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Cottage Hotel
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

External appearance is unattractive, certainly not cottage like. A modest hotel, with a lovely outdoor heated pool. Inside is fine for this type of hotel, its not luxury but reasonably homely. Popular with coach parties and the elderly. Rooms were average - perfectly adequate. Breakfast was not buffet, and for vegetarians very ordinary and unimaginative, clearly prepared on a tight budget. The seaviews were good from our top floor room. Otherwise lacks 'wow' factor. Nevertheless, enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank summersunshine48
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

enjoyed a three night bed and breakfast break with family members the staff are excellent especially sue on reception the rooms are spotless also the sea view. the swimming pool is lovely like swimming in a hot bath and a good size pool. did not eat in the evening but it is very convenient for the train into st ives. we would definitly go to this hotel again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank neil78
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

just home from a weeks coach holiday . staff very experienced and friendly . when we arrived after a 16hr trip ( yes 16hrs ) we were still given our 3 course meal albeit fruit salad , then cold ham or chicken salad plus a sweet , so very well done to all concerned . the biggest let down when we arrived at 11 15 pm was that the bar was closed, LOTS OF ANGRY PEOPLE so were unable to get a small refreshment . rooms were spotlessly clean on arrival and was kept up for the whole week . food was very enjoyable with great choices for all needs . the biggest downfall for this hotel was the location. although only 11/2 miles from to st ives it was impossible to walk as most of the coach party were senior citizens and yes the station was practically nxt door to the hotel the walk down wa hilly too . my husband likes a wee walk but apart from st ives ( by train ) there was nothing else to walk to , even if you were able it was all up and down hills . we enjoyed our stay but entertainment needs to be a little bit updated and i'm a senior citizen too . on only 1 night did 1 of the acts ( phil lately ) get the guests involved . ps late arrival was because we were stationary on the m/way for more than 2hrs because of serious accident so that was un foreseen . once again very well done to the very friendly staff .

Room Tip: don't go if you're unable to walk well
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank betty105glasgow
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This hotel is in a fantastic position overlooking Carbis Bay. The view from our room was the best we have ever had in England if not the world! The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. It caters for coach parties so there are a lot of elderly guests there but there were some younger people too. The food is good - it is part of a group with nationwide menus so you don't tend to get fresh seasonally avaialble food but even so it was very nice and cooked well with a good choice for vegetarians. The service at dinner was excellent. There was entertainment every evening for the older members of the party, and a lovely heated outdoor pool for the younger ones. The beach is down a steep hill but is accessible if you are reasonably fit. You can catch the train into Sr Ives it only takes 5 minutes - be aware though that fares are return if you buy from ticket machine! £1 each way excellent value.
All in all a highly recommended hotel for families especially for a cross generational holiday.

Room Tip: It is worth paying supplement for sea view, I think we paid £80 for a lovely big room with wide picture windows looking over the bay.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank DerbyNursetraveller
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Just returned from our trip to the Cottage Hotel. Well, it's a very interesting place indeed! The hotel is located in the cliffs, overlooking Carbis Bay. Carbis Bay is beautiful (hence why we stayed there) and is well worth a visit.

The reception staff are friendly and the room was ok-ish... It was very dated and old fashioned. The hotel is mainly populated with elderly people who arrive on the coaches, but even so, I really do believe that the guests would appreciate a re-vamp! Once you get to sleep, however, you are awoken during the night by a stampede of elephants up stairs! The floor boards are loud and creaky and you are woken up every time someone leaves their room. We also had no hot water on our first night which was another drag,,,

Now, the food... I read that the chef needs to be 'commended'! This is certainly not the case. The chef ought to be sacked! The food was truly hideous- remember disgusting school dinners? These are worse! The food is standing around on the hot plate for hours on end and within five seconds it's on your table. You would be impressed- until you tasted it! On the first night (we were unfortunate enough to be half board!) we ordered the roast leg of pork with vegetables. What we were served was fat covered rounds of frozen meat (two of them) with frozen roast potatoes and frozen vegetables which appeared to have been boiling for a week. On the third, I ordered the Chicken Breast with Diane Sauce. Again, the chicken was so tough that I would have had to have taken my saw to the table in order to hack off a bite sized chunk. When I finally gathered the strength to taste it, I almost lost my teeth. I asked for a glass of water and was told by the waitress that I would have to get my own from the other side of the dining room- when I got up to get it, I saw her standing around gossiping. My advice, don't drink at dinner- you'll need to use your car to drive to Tesco to get a sandwich! Don't eat there. It really is the worst food we have ever had.

Overall, the location is why we went there as it is really beautiful. We are young and fit and can handle the cliffs. This is a real bonus as I worried about the residents falling down! Every evening we strolled down the hill to the Carbis Bay Hotel which is really, really lovely. There, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine over looking the bay- but it's pricey to stay at.

Eat out and take your car so you can travel around. Don't stay in the hotel except to sleep and definitely never eat there!

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank anzebar
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