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“Good Value Family Stay”
Review of Chy-An-Albany

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Chy-An-Albany
Ranked #8 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
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Devon
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9 reviews
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“Good Value Family Stay”
Reviewed 22 November 2012

We stayed in Room 7 (deluxe sea view with balcony) on the first floor. This was our second stay at this hotel & in this room. I booked direct with the hotel for a truly great rate for our stay.

The room is great for us as a family of four as there is plenty of room for the very comfortable king size bed & 2 singles for the children. There are also 2 armchairs & a coffee table for the children to sit & do colouring etc. The bathroom is large & was spotlessly clean. There were nice biscuits & water in the room along with a good choice of teas, hot chocolate & coffee. The heating in the room & the bathroom is controlled from within the room which is very convenient.

The view from the room is amazing across the Porthminster Beach and out to sea, on a good day it would be lovely to sit on the balcony but at the beginning of November we didn't do much more than pop out to have a quick look! The balcony is big, right across the front of the hotel & shared with another room but with each room having its own area with table & chairs. I would love to try it out in the summer...!

The breakfast was plentiful (mostly buffet with a few menu options too) and good and we had an excellent bar meal. We found the waiting staff at breakfast & in the bar to be really helpful, friendly and efficient. The reception staff were also very helpful. The only thing that knocked this review down from 5 stars to 4 stars is that the hotel could do with another member of waiting staff during busy breakfast service. The two people working at breakfast when we were there could not possibly have done any more but could have done with another pair of hands to help out!

It is worth so much to have car-parking so near the centre of St Ives. The car park at the back of the hotel is a good size & easy to get to. The walk down to town & back is about 15 mins, maybe a bit more on the way back as it is pretty steep. The Porthminster beach is only a 5 min walk away down the hill.

All in all I would heartily recommend this lovely, spacious room in this hotel with friendly staff & great breakfasts. A great base to see St Ives from :)

Room Tip: Get a deluxe balcony room on the first floor for an amazing sea view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

we have now stayed in this hotel four times and each time every thing is perfect .The buffet breakfast is superb nothing is too much trouble This time it was perfect and a little bit more, due to some medical problems, we had to get paramedics out on the saturday eve the hotel made no fuss and phoned them for us , everyone was extremely kind and helpful it made the upsetting episode much easier ,we booked another trip while we were there bliss

Room Tip: go for deluxe suite well worth the money for the extra room , beautiful views & lovely large bed...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2012

This fabulous hotel is situated above Porthminster beach and enjoys stunning views across the bay. We had a refurbished room at the front of the hotel which was a good size, very clean and well furnished. The bathroom was large and had a bath and shower. Very comfortable and warm with adjustable heating. Plenty of toiletries, tea/coffee/biscuits supplied. |The one downside was that the towels although clean and changed every day were a funny faded colour)
Breakfast was a ffeast with plenty of choice and well cooked.
On site parking was free and plentiful which is really important in St Ives. The harbour is a 15 minute stroll downhill. The walk back would be hard for anyone with mobility problems but we did notice a bus went close by. Would def book this hotel again.

Room Tip: front of hotel is a must for the views
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

I loved everything about Chy-An-Albany. The room was comfortable and cheerfully decorated, with excellent facilities. The atmosphere in general was wonderful and the staff were welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed the location and views of the ocean and will definitely be returning in the new year! Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

St Ives is a nightmare for parking, so this hotel is on the road into st Ives, so a walk down into town is about ten minutes, and tests your fitness when you return up hill, so be aware of this if you have mobility issues. It's a real shame that there were no local beers on tap, with so many great brewers nearby. Breakfast was good, an easy buffet style, so you won't go hungry.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Had a lovely week in St Ives staying at the Chy-An-Albany. Nice location and spectacular views. We had a seaview room (well worth the extra cost) and this was very spacious and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the buffet-style breakfast plentiful and nicely cooked.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a seaview.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate UK
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

Down to St Ives for a wedding, stayed at Chy - an - Albany, a nice hotel, walking distance to town centre, friendly staff and excellent breakfast.
Only minor downside was room temprature controls made no difference, radiator stayed on permanantly, and the Bathroom was 30inches by 100inches and had a shower, sink and loo in it !

Room Tip: Room 2 has small bathroom, but room size is good.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chy-An-Albany
Address: Albany Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St Ives
#5 Family Hotel in St Ives
#7 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Chy-An-Albany 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing comfortable accommodation with every amenity you would expect from a luxury award winning AA 3 star rated Hotel in Cornwall. The Chy an Albany occupies a wonderfully elevated site with magnificent views overlooking Portminster beach and St Ives Bay in Cornwall.Only a short walk into town and with ample free off road car parking.The hotel provides an ideal base to explore St. Ives and its renowned Tate Gallery, as well as the quaint harbour side, cobbled streets and collection of beautiful beaches that have captivated artists and tourists for over a century. The hotel is also just a short walk from the train station at the bottom of the hill (approximately 3 minutes). The new 'Lighthouse Bistro' is an art-themed restaurant, showcasing a wide range of art from local artists. The gallery-style restaurant offers contemporary dining using the very freshest local vegetables and produce, fish straight from the sea and Cornish made cheeses alongside exotic foods and wines from around the world. ... more   less 
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