The view from the Porthminster Hotel will take your breath away. A perfect crescent of pale sand and a bay that has been rated one of the most beautiful in World. On the headland, you can see a jumble of tiny white houses crowded around the ancient harbour. And in the distance, Grodrevy Lighthouse, immortalised by novelist Virginia Woolf. There is no where else quite like it Welcome to The Porthminster.
What we think of the Porthminster Hotel in St Ives: (updated December 2009)
We're always on the look-out for hotels in Devon and Cornwall that have a certain "wow" factor. And we think that the Porthminster Hotel has a real "wow" factor with its views! Park in the hotel's ample car park (a rarity in St Ives!), check-in with the friendly, helpful and efficient staff, order a pot of tea (or something stronger) in the hotel's comfy lounge, and settle down to enjoy the fantastic sea views. Beneath the hotel is Porthminster Beach - pristine golden sands and azure ocean water to match almost anywhere in the world. And the hotel is an easy walk into the centre of the bustling harbour-town of St Ives, packed with restaurants, jolly pubs, artist-owned galleries and of course the Tate St Ives. There are three main beaches to choose from - all of which are spectacularly clean. The hotel offers a range of rooms, from good-value garden-view rooms to spacious sea-view suites complete with balconies. Breakfast is great - a nice help-yourself buffet to start, followed by freshly cooked full-English with quality bacon, locally-sourced sausages and all the usual trimmings. The hotel is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, to include a new leisure spa - but in the meantime there's a small indoor leisure centre and (during the summer months) an outdoor pool with views over the beach and gardens.
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