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Porthminster Hotel (St Ives)

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St Ives Cornwall TR26 2BN Tel: +44 (0)1736 795221 Fax: +44
(0)1736 797043 Email: reception@porthminster-hotel.co.uk.

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      22.05.2006 17:52



      The Porthminster - good value with friendly staff, good food and unrivalled views of St Ives Bay

      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.


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        23.07.2001 01:01
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        Having recently stayed at St Ives i thought i'd write a piece about the hotel we stayed in. The Porthminster hotel is fairly old hotel facing the St Ives Harbour. The views of some of the rooms alone our worth the price. Although fairly expensive the hotel is a 5 minute walk away from the centre of town.With internet cafes/surf shops/ice cream outlets i was well away! Just 1 minutes walk away is the exquisite little look-out point called The Malakoff. This look-out point faces over the harbour on the left side and Porthminster beach on the right. At nite it is one of the calmest/chilled places i've ever known, and when the harbour is illuminated makes a beautiful scene for all you budding artist/photographers.Also at the foot of the hill is a beach called (imaginatively) Porthminster beach (ooooooohhhh!). This beach is really lovely with gorgeous clear blue water (rarely found in england especially where i live, where your likely to find a sticky brown floater if you venture in the sea. Ick.).The beach has a little cafe/resteraunt to go with a perfect sea-side day. When booking at the hotel you get evening meals and breakfast included. The evening meals are quite nice considering they are pracitically free. Imagine your gramdma's cooking and you'd be about there. There are set menu's for every nite with about three - five variations of menu and vegetarian option.The food comes with selection of potatoes (No chips, dammit)and cooked vegetables (quite healthy really.)I wasn't too impressed with the food as i am a junk food feind and would rather be at KFC! But again if it's free i'll deal with it! The hotel has it's own leisure centre with a saune, jet pool/jacuzzi , indorr and out door pool which are fairly big. Table tennis and normal tennis courts.Solarium(with a fixed age limit)and a gym. The amenities are very good standard for an english hotel, and combined with the amount of walikng you'
        ll do you'll have buns of steel by the time you finish your holiday. The hotel was very nice but a little on the mature side.If your in St Ives for the views and cultural art centres then you'll love it. But if you want a roaring nitelife and chips then i'd give it a miss. One things for sure, your parents will love it!


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