I had wanted to stay at the Pedn Olva since I was a girl of 16 (many years ago), when I could only look at the place from the beach and marvel at how swanky it looked. Well, I got around to it this year and I was not disappointed. We had a super greeting at reception from Jane, who was brave enough to lug my enormous case up the stairs. The room was small, but that didn't matter, as we had a balcony with the most incredible view over St Ives Bay. The bathroom was lovely with a good shower. The heated pool and loungers overlooking the beach are a delight. The quality of the food is excellent and the breakfast buffet is one of the best we have ever experienced. The only small downsides were firstly, the slowness of service both at dinner and at breakfast. Breakfast didn't bother us unduly, as we were happy just to sit and admire the view, but the man on the next table to us complained, got up and walked out! Secondly, the balcony was not completely private, being open to next door, which meant we didn't feel we could leave the door open at night, but we supposed this was because of fire regs? I have noticed from other comments that parking can be a problem, but I cannot comment, as we have friends in St Ives so we were able to park at their home and were given a lift to the hotel. I want to come back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pedn Olva, with the sea only thirty feet below and flanked by golden sands, is founded on blue-black granite rocks on the southern shores of St. Ives Harbour and Bay. Contemporary, romantic and breathtaking are but a few ways to describe the Pedn Olva, with its 29 distinctive bedrooms, restaurant, bar, terraces and outdoor heated swimming pool that make it an ideal stay for a getaway break, special meal or relaxing lunch. The plethora of windows facing the sea allows our guests to be as close as you can get to floating on the sea without leaving dry land. A safe haven for watching winter storms in front of a granite open fire, or seeing dolphins and seals playing in the bay from our sun drenched terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pedn Olva St Ives
- Pedn Olva Hotel St Ives, Cornwall
- Hotel Pedn Olva