The Old Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole, West Cornwall – closed since June due to fire damage – has been named ‘Seaside Hotel of the Year’ by Good Hotel Guide 2020.
Published today (7 October), the guide reported that despite the temporary closure of the 14-bedroom Old Coastguard hotel, the editors awarded the recognition to the hotel because it is an “outstanding” property.
The Old Coastguards entry in the guide said there has been much praise for the hotel this year, describing it as offering a “buzzy dining pub” with “classy bedrooms” and “friendly and attentive service.”
The Old Coastguard, which is due to reopen early next year, has been run by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin since June 2011 as a sister hotel to the Gurnard’s Head in Zennor and The Felin Fach Griffin near Brecon.
It is also one of the 10 hotels to be presented with the César award, named after hotelier César Ritz, awarded by the editors of the Good Hotel Guide, for demonstrating “excellence in their field”.
The co-editors of the 2020 Guide, Adam and Caroline Raphael, together with travel writers Joanne Symons and Ian Belcher, included 36 new main entries and an extended shortlist section with 50 new entries.
Charles Inkin, co-owner of The Old Coastguard, said: “Since we started our little business in 2000 in Wales, the Good Hotel Guide has been the printed hotel guide that means something to us.
“Essentially, a César recognises the excellence of our team, who continually amaze us with their dedication and their understanding of the real meaning of hospitality.”
Other winners of the César awards include:
- Newcomer of the year: North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight
- Country house hotel of the year: Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow
- Irish B&B of the year: The Quay House, Clifden, County Galway
- Scottish luxury hotel of the year: The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll and Bute