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Pedn Olva Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   West Porthminster Beach, St Ives TR26 2EA, England   |  
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Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in St Ives
South West England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“What a location...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

This hotel is a bit special, so if you are in the West Country and have the chance to stay go for it. We have stayed at the Pedn Olva several times over the last few years, tried other St Ives hotels, but always come back, this speaks for itself. Spotlessly clean rooms, nearly all sea facing, some with balconies. Delicious breafast, friendly staff. Go sleep with the sound of waves gently lapping below and the lights of St Ives twinkling across the harbour.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

In the evening, when we arrived, we could just enjoy a discrete dinner in the hotel restaurant and the warm atmosphere of the lounge. We got a room with balcony, quite small but very well furnished. The bed was like a soft hug overnight. A big window separated us from the ocean, it was late so no landscape to admire, just darkness outside.

But at the first lights of the day a spectacular view wake us up and we felt like being in the right place to live a unique morning.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Just returned from the Pedn Olva and I must say I was very impressed! Managed to get an amazing deal on Laterooms at the end of last year for room only at under £50 for the night so decided to give it a go. On check-in we were told we had been given a comp upgrade (being a Thursday straight after Christmas I suppose they were quiet). What an upgrade it was - a spacious room with big windows right over the rocks and the sea - couldnt believe how close it was! We ended up sitting in the room for 2 hours with a drink just admiring the view! Excellent room facilities for a 3 star hotel, staff frienfly, and the bar warm and inviting with its modern open fire. Excellent location and only a couple of minutes from the main street. Only downside is that the walls are very thin, so we were awake from 6.30am as the room next door was a family with small children, but it is an old building so can understand the problem. Overall really liked it and will definately look to go back again soon.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We arrived by train and stayed three nights in a room with a balcony and so had all the benefits of the location. The sea roared all night which was marvellous- shut the door if you want it quietened! We would have liked a security chain on the sliding door so it could remain open all night and yet be secure (the balcony was shared). The room was fairly small but satisfactory - most importantly, the bed was very comfortable, there was a small but adequate 'wardrobe' space, a working television set, armchair and space for the cases and, of course, the balcony with chairs and a table. The bathroom was tiny, a shower and lavatory in one space with the hand basin outside in an alcove in the bedroom. I chose to think we were given this because of our slenderness...but then again, perhaps not! If you are a reasonable size you will want to make sure that you have more space than this facility allows. We found it snug but fine - and the shower was terrific. We enjoyed the breakfast combination of buffet fruit, toast and muffins etc with a hot meal that could be ordered. We also had dinner at the restaurant and enjoyed the food and service. The bar snacks were also a fine feature. However, it does have to be made clearer when the kitchen closes. We missed out on a hot snack but the dessert menu that was still on offer included a cheese platter that was readily available, generous and very pleasant.

The facilities are generous - seating for the bar near the ocean and inside, similar arrangements for breakfast/restaurant and a comfortable area for guests. We found everything clean and although there are some signs of age we did not find it unattractive.

Most imortantly, the staff were pleasant, well informed and efficient.

We would stay again. Next time I would phone the hotel rather than using an internet site as the cost per room was the same.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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southerner in yorkshire
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7 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

We've just spent Christmas at the Pedn Olva and here's our thoughts. Yes, the hotel is very expensive but it was the festive period and the location is simply spectacular. There was nothing between us and the sea which we used to drop off to sleep whilst listening to. Breakfast and Christmas dinner were really good and drinks reasonably priced for type of hotel and area. Room was quite small but well maintained and clean. Overall, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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devon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

I think this place is trading on its stunning location. Its disappointing because it wouldn't take much to make it a much more luxurious stay eg new carpets, cleaning the toilets properly etc.we had to keep the door to our ensuite closed because of the awful smell.This smell put me off eating in the dining room as it didn't inspire confidence in the hygeine of the place. Having said that the breakfast was great and the staff were good.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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79 hotel reviews
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

The Pedn Olva has been on our list of "places we'd like to stay" for a while, but has always seemed a little on the pricey side, and the TripAdvisor reviews have been a bit mixed.
Anyway, we found a good off-season deal, so gave it a go.
The location is simply spectacular, overlooking the harbour to one side, and Porthminster beach to the other side.
We'd booked a double, but got a family room, which was very nicely decorated, spacious and had amazing views across the beach. During the night, the gentle sound of the waves lapping the beach outside was a delight!
Tiny bathroom, but a nice deep bath and an excellent over-bath shower.
The public areas have the feel of a nice pub, rather than a traditional hotel, but no criticism. And the views are fantastic!
Excellent breakfast - particularly the "Full English" which was good and hot.
The "self-service" toaster needs a re-think, as the toast comes out half-toasted and causes a bit of a queue at peak breakfast time.
No free parking, but a pay-and-display car park directly behind the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pedn Olva Hotel

Address: West Porthminster Beach, St Ives TR26 2EA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St Ives
#5 Family Hotel in St Ives
#7 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pedn Olva Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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