This is a tale of the fruitless search for a hotel with a family room in Penzance or Marazion where we could stay ahead of the Land's End 100 cycle sportif in October. And for those of you who like to read the last page the of the novel first, let me assure you that it all works out ok in the end. The Land's End sportif starts early and, although we live in Falmouth, we thought it would be nice to have a night in Penzance or Marazion ahead of the sportif so that we wouldn't have to get up at 5am to get over to the start, get registered and set off. So I start looking for a hotel with a family room. The Godolphin Arms in Marazion wanted (wait for it) £190 a night for a family room. REALLY???? Another hotel in Marazion was cheaper - ONLY £130 a night. So there's no way I'm forking out this sort of cash for a night in a hotel, off season, in Marazion. But then... a light bulb moment! Penzance Youth Hostel! We have had great success with Coverack Youth Hostel for short family trips (see my review of it from July 2012) and we bring fieldtrips to Penzance Youth Hostel every year. It was refurbished to excellent modern standards only about three years ago and now represents a really good value stay in Penzance in lovely surroundings, especially good for families. I camped in the grounds in the summer whilst cycle touring in the area and it was excellent. We booked a family room for £80. The room was large and comfortable. It was not ensuite but there were rooms that have ensuite facilities. The hostel itself is large, warm, and inviting. The bar/dining room is a great place to sit and eat, drink and hang out. We had an excellent meal in the evening: I had a pizza, daughter had tortellini, and husband had curry. It was cheap, plentiful and tasty. My daughter and husband reported that breakfast in the morning was also delicious (I had to go early to register for the sportif). Overall I can highly recommend this youth hostel. It is in a lovely spot, walking distance from the town centre, and is well run. It's a great place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Penzance Youth Hotel Castle Horneck
- YHA Penzance Castle Horneck, Cornwall