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“One of St Ives' Hidden Gems”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chy-An-Albany

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Chy-An-Albany
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
“One of St Ives' Hidden Gems”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

We recently held our wedding day at the Chy-an-Albany, from the ceremony in the morning to the last dance in the evening. It was an absolute pleasure from start to finish.

The staff were friendly and incredibly helpful; nothing was too much trouble. And because their attention to the smallest detail was nothing short of staggering, their in-house restaurant - The Lighthouse Bistro - underwent such a stunning transformation, it easily exceeded our expectations!

We have visited The Lighthouse Bistro several times previously to gauge the quality of the food and portion sizes. Each time, we have been impressed. The meal sizes are incredibly generous, while the quality of the food is simply phenomenal, and remains so even during busy periods. You really have to try this place for yourselves! Because of its slightly out-of-the-way location, it's a pity the restaurant can't pick up more foot traffic, as the exquisite food, prompt and friendly table-service and the beautiful view of the bay makes this restaurant one of St. Ives' hidden gems.

The rooms are comfortable, well appointed and very clean.

Would we come here again? In a heartbeat!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

We stayed as a family of 4 in a Deluxe Sea View room on the 1st floor with access on to the shared balcony (Room 7) for a very reasonable price. The room and the bathroom are both very large with plenty of room for 2 adults & 2 children. Even with the extra bed in the room there was still plenty of space for 2 armchairs & a coffee table - great for children to sit at to do colouring etc. The room & bathroom were both clean and the heating can be controlled from within the room. The view over the bay is amazing & the room was well furnished. We found the breakfast very good with lots of choice. The staff were friendly and helpful. There is an additional large car park at the back of the hotel if the one at the front is full, the back car park was actually easier access for unloading / loading the car. The hotel is well positioned within the town, looking over the Porthminster Beach with its fantastic Porthminster Cafe restaurant just 10-15 minutes walk. The train station is also right above this beach & convenient for the hotel. The Chy-An-Albany is not a totally smart boutique hotel but we found it to be clean, friendly, well-equipped and good value for a family stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed a stay at this hotel for the first two weeks in October 2011. We found the hotel quite by chance by Googling. My! What a find! We were given Room 27 on the 2nd Floor which was a Superior Twin Room with Sea View. The room measured approx. 20' square with three large windows overlooking Porthminster Beach and St Ives bay. There was a 6' double bed and very rare, two lovely comfy armchairs (staying two weeks we appreciated this extra!). We booked B & B and only ate in the restaurant a couple of times. We are not big "fish eaters" and the menu tended to be mostly fish dishes (not surprising, being in St Ives). However, there are plenty of eateries in and around St Ives. The decor of the room was excellent, bedroom furniture of a good standard and the bathroom with natural light had a sparkling white suite. The staff were very friendly & helpful - especially Sarah, thank you!. On arrival, the lift was out of order when we arrived on the Saturday (until the Monday) but Sarah helped us with our luggage up to the 2nd Floor! Breakfast is of the buffet nature which was fine. Plenty of variety as well. A real bonus for a hotel in St Ives was the large car park at the rear. Yes, if the hotel was full, it could be a bit tricky - but we always found a space. All in all, one of the best 3 Star Hotels we have stayed in. We wholeheartedly recommend this hotel and would have no hesitation in staying again. Thank you Chy An Albany!

Room Tip: Room 27 on the 2nd Floor can be highly recommended. It is a Family Room. It has a 6' Double plus...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

Booked this hotel as parking was free and cancellation was 2 days as we weren't 100% sure we were going to be able to get away. The hotel was positioned away from the harbour, and as stated was 10 minutes walk away. As previous reports say, you need to be reasonably fit! Parking was tight and when the hotel is fully booked, will be a premium. The room we had was quite small, but clean and compact and very quiet. Coffee/tea making facilities were available, and hand soap, shower gel and shampoo were provided. A good selection for breakfast was available. Didn't eat in the hotel in the evening. Would stay again

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2011

Booked this hotel at short notice on last minute .com so for us it was fantastic value, others had paid a lot more and perhaps the hotel wasn't special enough to justify the normal rates.
Staff very friendly, and helpful, our TV had 'no signal', it was sorted in minutes , we were buying some local produce and the receptionist arranged for our ice blocks to be frozen.
Plenty of car parking space is a big plus. The walk down to the sea front is easy but seems longer on the way back especially after a meal and a few drinks.
Room and En-Suite a little small but otherwise very good.
The self service breakfast is great with a good selection of food and good coffee.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2011

The hotel was a little worn The bathroom was tiny. You could hardly wedge into the shower and we are not particularly large. The price I thought was a little high. The place was carpeted. I personally hate carpeting, because it feels moldy and dirty to me unless it is pretty new. The bed was very clean as was the room and most of the help was very nice.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

Stayed in a single room, perfectly fine and clean. Staff friendly and lots of choice and breakfast. Well placed away from the noise.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Chy-An-Albany

Property: Chy-An-Albany
Address: Albany Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 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 — 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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