Porthminster Hotel

The Terrace, St Ives, TR26 2BN, United Kingdom
St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
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Great Location, Great Views, Great Food and Great Value

by TripAdvisor Member ProfNottingham

We have just returned from a fantastic spring break at The Porthminster
Hotel. We thought the hotel was excellent the views of the bay were stunning and the food both plentiful and well cooked. The Porthminster offered good value for money we would not hesitate to recommend it to our friends.

ok hotel

by TripAdvisor Member aceishigh

we were booked into the porthminster hotel due to attending a wedding
there on the 28th april. check in was swift and the receptionist was very freindly. the room we had only had a view of the road and car park however, from the bathroom window we had a lovely view of the harbour and beach! i felt dissapointed of our view from the bedroom however, on talking to other people in our party the ones that had the seaview also got the sun all day on the windows so it made their rooms feel like saunas our room in caparison was lovely and cool really nice when your getting ready on the evening. the bed was really comfortable but the decor was very outdated, so was the bathroom and carpet in the bathroom is very unhygenic!! this hotel definatley needs a makeover!!! on the evening our freind had booked us all into a restaurant in st ives called the reef bar. the food was lovely and good value for money.

the next morning we had our breakfast, they were very strict about their seating plan!! when i asked if the next morning we could be sat near a window so we could see the lovely view i was told no and that due to us ONLY being in a weding party and only having breakfast
there that guests who had their dinner there would be annoyed. the fact that we never saw any of these guests eating by the windows was hillarious!! also we would have waited until the guest had eaten and would have set the bloody table our selves! anyway dont dare ask!! the breakfast in it self was very nice dont be afraid to ask for more sausages my husband had 3 much to the envy of the other men in our party!!

the wedding was informal and relaxed and in a really nice room with sea views. pictures were taken outside in the garden and on the beach. the food at the wedding was okay didnt like the pudding and veg was really hard! still it filled a gap. the evening buffet was nice lots of nice canapes.

overall the hotel was ok but i wouldnt stay there again i prefer something more modern.

Lovely hotel with great views, food could be better

by TripAdvisor Member Mollybob

We stayed at the Porthminster Hotel for the final part of our honeymoon and had a lovely time there. The reception staff were very helpful and we were even offered help with our luggage!

We stayed in one of the balcony suites, which was very spacious and had amazing views over the bay. The decor was impeccable and the bed was very large and comfortable. I have to say that this is one of the nicest hotel suites I have stayed in and we were not at all disappointed.

The hotel has a very nice indoor swimming pool, which we generally had to ourselves. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, which looked very good although we didn't use it as it was still a little cold outside. The gardens are very pretty too.

We decided to eat at the hotel on the first evening, but I must agree with one of the earlier reviews and say that the food is not up to the standard of the rest of the hotel. I was quite disappointed with my meal and we therefore decided to eat out the following evening. I was also a little disappointed with the breakfast, which was all precooked and served "school dinner" style. For the price we paid, I would have expected a freshly cooked breakfast served to the table. On a positive note, the dining room does have lovely views over the bay.

Overall we would highly recommend this hotel. It is in a wonderful location, with great views and helpful staff. It has a very friendly atmosphere. As St. Ives has so many nice restaurants just a short walk away from the hotel, we would recommend eating out rather than eating in the hotel restaurant.

Had it not been for the food, we would have given the hotel 5 stars.

A Super Place to Stay

by TripAdvisor Member miniain

As a nation we are quick to complain but very slow to praise, but having recently revisited the Porthminster Hotel and as on previous visits had a fantastic holiday we felt obliged to express our feelings.

Due to the good weather we really enjoyed the large outdoor pool and on the odd day when the weather was unkind we sampled the indoor one.

The recently refurbished rooms were great and the large beds really comfortable and were it not for the excellent breakfasts we might have been tempted to lay in each morning.

Whilst nowhere is absolutely perfect and there can always be something that can go awry when there was a minor problem this was immediately rectified on mentioning it to the management who positevely welcomed any feedback.

We could not find any fault and really did enjoy the whole time we were away.

We would thoroughly recomend the Porthminster.

Throughly enjoyed our stay, highly recommended

by TripAdvisor Member sheffield0wls

We recently stayed at the Porthminster Hotel and had a really fabulous time.We had chosen the hotel from the internet and can honestly say that we were
more than happy with what we found, with the reality matching the write up.

Our bedroom had a balcony where we could sit and take advantage of the
wonderful views over the bay. The facilities were very good and we also
enjoyed the food. The hotel was quite busy during our stay and we were
unable to get a window seat in the dining room, as obviously everybody
can't. However this did not detract from our enjoyment and after a few days
the helpful restaurant staff did move us to a table in the window as one
became available. We did not want to leave which is a good sign and would
not hesitate to recommend it to our friends for a great place to stay and
good value for money.

We loved the Porthminster

by TripAdvisor Member Natnjay

The Porthminster was a wonderful hotel with fantastic views, comfortable rooms, helpful friendly staff (especially Freda) and enjoyable meals.

The bathroom was a little small, but newly renovated in modern finishings and clean. The large bed was very comfortable as was the second room with bunk beds for two children.

We will definitely be returning to the Porthminster on our next trip to England.

Great location

by TripAdvisor Member KeenWalker

We spent a long weekend in October 06 at the Porthminster. It has a wonderful location, with views across the bay and the train station at the foot of the hill. There are tennis courts bookable from reception and free to residents, and St Ives is a short pleasant stroll away.
Our suite was very comfortable indeed, with a large sitting room, very big bed and an excellent bathroom with bath and shower.
The food is plentiful and although not exciting, is perfectly fine. However at dinner the starters and puddings clearly come straight out of the fridge, having been prepared some hours earlier, so be ready for icy salads and tarts frozen to the plates.
There is an outdoor swimming pool which was closed when we stayed, plus an indoor pool. The indoor pool itself is fine, but the whole area around it is shabby and depressing. The changing rooms are grim and the games area, which was always deserted but nevertheless had dreadful piped music constantly played, has peeling wallpaper, sticky carpet and all the charm of a working men's club.
Overall the hotel offers a terrific position and good value for money. However it has the feel of a hotel in a state of change. It seems that the owners are attempting to upgrade and make it more sophisticated, while parts of it still have a very 1960's British seaside holiday feel.

Good value

by TripAdvisor Member Fortysomething7

Staying in a hotel in a major tourist resort out of season can be a trying experience, but I have few complaints about The Porthminster (with the exception of the restaurant food).

Room was excellent, and had clearly been refurbished - clean, tidy, very comfortable, good bathroom and shower, even a small mini-bar.

Service was fine, staff helpful and friendly

Breakfast was excellent, almost more than I could eat, but the restaurant food the evening before was poor, though perfectly edible. I suspect every course and ingredient had come from a catering companies tick sheet, and had begun life from a box or freezer. However, bear in mind how difficult is must be for such establishments to cater for just a small handful of diners out of season - this is not to excuse them, but I have some sympathy.

Indoor swimming pool was a pleasant surprise, although the leisure facilities were looking a little tired in places.

The biggest plus must be the overall value - £65 bed, breakfast and evening meal (even taking account of the disappointing dinner) in somewhere this comfortable rates highly in my book.

2* experience 5* prices :(

by TripAdvisor Member thebridie

Had booked an expensive sea view room. Disappointingly the room had a small window with the view only visable if you stood up. The window was covered in bird mess so further obscuring the view. We were kept awake all night by a light sea beeze causing the sash window to rattle noisily. No amount of jamming with bits of paper seemed to fix the problem.
The breakfast was mediocre (uncooked tomatoes, tinned peaches etc).
The one mitigating feature in an otherwise unimpressive experience was the lovely ensuite jacuzzi bath.
a 2* experience at 5* prices. Not recommended.

Average Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member RizzoLondon

The hotel is a little more run down then the website will have you believe. Nethertheless we had a lovely room with a fantastic view of the sea, and the location was great making for a sceanic walk to the harbour. The breakfast, although cooked for the masses and served in a buffet style was generous, but I didn't like being told where to sit for my breakfast. The tables with views were reserved, and I managed to eat my breakfast and leave with no one using the tables with sea views. There was a power cut on one of the nights we stayed, meaning we could not use the room facilities, I know the hotel were not responsible for this, nevertheless this was not taken into account when settling the final bill. All in all ok if your stuck for somewhere to stay, but I felt it was overpriced for what it was.


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Address: The Terrace, St Ives, TR26 2BN, United Kingdom