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“New Year break” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel

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Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel
Ranked #14 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“New Year break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

Had a lovely break in this friendly hotel. Very convenient for St Ives. We paid a bit extra for a sea view room which was wonderful. The bathroom could do with updating but the room was large, warm and comfortable. The service was great, food lovely and overall extremely good value for money.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank carole s
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Good to hear that you enjoyed the New Year break with us, heres hoping that you have a good 2014 and hopefully we may see you again for further new year celebrations.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

We have just spent Christmas at the Bay St Ives and we upgraded to a sea view room. The view from the hotel is lovely. However the room was in need of updating the bathroom was compact especially the shower which was tiny and hard to get in and out of. The hand basin in our room was badly cracked.The tv was an old fashioned portable and only had 5 channels. The food was edible but not great and small portions. The food is waiter served but slow.Christmas dinner the roast potatoes were deep fried not roasted. Another night the sauted chicken was steamed and anemic looking. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The entertainment was very poor and had no Christmas party atmosphere in fact we felt it was like being in an old folks home. The hotel has lots of steps and is not wheelchair friendly.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank 650paul
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
We were very busy at Christmas and we received very positive comments from the guests and on the completed comment cards. This is also reflected in the numbers who have rebooked for Christmas 2014.
I worked throughout the festive period and I saw all the meals go out, many guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food and service, especially with the festivities Santa etc on Christmas Day.
Refurbishment is being carried out as I write this review and as you can imagine having 85 bedrooms this takes time.
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llandudno
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Having been reccommended by the reception staff at the Broadway Park Hotel in Sandown I booked 5 days next March 2014, and on receipt of an email from Shearings decided to have a weekend there on the Turkey and Tinsell break. It is a pity that Shearings sent us down there in a 10 year old coach which was better suited to local travel than having to endure 8 hours on an old banger, the seats were very hard and uncomfortable, and in consequence my wife and I are still trying to recover from aching backs, what a shame!!! The break apart from this was fantastic, everything in the hotel was up to and beyond what I have come to expect from a Shearings break. The Manager worked tirelessly together with all the staff to ensure our enjoyment, The driver Phil is worthy of a special mention, and the chef is also worthy of a special mention as he catered well for my diatory requirements and all the meals could not be faulted. I am now looking forward to my next visit, but if the coach we are allotted is anywhere near as ancient it will be my last ever with Shearings, (no blame whatsoever on the hotel or the driver)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Peter B
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Its great to hear that your dietary requirements were catered for and that you enjoyed the meals. My team will always try to ensure holiday enjoyment whether its Turkey and Tinsel, Summer breaks or the NEW for 2014 CELEBRATION BREAKS for the early season. Why not give one of them a try.
Hope you have a lovely real Christmas and hope to see you again in 2014. Thanks very much.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Just returned from 4 day break, you get what you pay for which was fine with me..
Staff couldn't do enough for you, very helpful, view from my room was fabulous, had a veranda, food hot and plentiful, hotel warm clean and inviting ..(too warm, radiator in my room wouldn't turn off and It was a tiny room with no window..had a veranda but couldn't keep that open all night..)
I had a lovely stay only negative was I was locked out on my 1st night there.i got back to hotel at 1am but didn't get in till 1.50am....took night caretaker 50 mins to let me in...I was ringing doorbell and ringing hotel for almost an hour before he appeared....
Besides that it was a lovely cheap and cheerful break....

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank julieparr
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
During the night time hours the night porters have to do regular security and fire checks around the hotel. It was unfortunate that it took him a while to get back to the front desk as they are aware of people still out by the keys left at the reception for collection on return.
Good to hear that you enjoyed the break with us and thank you for writing this review.
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stourbridge, west midlands
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60 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Just back from 3 night break at The Bay Hotel , nice friendly staff, we upgraded our room to bay fronted sea view which was both wonderful views and very comfy and clean. Plenty of lovely towels and extras in room. Nice tv well worth the upgrade. Food was lovely and very good choice and piping hot. it was a 'Turkey and tinsel' weekend and did feel it could have been a little more festive in the atmosphere but still had a lovely weekend. A short walk down hill to the wonderful little town of st ives, very pretty. Trips out with shearings were good only complaint was the time went too quickly!! People with mobility problems may have a problem walking up the steep bank and steps but the taxi rank is not far away or the bus station.

Room Tip: Ask for sea view , well worth seeing the sunset and sunrise!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank margaret96
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 3 December 2013
Now that you have had a taster of St Ives maybe you would like to come back for a longer stay maybe in the spring for example. There are trips which are Monday to Friday and in the summer months the coach tours run Saturday to Saturday.
The staff always try to assist whenever possible to ensure holiday enjoyment and I feel that they make the hotel what it is, a friendly place to stay.
Thank you for writing this review.
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

On behalf of my Mum im writing this, this was a last minute booking with shearings for my Mums birthday! Mum mentioned she was short of breath when trying to reach her room as she is very ill at the moment and was immediately upgraded to a beautiful sea view room! Pure luxury she said! Thankyou for making my precious Mums weekend perfect for them!! X

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Julie C
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 3 December 2013
So glad that we were able to make the weekend special for your Mum's birthday celebrations. I hope that she has some special memories to keep hold of.
Its was a pleasure to look after you both.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a turkey & tinsel Shearings 5 day break at this hotel.
After an 8 hour journey from Warrington we were very pleasantly surprised when we finally arrived at our room at about 6.45pm. We had paid the supplement for a sea view when we booked (which incidentally I think is a rather expensive extra but we like to have a sea view), and the room was lovely and clean and quite spacious with a small flat screen tv which had a very good picture. As expected, the view from the bedroom window over Porthminster Beach was superb. The hotel was the same as most of the Shearings' hotels which we have stayed in which are rather dated and in need of a lick of paint. The food was, however, excellent and we both agreed that it was the best we have had in any of the many Shearings' hotels we have visited. Also, the evening entertainment was very good, especially the magician who entertained us on 'Christmas Day'. The only comment we would make on this aspect of the holiday is that the room where the entertainment takes place is not ideal because of the lift which virtually separates the room into two halves and seems rather odd! The hotel is within easy walking distance of the beautiful harbour of St. Ives but the walk up the hill back up to the hotel is rather taxing! On the last day we found the footpath across the road which led into the town and this was a much preferable route as you don't have to negotiate the narrow pavements and the busy traffic on the narrow roads. The staff at the hotel were very helpful, especially Craig, the Manager, who helped me to log onto my tablet using the free Wi-Fi which was available there. Overall, we have had a very enjoyable break in a beautiful area of the country.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Ellen M
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gm123stives, General Manager at Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I am only too happy to help out whenever possible.
Its good to hear that you enjoyed your pre Christmas break. Hope the real one is good and Santa is good to you.
Thank you for writing this review.
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Property: Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel
Address: The Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BP, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in St Ives
#11 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay St. Ives Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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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