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.

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.

Harrods of London were famously brought in to design and furnish the cocktail lounge in 1935 ensuring that guests were able to relax in the most stylish, chic surrounds.

The Atlantic Hotel played host to The Beatles for 3 nights during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour, in September 1967. The Atlantic was hit by “Beatlemania” with thousands of fans desperate for a glimpse of their idols. A very lucky few holidaymakers and locals even got chance to star in the movie, with scenes of beautiful girls in bikinis being chased around the clifftops and outdoor swimming pool by character “Happy Nat the rubber man”

In The Complete Beatles Chronicle, author Mark Lewisohn noted that the band originally intended to stop in Newquay for only one night.

He wrote: “After considerable private discussion, in which they weighed up the merits of either moving on to a new hotel each day or staying put in one location and using it as a base, they opted for the latter alternative and decided to remain at the Atlantic for three nights: Tuesday to Thursday.”

In 1986 the current owners, 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.

Luxury four star standards were maintained and improved on, an extension and spacious Balcony Suites were added, and the addition of now AA Rosette Restaurant Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar, indoor leisure, spa and treatment room (all looking out to sea of course!)

We’ve played host to many celebrities over the years, including Frank Bruno, Roger Daltrey, Fred Sirieux (from First Dates!) and many, many more celebrities who may not wish to be named. 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.

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.