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“Classy Stay in St Ives”
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The Garrack Hotel
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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“Classy Stay in St Ives”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

I spent a couple of nights at this hotel located on a hill in St Ives with pleasant views down to the main part of town and beach. It's an older style hotel with plenty of character. I enjoyed the cosy public places and my spacious room with terrific bathroom. The AA rosette awarded restaurant as expected served very good food. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. It's a short walk from the centre of town but the plus side of this is that there is on site car parking. Wifi (free) works well in the public areas. Not cheap but does enough to justify the prices.

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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed for 2 nights mid week in January. Very quiet location with easy access to coast path and town. Room with sea view. Very good dinners, good value wide ranging wine list, and fascinating choice of gins. Helpful staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This was our third New Year at the Garrack, and we enjoy it even more each time. The friendly, family-run atmosphere puts you at ease from the moment you arrive, and the staff are friendly, efficient and relaxed with the guests. We take our dog, and as other reviewers have said, there is no trace of previous four-legged guests. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant or lounge, which I think strikes exactly the right note. The room we have used is large, comfortable, warm and overlooks the sea. What more do you need? However, there is also an outstanding chef and dinners in the hotel restaurant are a very enjoyable experience. On New Year's Eve, there is a festive dinner which is superb. All this, and the town in walking distance! Delightful, we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Everything one could desire in a small family run hotel including an indoor swiming pool.Not to mention the excellent rooms ,food,wines which is all brought together by the ever helpful staff. In my view if you are looking for excellent service in first class surroundings with privacy this is the place for you .

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

St Ives is home, and we wanted to go home for New Year. We knew of the Garrack's reputation but, most importantly, wanted to stay somewhere that was dog-friendly.

Three star seaside hotels located in traditional resorts can vary significantly, but we found the Garrack to be at the very top end of our expectations. The food, put simply, was quite exceptional. The staff were friendly and fun and clearly worked hard to lay on a great New Year's Eve. Throughout our stay, service in the restaurant was prompt and attentive.

Yes, properties like this right on the coast are a struggle to maintain, but our rooms were clean, light, well furnished and decorated and had great sea views. Our dogs were made very welcome and, unlike some places we have stayed, there were no traces of other dogs having previously occupied the rooms!

A thoroughly good experience and a restful four night break. We can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We went to the Garrack for a break before Christmas, so it wasn't too busy. The staff were all great, very helpful and friendly. We had a lager room with a wonderful sea view and also took the dog, so many long walks on the beautiful local beaches and coastline. The food was outstanding, the presentation was excellent as was the taste, the house wine was also very good and complimented the food. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: The modern annex has great views and leads out onto the garden, great for fresh air, fine sea views...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Returning for one of our many visits, we invited friends to join us because we were so confident that The Garrack offers real quality in the things that matter most. It is in a superb location overlooking St. Ives, the food is excellent and the house wine was remarkable. Staff are not just friendly and efficient: on New Year's Eve they were in fancy dress and did everything possible to ensure the enjoyment of guests. The bedrooms are generally pleasant and well equipped (but ask for a seaview room) and the leisure club, which serves excellent snacks, has a pool sufficient for swimming. The style is part of the appeal - family run, superb food and offering unpretentious excellence.

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Property: The Garrack Hotel
Address: Burthallan Lane, St Ives TR26 3AA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in St Ives
#3 Romantic Hotel in St Ives
#8 Family Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Garrack Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garrack Hotel and Restaurant. Small, quality 3 star hotel with stunning Atlantic sea views overlooking Porthmeor beach and the town of St Ives in Cornwall. Award winning restaurant, indoor pool, sauna and terraced garden for quiet relaxation. Private on-site car parking. 10 to 15 minutes walk from the harbour, town centre, beaches & coastal footpath. ... more   less 
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