriaEast St$158-$461Yes0.43