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Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Although we stayed in the nearby self catering accomodation - which is basically unchanged since I reviewed it in March - we took the opportunity to quickly look at five or six of the bedrooms in the hotel. Previous reviewers had described these as being ;shabby' but some have now been refurbished (part of a programme) with good quality furnishings and fittings and in very tasteful colours. A very nice touch is the fact that the various flat roofs and odd areas which some bedrooms overlook at the back have all been cleared and tidied up with well tended pot plants giving a very pleasant outlook for all rooms.

The new entrance / reception area has some odd touches - upward lighting on an outside step - but the various public areas offer a variety of spaces and some fine views of the beach.

Apparently the next generation of the family owners now run the hotel and have made some very noticeable improvements. Vegetarian food dishes in the hotel dining room still slightly disappointing (though very friendly and helpful staff)

Our ratings, below, refer to the self service accomodation rather than the hotel.
Carbis Bay station is close by, up a steep incline; if coming with luggage by train a taxi back from St Ives station is an option as this is a very scenic train line.

Room Tip: The six s/c units offer a variety of accomodation and outlooks but, unfortunately, it is quite difficult to work out which is which unless you have previous knowledge. Unit 3 is spacious but has no view / glimpse of the sea. Many of the hotel bedrooms have fabulous sea views.
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11  Thank Observer2908
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We have been coming to the Carbis Bay Hotel at least once, sometimes twice a year. Christmas and New Year is a particular favourite holiday. The two children (12 and 16) love it. The hotel has always maintained it's family approach and the staff are always friendly. The restaurant is always a special experience 5* food througout the day. On top of all this it's got a private beach. Hate going home!

Room Tip: The private appartments are extra special......
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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15  Thank Cliff S
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

Our running club decided to try this hotel for our annual awards dinner so stayed there for the night . Our room was spacious , very nice and with a lovey sea view . A nice deep bath , comfortable bed and very well presented .
We were a party of 105 and we were served like we were 10 ! The service was extremely efficient , the staff polite and the food both hot and delicious .
James in the bar was great !
I cannot fault a thing about the hotel and their staff are a credit to them .
Breakfast in the morning overlooking St Ives bay was wonderful .
I've lived in Cornwall all my life and if I was asked to recommend a place to stay here I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the carbis bay hotel . It's right on the beach , it's a 25 min beautiful walk from St Ives , it's a top notch hotel with great staff .
And here's the cherry on the top - it's not that expensive !
I've stayed in £350 per night hotels that are not a patch on this one !

  • Stayed: December 2011
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5  Thank Captaincraigy
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

We have visited the Carbis Bay Hotel twice before and enjoyed the experience very much. The thing that stopped us visiting more often was the thought of driving down ( 220miles )particularly if the weather is bad. Then we read about the train ( the Paddington/Exeter/Penzance express. We joined the train at Reading and had a very relaxing journey on both ways.There was not much difference in time or cost between driving and train. We managed very well in St Ives using public transport to get to Zennor and Gurnards Head. We could also have gone to Truro and Penzance using public transport if we had had a longer stay..
Our room was lovely with a small balcony opening onto the garden. The bed was very comfortable and had a duvet which is so much better than blankets. The bathroom had a great power shower and there was a kettle and cups in the room. We had taken our Christmas cards to write in peace and quiet - my friends were so jealous about that ,and we managed to write them very successfully in the conservatory particularly when we indulged in a cream tea!. The breakfast was excellent and the evening meal always delicious - we were spoilt for choice with a different menu every evening.
Every thing was good quality from the handwash and hand cream in the cloakroom, room, the hairdyer,sheets, pillows, ( 4 ) duvets etc. Now we have sussed out the train journey we will be back soon. There have been some very stylish renovations since our last visit which add even more light and space.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Katharine186300
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

Staff friendly and helpful, food excellent, location unbeatable. To add to this it's an easy and cheap train ride into St. Ives from the station behind the hotel, a group of 4 adults can do the return trip for only £4, the journey only takes a few minutes, alternatively you can walk to St Ives along the coastal path in about 25 mins. Our room was excellent and included a sea view, we saw seals from our room during rough weather.
All staff must be coplimented, from the Reception to the Bar to the Restaurant they were all excellent.
Two things stop me from giving full marks, on the Friday night I think the hotel could have done more to control the hordes of children from a wedding reception who were running noisily around all floors. I also think that £4 for a pint of beer is excessive.

Room Tip: Stay on 2nd floor, if the stairs aren't a problem (there are no lifts), this means you will be further away from the noise of any function that might be on.
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14  Thank oldbrummie
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