Not to be confused with the bigger Atlantic Hotel, this little bed & breakfast is perfect for those who enjoy art and intend to spend a lot of time at the Tate. It is also of interest if you want to be close to Porthmeor Beach and its surf, since it is on the cliffs just above it all. The "above it all" bit also means that you will have a flight of stairs down to Tate and the beach from here, and from the harbour and town centre, there are two alternatives back which both involve steep hills (if you come by car they have car par vouchers for the neighbouring car park). But if you don't mind that, you will find a friendly B&B with excellent English breakfast run by a couple who moved here some years ago. The Atlantic is probably also a convenient place for hikers along the South West Coast Path since the St Ives end leg finishes nearby when coming from Zennor. Since our return, we've seen that the house is up for sale, but the way it looks it could well stay a B&B so watch this space.
Our room faced the street and that meant that it had a bay window with some views down into the St Ives Bay beyond the harbour and over the roof tops of St Ives in one direction, and views down to the Atlantic to the other if you stood by the window. People only walk up the hill if they live this end of town which meant that it was a quiet street and seagulls is what you hear more of than partying crowds. We had a double bed for us which was a bit on the small side but otherwise comfortable. Our daughter had her own bed and there was plenty of space for clothes with a chest and a wardrobe. The bathroom was small but adequate and the shower warm which is the main thing. Despite us having some rainy days during our stay, the room stayed warm and snug and never got that English dampness one can expect along the Atlantic in an old terraced house. There was a kettle and we also had nice biscuits to go with the tea - the TV was small but had the main English channels and that did us since we were out most nights anyway.
There is no common area since the breakfast room is locked up during the day so if you are the kind looking to socialise with other travellers when choosing a B&B you will be disappointed. Moreover, the brochures and other useful info on St Ives and the surroundings were all kept in that breakfast room so that's when you'd have to check things. Having said that, you quickly get your bearings and the friendly owners living upstairs can tell you anything you'd want to know. No smoking and no pets. What puts my marks a bit low is primarily the hill since at night it takes it out on you after a good meal, and the fact that they don't accept credit cards and that makes it hard to pay the required deposit from abroad (many ask for that in St Ives) - luckily I have an English check book and these days they also accept PayPal. I also find it a bit rigid to have to decide on my breakfast time already the night before but that's of course common in more than this B&B due to lack of space and owners having a life apart from their guests'.
As with much in St Ives, prices vary depending on season so the below example is just a high season indicator.
We found the breakfast nice with toast being with nice bread and not just soggy white slabs as can be. The rooms are also very cozy with a matching decor and not ten thousand different pink flours and tons of chintz. It also didn't matter that we'd been to the beach and brought back tons of sand in our shoes etc. - the room was always immaculately cleaned next day.
Friendly and comfortable bed & breakfast in the centre of St Ives. Situated in an old fisherman's cottage on a back street close to the harbour. The room was small, but very comfortable and nicely furnished and decorated. Beware the low doorways though!
Close to the beach and easy walking distance to most of St Ives' attractions.
Fantastic location, in Market Place, right in the centre of St Ives - in a few steps out of the front door, we could be in a pub, a shop or a restaurant, and we were just down the road from the harbourfront.
The flat itself is one-bedroomed and small, but contained everything we needed - plenty of storage space, microwave, oven, fridge etc, iron, TV and even a multi-region DVD player. When we arrived there was a vase of fresh flowers which I thought a nice touch.
The electricity works on a meter, we were a little concerned about how hungry it would be, but we only fed it about £6 over the course of the week.
We had problems finding a camp site that would take same sex groups, but this one let us stay. You get fantastic views over the town, bay and sea as you're quite high up, meaning the sites do get a little windy, but it wasn't too bad, we only had to light our camp stove inside the tent a few times!
The toilet block was ok, but I think they have since built a new one since we stayed there which has been featured in some architectural magazines so it must be good!
You can go for lovely walks along the cliff tops and into the town, remember that it is on a hill so it's quite a steep climb back.
Costs vary but we paid £9.25 for a mid-season tent site, the website will give you all other tarrifs. I say this is quite pricy really as you can get a bed in a hostel for about £10, ok that is each and the tent site will be for the tent only, not per person.
We stayed at The Old Count House, in St Ives, at the end of our coastal path walk from Newquay. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and were pleased with our choice. Our room was not massive but big enough and more importantly spotlessly clean. We had a double on the front of the house with views down to the sea and big double doors that opened to let in plenty of fresh air.
The Old Count House was built from local granite in 1825 and was so named because it was from here that the wages were counted out and paid to the tin miners of Wheal Trenwith.
The Old Count House is situated in a quiet square which is at the top end of town. The harbour and main streets are an easy 5 minute walk away, it's all downhill. Coming back up is harder but a cab from the rank by the cinema is just a couple of pounds or there is a regular bus service to the St. Ives sports centre which is just round the corner. There is free parking right out front which is a big plus in St. Ives.
The fascillities include a lounge, a small garden and even a sauna. Breakfast was both tasty and plentiful with enough choices to suit everyone. We would go back if we ever return to St. Ives.
A wonderful little guest house over looking Porthmeor beach in st Ives. Would highly recommend this for a place to stay. Very clean comfortable rooms with a lovely wholesome breakfast every morning. The owners are very welcoming and attentive and I would love to go back there again one day.
Fantastic views of the beautiful Porthmeor beach
Located in the center of town, the hostel in across the street from the movie theater (very nice place), next door to a convienience store and 50 meters from the information center where you can buy a town map for 20 pence.
I got a 6 bed room by myself for three nights in mid March 2005 which was great.
The beds are comfy and the rooms are large but I thought a bit poorly lit. There were no lockers either.
The kitchen facility (which is very nice) and the mens bathroom are a bit of a wander to get to and when you walk back keep your head down. Don't say I didn't warn you.
The desk is very helpful can point out some interesting things to do in town. You can also watch movies on the hostels' tv and have a nice sit on a comfy couch.
If you just want a nice place to sit, relax and rejuvinate yourself then think about giving this place a visit.
Just remember, keep your head down, or else you'll whack your head against the ceiling like I did.
Also, there is a lockout (if you don't know the electronic pass code) from 3-5pm when the front desk opens up again. I had to wait on the front steps my first day when I arrived but the weather was great so the wait wasn't too bad.
Middle of town, fairly quiet, cheap, cable tv and movies
Dean Court, perched on the cliffs on the way into St Ives from Carbis Bay, must have some of the best views of any hotel in Britain. If you stay here (and if you're staying in St Ives I strongly suggest you do) make sure you get a sea view room. To your left, the picture-perfect scene of St Ives harbour. To your right, the sea stretches away past Carbis Bay to the Godrevy light house.
The rooms are spotless and very comfortable, with the usual tea and coffee stuff. Showers are rather underpowered, but who cares when you can wash your hair whilst looking at that view?
Breakfast is standard English hotel - cereals, fruit, juices and full fry up - sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and fried bread. Just what you need to set you up for a day's hiking!
And Tony and Yvonne couldn't be more helpful and welcoming. They're slowly transforming the decor, so bear with the flowery carpets for the time being!
Those views! And the beautifully stocked garden on various levels with a summerhouse and garden furniture for you to relax in the sun.
I found this Hotel on the net and found it without any problems - on the main road into St Ives.
I had been warned that parking was at a premium in St Ives so I made sure wherever we stayed was going to have a car park. The Regent's car park was right behind the hote.
On 1st impressions, I found the room a bit small - ok for what we needed with a view of the bay (about 25%) and the bus station (75%). No air-con and with the bus station below if it was very hot, I could see this being a problem.
Anyway, that all sounds a bit negative so onto the plus points - it was cheap at about £60 a night for a double room I think, the breakfasts were out of this world! Waking up with the sound of seabirds and fisherman jetting out of the harbour and then having smoked haddock - top drawer.
And of course, most importantly in St Ives - location couldn't be better!!!
Breakfasts and location - both superb
The best way to stay in St Ives (in my humble opinion) is to rent a cottage ot holiday flat. There are loads in the center (in fact there are so many now that I wonder how many people actually live in St Ives these days)
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