Porthminster Hotel

, St. Ives, United Kingdom
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Porthminster Hotel

, St. Ives
3 star

Rooms: 43

The Terrace - St. Ives - England - TR26 2BN - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01736795221
348 Traveller

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10/10
Lovely Porthminster
Submitted by: Alice in 27/08/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We had a top time here. We had a lovely sea view room with balcony, spa bath and 4 poster bed! Food and staff were really fantastic and we were sad to say goodbye. We've already rebooked for next year. Bring on more fun in the sun.
5/10
Disappointed
Submitted by: Mark in 21/05/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type:
When we booked (DB&B)we asked for a brochure which was duly sent, when it arrived there was no sample menu, so I rang to ask what they had and was asked if I would like to be sent a sample menu, I explained that I had already been sent a brochure (which I had to ask for) and was told I had to ask specifically for a sample menu as its not sent with the brochure (very odd)
When we arrived the staff were ok, at dinner the service was poor, and at breakfast the service was terrible we had to wait several minutes before we were told "sit anywhere you want" and before we had sat down as we were walking past other tables the waitress asked us what we wanted to drink!!
The room was ok and the bathroom was very good.
When we checked out we were not asked if we had enjoyed the stay we didn't even get a smile!! Won't be staying here again as simply other hotels are better.
10/10
What A Hottie That Barman
Submitted by: Mr J Jones in 24/08/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Azerbaijan
  • Traveller type: Gay
I stayed at the pothminster, (should be hottieminster) The Barman Anthony oooooh!!!!! Will commmmme again loved the rooms and his Cocktails were out of this world. The finest service I've experienced.
10/10
Fantastic - What a Gem !!!
Submitted by: Helen in 26/05/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We stayed at The Porthminster a few years ago and having thoroughly enjoyed our stay there went back again this Easter. We decided to spoil ourselves and pay a small supplement and have a suite. Coincidentally the room number seemed to ring a bell as being the same as when we stayed there before. However, when we arrived whilst the room was in fact the same number that was the only thing the same. Apparently the rooms had just been refurbished and wow what a difference there is. We had our own sitting room where we could sit and look over the St Ives Bay. The bed was a massive half tester and the bathroom had an enormous spa bath. There were also sumptuous bathrobes to relax in after a long refreshing soak. The food and service were excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly with nothing too much trouble. We can certainly recommend The Porthminster and will definitely be returning before too long.
10/10
A second Home - Great Value - Great Location - Great Facilities
Submitted by: Kevin in 22/05/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I have been holidaying at The Porthminster for some 30 years staying at all times of the year and can only offer praise as the number of visits which are by now too numerous to remember bear testament to.

I have had many other holidays and stayed in countless other Hotels over the years so my views are not those of some parochial yokel who knows nothing different but a balanced view from experience.

A visit to The Porthminster is like visiting a second home. Firstly all the management and staff are courteous, friendly and helpful with the sole intention of making your stay a pleasant and memorable one.

The views of the stunning St Ives Bay from the bar lounge, lounge, and due to the Victorian design most of the bedrooms, have to be experienced as words cannot do them justice.

The food is excellent and plentiful and should you not find something to tempt you on the varied choice 5 course Table d'hote menu there is a wide A la Carte menu also available.

There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools together with a gym where you can work off the excesses of over indulgence or there is a pleasant garden where you can sit and while away the hours with panoramic views of the bay.

The bedrooms are pleasant and roomy offering all the normal requirements and the management continually strive to improve facilities in line with modern demands.

Indeed over the winter months the majority of the rooms have been subject to a full refurbishment and on my last stay in February even I was totally amazed. Some rooms boast a four poster or half tester bed together with spa baths and all the other refinements normally associated with a four star hotel rather than the three currently allocated.

To coincide with the refurbishment I noticed the web site (http://www.porthminster-hotel.co.uk/) has been revised, which unlike the previous one now really does give a true reflection of what The Portminster offers.

When taking everything into consideration The Porthminster offers excellent value for money.

I can fully recommend a holiday at The Porthminster whether it be a family summer holiday or an out of season break and should you want something different for the Christmas and New Year period I can thoroughly recommend that as well.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Porthminster Hotel

Disappointing Experience - real shame!

from KJX
The website looked fantastic - the staff were wonderfully helpful when it came to booking the room.

It was when we got there that things went down hill. The room was ok - the bed reasonably comfortable, the view of the bay the best thing about the visit.

The bathroom however was minute - and had a liberal dusting of 'special hairs' from previous residents. Not nice. The shower was extremely tempermental as well.

We had booked evening meal and breakfasts for the duration of our stay - I cannot recommend the evening meals at all. The menu was uninspired to say the least. The service however was wonderful and friendly.

We came away feeling very let down.

Loved The Porthminster

from Norgill
We recently stayed at the Porthminster Hotel and had a fantastic stay.

The food was excellent as were the rooms.

The staff were very friendly and it was good value for money.

We will certainly go again.

Never again.

from winchelsea
The brochure said that most of the rooms had been refurbished. This was not the case for room 35., which was the one we were given with our dog. We had stayed at another dog friendly hotel and had no difficulties whatsoever. We were told it had a garden view. The view was one of the road.Refurbishing will not be difficult , as the battleship grey woodchip wallpaper was peeling in a number of places. Striaght out of the 1950's. Entering the bathroom required the skills of a contortionist, not something possessed by my wife. She injured her back and we had to return home after one day.
My heart sank when I saw the bar. It was fenced off, just like a working mens club. What has happened to our new licensing laws.? Breakfast- the only meal we had there-, was a help yourself affair, alonfg the lines of a motorway service station.

The lift was designed to cause problems.It had a double gate, which meant that the lift did not work if someone forgot to close the inner gate- a frequent occurrence.

The toilet by the swimming pool had dirty towels and no paper and this was at 10.30 on a monday morning. It is a great pity. The staff were charming and the hotel is in a fantastic position and was not expensive.Maybe an increase in the price could be spent on improvements

A Second Home

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have been holidaying at The Porthminster Hotel for some 30 years staying at all times of the year and can only offer praise as the number of visits which are by now too numerous to remember bear testament to.

I have had many other holidays and stayed in countless other Hotels over the years so my views are not those of some parochial yokel who knows nothing different but a balanced view from experience.

A visit to the Porthminster is like visiting a second home. Firstly all the management and staff are courteous, friendly and helpful with the intention of making your stay a pleasant one.

The views of the stunning St Ives Bay from the bar lounge, lounge, and due to the Victorian design most of the bedrooms, have to be experienced as words cannot do them justice and I have consequently included some photos.

The food is excellent and plentiful and should you not find something to tempt you on the varied choice 5 course Table d’hote menu there is a wide A la Carte menu also available.

There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools together with a gym where you can work off the excesses of over indulgence or there is a pleasant garden where you can sit and while away the hours whilst enjoying the panoramic views of the bay.

The bedrooms are pleasant and roomy offering all the normal requirements and the management continually strive to improve facilities in line with modern demands.

When taking everything into consideration the Porthminster Hotel offers excellent value for money.

I can fully recommend a holiday at the Porthminster Hotel whether it be a family summer holiday or an out of season break and should you want something different for the Christmas period I can thoroughly recommend that as well.

Loved the Porthminster

from Dianespicer
We have had a wonderful stay at the Portminster with our boys. The setting must be one of the best in Cornwall, perched above the beach with amazing views of the white sand beach. The rooms are spacious and airy and it has a really nice indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool. We all loved it!

3rd rate

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here during our honeymoon, the room was like something from the 1950s, the bar was like a bad working men's club and the whole experience pretty much ruined our week away.

Stay here if you like tiny, old fashioned double beds, terrible decor, strip lights in the bar and sticky carpets. On the other hand if you live in an old folk's home you should feel comfortable right away.

Having said that the staff were friendly and the more up to date rooms looked OK (when we sneaked a peek).

We enjoyed our stay here

from pamcel
My husband and I stayed here last year, and had a great time. The rooms are nice, and the food is excellent. The beach below the hotel was handy for a walk after dinner, and the hotel is close to all that St Ives has to offer.

CHARMING OLD HOTEL - FOR ALL THE FAMILY

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went to the hotel in July 2004 and found the hotel to be excellent.
My family enjoyed it immensley especially the adjoining room for the children with sea views. All amenities were there and I found it to be more than a 3 star apartment. The breakfast was very good for a 3 star aswell. All in all I would recommend it.

Never Stay Here

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had the misfortune to stay in this awful boarding house. never again.
Avoid like SARS. Expensive and third rate lodging

Good Old Place

from BornTooLoose
We stayed there seven years ago and would gladly go back: a big old comfortable hotel with a great view of the bay and easy access to many shops and galleries--as well as shops selling great pasties.

Very polite staff.

Top Local Tips for St. Ives

Location Don't stay in the center of St Ives unless you don't mind crowds. I recomend staying just a short walk away from the town centre it is much more peaceful.

Restaurant St. Andrews street Bistro- fantastic food, loved it

Relax on the beach The Porthminster beach with its golden sands , beautiful turquoise sea and vibrtant atmosphere and stunning views of the harbour is absolute paradise . We love to eat at the Porthminster Beach Cafe we have been visiting that cafe since it opened well over 18 yrs ago , the food is wonderful fresh fish cooked in a mediterranean way . Or alternatively eat fish and chips that are delicious ,freshly cooked from the take away underneath the beach cafe . The magic of St Ives has drawn us back each year now for a quarter of a century , its unique light , mild climate , art galleries and friendly , welcoming local people give us a very special hoilday.

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  • Address: The Terrace - St. Ives - England - TR26 2BN - United Kingdom
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