Myself and my mother visited the St James Hotel for two nights towards the end of the illuminations.
Stuart and Hilary are very welcoming hosts and anything you needed was not too much trouble for them. The rooms were very nice and clean and the service excellent. The meals were also very good though considerably fewer take their evening meals, which may be because the quoted price on the website states that dinner was an extra.
The only improvements either of us would suggest is a bit of music played in the background around the ground floor and dining room and to actually have the bar open for a set time, e.g. 8pm-10pm for instance rather than on request.
The only gripe that would probably put us off returning to the St James is that we felt that it was a little too quiet even when full (as it was on our final evening) However, that is something which is beyond Stuart and Hilary's control.
For £32.50 per night DBB during the Illuminations, we certainly felt we got value for money.More