On arrival with National Holidays end Feb 2012 manager got on coach and introduced himself which was nice touch. Driver Andy very knowledgable and sociable.
I'd requested room accessible by stairs (can't take lift/claustrophobic) and with sea view and got a room with balcony (not many of these) - the view was perfect - hotel just across road from beach/sea which could see from my bed through the window!
If view important to you I would suggest paying the extra to get one as many people on my trip had poor views and not very well located rooms.
Unfortunately was terrible stench in the room on entering it and others said same on my floor-but once in there the nostrils adjusted - until went out and came in again!
Also rooms were not soundproof, so if not listening to entertainment downstairs you have no choice but to listent to it in your rooms! The floorboards creaked too, you could hear people moving about upstairs and next door.
Furniture and hotel tired looking (except dining room and public areas downstairs which looked fresh and cleaner. On stairs there was tape at 2 points holding carpet down or joins, but even the tape didn't match, one being stripey other plain-so gave a 'can't be bothered' attitude.
Food was reasonable with a 3 course menu on entry to dining room as well as on tables. Staff work very hard and are very welcoming.
Thought the vouchers idea was a good one-you can use them throughout the day (a new rule in force to reduce binge drinking apparently!) can even take the drinks to your room. However, on day 2 they ran out of white wine, so wasn't very impressed with this.
Hotel is in good location for the town - though St Ives is bit hilly so perhaps difficult for less mobile. In my opinion hotel not disabled friendly as there are lots of steps and going down to dining room to and limited lift available.
Despite my negative comments though, the St Ives bay does give value for money. You get what you pay for. I'm more used to upmarket hotels and of course paying lots more for the comfort and privilages. So for a cheap 5 day break away, b & b, evening meal, super view and a day trip and 1/2 day trip I paid under £200. The 4 vouchers per day to use was plenty so didn't need to spend anything at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an elevated position overlooking Porthminster Beach, this welcoming hotel commands stunning views across the bay. St Ives is renowned for its fantastic beaches, picturesque harbour and bustling streets full of interesting boutique shops. Bay St Ives Hotel is in a perfect location only a short walk to most holiday attractions. With open plan lounges to enjoy the views whilst listening to the evening’s entertainment, a break here is truly relaxing. A courtyard is open spring and summer for alfresco seating and you’ll be able to sample the wonderful light that has made St Ives such a mecca for painters and artists. For the more adventurous, St Ives makes a wonderful base for visiting many of Cornwall’s finest sights and attractions. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel St Ives, Cornwall