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Where to Stay in Newquay - From Clifftop Hotels to Thatched Cottages

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In Newquay, you’ll find plenty of B&Bs, apartments, guesthouses, and hotels with sea views. Staying close to the beach is a must for many visitors. If you want to stay on the outskirts of town, but close to Newquay’s sights, consider scenic villages like Watergate Bay and Crantock.

Town centre


Newquay’s town centre sits on the coast, within walking distance of many beautiful beaches. You’re a short walk from the harbor, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and pubs, and never far from a scenic sea view. Towan Beach is a 2-minute stroll from the centre, and if you want to explore other parts of Cornwall, many rooms are close to the bus and train stations.


Some central, family-run B&Bs and fishermen's cottages offer views across the harbor and bay. Many hotels and apartments overlook the beach and Atlantic Ocean - or you can stay in small guesthouses tucked away from the busy streets.


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If you want to stay close to Newquay but are looking to make the most of the region's rugged coastal landscapes, Pentire is a 10-minute walk south of Fistral Beach. Its setting on the peninsula means most accommodation commands views of the Atlantic Ocean, the beach, or the River Gannel.


Large hotels look out over the Atlantic Ocean, while apartments with glass-fronted balconies are within a 5-minute walk of Fistral Beach. Restaurants with accommodation above are perched on the edge of steep granite cliffs, and you’ll find friendly guesthouses overlooking Crantock Beach and the River Gannel.


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Beachside accommodation


Headland Road leads to Fistral Beach, a famed surfing spot. Porth is a 5-minute drive from the town centre and perfect for families thanks to its flat beach, cozy pubs, and cafés. Hotels on Narrowcliff seafront overlook Great Western Beach and Tolcarne Beach, and you’re less than a 5-minute walk from dipping your toes in the soft sand.


Modern apartments and small hotels line Headland Road, while Porth has family-run B&Bs and apartments with balconies and sea views. Farther out from Newquay, in villages like Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth, there are family-friendly or adult-only hotels within walking distance of vast sandy stretches.


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Countryside accommodation


Green landscapes lead down to cliffs that drop to the Atlantic Ocean, and dotted along Newquay’s coastline are small, quaint villages that boast their own beaches. Crantock is a family favorite with a large beach, pubs, and old thatched-roof cottages, while Holywell Bay is perched above a beach with steep sand dunes. Cubert is a charming village a 3-minute drive from Holywell Bay. Quintrell Downs is 2 miles from Newquay and has good access to the A30, as well as a grocery shop, a train station, and 3 pubs.


Cozy guesthouses and B&Bs are plentiful, and old cottages with low-beamed ceilings sit in the heart of villages. Apartments offer lush countryside views from the back and shimmering sea vistas from the front, while converted barn accommodation is great for families, larger groups, and dogs.


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