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Whiteways Guest House
Ranked #79 of 83 Penzance B&B and Inns
Penzance, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Not suitable as a base for an enjoyable vacation”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

On the positive side, the lady running this establishment tries to be helpful, yet uses the absence of her partner, Gary, as an excuse for problems to remain unresolved. The location could hardly be better for access to Penzance station. The town is accessible via a short walk. If a full English breakfast is your style then you will not start the day going hungry. Heavily discounted through third-party booking agencies which makes this venue only just viable for a forced overnight stay.

On the negative side, the kitchen is neither enclosed nor adequately ventilated, so there is a constant unpleasant aroma of the deep fat fryer. The rooms appeared to be recently redecorated yet to a very amateurish standard which gives an uncomfortable and pitiful impression. The DIY maintenance is worrying and doesn't look entirely safe. Cleanliness seems not to be a priority but this venue could not be described as filthy.

Whilst this bed and breakfast would not be recommended to a friend or colleague, armed with the above information, an emergency overnight stay could be tolerated.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2013

The room dirty and tiny not enough room to swing a cat, and there was one there wandering around. Bathroom dirty and black mould covering thw shower walls and the windows. Wall paper coming off the walls , very cramped. On entering the guest house there was a nausiating smell of grease from cooking. Dining room very dirty, the table covers were paper and not very clean at that. The carpet in the hall thread bare and stank of cats.The male owner looks like a tramp dirty and unkempt. certainly would not go there again. This guest house needs shutting down.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

booked for a week but with in an hour i had had enougth. the room was small dirty and smelly .the owners stank of booze and gary the male owner gets very aggressive when you complain. this place should be shut down. needless to stay i went next door to the longboat which was 10 out of 10

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2012

STAY AWAY!! STAY WELL AWAY!!! As soon as you walk in you are met with a damp mouldy smell, The interior is grubby looking like a dss bail hostel. DO NOT book the £25 single room!!!
The bed was absolutly knackered , the slightest movement and it made noise, the mattress was in a appalling condition. The onsuite was so small i couldnt sit on the loo properly. All the furnishings and fixtures look old and totally worn out, It is without a doubt the worst place i have ever stayed at!!!
Quote from another guest " This place should be closed down, I don't know how the tourist board have let them keep open so far, This place is a nightmarish hovel "
Spot on
Ps Dont be fooled by the pictures online, they lie about the condition of this place

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

This B&B is overall quite good in my opinion. The location is very convenient, just one minute from the train station. The house owners are very nice and welcoming. I am especislly impressed by the full-day breakfast offered!!

Yes, the room may be a little bit small (I lived in a single room), but I dont think it is dirty. The smell from the kitchen definitely needs some improvement, but apart from that, everything is great!!

What can be asked for more under that reasonable price? =)

  • Stayed December 2012
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2012

I had booked and paid on-line based on the website. My mistake was not touse Tripadvisor!! Arrived mid-afternoon to have the splendour of the Greasy Spoon. Entered the dingy corridor and shown up to our single rooms. The were clean but that was about it. Old and tired linen, very offputting "dining room", greasy unappetising breakfast menu. Decided to just leave and forgo the money we had paid out.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2012

The location of this B&B could not be better as it's less than 5 minutes away from the train station. The room I had on the whole was comfortable, and looked like some effort had been made to update it. Breakfast was excellent and I could not eat all of it, my eyes where bigger than my belly. The lady who greeted me was friendly enough. Some areas still need attention and I'm sure this will be done in time. I would stay again as on the whole it was not a bad visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Whiteways Guest House
Address: 1 East Terrace, Penzance TR18 2TD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Penzance
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Ranked #79 of 83 B&Bs / Inns in Penzance
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Hotel Class:2 star — Whiteways Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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