We recently visited the St. Ives Hotel, St. Annes for a short break. We have stayed at St. Annes many times, but last visited the St. Ives approx. 14 years ago. We had a disappointing visit at that time, but thought we would give it another go.
Our bedroom was on the first floor [there is now a lift available to this floor]. It had a lovely sea view and both bedroom and bathroom had been fairly recently refurbished, they were clean, comfortable and still in reasonably good decorative order.
There has been a lot of refurbishment going on at the St. Ives, over the years, but some areas are still desperately needing worked done, in particular, the swimming pool and snack bar area are both very shabby.
There is a well equipped games room, with a pool table, air hockey, table tennis etc. The games room always seemed to be occupied by a large group of older children who did not appear to use the facilites, but made it difficult for other guests to use them.
The Pier Restaurant was run by an efficient and hardworking manageress . The staff were very pleasant and hardworking, but very few of them spoke much english. The food served in the restaurant was of excellent quality. There was plenty of variety for both breakfast and the evening meals. However, [inspite of the excellent food], we felt the meals were not the most relaxing /enjoyable experience, due mainly to the restaurant being totally self service, and the tables needing to be cleared and reset for the next sitting of guests, so we did feel rather hurried.
We only visited the bar/ballroom area of the hotel once [as this was also the smoking area & there was quite a lot of guests who did smoke]. It was disappointing to find the majority of the childrens entertainment took place in this area. We don't smoke & one of our children has quite severe asthma, so this excluded us from the family entertainment.
The entertainment/Disco went on until quite late on the second night of our stay, and the room we were occupying was almost above the lounge bar/ballroom and therefore very noisy. We didn't mind a little muffled noise, but it did sound as if the disco was actually playing in our bedroom!
The children seemed to enjoy themselves, they did appear to have the run of the hotel, [at all times] but to be fair it was the half term holiday when we visited, so this was maybe to be expected. This could easily be a really excellent hotel, if the excess noise and smoking issues were dealt with.
We did enjoy this visit rather more than our previous visit [14 years ago], but smoking and noise were the main problems then, and still are now, so this is an area where things have not improved.
Note: Possibly banning smoking until the family entertainment has ended, and advising guests if there bedroom is likely to be in a 'noisy' area of the hotel, would go a long way to solving the main issues. [It would certainly have solved our problems].
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- Also Known As:
- St. Ives Hotel Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire
- St Ives Lytham Annes