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“Brilliant Hotel Break” 5 of 5 stars
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Chy-An-Albany
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Albany Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BS, England   |  
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Ranked #10 of 25 Hotels in St Ives
Plymouth
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Brilliant Hotel Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It was our second time at Chy An Albany
and we were not disappointed it was as good as the first time
Rooms were clean and very comfortable with excellent tea and coffee making facilities, the food in the evening restaurant was absolutely superb worthy of 5 stars, breakfast was a huge range of very good quality food and the bar area was relaxed and friendly
Staff were friendly and helpful

Room Tip: rooms with sea view were brilliant
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My husband and I stayed for only one night to do some research in St Ives for a holiday we are taking with friends in December, which will be based in Carbis Bay.
I was extremely impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of all the staff. The free parking was a great bonus especially as the hotel was near enough to walk into the centre of St Ives. Our room and the hotel was extremely clean and fresh looking. The breakfast was excellent and considering the low cost of our stay, I was very impressed with the choice of hot meals cooked to order. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel if you are looking for a great priced and good quality stay somewhere with no pretentions

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beds
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22 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

At least once a year, work seems to take me into the Cornish peninsula, with St Ives being such an attractive location. One always tries to find reasonable hotels to bring my wife and daughter along.

Chy-an-Albany is one such place; it is by no means the ritz nor is it fawlty towers ... Reasonably priced they were more than happy to co locate our rooms.

Breakfast is "not bad" accommodation nice, whilst parking is a challenge,me felt that this hotel is one that we could return to.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We had a pleasant stay in the Chy An Albany. I had been worried about how easy it would be to find, knowing what the roads in St Ives are like but it is easily located as you come down the hill as you enter the town. We were lucky to get a place in the car park at the front but the instructions to the rear car park (having checked on a map) seem fairly clear.

The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The hotel itself is an older property and therefore does have little corridors going round corners etc - the rabbit warren I'd read about in another review. However its not THAT big and you dont have to go far. The decor in the corridors wasnt to my taste but its not unpleasant (green carpet, peaches & cream walls).

The room was nicely decorated and seemed fresh. It was very clean. We had a twin room and the beds were comfortable and the heating controllable. There was a hairdryer, tea/coffee/biscuits (no chocolate), TV etc. The toiletries are in bottles attached to the wall (handwash, shampoo/conditioner and bodywash). The shower was good and easy to get the right temperature. The only slight problems were that the bathroom did smell just slightly (might have been a leaky pipe outside), bathroom was a bit cold, and we did have a problem with the heater making intermittant noise in the night (a kind of metallic drum noise) but we informed the staff of this in the morning so hopefully it's fixed. I think we were in room 15 but not 100% sure of that. This is a room with a very limited view but we werent there for the view.

The breakfast is good and they are happy to cook poached eggs for fussy people like me. My daughter enjoyed the nutella.

The location is good. It is a little walk into the centre - and be warned it's a hill so not great if you have limited mobility. Its also a bit of a dash to get over the road from the hotel to the footpath into town (its on a bit of a bend and quite a busy road). We were visiting friends at the other side of town and it was an easy and pleasant walk through the centre.

All in all based on the price we paid, the comfort of the bed, the location and the staff I'd stay again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My young son and I stayed for a couple of nights here at the beginning of half-term and it was very comfortable. The staff are friendly and pleasant and seem to enjoy what they are doing. Our room was a bit of a tight squeeze, but it was clean and fresh.
The location was perfect for us as the walk into town was no bother at all. The only thing I'd ask the hotel to do is try and put some more light on the steps from the road up to the car-park after dark.
The breakfast buffet was plentiful and the breakfast room has perhaps one of the best views in St Ives - absolutely glorious.
After a walk around the town after breakfast (the hotel has a log of suggested walks from the hotel - a great idea) we came back to use the lounge for the afternoon. Another couple made use of the bar, but it would have been good to have had some tea & coffee making facilities in the lounge of an afternoon.
All-in-all, a lovely stay in St Ives.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Got a late booking at the Albany for a 2 night break. Lucky enough to get the last sea view balcony room. The room was spacious and comfortable with great views over the bay. We had an excellent, freshly cooked evening meal at a reasonable price, and the breakfast was very good. There was plenty of parking at the hotel, the staff were friendly and helpful so all in all a very comfortable stay. Only 2 minor comments, first the pillows were a bit too firm for our taste and 2nd, it is a steep walk down to the sea front so may not be suitable for the less mobile. Still at £67 a head for dinner B&B at half term in St Ives it is well worth a visit

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great spot easy parking . Staff very helpful and ten min walk to harbour if that . Restaurant very good but a bit pricey especially as restaurants in town so reasonable . Breakfast is really good . Room was quite small but clean bathroom was really cold though . Please fit radiator :) will definitely recommend

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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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Additional Information about Chy-An-Albany

Address: Albany Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in St Ives
#11 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chy-An-Albany 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing comfortable accommodation with every amenity you would expect from a luxury award winning AA 3 star rated Hotel in Cornwall. The Chy an Albany occupies a wonderfully elevated site with magnificent views overlooking Portminster beach and St Ives Bay in Cornwall.Only a short walk into town and with ample free off road car parking.The hotel provides an ideal base to explore St. Ives and its renowned Tate Gallery, as well as the quaint harbour side, cobbled streets and collection of beautiful beaches that have captivated artists and tourists for over a century. The hotel is also just a short walk from the train station at the bottom of the hill (approximately 3 minutes). The new 'Lighthouse Bistro' is an art-themed restaurant, showcasing a wide range of art from local artists. The gallery-style restaurant offers contemporary dining using the very freshest local vegetables and produce, fish straight from the sea and Cornish made cheeses alongside exotic foods and wines from around the world. ... more   less 
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