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St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
Ranked #11 of 21 Hotels in St Ives
Jinzhou, China
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great place to recharge the batteries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2008

I stayed in mid November while researching St Ives early colony artists/ family and the main reason for choosing the hotel was that my grandparents had their wedding reception here in 1911.
Can't fault anything, and I agree with all the previous positive posts.
I had an excellent sea view room, (see pic if it uploads ok) very clean with nice finishing touches . Very comfy bed. Housekeeping staff friendly.
Service in the restaurant was excellent (some new staff being trained, so bread flying around the room, but who really cares)and a special mention definately to Lucy, who is knowledgeable and very attentive. The menu didn't change the nights I was there but there was plenty of choice and the portions were huge. Breakfast similarly a relaxed occasion and good choice to be had, half buffet half table service.
Large public areas and free wi-fi access in the lounge and some parts of the bar.
Location excellent, the walk up the hill working up the appetite for dinner and working off the delicious pasties had in town. Car park opposite very useful too.
Definately a good value for money hotel and though still a three star it has four star attributes. I will be back.

  • Liked — clean, efficient, great views, good vfm
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank johnniew
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2008

Stayed at the Porthminster for one night for a Christmas party. So I will give it a quick review.
Booking in was simple and quick with friendly reception staff and were given a side room with views over St Ives. The room was nice, upto date furntiure and electrical goods. The bathroom was modern but had damp patches on the walls and ceiling, the musty smell drifted into the room when the door was opened. If I was staying for more than one night I would have asked to be moved. The TV reception was poor but you don't come to St Ives to watch telly. The bar area was nice with a great view but the bar had no ice and the bar person found it difficult to get some. The breakfast was very good, the waiting staff were excellent and a great view from the dining room. You have to leave your car keys with reception as the car park is small and the cars are crammed in, a quick getaway may not be possible.
If the damp in the bathroom was removed and a little money spent on bringing the room and hotel upto a top notch standard I would have easily given this 3 star hotel 5 stars

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — damp bathroom
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bigwaverider9
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Harpenden
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2008

We 4 friends travelled to Cornwall from Hertfordshire, and arrived in heavy drizzle after 6 hours travelling. Very friendly efficient wecome from reception staff, who were happy to show us 4 alternative rooms when I wasn't completely happy with our given one,(gorgeous view of the beach below slightly obscured by next doors bay wall). Very happy with chosen room, and v. useful to have children's room adjoining for bags, extra boots etc.
Fabulous view of beach and harbour, and is it a coincidence the rooms are decorated in complementary colours?..pale turquoise and cream wallpaper matching the sea and sand outside. Excellent en-suite.
Delicious food from their new chef, particularly loved the divine soups, often disappointing in restaurants and hotels, and the service was friendly and personal throughout the hotel.
The building could do with some money spent on it as it is a bit shabby outside, but what a location!
I would love to take my grandchildren there, the under 5s go free!, and we could take advantage of the indoor pool which looked lovely.
Looking forward to returning some time in the future.

Thanks to all the staff, who are obviously really nice people who have been trained well.

  • Liked — The sea and harbour views
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travellerHarpenden
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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2008

I should say straight away that we got married at the Porthminster, so obviously we weren't 'regular' travellers and I may consequently be a little biased in my review.

The Porthminster is an old hotel with modern service and facilities. We were in the bridal suite which was fantastic: two rooms, two balconies, gorgeous bed and huge bathroom with a jacuzzi bath - and the view was breathtaking!

Highly recommend food and location but really, it's the customer care that was second to none. I've travelled a lot and these were some of the best staff I've come across. I won't bore you with every example of how staff went out of their way for us, but they obviously take customer care training very seriously. Even the housekeeping team were fantastic.

My mother stayed in a single room - quite small, but very clean, very well decorated, lovely bathroom, comfy bed and nice view. Her room was probably much more typical than our bridal suite experience! Also she can be tough to impress! However, she was very pleased with the room and faciities.

  • Liked — customer care
  • Disliked — not very accesible
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank retrogooseuk
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dorset
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2008

Spent 3 nights at the Porthminster as a base while walking the Portreath to Perrenporth section of the SW coast Path. A warm welcome with friendly staff, good food, excellent rooms (superb sea views). Left on the Sunday feeling much the better for the relaxing - if strenuous - break. A big thank you to all concerned - hopefully we'll be back.

Stayed October 2008
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Thank mrhamishmurray
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West Midlands
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2008

Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Porthminster. The hotel was of an excellent standard and the staff were very friendly. Although we'd booked a sea view room i was really amazed how fantastic the view was, looking right over the beach and we could lie in bed looking right at the sea.

The hotel is around a 5 minute walk down to the main shops and harbour and is also a 2 minute walk to the train station and and down the porthminster beach,

The staff in the restaurant were very friendly and would go out of their way to help you. The food was excellent and there was a variety of choice.

The hotel also has a pool and jacuzzi and although the pool was alittle cold, it definately was a bonus after a long day out walking around St Ives.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, great views and lovely food
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank em_uk025
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2008

I decided to take my girlfriend for an out of season trip to the seaside, and found this hotel on it's own website, we got a pretty good deal direct with them.The hotel is a little dated but immaculately clean. The breakfasts are really great with plenty of choice. We had a seaview room which was really tastefully decorated. Although, we found it a bit on the large side for just the 2 of us, it was more than good value.We also had a shower and a bath. Which was great. The new owners have recently installed large flat screen TV's in most of the rooms i had been told. These were absolutely great! There is a lovely indoor heated swimming pool. We did manage to use this most days.

There is a really comfortable bar/lounge. Where you can have coffee/ wine etc. This till late at night, and take in the breathtaking views. Town is only a stone's throw away, and at this time of year in the October sun was beautiful. We had evening meal on our last two nights, and wished we had stayed in every night. Both were immaculate. We never expected such quality from a 3star kitchen and desserts to die for.

All in all a fantastic venue to base any holiday from. And the staff made sure that nothing was too much trouble. Top marks all round!

  • Liked — The Food and views.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Banjo12
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Property: St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
Address: The Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in St Ives
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St Ives
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa is perfectly positioned directly above Porthminster beach boasting stunning views across the water. Watch as the waves lap against the famous Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance and feel your troubles disappear. Explore the local harbour, as you meander through the cobbled streets, and then return for dinner at the Terrace Restaurant, serving up seasonal and local food, along with stunning sea views. The Harbour Spa provides the perfect hideaway, as you indulge in a soothing treatment and then unwind by the pool, gazing out to sea from the comfort of a lounger! Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea, cocktail or light lunch on the alfresco dining terrace and soak up the sea air and sensational views. The 46 bedrooms offer complete comfort and some of the Superior Bedrooms have balconies - a perfect place to relax over a morning coffee with the papers or afternoon tea watching the boats sail by... ... more   less 
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