This March The Atlantic Hotel will celebrate 125 years. Our iconic Hotel has been part of Newquay’s skyline since 1892. Read on to discover the history behind our Hotel, including opening woes, patriotic duties in WWII, and our part in The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour”
The Atlantic Hotel’s Grand Opening in 1892
After The Cornish Hotel Company acquired a lease for 10 acres of The Beacon, 1890, the Council approved the development due to the decline of the pilchard fishing industry, and recognising that there was a need to expand the holiday trade, and bring money in Newquay. Designed by architect Silvanus Trevail, (lovely Cornish name!) the Atlantic Hotel was one of the first purpose built, luxury hotels in Newquay, containing more than 100 apartments. The grand opening in 1892 unfortunately coincided with a vicious outbreak of Scarlet Fever in the town, which reportedly saw visitor steer clear. The hotel worked hard to build it’s reputation, and it did not take long for the iconic Hotel to become the jewel in Newquay’s tourism crown.
WWII- The Atlantic Hotel’s Patriotic Duties, and very exclusive makeover
The Atlantic Hotel was turned into a hospital during WWII helping injured soldiers recover back to health. Once the patients were ambulant, they wore bright blue uniforms with white shirts and red ties, and were allowed into the town. The hotel was re-opened later in the year, following some alterations. 1935 saw the cocktail lounge decorated and furnished by the world famous Harrods of London in 1935, and the re-opening saw over 400 guests attend.
The Fab Four on the Magical Mystery Tour
Famous faces have often enjoyed a stay at The Atlantic Hotel, including the Beatles in September 1967, the fab four stayed for 3 nights whilst filming footage for the Magical Mystery Tour. Reports are that The Beatles created the cover for their album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Atlantic Hotel.
A new ownership, hard work, and awards
The Atlantic Hotel was bought by the current owners, the (Late) Mr Cobley, Mrs Cobley, and their daughters, Lorraine and Claire in 1986. The family have invested in numerous extensions and alterations over the years to present, from extending the ballroom and creating a sun terrace and gazebo, to most recently, the complete refurbishment of their indoor leisure facilities, including sea view indoor pool, hot tub and steam room, and the addition of The Ocean View Treatment Room, now open to non-residents. The four star hotel has 57 Sea View bedrooms, with a mix of suites, superior rooms, and classic doubles. The Art-Deco theme, and panoramic views certainly ensure that guests will enjoy real luxury from the moment they arrive.
Hard work, commitment and quality of produce saw the resident restaurant, Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar awarded the first AA Rosette in Newquay in 2014. The awards have kept coming, including Taste West Awards, and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Atlantic Hotel was also awarded “Modern Luxury Hotel of the Year 2016” by The Luxury Travel Guide. There are many exciting plans ahead, but one thing will remain: the warm welcome, luxurious surroundings, and a commitment to provide locals and holiday makers alike with luxury surroundings, and first class service.
Cheers to 125 Years!