Best places to stay in St Ives

The Best Places to Stay in St Ives, Cornwall

St. Ives is a beautiful destination in West Cornwall and to make it easier for you we’ve done the groundwork on finding the best accommodation facilities available. You’ll be spoilt for choice, ranging from modern hotels, guesthouses, luxurious cottages, and affordable B&Bs.  Choose your accommodation according to your budget and availability, and while we recommend booking well ahead of time, especially during the school holidays, there are still some great options of places to stay in St Ives, Cornwall. The hotels, B&B’s, and cottages we’ve explored and reviewed include those with sea views, have high standards of customer service and all provide somewhere comfortable and cosy to retreat to after you’ve had a great day out in St Ives and West Cornwall.

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Why Stay in St Ives

St. Ives is a beautiful Cornish seaside town in South West England. It has charming beaches, serene sea views from lots of places in town, and it’s a great place for surfing. It has a great collection of art galleries, including the Tate St Ives, one of the most famous art museums based here.

If you love art, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay in St. Ives. St. Ives is one of the gastronomical centres of Cornwall and will give you a first-hand experience of the Cornish food culture, from local cuisine to international dishes.

There are so many activities to take part in here in St. Ives, hiking along parts of the South West Coast path, surfing, and even just sunbathing on her golden sands as you enjoy the fabulous views.  So, where should you stay in St Ives? 

Best Hotels in St Ives, Cornwall

St.Ives has some world-class hotels and some cozy hotels that offer fabulous views of the Cornish coastline and that also serve delicious Cornish food.  In this article, we’ve explored and listed the best hotels in St. Ives. So here are the best hotels for St Ives.

Pedn-Olva St Ives Harbour Hotel, St Ives

The Pedn Olva Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in St Ives, perhaps because of its desirable location. The hotel is situated on the granite rocks of St Ives near Porthminster Beach, with lovely views over the harbour and the town. Check rooms and rates here!

The Pedn Olva Hotel has 30 bedrooms, each awash with natural light and some with stunning sea views. Each room has its own deluxe en-suite bathroom. There is a restaurant on site that serves delicious locally sourced cuisine. 

  • Pedn-Olva Harbour Hotel Address:  West Porthminster Beach, Warren, Saint Ives TR26 2EA, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the Pedn-Olva Hotel?  Yes it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant onsite at the Pedn-Olva Hotel?  – Yes
  • Is there Free Wifi at the Pedn-Olva Hotel?  – Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Pedn-Olva Hotel?  Yes

The Pedn-Olva hotel has a fabulous location with many lovely views.  I recommend this hotel as a great hotel for couples.  Book your room at the Pedn-Olva hotel St Ives here.

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa, St Ives

The St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa is an elegant hotel that is only two minutes from the beach. This hotel gives you an impressive view across to the Godrevy Lighthouse and St Ives Bay. St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa has a traditional restaurant where you can enjoy delicious local seafood and a variety of fresh local produce.  This is a truly lovely hotel that books up quickly, check rates and availability here now!

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa has spacious, elegant rooms that have been furnished with natural warm colours. Rooms with balconies offer an amazing sea view, an evening breeze, and an even more dazzling sunset.

  • St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa Address:  The Terrace, St Ives, TR26 2BN, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa?  Yes it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant onsite at the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa?   Yes
  • Is there free Wifi at the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa?  – Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa?  Yes

Book a room at the Harbour Hotel & Spa in St Ives now!

Trevose Harbour House, St Ives

Trevose Harbour House is a beautiful hotel situated between the Porthminster and Harbour beaches in one of the best-rated areas at St Ives. It is a boutique house hotel with individually designed rooms for a great night’s sleep, flat-screen HD TV, full-length mirror, and iPod docking stations.  The en suite shower rooms are stocked with toiletries by Neal Yard Organic Remedies.   This is glorious luxury in a fabulous location, and rooms book out quickly here.  Check rates at the Trevose Harbour House here.

As a resident here you can enjoy luxurious and spectacular views of St Ives harbour from the hotel

  • Trevose Harbour House Address: 22 The Warren, St Ives, TR26 2EA, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at Trevose Harbour House?  There is parking nearby in some places, but a reservation is needed and there is a fee to be paid.
  • Is there a Restaurant at the Trevose Harbour House?  – No, but the Porthmeor beach café is just a few metres away.
  • Is there Free Wifi at Trevose Harbour House?  – Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Trevose Harbour House?  Yes

Reserve a room at the Trevose Harbour House hotel now.

The Lifeboat Inn, St Ives.

The Lifeboat Inn is in an excellent location situated just 250 metres from the Porthmeor beach, 500 metres from the Tate, and 1.6 km from Carbis Bay. It has allergy-free bedding in rooms and fully furnished family rooms that have a desk, HD flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.  You can book at room at the Lifeboat Inn here.

The accommodation types include a double room, a King room with a sea view, a family room with a sea view, two-bedroom apartments with a sea view, and a one-bedroom apartment.

  • Lifeboat Inn Address: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF, United Kingdom 
  • Is there Parking at the Lifeboat Inn? No, there’s no parking here. Guests are advised to park in the following car parks in St Ives – Barnoon (TR26 1JF), Sloop (TR26 1LT), or Trenwith (TR26 1DD), roughly £8 per day.
  • Is there a Restaurant at the Lifeboat Inn?  – Yes
  • Is there free Wifi at the Lifeboat Inn?  – Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Lifeboat Inn?  Yes

You can reserve a room at St Ives Lifeboat Inn here

The Boskerris Hotel, St Ives

The Boskerris hotel is a lovely hotel in St Ives, just 4 minutes walk from the beach and the famous Carbis Bay is just 200m away. The hotel rooms are fully furnished and all have an HD flat-screen TV, a comfortable desk, private bathroom, coffee machine, wardrobe, an electric kettle, and separate storage space for your luggage. You can see more reviews of the Boskerris Hotel here.

The rooms are free from allergies, there is a restaurant on-site that offers a continental breakfast. Some of the rooms at Boskerris hotel offer fantastic sea views. (You’ll want to book early for these!)

  • Boskerris Hotel Address: Boskerris Hotel Boskerris Rd, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2NQ, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the Boskerris hotel?  Yes, it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant onsite at the Boskerris hotel?  – Yes
  • Is there free Wifi at the Boskerris hotel?  – Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Boskerris hotel?  Yes

Reserve a room at the Boskerris Hotel here.

Best Bed & Breakfasts in St Ives

There’s something about having a seaside holiday in Cornwall.  And staying in a bed and breakfast is a great way to contribute to the local community and get all the best tips for where to eat, where to go, and what to do.  B&B’s in the UK are today often boutique and just as well equipped as hotels, so we’ve picked the best St Ives B&B’s to make your stay here in West Cornwall that little bit more special.

West by Five, B&B St Ives

West by Five is a stunning bed and breakfast guest house in St.Ives that offers world-class services. All the units at West by Five are spacious with a comfy seating area, a private bathroom, an HD flat-screen TV that allows visitors to view satellite channels, and wonderful sea views from some balconies.  See more sea views at West by Five in St Ives here.

It is stunningly and contemporarily decorated.  West by Five is located near Porthmeor Beach, Carbis Bay, and Tate St Ives. Some rooms have a patio and/or a balcony with sea views and the bed & breakfast serves a buffet breakfast for guests.  You’ll want to book early as this St Ives B&B gets booked early.

  • West by Five Address: 7, Clodgy View, St Ives, TR26 1JG, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the West by Five?  No
  • Is there a Restaurant at the West by Five?  No
  • Is there free Wifi at the West by Five?  Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the West by Five?  Yes

You can reserve a room at West by Five here.

No 27 the Terrace, St Ives

No 27 the Terrace is a bed and breakfast inn in St Ives with a bar, a shared lounge, and a garden for guests. The rooms have a stunning décor, are spacious, and have amazingly comfortable beds. Check rates at No 27 here.

Every room has a tea/coffee maker and a fridge. No 27 the Terrace is closely surrounded by fabulous St Ives landmarks such as the Porthmeor beach, Carbis Bay, and the Tate St Ives. It has a great, relaxing atmosphere and most of the rooms have either a sea or a garden view. This guesthouse can, however, only accommodate adults. 

  • No 27 the Terrace Address: 27 The Terrace St Ives, St Ives, TR26 2BP, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at No 27 the Terrace? Yes, it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant at No 27 the Terrace?  No
  • Is there free Wifi at No 27 the Terrace?  Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at No 27 the Terrace?  Yes

Reserve your room at No 27 the Terrace St Ives here.

Downsfield Bed and Breakfast, St Ives

Downsfield Bed and Breakfast is situated in Longstone Hill Carbis Bay,  St Ives. It’s about a 10-minute drive from St Ives and around 7 minutes walk to the closest beach. The Downsfied B&B has great family rooms with a guest lounge, en suite bathroom, bathroom robes, flat-screen TV, shower, hairdryer, complimentary chocolates, and a garden. There are great restaurants in the surrounding area that serve locally sourced food produce.  You can book a room at the Downsfield B&B here.

  • Downsfield Bed and Breakfast Address: Longstone Hill Carbis Bay St Ives, St Ives, TR26 2LJ, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the Downsfield Bed and Breakfast? Yes, it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant onsite at the Downsfield Bed and Breakfast?  No
  • Is there free Wifi at the Downsfield Bed and Breakfast?  Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Downsfield Bed and Breakfast?  Yes

Check availability at the Downsfield B&B, St Ives, here.

The Host, St Ives

The Host is a 4- star B&B situated around 450m from the Porthmeor beach.  It takes just 3 minutes to walk to the beach from the Host. It is such a lovely apartment with brilliant suites. The Host has a concierge and ATM service and provides drinks for its guests.  Check rates at the Host, St Ives here.

All rooms at the Host have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with access to satellite channels, a comfy seating area, a kitchen, a dining area, and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony and all guests enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel every morning.

  • The Host Address: Host St Ives Tregenna Hill, St Ives, TR26 1SE, United Kingdom
  • Is there Parking at the Host? Yes, it’s free
  • Is there a Restaurant onsite at the Host?  No
  • Is there free Wifi at the Host?  Yes
  • Is Breakfast available at the Host?  Yes

You can check rates for the Host, St Ives here.

Best Holiday Cottages in St Ives

Sometimes it’s nice to go back to your home away from home after a long day of doing what it is that you’ve come to Cornwall to do.  Holiday cottages in St Ives and in her surroundings are often in short supply, especially in the holidays, and we’ve picked the ones that you’ll want to book sooner rather than later!

Whistler, St Ives

Whistler in St Ives is a stunning 2 bedroom first-floor apartment with excellent views over Tate Reach in St Ives. The Victorian-era apartment has high ceilings and a Victorian feature fireplace with a picture bay window.  There’s an open plan sitting and dining room with two bedrooms and a modern kitchen.

There’s a washer-dryer and a back terrace accessible by French doors. This is a new apartment for holiday rentals and it has been spectacularly refurbished.  Check rates and availability here.

Whistler in St Ives features

  • Off road parking
  • Broadband Wifi
  • Sky TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio

Key information about Whistler in St Ives

  • 2 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pets are allowed

Like Whistler?  Check availability and book your stay in this fabulous apartment here.

Heron Cottage, St Ives

Heron cottage in St Ives is a one-bedroom contemporary holiday home located behind the famous Tate St Ives gallery. It is a ground-floor apartment with one double bedroom. The rooms have a charming interior that has been renovated with original granite features, high ceilings, and elegant bay windows. Check rates and availability here.

The rooms have an open plan living area with a kitchen, a vintage table, a walk-in shower, a heated towel rail, and a smart TV with sky. This is a great contemporary holiday home and a great romantic getaway for couples.

Heron in St Ives features

  • Off-road parking
  • Broadband Wifi
  • Sky TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio

Key information about Heron in St Ives

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

Want to stay at Heron Cottage, St Ives?  Check availability and book your stay in this fabulous cottage in St Ives here.

11 Chy An Eglos Apartment, St Ives

11 Chy An Eglos is a stylish apartment situated at the heart of St Ives, it provides panoramic views across the harbour and acts as a fabulous base for family and friends. It is surrounded by numerous sandy beaches and there are places to eat just a short walk away. 11 Chy An Eglos is a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment where all guests receive a welcome pack on arrival and you can enjoy the calming sounds of the sea. It has an electric oven, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer, a travel cot, and a high chair. You can reserve 11 Chy An Eglos here.

11 Chy An Eglos features

  • Off-road parking
  • Broadband Wifi
  • Sky TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio

Key information about 11 Chy An Eglos in St Ives

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

Like 11 Chy An Eglos?  Check availability and book your stay in this lovely St Ives Holiday Cottage here.

Polmear Holiday Cottage, St Ives

Polmear is a charming and cozy cottage situated in Downalong, the oldest town in Cornwall known to be occupied by fishermen. It has a rustic wood burner, a blend of old and new features, and exposed stone walls.  See what else Polmear Cottage has here.

It is an easy and short walk to the nearby sandy beaches of Harbour Sand, Porthmeor, and Porthgwidden. Polmear has a modern kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, and a shower.

Polmear in St Ives features

  • Off-road parking
  • Broadband Wifi
  • Sky TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio

Key information about Polmear in St Ives

  • 3 Bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets are allowed

Like Polmear?  Check availability and book your stay in the Polmear Holiday Cottage here.

The Best Hostels in St Ives, Cornwall

There’s only one hostel in St Ives and it is truly lovely.

Best Hostel in St Ives, Cornwall

Located in an old Wesleyan Chapel, Cohort is a simply amazing hostel in St Ives.  The hostel has both private rooms and shared dorms, with an in-house bar, lounge, and courtyard.  The Cohort hostel is located extremely centrally, just five minutes walk to the bus and train station, and has laundry and dry room facilities with free tea and fresh coffee served every morning. 

Cohort Hostel St Ives

There’s a really well-equipped kitchen and all the rooms have custom-built pod beds each with its own light, plug socket, USB port, and lockable storage space; curtains on all the beds ensure privacy within the dorms and most rooms have sinks en suite.  This is a truly fabulous hostel in St Ives in a great location.  Book a room or dorm bed here!

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Final Words on the Best Places to Stay in St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives is quite lovely and the fabulous panoramic sea views, great local foods made from fresh produce, and golden sandy beaches make this a great place to stay in West Cornwall. Whether you choose to stay in a St Ives hotel, or a B&B in St Ives, or even rent a St Ives Holiday cottage, here’s to you having a fabulous visit and coming back again soon!

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