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The 13 Best Places to Stay in Penzance, Cornwall

Penzance is West Cornwall’s main tourist and business centre and this seaside town is rich in history while with numerous attractions for visitors, ranging from Ancient Monuments and Historical places.  It provides easy access to West Cornwall’s picturesque beaches, cliffs, and pretty fishing villages. Penzance has a large variety of accommodation options for visitors, including hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering cottages.  So whether you’ve looking for a gorgeous Penzance holiday cottage or a swish hotel in Penzance we’ve got you covered.  Here are the best places to stay in Penzance, Cornwall.


The 6 Best Holiday Cottages in Penzance

Whether you’re looking for a quaint chocolate box holiday cottage in Penzance or a slick stylish contemporary accommodation, we’ve picked the best that Penzance has to offer for holiday accommodation.  If you’re looking specifically for a thatched holiday cottage, then head over here for a specific article on that.

Now, where were we?  Yes, here are the loveliest holiday cottages in Penzance.

1. Regent Cottage, Penzance.

This charming holiday cottage is located on the outskirts of Penzance, just a few minutes from the harbour and town.    The cottage has a fabulous mature garden and is decorated in a contemporary fashion inside.  It is light and airy, with gorgeous furnishings.  The kitchen is superbly equipped and there is plenty of room here for the four people that Regent Cottage sleeps.    Regent Cottage is set back inside mature gardens, which makes it a great retreat after a day of visiting all that Penzance and West Cornwall have to offer.   There is one double bedroom at this holiday cottage in Penzance, and one twin bed.   With an offroad parking space and this great outside space, it’s a treat to be able to relax here!  You can see the rates for Regent Cottage here.

Regent Cottage in Penzance features:

  • Electric Wood Burner Effect Fire
  • Dishwasher &Washing Machine
  • Off-road parking
  • Pub & shop nearby
  • Family-friendly
  • Towels included

Key information about Regent Cottage in Penzance:

  • 2 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets are allowed

For an airy, lovely quiet retreat of a holiday cottage in Penzance take a look at Regent Cottage here.

2. The Bowler Hat

This lovely 1860s home is a perfect couples retreat in Penzance.  The home has been refurbished into stunning apartments and is located in a quiet residential district of Penzance.  The apartments at the Bowler Hat blend classic charm with modern elegance and the apartments have exposed beams, stone walls, and vaulted ceilings, providing a classy yet relaxing atmosphere.   There are stunning views of Mounts Bay.  The bedroom, decorated in a boutique design, is a cosy retreat in this quirky second-floor apartment.  The stylish kitchen is of a luxury design with integrated appliances, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, oven and hob with extractor hood and microwave.    You can check the rates of this stylish holiday apartment in Penzance here.

There’s offroad parking for one car and a shared garden with furniture and a BBQ.  Back inside the stylish lounge has glorious views.  Want to see more about The Bowler Hat?

The Bowler Hat in Penzance features:

  • Seaside views
  • Enclosed garden / patio
  • Internet access
  • Offroad Parking for one car
  • Towels included

Key information about The Bowler Hat in Penzance:

  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets are not allowed

If you’re searching for a romantic getaway with your significant other, The Bowler Hat is a fabulous location! Check availability here.

3. Bay View, Penzance

This stylish duplex apartment, Bay View, is tucked away by the sea in Penzance, Cornwall.   Bay View offers reverse-level and accessible accommodation and is perfect for a family of four.  This Penzance holiday apartment is across the road from a convenient public car park, where you can safely leave your car during your stay in Penzance.  The two double bedrooms are on the ground floor of this two-storey apartment, and the fabulous, open-plan living space has an abundance of windows, showcasing fabulous sea views.   The living space comes complete with a Juliet balcony for letting a little of the outside in too.   There’s a fabulously comfortable corner sofa for watching the sunset or checking out what’s on TV.  You can read more about this Bay View Holiday Apartment in Penzance here.

The sleek white kitchen is fully equipped for a self-catering holiday in Penzance and comes complete with all appliances, plus a dishwasher and a washing machine.

Bay View in Penzance features:

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Great sea views
  • Broadband / Wi-Fi

Key information about the Bay View in Penzance:

  • 2 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bathroom
  • Pets are not allowed

This stylish apartment for four in Penzance has magnificent views – and is fully equipped for your stay in West Cornwall.  You can check the prices of the Bay View apartment here.

4. The Slipway, Penzance

The Slipway Apartment in Penzance is located in a Grade II listed house close to The Abbey, a huge vacation home in the centre of Penzance.   It is co-located with Mount View, and both apartments can be combined.  These comfortable apartments provide a handy location for everyone in your group, whether you’re a couple on a romantic trip or a larger family holiday.

The Slipway is a ground floor apartment, with Mount View on the first floor and both apartments sleep up to four people. Mount View has a double and a zip/link twin room, while The Slipway has an en-suite double bedroom with a double sofa bed in the sitting area. Both these fantastic self-catering apartments share The Abbey’s magnificent large grounds, where you can soak up the sun while reading a book, dining alfresco, or simply relaxing with a drink. Penzance’s old town is within easy walking distance. Check prices of The Slipway here.

The Slipway in Penzance features:

  • Off-road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / Wi-Fi

Key information about The Slipway in Penzance:

  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets are allowed

The Slipway Apartment (and Mount View) is a great option for self-catering in Penzance. Check availability here.

5. Alverton Cottage Gardens, Penzance

Alverton Cottage Gardens is just half a mile from the seafront in Penzance and comes with offroad parking.  This is also a holiday cottage with electric car charging facilities too.   It’s very close to the town of Penzance, but perfectly quiet here.  The cottage is suitable for 6 in comfort and the open plan living and dining area is very convivial.  There’s a huge corner sofa and a big dining table as well as a games room in the conservatory too.

The huge contemporary kitchen has built in appliances, including a washing machine and dishwasher, perfect for your self-catering stay in Penzance.  When you’re ready for a night out and someone else doing the catering there’s a great pub less than a mile away.  You can check availability of Alverton Cottage Gardens here.

Alverton Cottage Gardens in Penzance features:

  • Electric car charging
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / Wi-Fi

Key information about Alverton Cottage Gardens in Penzance:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets are allowed

This is a fabulous holiday cottage for 6 in Penzance – and you can check availability and book your stay in this fabulous Penzance holiday home here.

6. Mackerel Sky, Penzance

Mackerel Sky is located in the heart of Penzance in an elegant, stone-front residence, this bright, airy holiday apartment combines contemporary décor with a great position.   There’s a nautical theme running through the décor here and a great series of lounge areas, complete with a wood-burning stove for chilly evenings.  There are two double bedrooms and a single cot room too.    The well-equipped kitchen is great for preparing meals, and there’s a dining area inside as well as an outdoor patio and garden for eating too.  The piece de resistance here is a private sauna in the garden, perfect for relaxing at the end of a great day after seeing the best things to do in PenzanceWant to see more about this lovely holiday apartment in Penzance?

Mackerel Sky has an outstanding interior and exterior and some great special features.  And when you’re done with self-catering, you can always head to the local pubs, your closest is less than a quarter of a mile away.  Come on in and see more of what Mackeral Sky has in Penzance.

Mackerel Sky in Penzance features:

  • Sauna
  • Wood Burner
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 0.1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Broadband / Wi-Fi

Key information about Mackerel Sky in Penzance:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets are allowed

This gorgeous Penzance holiday cottage has some super special features, like a sauna and a great private garden space.  You can check the prices of Mackerel Sky here.

The 3 Best Hotels in Penzance, Cornwall

Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury or a more simple stay, Penzance has some great hotels.  We’ve picked the top 3 of Penzance’s best hotels for your stay in West Cornwall.

1. The Dolphin Tavern Penzance

The Dolphin Tavern is a lovely locally run hotel that has all of Penzance’s attractions on your doorstep. The rooms at Penzance’s Dolphin Tavern include a flat-screen TV, and you can connect to the internet using free Wi-Fi.  The full breakfast here gets fabulous reviews!  The Dolphin has an amazing location and extremely friendly staff, and each of the rooms here at this 3-star hotel in Penzance has sea views.   The hotel has thick granite walls, lots of old shipping artefacts and a warm homely atmosphere.  It’s here that it’s said that Sir Walter Raleigh smoked the first pipe of tobacco on English soil and the tavern has been used as a courtroom.  It’s also said that three spirits make the Dolphin Tavern their home…. You can read more here!

Check rooms and rates at The Dolphin Tavern, Penzance here

  • The Dolphin Tavern Address: Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BD, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at The Dolphin Tavern? – On-street parking is available.
  • Is there a restaurant on-site at The Dolphin Tavern? Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at The Dolphin Tavern? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at The Dolphin Tavern? Yes

For a fabulously located hotel in Penzance, take a look at the Dolphin and you can check availability here.

2. The Longboat Inn, Penzance

This classic, family-run inn’s convenient setting is excellent for visiting West Cornwall, as it is just seconds from the bus and train stations in Penzance.   It’s a perfect Penzance Hotel if you’re using public transport!  The Longboat Inn has 17 beautifully decorated en-suite rooms, four of which are family rooms, all of which have LCD Freeview flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffee and tea-making facilities. There’s free Wi-Fi in the Bar, Lounge, and all the Guest Rooms at the Longboat. There’s also a comfortable guest lounge available, separate from the bar area at the Longboat. This 18th-century building has been delightfully updated and is seriously comfortable.       The bar and separate restaurants serve homemade, locally produced meals with great service and there’s also a Mediterranean style beer garden for when the weather permits. Read more reviews of The Longboat Inn.

  • The Longboat Inn Address: Market Jew Street, Penzance, TR18 2HZ, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at The Longboat Inn? – There is no available parking.
  • Is there a restaurant on-site at The Longboat Inn? Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at The Longboat Inn? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at The Longboat Inn? Yes

The Longboat Inn is a great family-friendly hotel that’s easy to get to. Check rooms and rates here!

3. The Hotel Penzance, Penzance

This fabulous townhouse hotel in Penzance features great seascape views of the horizon and a big, open sky. The rooms with a view of St Michael’s Mount are incredible (take a look here!) Hotel Penzance was originally the residence of merchants for wealthy ship owners, and remains an Edwardian townhouse, but is now your ‘home away from home.’ The exquisite rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making amenities. All rooms have a TV and a work desk, and some offer incredible views of St Michael’s Mount (one of Cornwall’s most incredible castles).   See more information on Hotel Penzance here

Hotel Penzance is set back from town and offers a quiet retreat with coastal gardens surrounding a glorious terrace, where you can dine alfresco with stunning sea views.  If you feel like a lazy day away from the things to do in Penzance, then head for the poolside loungers and the stunning swimming pool.  For cooler days, a quiet guest lounge with open fireplaces and artwork is a splendid retreat.

The elegant restaurant here features a covered terrace and provides a sophisticated European menu with local ingredients, the owners here truly embrace the idea of “farm to fork”. This is an incredibly special hotel in Penzance and you’ll want to return time and time.   See what other guests say about the Hotel Penzance here.

  • Hotel Penzance Address: Britons Hill, Penzance, TR18 3AE, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at the Hotel Penzance? – Yes, on-site private parking is available (reservation required) and costs £8.95 per day.
  • Is there a restaurant on-site at the Hotel Penzance? Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the Hotel Penzance? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at the Hotel Penzance? Yes

The Hotel Penzance has superb sea views, a glorious pool and gardens and is a magical place to stay in Penzance. Check rooms and rates here!

The Best Hostel in Penzance

Stay at the best Penzance hostels to stretch your travel budget further. The YHA hostel in Penzance is great for those who simply want the basic amenities.  The Penzance Hostel has both a form and private rooms. 

YHA Penzance

The YHA Penzance is set in a Georgian mansion set on stunning grounds in a quiet section of town that provides ideal accommodation for holidays in Cornwall. The hostel is excellently located for accessing some spectacularly picturesque walking paths nearby and outstanding local and national public transportation connections.   Here at the YHA Penzance, there are private rooms, beds in shared rooms and also camping and cabins available.  There’s free parking on site too. See rates here.

Dorm rooms at this hostel in Penzance have multiple beds, a typical shared room has bunk beds, a reading lamp, and a storage cabinet for each visitor, which can be locked with a padlock if necessary.

Additionally, at the YHA in Penzance, there are premium bell tents for rent, complete with double futon beds and three single futon beds as well as a wood burner! There are also landpods here at this hostel (you can read more about them here) and you can also bring your own tent and camp here too. 

There’s also a restaurant serving evening meals and light lunches every day. There is also a buffet breakfast offered and a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering guests. Check rooms and rates here!

The 3 Best Bed & Breakfasts in Penzance

The door is wide open, and the warmest welcome awaits at Penzance’s best B&Bs. We’ve selected these Bed & Breakfasts in Penzance for their hospitality and a massive dose of originality and Cornish charm – as well as, of course, the amazing Cornish breakfasts that they provide.

1. The Summer House, Penzance

The Summer House in Penzance is an elegant regency boutique bed & breakfast just a short walk from the famous Victorian seafront and comes with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount. This fabulous B&B in Penzance provides on-site guest parking, a private garden, and there’s a pantry service available 24 hours a day.   The Summer House books out quickly, so you’ll need to reserve early!

This Grade II listed house has previously been home to many artists of the Newlyn School and now provides elegant contemporary accommodation in relaxed, stylish surroundings.  The sub-tropical walled garden or the drawing room are perfect for relaxing in while you plan the rest of your trip to Penzance.

All of the rooms at Penzance’s Summer House are ensuite with rainfall showers and all come with luxury, eco-friendly, vegan-friendly toiletries.  The B&B is licensed and serves select wines as well as Cornish wines and gins too.   Come to the Summer House for a luxury B&B in Penzance, it’s gorgeous.  Check room availability here.

  • The Summer House Address: Cornwall Terrace, Penzance, TR18 4HL, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at The Summer House? – Yes, free private parking is available on site.
  • Is there a restaurant on-site at The Summer House? Yes
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at The Summer House? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at The Summer House? Yes

Like the look of the Summer House? Check availability and book your stay in this fabulous luxury Penzance B&B here.

2. Holbein House, Penzance

Holbein House is about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Penzance, and the promenade, with plentiful on-street parking.  The six uniquely designed bedrooms are all furnished with a mix of modern and period furniture.  You’ll find fresh and soothing colours complementing the traditional surroundings, including an eclectic combination of Victorian architecture and contemporary clean interiors.  This is a fashionable but comfortable boutique ambience. Rooms at Holbein House provide a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower, complimentary amenities, and a hairdryer.  See more reviews of this great Penzance B&B here.

Breakfasts are cooked to order at Holbein House and with knowledgeable local hosts, you’ll never be stuck for anything to do or where to go in West Cornwall.    This Penzance bed and breakfast has a great luxury, but homely feel to it.  You’ll not want to leave!   Check room availability here.

  • Holbein House Address: Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at the Holbein House? – Street parking is available.
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the Holbein House? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at the Holbein House? Yes

The Holbein House B&B is the ideal spot to unwind, with views to the rear of Penzance’s centre and the coastline. So, if you’re looking for a place to relax after a long day in Penzance, this is the place to be. See room rates and availability for this gorgeous Penzance B&B here.

3. Penmorvah Guest House, Penzance

Penmorvah is a family-run Guest House built in 1896 in Penzance, near Mount’s Bay. Penlee Park, the Seafront, the town centre, and Penzance’s several restaurants, galleries, and transportation links are all within a short walk. Every room at Penmorvah has an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making amenities, towels and a hairdryer are also provided. You can check availability at this Penzance B&B here.

  • Penmorvah Address: 61 Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ, United Kingdom
  • Is there parking at the Penmorvah? – Free public parking is possible at a location nearby.
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the Penmorvah? Yes
  • Is breakfast available at the Penmorvah? Yes

Penmorvah is a great family-friendly, family-run B&B in Penzance.  Check B&B rooms and rates here!

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Final Words on the Best Places to Stay in Penzance, Cornwall

Penzance offers a wide range of accommodation for visitors that includes some lovely hotels, some gorgeous bed and breakfasts and a fabulous hostel.  There are super holiday cottages in Penzance too, catering for a romantic weekend away, or a larger family holiday in Cornwall.  No matter what type of visitor you are you’re bound to find holiday accommodation in Penzance to suit your needs!

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