Cheap Hotels in Cornwall that Don’t Scrimp on Style

The cliff-edge Polurrian stands on Cornwalls rugged Lizard Peninsula
The cliff-edge Polurrian stands on Cornwall's rugged Lizard Peninsula | © AJTFoto / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Ross

Art-adorned townhouses and sea-spying stays provide budget-friendly bases in England’s beautiful South West.

Cornwall has a whole host of hotels with affordable price points, but more perks and privacy than your traditional budget-traveller base. Fancy staying in a former convent with worship-worthy stained-glass windows? How about a clifftop retreat where you can soak in a copper tub? From city-centre boltholes to beachfront bases, there’s something to suit every cash-strapped traveller. Here’s our pick of the best in Cornwall.

1. Artist Residence


Cosy apartment with log-burning stove, wood floors and large blue sliding farm door to bedroom at Artist Residence in Penzance
Courtesy of Artist Residence / Expedia
Head down cobbled Chapel Street in Penzance and you’ll discover a Georgian townhouse that’s been converted into a quirky and cosy hotel. The vibe is pampered but unpretentious, with 22 art-adorned bedrooms and a three-bedroom cottage, too. Guests can soak in copper bathtubs and warm up beside wood-burning stoves in rooms strewn with Rajasthan textiles and palm-print motifs. Downstairs, The Clubhouse serves excellent food in a laid-back atmosphere – the prawn tacos are a must.

2. The Lerryn


Large double bed with white sheets and a mustard yellow headboard in an airy, white room with large bay window at The Lerryn.

Run by husband-and-wife team Lynne and Andy, The Lerryn is well-placed for exploring Falmouth’s seafront, harbour and 16th-century Pendennis Castle. Rooms reflect the hotel’s maritime surroundings with a chic twist, from the scalloped headboards to the repurposed ship lights. There’s a great selection of breakfast options including hot and cold dishes, and well-behaved dogs are warmly welcomed.

3. Padstow Harbour Hotel


Large double bed with white, blue and green sheets, monogrammed velvet pillows in an airy room with green and blue patterned chairs at Padstow Harbour Hotel.

With an enviable position just above Padstow harbour, this revamped Victorian hotel has a fun feel. The decor is vibrant and contemporary, with bright, printed furniture and modern artwork. The restaurant has estuary views and showcases a menu with a seafood slant. Rooms range from cosy singles to suites and are tastefully styled in bold shades of blue. There’s even a heated outdoor pool, if the Atlantic doesn’t appeal.

4. The Alverton


Double bed with grey headboard and small cushions, bird patterned wallpaper and a small window in a stone wall at The Alverton.

A short walk from the centre of Truro, The Alverton was once a convent. It’s now a stylish hotel with an award-winning restaurant, plus stained-glass windows, a bell tower and curved archways that’ll have you counting your blessings. Rooms are divided between the main house and the courtyard: all feature luxury touches like copper baths, rose-patterned headboards and White Company toiletries. Sample the signature chateaubriand at dinner or sip cocktails on the terrace.

5. The Beach at Bude


A light and airy room at The Beach at Bude, with white-painted walls, a double bed with wooden headboard, and wicker furniture.
Courtesy of the Beach at Bude / Expedia

Sitting above sandy Summerleaze Beach, The Beach at Bude is perfect for sea lovers. Spend the afternoon surfing the nearby breaks or kick back with a cocktail on the ocean-facing terrace. There’s a neutral colour scheme in the rooms, with coral cushions providing a splash of colour. The heart of the hotel is in the lively bar, while former MasterChef contestant Jamie Coleman sends out delicious, locally sourced dishes from the kitchen.

6. County Arms

Hotel, Inn

Double bed with striped pillows in a simple room with a wooden desk at County Arms.

Offering affordable accommodation and a convenient location in the heart of Truro, the County Arms has a modern style and friendly feel that outweighs other budget bases. Its 33 rooms include double, twin, family and superior rooms, and some have pretty woodland views. The food is hearty – proper burgers accompanied by local ales, weekly roasts (with veggie options, too), and full fry-ups. They also serve their own blend of coffee, Brewer & Bean, using 100 per cent arabica beans.

7. Polurrian on the Lizard

Budget Hotel

Large double bed in a cream-toned room overlooking the sea at Polurrian on the Lizard.
Courtesy of Polurrian on the Lizard / Expedia

Locations don’t come much more dramatic than this. Standing on a cliff on the rugged Lizard peninsula, Polurrian is a cool retreat with floor-to-ceiling sea views. Rooms – including twin and family options – are bright and contemporary, while the luxurious villas offer extra space and privacy. Facilities include a restaurant with a wood-fired oven, an indoor pool, a health club and spa with Elemis treatments and bespoke yoga classes.

8. Tregenna Castle Resort

Spa Hotel

Large double bed with red cushions in a simple room with red armchairs and paintings of flowers on the wall at Tregenna Castle Resort.
Courtesy of Tregenna Castle Resort / Expedia
Choose from self-catering properties and hotel rooms (including family suites) at this 72-acre estate in St Ives. The best rooms are sea-facing, so you can fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves. The Brasserie has a teal-and-grey colour scheme and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with children’s menus available. You can also order a picnic hamper – loaded with scones and Cornish pasties – to graze on amid the grounds or further afield.

9. The Escape


Bunk beds with striped duvets and pillows in an airy, minimal room with green flooring at The Escape.

There’s a relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe at The Escape, located in the heart of Newquay. It’s a great choice for budget-conscious groups of friends and is located less than a five-minute walk to the beach and shops. The bar is open until 3am and there’s free parking, handy for such a central location. Hungry? Dinner is usually artisan pizzas or Thai, while a full fry-up will get you going in the morning.

For more inspiration, discover our guide to the best hotels in Cornwall and the best hotels in Penzance, bookable on Culture Trip. Looking for the perfect lover’s weekend away? Take a look at our guide to most romantic hotels in Cornwall. Taking a few extra travellers with you? Culture Trip’s got you covered with our collection of Cornwall’s best pet and family friendly hotels.

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