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Reviewed 3 July 2014

I have never been to the Scillies before while my partner has been several times and she is always saying how wonderful the islands are. So the weather forecast was good and we booked at short notice. We chose St Mary's Hall mostly on the basis of their website and menu. We took the boat across from Penzance - I get seasick in the bath, but luckily it was very calm - and from the quay it is just a short ten minute walk (amble) to the hotel. From the outset, I knew we had made the right choice. You approach the hotel through the pleasant front garden. The main hotel is, as its title suggests, a Hall in the mansion sense. Inside most of the original features have been retained which creates a good ambience. Inevitably the old house has had to be extended to create the hotel, but this has been done to a high standard and the bedrooms and bar are smart and comfortable. We opted for the breakfast and dinner package as we had a lot planned during our stay and didn't want to be rushing out in the evening to find somewhere to eat after a long day. Anyway, the sample menu looked quite presentable. In fact, the menu changes every day according to what fresh ingredients the kitchen can get hold of. This in itself is a good sign, but nothing prepared us for the quality of the end product. In a word, stunning. Seriously, if you don't stay at the hotel do try and book a table for an evening meal. It is quite possibly the best restaurant on the island. On top of that, all the staff were lovely. Nothing was too much trouble, but we weren't over fussed. And the same at breakfast. The scrambled eggs and smoked sea trout is something else. And finally, Roger, the deputy manager, has to be mentioned in dispatches. Helpful, knowledgeable about the islands and, if it's humanly possible, he will sort it for you. So, to sum up, the hotel is smart but casual, has a wonderfully calm atmosphere (in keeping with the islands) and a restaurant that on its own makes the journey worthwhile. We will be going back. Soon.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Stephen2505
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

As part of a self catering deal we had a 10% discount on dinner including wine. The welcome was tepid as the staff seemed overwhelmed and we had to wait a significant time at the bar to order a pre dinner drink. Once in the restaurant service improved marginally which was a shame because the staff seemed to be doing their best, however the food was excellent, freshly prepared and most was locally produced.
In short very good food spoilt by so so service.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Barry I
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We so enjoyed our holiday at this delightful hotel..wonderful weather..very clean and comfortable bedroom..excellent food..friendly staff..relaxing public rooms..good atmosphere in bar and restaurant..pretty garden..oh and stunning sunsets..Thankyou Roger Mimi and Chef

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Mervyn P
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We booked our room last minute as we were over for a few days to crack on with some wedding planning. I was looking forward to staying here as the building is so grand and I always admired it when passing, and the website looked good.

On arrival we were met by Roger. I can't believe this is the same Roger who others have enthused over as, having just started speaking to us, he answered the phone without so much as an 'excuse me'. Still, it gave me time to admire the wonderful panelled entrance hall with a lovely staircase. I also had time to wander into the lounges which were cosy and felt really well finished. Once Roger came back to us we told him the hotel had been recommended for a wedding function to which he tutted, rolled his eyes and said 'we can do them... but they're a bit of a faff. You'd have to be done by 6 too for the other guests'. How to be made to feel welcome!

Still, onwards and upwards. We had a 'Godolphin' room which was the one from the picture on the website. Very nicely finished, great bathroom and with Molton Brown toiletries which was a classy touch. Our view was of the flat roof but that was never a deal breaker.

We went down for dinner and were sat at a table by the garden window which was lovely. Service was hit and miss. Our waitress was very attentive but overall it seemed a bit of a shambles. Our drinks arrived after our starters, the tables either side of us were asked twice for their starter and mains orders (the staff not realising they had already been taken) and some of the staff seemed to speak really poor English, struggling to understand a question from another table about how hot the food was. The menu was ok - a meat, a fish and a vege option, but not great. The 'fish' option, for example, was a Thai red curry of pollock and muscles with noodles. It was very nice and well cooked but hardly what you expect for a £200 dinner bed and breakfast hotel's restaurant as the only fish option - especially on an island with such fine seafood!

Having had a long day we got an early night in the big, comfy bed and had a great sleep. The shower was good and we felt set up for the day ahead. Breakfast was a bit of a free for all with a buffet shoved in a corner. I was almost leaning over someone sat at their table to get to the milk. Again, the service let it down - our tea and toast arrived after about 10 minutes and literally as our cooked order arrived. The food was great - we were spoilt with Staffordshire oatcakes which were delicious, as was the cooked breakfast. It all just seemed a bit disorganised and chaotic.

Worth mentioning as we had a fair bit to do, the wifi was poor. We were on the first floor but the room nearest the staircase to reception and we received no signal so had to take all our stuff down to the lounge which was comfy and very pleasant but still a bit of a faff.

All in all I was left disappointed. The hotel could be one of the best on the island but we stayed in The Star Castle in May which was far superior - and cheaper! It almost seemed like the hotel was trying too hard. THe food was good, the lounges comfy and the room was great but the staffing needs to be stepped up. In that aspect there is no comparison with The Star Castle, which is where we'll be heading without doubt in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank CharlesBrownEsq
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were a party of 16 in the four family suites which were at the back of the Hotel out of the way. It could be made more attractive with window boxes etc.

Clearly this is a Hotel where a quart has been put into a pint pot so space is a premium especially the restaurant which is obviously too small and needs more staff to manage. One suspects that the kitchen is also too small especially in the evening when there needs to be strong management/ MaitreD which there wasn't.

The owner had taken a holiday (peak time!!) and it showed especially at breakfast and dinner.

The food was however brilliant, high class and perhaps just too rich especially if you had it every night?

It is an excellent location. accepts dogs near the only St' Mary's beach that allows dogs in the summer which was important especially as we had 3!!

Roger the Manager is a star, very helpful but he cannot be there all the time. It seems to have the Scillonian problem.......lack of good staff who speak English but I would thoroughly recommend a 5 star award.

Room Tip: Family Suites are good value if you want to have nice meals while baby sitting.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank PandPCotswoldsUK
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