St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A clifftop spa hotel in charming St Ives, with breakfast and dinner included
- Cute cobbled streets and boutique stores
- Rugged cliffs and glorious beaches
- The tranquillity of the luxury spa
What To Know
- The Terrace serves freshly caught seafood with sweeping views of Porthminster Beach
- WiFi can be spotty
- The spa and pool are both on the small side
As Cornish as a cream tea, the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa has charm, character and class in abundance. Elegantly perched above the golden sands of Porthminster beach, with stunning views across the water, locations don’t come much better than this. Sip tea on the terrace as you watch the waves lap against the picturesque Godrevy Lighthouse. Take it easy in the high-ceilinged bay-view lounge, or take the short stroll into St Ives to explore its maze of cobbled streets which are dotted with independent shops and cafés.
The hotel has its own brand new spa, complete with indoor pool, where you can indulge in luxurious ESPA treatments and products. The stunning Terrace Bar & Restaurant is a must for food and drink lovers. It serves up a feast of locally sourced, seasonal dishes – including fresh-off-the-boat fish – to be enjoyed against a backdrop of the ancient harbour.
Rooms are luxurious and effortlessly elegant. Prepare for an exquisite night’s sleep courtesy of quality Egyptian cotton linens and Oxford pillows.
The Al Fresco Terrace overlooks the bay and serves a menu of fresh, seasonal and simple Cornish classics. We’re big fans of the excellent wine and cocktail list. The Harbour Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers panoramic views of the coast that are every bit as delicious as the fresh fish, seafood and seasonal cuisine it serves. Afternoon tea can be taken in the glamorous bay-view lounge – an absolute treat.
The newly opened spa features an indoor pool complete
with swimming jet, relaxation areas, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, crystal
steam room and a state of the art fitness suite. The treatment menu
includes some serious pampering options using world-renowned ESPA
products. As you’d expect in such refined surroundings, fluffy white
robes, slippers and rehydrating herbal teas are all available too.
St Ives is just so pretty. Follow the criss-crossing cobbled streets – affectionately known as the ‘downalong’ – to the town itself, where you’ll find a fabulous mix of artists’ studios, boutique shops and independent cafes. In terms of natural beauty the location is hard to beat. The bay is quintessentially Cornish, with turquoise waters and sandy shores flanked by imposing cliffs; simply breathtaking.For the active types, St Ives has one of the best surfing beaches in the UK and at this time of year the surf schools have good rates for first timers, children and adults.
How to Get There
On arrival we had drinks in the HarBar which had a comfortable setting, then followed on with a beautiful evening meal. The waiting time for our food was reasonable especially as the food we received was absolutely delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection and the flavour combinations were fantastic. The price was very good on reflection of the quality. We will definitely be returning
Pleasant staff and good views of the sea but a very small bedroom and a tiny shower room. No where to hang wet coats, only room for one suitcase. No information on where to park the car. Basically they have crammed too many rooms into the available space. Definitely not recommended, and not good value for the money.
The hotel was the wedding venue for our friends, overall a great weekend can’t make comment on hotel or spa as didn’t stay over, it we did have our dinner in the function room and it was done up all lovely and the food was delicious, the balcony had lovely view onto the beach, parking isn’t ideal as I was not a guest so had to pay for parking, and possibly the waiters and waitresses to be in different uniform as I think jeans make it a bit less classy. But would recommend for the food for sure.
This was a return trip to compensate us from last year..... and the hotel has been refurbed in places but still the same bits wrong, well we won’t be coming back again if we had to pay the £400 a night price tag. It is such a shame as it should be a jewel.
The staff again very enthusiastic but are either trained appallingly or don’t really care, there are one or two which know what there doing but like it’s been said not 4-5 star standards, we had 3 staff come to table to take our order, and not one of them got it right??? We finished starters piled up plates and glasses....dinner dropped on the table and dirty stuff left???
This time is was spot the waiter/waitress as dressed in jeans and tee shirts??? Not matching or relevant to there job or hotel ???
The food we had was very good.
The room 401 was clean and fantastic view and nice bed and bathroom....you could here everything from adjoining room through paper thin wall and thank god they weren’t loud and there was nowhere to sit or hang up your used towels...the drinks in the decanters again this chains other hotels bring ice and tonics to your room upon arrival...not this one?
It’s such a shame it could be great but it appears the managers previous responses haven’t been put into actions because all people have commented on are still there...
The location and views are great and I will defend the prices of the bar as this is what your paying for the lovely surroundings, it’s London hotel prices...
We went buy train which is great as the hotel is a few hundred feet from the station and you can call and they used to send the porter to get your bags as it is a up hill walk, the public transport is good, the bus stop is right outside and like I said it’s a 10 min walk to the train station...well 5 when going down to it :-)..and you can get most places of interest for a few quid if you choose not to drive.
Such a shame this could be a great 5 star place it’s the finishing touches and a bit of improvements to rooms etc....my advice for the manger is stay in each room and see what we see and you will understand our comments, my money doesn’t come easy so we like to get what we pay for...... Thank you for the chance to come back....it maybe the last time we stay but for food and drink will be back.
Overall on the plus side, location is great with superb sea view from our room. Staff are mostly enthusiastic and friendly, bar was nice, pretty good breakfast and evening meal, and there is valet parking which is necessary here as parking at a premium.
But its definitely not worth the £350 per night price tag. If you can get a deal for £150 its probably a good deal and you will have your expectations met.
Area letting them down include:
- poor signage and a build up of cars needing to be parked meaning the valet service is far less than perfect and causes long waits during busy periods.
- nightly weddings until midnight disturbing sleeping across the hotel and even the evening meal service.
- unprofessional night manager, who in response to questions on when the music is due to end - said we told you on the website there would be weddings!! As we didn’t book thro the website we were not made aware of this.
- oddly cramped room, trying to get too much in and resulting in no space to use anything.
- complementary gin but seemed had been there for a while - probably as no mini bar with tonic in and no usual Harbour hotel ice and lemon nightly drop off. As we don’t drink neat gin not much of a benefit.
- staff not trained to 4 or 5 star hotel standards.