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Chy-An-Albany
Ranked #8 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This short break proved very enjoyable. We booked late and the only way they could accommodate us was for us to change rooms during our stay. This was no problem as the staff did everything for us. Both rooms 25 and 4 had sea views and could not be faulted, Both rooms were spacious and clean.
The breakfast was always hot and plenty of choice, amount and good quality produce.
The evening meals were sublime, this chef would hold his own in any five star establishment. We had a meal on the first night intending to eat out in the evenings for the rest of our stay, however the quality and presentation was to such a high standard that we stayed in for the evening meals and did not regret this choice. The quality could not be beaten and was certainly reasonably priced and the presentation of the food would put an artist to shame.
All the staff were pleasant and helpful throughout our stay.
We are looking forward to returning in the future and would recommend without hesitation.

Room Tip: The rooms with the seaview are well worth the extra money,
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Barry S
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Just returned from a short break at this hotel, chosen for the views from the bedroom. A lovely comfortable bed and plenty of drawers/hanging space. Loved the wide window ledge where you could sit, overlooking Porthminster beach. We did have the deluxe room. The only negative was the cold bathroom which would have benefited from an electric towel rail as at this time of the year the towels stayed wet. The lounge/bar needs improving with maybe a bigger bar and more comfortable seats. There is the room for a pool table. Excellent breakfast and a first class evening meal. Staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

My wife and I just spent a most enjoyable four nights at this hotel, having found our way to the rear car park easily thanks to the hotel's good directions on its website.

We were made to feel extremely welcome at every level and at every stage. Having negotiated our way to the back door with our luggage, we found it held open by a member of staff who just happened to be leaving the building, and he said "Welcome." A chambermaid whose arms were already pretty full of linen then stopped to ask if we would like her to help us with our bags down to reception. We were warmly greeted at reception and given all the information we needed. This excellent treatment continued in the restaurant and bar, so for example when we went back one day in the early afternoon and found our room hadn't been made up, the chambermaid almost immediately tapped on the door to apologise for the fact that she was still on her rounds. All the staff were friendly, polite and generally a credit.

We had breakfast every day. It was excellent. If the hotel wasn't at all busy, an order was taken for hot food. Otherwise, there was an extensive hot buffet to add to the numerous cold items laid out, but you could still order other hot food such as smoked salmon, kippers, or muffins with ham and spinach, all at no extra cost. The two evening meals we had were as good as or better than the two we had more expensively down in the town. The chef could be destined for higher things but if he leaves it will be a loss.

We paid for a de luxe sea view room on the first floor, and we loved the views. It came with a large balcony with table and chairs although we hardly went out there in the February weather. The room was clean and well decorated and equipped and, like the en suite bathroom, pretty spacious. The mattress might have seen better days, as if gave off a resounding "boing" when you turned over. There was tons of storage space. I only noticed the hairline cracks in the bathroom floor tiles after three days.

Quite a bit of refurbishment seems to have taken place since some reviews were posted, and we certainly wouldn't call the hotel dated. We found the bar and lounge jolly pleasant.

The grounds and approaches might be a problem for people with walking difficulties.

We have hardly ever given anywhere we've stayed a rating of five, but this was a high four. We would have no hesitation in returning or recommending this hotel to friends.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Made use of this hotels "three for two break". It is a very comfortable place to stay. In human terms I would say that this hotel is of "middle age" but it is spotlessly clean and well presented. The breakfast was particularly enjoyable in a room overlooking the bay. The lounge offers similar views and is very relaxing. I did not avail myself of the evening meal as I thought it a tad too expensive for me.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank THATFOODIEMAN
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Returned to this hotel in Feb courtesy of their winter saver. You pay a reduced room rate,stay for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free. We stayed in a deuxe double with a glorious view of Porthminster Beach and beyond and a large terrace with seating. Our room was not ultra-modern but the bed was very comfortable and the furniture perfectly adequate. A lovely sized bath with shower, good-sized towels and supplied with hand-wash,shampoo and shower Gel. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and always polite. The heating in the room was good with personal thermostatic control. The breakfasts were varied and very good(no burnt toast)and with a help yourself buffet style presentation you wont go hungry. Its on the hill as you enter St Ives with a walk of about 10 to 15 minutes to the centre of town and if you dont fancy the walk back a taxi costs around £3. We are not an overly fussy couple and it is our opinion that this hotel easily meets our needs and more. We have already booked for later this year and we are eagerly looking forward to our return.

Room Tip: The Deluxe seaview rooms are well worth paying a bit more for
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank chilidave
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Hotel was recommended by friends.We were not disappointed.Upgraded to the lodge by the hotel and it was superb.It can easily accommodate 6 adults having 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin.The staff could not have been more helpful.I would recommend this hotel to anyone and as for St Ives is there anywhere better to go for a break or holiday anytime of the year.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view room you will not be disappointed.
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stayed at the Chy an Albany during a windy January weekend. We paid extra to get a larger sea view room at the front of the hotel and it was quite expensive but we wanted the upgrade because didn’t fancy a small room. The furnishings and décor aren’t that modern but the room was very clean and comfortable. The view from the room was great and the hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Food wise we only ate the breakfasts there and not the evening meals but they were very good.

Overall it’s a lovely hotel and we had a very enjoyable stay. I would definitely highly recommend this hotel and St Ives in general which is one of the top locations in Cornwall in my opinion.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank rncwhite
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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:
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
#7 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
Price Range: $83 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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