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
Booked a night at this hotel for my hubby's Birthday treat as have stayed at the sister Hotel in Salcombe & thoroughly enjoyed that. Booked a superior double & we we weren't disappointed. Fabulous sea view, balcony, large room. There was a bit a smell of drains but we blocked the overflows & closed the sink plugs & it was sorted. Our room was brilliantly located for the spa & we used the pool, steam room & jacuzzi both days. All staff were helpful & friendly. The valet park went without hitch (my hubby can be very precious about his car) excellent breakfast with gorgeous views. We had a very relaxing stay, thank you. Our only issue was trying to use the coffee maker or kettle & where to plug them in as no handy sockets or surfaces so we made do with the floor.
What can I say. I had an amazing one night stay here with my friend at the end of January.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the hotels porter offering valet service. Took my keys, and parked the car which was really helpful considering we arrived around 7pm. The receptionist was really helpful and gave us lots of information about the hotel. We were shown up to our room, and were pleasantly surprised. We had booked a standard inland double, but the bedroom was still really lovely and you wouldn’t have known you were near the road at all. The decor is really modern and stunning, the bed was incredibly comfortable and I loved all the miniature white company products in our bathroom. We also had complimentary Gin and Sherry set up on a table in the room, what a great touch! There’s also a mini bar located within the wardrobe, with a price list and a lovely coffee machine. I was really impressed. I’m big on cleanliness, and the room was beyond my expectations for a hotel. I honestly couldn’t fault the bedroom at all. Me and my friend explored the room, got ready with some quiet music on and headed down to the restaurant at 8:30pm for our dinner reservation.
The restaurant was busy and had a great atmosphere, with lots of couples, friends and older families dining. The waiting staff were really helpful with our wine and food choices and highly recommended certain things to us. For my starter I had salmon & crab parcels with a tartar sauce, which was delicious. Mains I had the steak, with chips and Diane sauce. I did notice it didn’t come with a vegetable so I asked the lady in the restaurant if I could get a bowl of kale as I noticed it on the menu with another dish. They were more than happy to do this and it made the steak dinner even better I thought, it all tasted incredible. For my dessert I just asked for two scoops of ice cream, which was again great. Washed down with a great bottle of red.
I can’t describe how great the food was! Huge compliments to the chefs. It was all cooked perfectly and was a taste sensation.
After our meal we headed to the newly refurbished bar. We sat here until around 1am relaxing, drinking and talking with lots of other guests who all seemed to equally be having a great stay. The bar staff left and we were then served by the night porter, who was again really helpful and more than happy to help.
Headed upstairs to the 3rd floor and jumped into the most comfortable bed! Fell straight to sleep and I slept all night. (Something that never happens when I stay at hotels! I usually have really broken sleep in unfamiliar places.)
In the morning we woke up, lounged about in our room for a bit then decided to get ready and head down for breakfast. When we arrived in the restaurant it was really busy and the staff looked rushed off their feet. However this didn’t stop them from being really friendly and helpful. I was a little saddened that there were no window tables available so I mentioned this to the waitress and she said if I would like to take a seat in the lounge one was about to become available they would clear and re-lay it then come and collect us from the lounge. Perfect, and great service I thought. Less than 5 minutes later the lady returned and shown us to our seat. The view from our table was simply incredible! The sea was so rough, and it was really windy, but the sky was blue and the panoramic views were breath taking. I was really pleased with the continental buffet choice of food available, and had our hot food & drinks order taken, and told to help ourselves to the cold drinks and continental buffet on offer. I was a bit awkward with my food order as there’s a few things I don’t like on a full English but they were more than happy to take those things off and give me a little extra of the items which I do like. Very accommodating. Soon after finishing up with the croissants etc, our hot food was brought out. Great quality food again.
After feeling very full, we headed back up to our room for a lie down and to gather our things together. We got changed into our swimming costumes, robe and slippers and packed up our room for check out. Check out wasn’t at 11am and ran smoothly. They looked after our bags whilst we went down to use the Spa facilities before departing. We arrived in the spa to two very friendly ladies, one took my friend through to the spa area, and another took me into the relaxation room as I was about to have a facial. I think the lady that did my facial was called Megan. Honestly it was amazing and I couldn’t recommend enough!! I came out feeling so refreshed and relaxed. I then went through and met my friend by the pool, there were a few people using the facilities but not too many that it felt busy. Very relaxing, tranquil area. It is very warm, and they have plenty of water down there to drink so we had a few cups full and sat outside on the terrace area for a few minutes as the weather was so lovely and crisp.
As our stay was coming to an end we then went to get changed in the spa changing rooms. Everything was again great, great products to wash my hair/body and a dryer for my swimming costume to save taking a wet one home in my bag. They had a big mirrored area to dry your hair and put make up on. I would recommend having hair straighteners here also, this would be a fab touch for those maybe going up from the spa to use the restaurant.
Thank you to all the staff during our stay, me and my friend had a great time with you and I honestly can’t wait for my next stay at the hotel. I’ve already recommended to lots of friends and family.
Stayed in room 216 which had an uninterrupted view over st Ives bay, Wendy checked us in and took us to the room to make sure we were happy and arranged for our car to be parked.
Service and product in the bar and restuarant was very good quality and priced at what I would expect to pay, checkout was just as efficient.
well done all at the harbour will be back again asap.
Lovely views.. Breakfast... Furniture... But no heating in bedroom!.. Was given a noisy blow heater when complained.. Disappointed to say the least for a luxury 4 star hotel.. Even travelodge has central heating!
We arrived mid afternoon on Saturday for a three night stay in February. Apprehension about parking and an initial aborted attempt to get into the tiny car park opposite was quickly allayed by the appearance of Des a very amiable and wanting to help chap who took our bags in and then parked the car. It emerged that the garage is on two floors with most of the ground floor being reserved mainly for apartment holders and access to the upper floor is by car lift. I think we were lucky to get in so that we could access the car easily from the hotel for coats etc.
There was a warm welcome in reception and our superior sea view room 104 just off to the left had magnificent views of the Porthminster Beach and Bay. It was quite impressive at first. They’ve probably made the best of upgrading the old hotel but each room is probably different and it’s all a bit quirky. The tray with kettle etc is in the wardrobe so there is a jangle of mugs and spoons when you move clothes on the hanging rail and you have to take the tray out to boil the kettle or make a cuppa. But then there’s no shelf or surface suitable to put it down or plug in the kettle. Similarly it was nice to have the trade mark gin and sherry decanters in the room but there was no mini fridge from which to get tonic let alone ice. Apparently some rooms have a fridge depending on space adjacent to a socket! A phone call to reception would have no doubt brought supplies but we were sort of expecting the knock on the door we got at Sidmouth at 6.00 pm with a porter offering a tray of ice and lemon.
The bed was very comfortable and the bed linen very nice. The king size bed turned out to be two adjoining singles so in fact making effectively a super king with independent duvets which was fine though the beds would move apart if we tried to move towards the middle!
The room was let down in that the louvre blinds were dusty as shown by fingerprints when opening or closing them. The bathroom Venetian blinds were dirty above standing height where condensation had mixed with dust. And the shower control was rubbish being either scalding hot or cold. All these things were reported and will no doubt be fixed but you’d think the housekeeping supervisor would be on top of those sorts of thing.
Breakfasts were good and service reasonably prompt though one young waitress was trying to carry too much and one of four cafetières of very hot coffee dropped on her foot. She could be heard to say after that they did not have enough staff. She was trying to do too much.
The view of the beach from the restaurant is stunning. We ate here on our first night as we just wanted to crash after a long drive but of course it was dark. So we elected to book for an early dinner/late lunch on Sunday so we could enjoy the view.
We would have chosen the restaurant again on Monday but the limited menu didn’t present anything that took our fancy.
So we walked down to the quay and found Caffe Pasta. Not just pasta or pizza as it materialised. We both went for sea food off the specials board and they were great.
It’s quite a steep walk down to the town via Porthminster beach but a pleasant walk along the waters edge or through the town and you can return via The Terrace which is a more gentle climb.
We don’t use the spa but are just happy to be able to get out and mooch around the town or walk along the coast. And you can do that in both directions from this excellent location. The spa was in fact quite a hike from our room.
Finally, one disappointment having asked in advance for reassurance we would have quiet room not over loading bays or kitchens etc., was to have intrusive music reach the room through the evening most noticeable when we switched off the light to go to bed. It materialised we were over the bar. It would have been turned down had we mentioned it but once you’re in bed .....and it did stop at 11.00.