The history of the Atlantic Hotel

After encountering an incredible 10-acre plot on the headland overlooking Newquay, the Atlantic Hotel’s founders set about designing a hotel that would match the stunning location, where every single room could enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic. Marble floors, chandeliers and a sweeping staircase accompanied the grand views and the hotel quickly built a reputation for opulence and luxury. Harrods of London were even brought in to design and furnish the cocktail lounge in 1935.

The hotel has always been an integral part of the Newquay community. During the First World War the hotel opened its doors as a hospital, helping injured soldiers back on the road to recovery. And when a new ballroom was built in the 1930s, more than 400 guests attended the grand opening in aid of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary.

In 1986 the Cobley family took over the hotel and began a sympathetic refurbishment to update the hotel, whilst maintaining the grandeur of this beautiful Victorian building.

We’ve played host to many celebrities over the years, including Frank Bruno, Roger Daltrey, Fred Sirieux (from First Dates!) and perhaps most famously, the Beatles, who came to film part of their magical mystery tour here in 1967. We’ve also been featured in the hit ITV show Doc Martin.

Since the hotel opened more than 125 years ago, there have been numerous additions and improvements, but throughout, our resolve to ensure our guests receive a personal and unique experience has never wavered. And because of this, we are very proud to be able to say that we hold four AA stars, an AA Rosette for our Silks Bistro and Champagne Bar, and regularly receive wonderful reviews from our guests.

Awards a plenty for 2016- we were proud to be named Modern Luxury Hotel of the Year 2016 by The Luxury Travel Guide, a Taste West Silver Award, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and an AA Rosette, let’s see what 2017 brings for us!

So when you are next in the area, do come and see us, walk in the footsteps of the Beatles and discover the magic within our grand walls.