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Hotels in Cornwall with EV charging

Planning a trip to Cornwall in an electric car?
Hotel Meudon, hotel in Cornwall with EV parking

Planning a trip to Cornwall in an electric car? You won’t need to fret about running out of juice if you base yourself at one of these hotels in Cornwall with EV charging

Hotel Meudon, near Falmouth

Tucked away on Cornwall’s south coast a stone’s throw from Falmouth, Hotel Meudon is a hidden-gem for holidaymakers who want to punctuate walks along the South West Coast Path with lunch at some of the region’s top dining destinations.

The contemporary hotel, which was refurbished and relaunched in 2021, is surrounded by eight acres of sub-tropical gardens leading to a private cove. Start your day with a dawn dip before a revitalising full Cornish breakfast in the garden-view restaurant. The day’s explorations start at the garden gate, from which the coast path ventures east and west, and finishes with a sumptuous meal back at the hotel.

Number of chargers: 2 | Kw: 7 | Connector: Type 2 | Complimentary for overnight guests

St Moritz Hotel, near Rock

Located in the “culinary triangle” between the foodie hotspots of Rock, Port Isaac and Padstow, this Miami-inspired hotel is perfectly positioned for those wanting to restaurant hop along Cornwall’s north coast. Although close to the culinary action, its luxe Cowshed Spa and peaceful setting on a quiet stretch of coastline mean it’s also a popular destination for a restorative break.

If you don’t fancy driving to dinner, book a table at St Moritz’ Shorecrest Restaurant and leave your car to charge. Jonathan Dome leads a team of talented chefs who put local seasonal ingredients to good use in a bill of classic dishes such as Cornish mussels with white wine, cream and garlic, and sea trout gravalax with citrus, dill sourdough, and apple and celeriac remoulade.

Number of chargers: 4 | Kw: 20 | Connector: Type 2 | Pay at charging station

Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay

Cornwall isn’t short of hotels with fantastic sea views, but it’s hard to beat the seascapes that guests at this destination hotel enjoy from their bedroom windows. Perched in the rocks above Watergate Bay, the hotel of the same name is a favourite with surfers chasing waves, families seeking seaside fun and couples pursuing quality time together.

Guests have plenty of dining options, ranging from smart Zacry’s Restaurant to the relaxed Living Space, all of which deliver crowd-pleasing dishes crafted with seasonal Cornish fare.

Number of chargers: 10 | Kw: 7.4 | Connector: Type 2 | Pay at charging station

Read our review of Watergate Bay Hotel here.

The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

This iconic hotel overlooking St Mawes harbour is a luxurious base for those wishing to explore the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Unique contemporary design, comfortable bedrooms and a waterside terrace tick all the boxes for a chic Cornish retreat.

Executive chef Dorian Janmaat has built a fantastic reputation for The Idle Rocks’ restaurant, so it’s well worth booking a table for dinner in advance to sample the likes of Cornish gin-cured trout with taramasalata, citrus and Exmoor caviar, and roasted Newlyn cod with harissa couscous, cashew, Cornish saffron and yogurt.

Number of chargers: 2 (1 Tesla, 1 Universal) | Connector: Type 2 | Complimentary for overnight guests

Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

Guests who travel to Scarlet in Mawgan Porth by electric vehicle receive 5 per cent off their room rate. Other sustainable initiatives at this luxury eco hotel include a solar-heated indoor pool and grey water from showers and baths diverted to flush toilets.

The hotel’s nature-inspired spa is a huge draw and features a outdoor natural pool (cleansed by a living reed bed), clifftop barrel sauna, steam room and meditation space. The pièce de résistance is the alfresco hot tub tucked into the cliffside, which can be booked for private sessions.

Number of chargers: 4 (2 Tesla, 2 Universal) | Kw: 22 (3) and 7 (1) | Connector: Type 1 and 2 | Complimentary for overnight guests

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