We have just returned from St Ives after staying at the St Ives Harbour Hotel for four nights. This was our first visit to this hotel and we wanted to see how it compared with the sister Sidmouth and Christchurch hotels - and we were not disappointed. The receptionist who dealt with us upon arrival (and departure) was called Joy and she was very efficient and helpful. We paid for a superior room with a sea-view and were allocated room 107 which had the most gorgeous views across St Ives Bay as well as St Ives railway station about 200 feet below. The room was a good size with a three windowed bay with superb views. You could just sit and look out of the window all day! However, the room could do with greater wattage light bulbs because it was a bit dim in the evenings, especially if you wanted to do some reading.
The en-suite bathroom was also a bit small and some general tidying was needed. However, a good point was the shower. It had the power of Niagara Falls and the bath waste could hardly cope with the deluge!
The dining room has wonderful views as well, and by being early birds we were always allocated good tables adjacent to the windows. Tom, the restaurant supervisor, greeted us in the dining room at most meal times. He has a very pleasant personality and ensured that the restaurant was smooth running at all times. We looked forward to and enjoyed all our breakfasts and evening meals. There were several creative dishes on the menu, and overall, we thought the food was excellent. We must congratulate the unseen chefs. A three course meal with coffee afterwards took just over the hour to be served and this is largely due to the efficiency of the waiting staff. They were all very pleasant and professional. We give top marks to Jordan and Sam.
So, the hotel met and exceeded our expectations and we also enjoyed the use of the swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The only slight niggle is the car parking arrangements and really, this is a problem for all the hotels in St Ives where space is an issue. You temporarily leave your car outside the hotel and the friendly porter has to park your vehicle in a dedicated (new) two storey car park across the road with the upper storey accessed by an internal lift. It can take some time to get your vehicle out of the car park at peak times so you need to factor this delay into your plans. Alternatively, you can just ignore your car and use public transport whilst on your stay - like we did. The bus stop is only yards from the hotel and the train station is accessible down a small path. It makes for a more relaxing holiday and you have the indoor swimming pool to look forward to on your return.
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel and will definitely return providing that we have a similar room with a sea view!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is directly above Porthminster beach, a position which gives stunning views across the water. Watch as the waves lap against the famous Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance and feel your troubles disappear. Explore the local harbour, as you meander through the cobbled streets, and then return for dinner at the Harbour Restaurant, serving up seasonal and local food, along with stunning sea views. The Harbour Spa will provide the perfect hideaway, as you indulge in a soothing treatment and then unwind by the pool, gazing out to sea from the comfort of a deeply relaxing and luxurious Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porthminster Hotel St Ives
- Porthminster St Ives
- St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa St Ives, Cornwall