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Our history

Five generations of exceptional service from the Young Family

Our beautiful hotel in Newquay was established by Howard and Minnie Young in 1927. Their endeavours were so successful that just 7 years later, in 1934, they were able to expand the hotel to its current size. In those days, guests could only book for a one week or two week period and, of course, all guests were expected to “dress for dinner!"

When the party years of the 1930’s were brought to an abrupt end by the start of World War 2, the hotel played it’s part in the war effort by becoming a second home to the evacuated pupils of Benenden School.  Despite the absence of playing fields, hockey and lacrosse continued - on Tolcarne Beach! 

We joined the Best Western Group of hotel’s in 1993. Since then, the hotel continues to be a unique and independently run hotel and is currently managed by Howard Young, the great grandson and namesake of Hotel’s founder.  To keep the past alive, some of the Art Decor interior has been retained and where needed, carefully restored.

You can read a history of the Hotel written in 2002 by Stuart Young when we celebrated 75 years. History by Stuart Young.

in 2017 we celebrate being 90 years young and would appreciate receiving your stories as we continue to update & expand our memoirs. Please send them to

Why "Hotel Bristol" - the hotel's founder travelled in Europe and found the best hotels were called "Hotel Bristol" plus he had lived in Bristol after getting married.

For more details of the history of the many Hotel Bristols around the world visit

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