Cheap Hotels in Cornwall that Don’t Scrimp on Style

The cliff-edge Polurrian stands on Cornwall's rugged Lizard Peninsula
The cliff-edge Polurrian stands on Cornwall's rugged Lizard Peninsula | © AJTFoto / Alamy Stock Photo
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21 November 2020

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.

Artist Residence

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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.
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The Lerryn

4.4/5 (177 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $121 per night
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.
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Padstow Harbour Hotel

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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.
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The Alverton

4.5/5 (398 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $125 per night
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.
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  • The Beach at Bude

    4.7/5 (59 Reviews)
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    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.
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    County Arms

    Hotel, Inn
    4.3/5 (249 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $126 per night
    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.
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    Polurrian on the Lizard

    Budget Hotel
    4.4/5 (210 Reviews)
    Polurrian on the Lizard, Helston, Cornwall
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    Price Drop
    Now from $164 per night
    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.
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    Tregenna Castle Resort

    3.9/5 (478 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $103 per night
    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.
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    The Escape

    3.5/5 (8 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $73 per night
    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.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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