Stayed here for a short break. Staff were friendly and attentive, food was excellent and the hotel was extremely clean and well furbished. Highly recommended.
Excellent location, The Porthminster sits majestically overlooking the lovely Porthminster beach in St Ives. You can run down the private pathway out the back and zigzag your way to the beach below. Or keep going leftwards along the little road path bordering the beach for 5 minutes into St Ives town centre.
St Ives railway station is just down below too. This hidden gem is wonderful for excursions out of St Ives round the coastal border to St Erth and Penzance beyond. You can just imagine the Victorian seaside trains arriving to disgorge their excited passengers right onto the fringes of Porthminster beach in years gone by. Even today, the line is used a lot.
The hotel itself is OK. It somehow falls between 2 stools, trying to retain it's posh ambiance but let down by tired signs of some neglect.
Instead of chucking out the carpets in the lobby and staircases for instance and going modern wooden chic, the carpets are old fashioned and actually threadbare in places. The decor is similar. A couple of brown water stains on the ceiling of the bedroom could easily have been painted out but no, up there they remain detracting from the image.
On the other hand the breakfast / dining room is lovely; clean wooden floor, neat modern tables and chairs and a vast panoramic view out over the bay waters and beyond excellent. Breakfast itself was generous with a wide menu and more staff than guests.
They have just built a little leisure centre at one end. Though it is really little, it is neat with an indoor plunge pool and fitness machines, so they are trying I suppose.
They are also busily developing a chunk of their own land nest door, which used to have their gardens, an out door pool and parking facilities (still visible on the old Google satellite picture), so there is a bit of a building site adjacent at the moment, though it is not too obtrusive.
The parking is a bit hit and miss now they've built on their own car park the porter will take your cherished E-Type away for you, somewhere round about, probably in the underground of the still to be finished apartment block opposite hmmm.
I think overall, this a great place to stay with its location but it is overpriced for the poor attention to detail that would otherwise make all the difference.
It should be 3.5 stars but I will lean towards the 4 because you still feel happy being there and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Where is that Hotel Inspector?
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