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“Best hotel stay in England” 5 of 5 stars
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Artist Residence
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   20 Chapel Street | The Georgian House, Penzance TR18 4AW, England   |  
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Ranked #14 of 88 Penzance B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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“Best hotel stay in England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is the most memorable, friendly and unique hotel I can ever remember staying in in England - fantastic value and really nice, accommodating staff. Perhaps it would be difficult for them to allow things like early check-in/ late check-out in peak season, but when we visited in October the staff went above and beyond to make our stay easy and enjoyable. Also the rooms and gallery were beautifully designed/ decorated and definitely worth seeing for people interested in art and design. I recommend going in off-season and riding bikes around the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Just back from Artist Residence, Penzance. Food amazing and staff really helpful. Their recommendations on places to eat made the mini-break too! Rooms very clean.

There's no parking at the hotel which is the only drawback.

Thanks for a lovely stay. I'm sure we will go back.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This hotel is so quirky that it is a pleasure to stay there. Art adorns the walls as soon as you enter and go all the way up the stairs to all the rooms. The dining room is in an eclectic style with a lovely atmosphere. The quay is 5mins walk away if you are travelling onto the Isles of Scilly as we were. There is also a small car park which is handy as the hotel is centrally located in Penzance. The rooms are individually decorated with a different room, we stayed in the nautical room. A pleasure to stay there!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

They set out to make a very average town centre hotel into something with class, and they succeeded. They should do tours so that you can see all the rooms, each of which has it's own artist-designed style. Ours was called Ephemeral, decorated in white, grey and silver with the odd splash of colour - lots of fun. Breakfast in the cafe was different too, with a menu that doesn't include the "full English" but does include Eggs Benedict. We parked outside overnight, but the waiting is limited, so we moved to a large pay and display at the bottom of the hill before 0930.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Artwork on just about every surface, a pleasant atmosphere, and friendly, helpful staff who are always smiling and chatty.
I was given the Ben Gray room which is tucked away in the attic, cosy as anything and has a great view of Newlyn and the Bay as well as fun, bright and cheerful decor courtesy of the artist for whom the room is named. The ensuite was clean and bright with a high-pressure shower, and a quality flat-screen TV was provided along with tea and coffee making facilities and bottled water (not to mention free WiFi, which is an essential in my book as I'm never more than a few feet from my laptop!)
The two-hour breakfast window (08:00 - 10:00) is a boon to lazy slug-a-beds like myself who struggle to get up in the morning, and the breakfast/lunch/gallery space on the ground floor is light and airy and very welcoming.
The only negative for me was that I found the bed uncomfortable - it was too soft for me - and therefore didn't get much sleep, but please don't let this put you off as it's purely a personal thing.
Overall this hotel is a real credit to Penzance - something different and well worth its room-rates. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

First and foremost, this is a 4 out of 5 review. This hotel (since it really is one) is //very// good and not your usual half-hearted affair.

Positives:
- Very friendly and helpful staff who really seem to like working there :)
- Wonderfully quirky design, fabulously mismatched antique furniture and crockery at breakfast. "Artists" room design is also a very nice added bonus.
- Good location in the nice part of Penzance (away from the pound shops)
- Amazing breakfasts
- Comfy beds
- Nice quality teas, coffees and water in the room

Negatives (sorry):
- Rooms are not so well noise insulated and we found it hard to sleep in the front overlooking the pubs (made worse by a sash window that didn't seal well). Thankfully we were moved to a quieter room at the back/side (No. 6).
- While the rooms are decorated by artists, some of them (5 & 6) could do with a lick of paint/new carpet, but worst than that both bathrooms we stayed in had slightly mouldy showers and the fit and finish was pretty basic. I wouldn't mind but prices were top whack (£105 a night) at the end of Sept. Hopefully a revamp is looming.
- Parking is tricky (but not as bad as I was expecting)
- Quite hard to find any staff at times, no matter how hard we rang the bell we couldn't get any drinks or an evening meal when we wanted, so gave up in the end.

Again //please// do not focus too much on the negatives as this is a very, very nice hotel :)

Room Tip: Rooms at the front can be noisy due to sash windows and two pubs opposite
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Me and my husband stayed here back in the spring - this time we brought my mom and dad along. It was fantastic. I highly recommend the room called the Picture Gallery - really lovely and spacious. The staff is wonderful - they can't do enough for you!

Room Tip: Both Dolly Divine and the Picture Gallery are lovely.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 Chapel Street | The Georgian House, Penzance TR18 4AW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Penzance
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 88 B&Bs / Inns in Penzance
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Artist Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on historic Chapel Street in the heart of Penzance in a Grade 2 listed Georgian mansion. All our rooms and apartments are individually designed. Our artist rooms feature funky murals painted on to the walls by local artists. Our house rooms are eclectically decorated in a vintage style with Farrow and Ball paint, reclaimed furniture and limited edition prints. All rooms have a flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and are en suite. Cooked breakfast is available in our newly refurbished dining area and is made using the finest local ingredients. You can also relax in our rustic neighbourhood restaurant. The Cornish Barn is open all day for hot and cold drinks and opens for dinner in the evening. Offering a menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian put together by chef Gareth Spencer using local Cornish produce. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Penzance train station making us the perfect base for exploring West Cornwall. ... more   less 
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