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
I don’t normally write reviews but I had to just because this hotel gave me the ultimate wow factor due to the wonderful staff.
I came here as a solo get away just a treat for myself. The reception had a bright young lady on for my arrival her name I think was Mollie who excels at her job and made my check in prompt effecient and friendly.
My room was perfect for a solo traveller and was very cosy and felt like a home away from home.
Onto the restaurant dinner was lovely but lacking in choice and the staff were great and nothing was too much. The food itself was nice portion sizes where good and the price was reasonable.
Breakfast on the other hand was faultless the young lady Rosie who was running the team was outstanding a real credit to the hotel. Nothing was too much for her and her team felt happy and wanting to be at work. Her smile is probably one of the most infectious I have come across and sets you up for a good day with being greeted in the morning.
The hotel itself seems all around lovely I didn’t spend a great amount of time in the hotel itself and only managed to visit the spa once but very relaxing and the team down there was great.
Check out was prompt and I didn’t wait very long at all for my car the porter on hand Des was charming and nothing was too much for him.
On the whole a great experience and I will definitely be returning.
I stayed here 3 years ago and it was pretty good then, but since Harbour Hotels took it over, it has been transformed. It has been entirely refurbished internally and they have done a superb job. The public rooms are clean, interesting, colourful and comfortable. They now describe themselves as a boutique hotel. The staff are a credit to the company and nothing was too much trouble for them throughout our two night stay.
Now, the bedroom.(No 310) The good bits-----They had everything in it. A large comfortable American style divan bed with huge cushions and bolsters and the biggest headboard imaginable. In the wardrobe was a mini bar, proper coffee /tea making facilities and a range of products to go with them. There was also a safe with a shoe cubby below. I could go on. The nicest touch? Complimentary gin and sherry in heavy decanters, enough for two glasses out of each. Unfortunately the tonic was in the mini bar which you had to pay for. There was no ice.
Now the bad bits------- The size of the room. Compact and bijou is being kind. The bed probably took up 40% of the available floor space. We had two airline carry on cases and when you had emptied them there was no storage for them. They were left on the floor and after you had discarded the bed cushions, bolsters etc, walking room was at a distinct premium. We had 18 inches of hanging space in the wardrobe, so our two bulky winter coats also went on the floor so we could hang up our 'creasables'. On the back of the wardrobe door (inside) was a full length mirror, totally useless as it couldn't open to 90 degrees due to the bed being in the way. Draw space was generous though.The bathroom was cramped, being little more than a metre wide, although the shower at one end was quite adequate. As my wife commented, 'this bathroom was designed by a bloke'. Because of an intrusion, the wash basin was futher away from the large circular unlit mirror on the wall. When she leaned forward to apply makeup, her face fell into shadow as the ceiling light above was positioned too far into the room. Hot water? What was that. Despite having pumped primaries, the hot water took a good minute to come through after turning on the tap. With the pressure as it was, a CONSIDERABLE amount of water was wasted before the temperature was acceptable.This of course is a hotel design problem but I did actually end up washing in cold or tepid water in the end. Overall though, this room would have worked well as a single.
Now for the food. In our package deal were two breakfasts and one evening meal. The latter was superb in every respect. Service, quality and presentation, all faultless. The only downside? the menu was extrememy limited for a hotel of this size. There was however a very large Xmas party going on in an ajoining room, so this may have accounted for the small menu on the night.
Sadly the breakfasts were a different story. Shoe leather for bacon, dried out half a tomato, the same with the single mushroom, the sausage was ok-ish and a dollop of Heinz baked beans to cover the rest of the plate. Probably the most unimaginative breakfast content and presentation I have ever come accross. It went straight back to the kitchen. It should never have left there in the first place. My mini teapot had a large chip at the end of its spout. I tried to pour the tea, but of course it went everywhere but the cup. It had to be replaced. Huge apologies all round from the staff. It was brilliantly handled. The replacement food was much better, but still lacked the look of a proper full English breakfast. The following morning, I had scrambled egg on a bagle. Again, for the star rating of the hotel, this was a poor effort. No complaint was made on this occasion
I've now been to this hotel twice and been very disappointed both times. The first time I went was for a wedding reception. When we arrived for the evening the room wasn't even ready for the evening guests and we were stood around for an hour with no chairs as the wedding party over ran slightly upstairs. They took an age to bring out the food for the guests which didn't come out until 10pm! The price of drinks are absolutely extortionate! I ordered a pint of lager which cost £5.50 and a half a pint of coke was £2.80. The 2nd time I came back to the hotel for a work Christmas do and again I was very disappointed. I had a 3 course meal of soup,turkey and chocolate pudding. I paid £20 but the company had subsidised part of the cost so it would've cost more but I can safely say it was even worth £20! The food was bland and parts of it cold and very small portion sizes. The drink prices, again, were extortionate. The evening entertainment was the hotel dj who just wanted to play older songs from the 80's/90's all night evening after several people requesting some more current songs. On the whole the hotel needs a lot of improvement and I would recommend that you avoid this place like the plague and keep hold of your hard earned cash
Luckily tesco, paid for some of our ticket which meant we only paid £20pp but even so the hotel needs to improve. Three course meal and I had salmon, Turkey and Pavlova. The salmon was slapped on a plate, nothing with it, the turkey roast had cold carrots and finally the Pavlova wasn't a Pavlova, it was cream and fruit slop, you could see tiny pieces of meringue but could not taste it at all. After complaining twice about it and asking if they could bring a whole meringue out to go with it they couldn't do so and instead gave me the option to have another dessert. The prices of drinks at the hotel is extortionate, £25 for two double gin and tonic, £5.80 for 1/2 pint of lemonade and coke (these come from bottles not tap) and £22 for a bottle of rose. This put a downer on the whole night. The dj played old music all night, even after many requests of new music, he'd play one song then go back to dated music. It was a case of if you can bet him join him and that was the only reason he had people dancing.
We stayed at the harbour hotel for my birthday in November. We were greeted by the lovely Jan on reception and were given all the relevant information regarding the hotel.
The spa facilities are perfect, a real sense of tranquility.
Our room was an inland facing room, nevertheless the decor was very modern. It was clean, very spacious and had great amenities like a stocked mini bar, complimentary Gin and Sherry and The White Company toiletries.
The restaurant staff were attentive the following morning for breakfast. We enjoyed our breakfast overlooking St Ives Bay.
All staff acknowledged you everywhere you went in the hotel which was nice.
All in all a great stay we will come again! BWe can't wait to visit the other Harbour Hotels.