I really cannot comprehend how the holiday is supplied at half board, at such a price, especially if you take into account the 4 free drinks a night. The room was very good, clean, refurbished, well heated, and the bed was very comfortable. It had a bath with a shower. The room had an amazing view overlooking Portminster sandy beach, out across the bay to Godrevy lighthouse. Early evening on the second day I was opening the wardrobe door when something caught my eye from the window. When I looked a dolphin (porpoise?) leapt out of the water. I was stunned, it was as close to me as it could get and still be in the sea. It moved away down the Portminster beach and then two leapt out together. There were more than two milling around but I could not tell how many. When I'm holiday I always look out to sea hoping to see something but have only ever seen the odd seal (still wonderful). I never expected to see one from my bedroom. The dolphins hung around long enough for my father and (when we went down early for a drink before dinner) other guests to see them. Food was good, with 3 choices and I was never hungry. We always sat at the same table which I like. For breakfast I was also pleased to see it was self service: starters of juice and cereals (porridge in my case). The only very minor issue is maybe to have a little more room between tables but having said that we chatted to our neighbors but then again if further apart it would not have been so easy to chat. I did wonder about the 'free' 4 drinks a night and what they meant as far as other guests it would attract but it was all very gentile and obtaining drinks was not a problem. There was a choice of Worthington or Carling for beer (a pint, note half is counted as drink). Other drinks that could be had are wine (glass) or spirit with a mixer. You are given a 'weekly' card that has days of the week with 4 circles underneath. The card has the drink options on the back. You can pay a supplement to get other more expensive drinks. The bar areas are recently refurbished and there was entertainment for 2 of the nights we were there that started with bingo (3 cards?) then a quiz and then the entertainment withsongs from the 50's onwards. Its not really my cup of tea - apart from Apache which was amazing - but they were very professional and the other guests (2 coach loads) appeared to really enjoy it. We were lucky with the weather being very mild with some sun and some rain. I walked over to Carbis bay and when I stepped on the beach it started to rain and when I stepped it stopped, but it was still falling over the sea - I'd never seen such an intense vista of green. St Ives is only 5 minutes from the hotel, either walked down the road or else down to the beach and under the single railway line (St Ives station below the hotel) along the sea to enter St Ives via the 'warren'. Here the houses almost hang over the sea and remind me of something very similar on the Greek island of Mykonos. I was talking to Caroline on reception about the lighthouse and she mentioned that Virginia Woolf used to stay just behind the hotel in Talland House (it is a very attractive building) and that her novel "To the lighthouse" was based her experiences here (wikipedia.org 'Many actual features from St Ives Bay are carried into the story, including the gardens leading down to the sea, the sea itself, and the lighthouse').
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an elevated position overlooking Porthminster Beach, this welcoming hotel commands stunning views across the bay. St Ives is renowned for its fantastic beaches, picturesque harbour and bustling streets full of interesting boutique shops. Bay St Ives Hotel is in a perfect location only a short walk to most holiday attractions. With open plan lounges to enjoy the views whilst listening to the evening’s entertainment, a break here is truly relaxing. A courtyard is open spring and summer for alfresco seating and you’ll be able to sample the wonderful light that has made St Ives such a mecca for painters and artists. For the more adventurous, St Ives makes a wonderful base for visiting many of Cornwall’s finest sights and attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel St Ives, Cornwall