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.
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We booked this as my 40th birthday present and what a massive let down it was.
The room was TINY (RM310), so small you couldn't open the wardrobe door fully as it bashed into the bed!! TV not working properly, coffee machine faulty, shower not draining away, no WIFI. Really hot room so had to have windows open which opened onto busy road so very noisy. I don't think we slept a wink.
Spa area was very messy lots of used towels left on beds next to pool and the ladies changing room towels bin overflowing and scattered over the floor.
Bar terrace - Dirty ashtrays and tables not wiped so lots of wasps.
We had dinner in the restaurant in the evening, very nice restaurant staff. Food ok but they don't serve any vegetables with main dishes. It was really noisy from the wedding disco below, not relaxing at all.
Breakfast was lovely and again nice friendly staff.
Checked out the next morning and wasn't asked if we'd had a nice stay just handed a bill. I mentioned to the receptionist about the shower not draining and faulty coffee machine in room and she just shrugged it off.
I don't normally write reviews but feel this had to be shared.
What was meant to be a lovely relaxing night away, we came away shattered and extremely disappointed.
Visited the hotel the only good thing was the view from the window but going outside was a no go as the wasps stopped me from enjoying the views, service was slow especially with how much you have to pay for drinks and food. Wouldn’t really recommend just seem to be MONEY MONEY MONEY. Won’t be visiting again unfortunately as we love Cornwall
After staying in another of the harbour hotel chain early in the week I think it set our standards high for this hotel.
I expected the same level of service, decor, cleanliness, quality of food, all of which fell far short.
On arrival it is strange there isn’t really a reception desk.. I felt (and was made to feel I was in someone office).
No one was rude don’t get me wrong but it felt lack lustre.
In the afternoon I went to the bar for a drink... the bar area itself was a pig sty. Old drinks, napkins, food all over the floors.. really not good. I waited 15/20 minutes at the bar and finally went to the restaurant to ask if it was open. Two poor woman in the restaurant were raced off their feet with afternoon teas and told me they are having to man both areas.
So that I guess accounted for the mess and lack of service.
Sadly it went down hill from there when I over heard the bar staff upset over hours and how they were treated. That’s really sad to hear as a customer. I felt for them.
The room was nice although it just lacked a bit of love. Same with the cleaning of the room it wasn’t great and one day they missed a whole room.
The restaurant though for me was the worst. Food was bad. I had a cheese soufflé and it was runny custard egg. Bad. My daughters pasta was also dreadful. Both were taken off the bill. We didn’t eat there again.
Breakfast also lack lustre. Bad eggs.
This is obviously a nice hotel in a beautiful location. It’s a good standard. But it’s not up to the standard of its sister hotels.