The farthest outpost in deepest Cornwall, Penzance was once known as a wild and lawless touchstone for seafarers and pirates alike. Whether it’s a potter down Chapel Street, a visit to one of its many botanical gardens or a trip out on the sea, a visit to this far-flung corner of England will leave you with a taste for adventure. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Penzance.
Set on Penzance’s promenade, The Lugger Inn is an excellent option for those looking to visit the town on a budget. Each of the rooms is spacious, clean and has all the basic amenities such as a hairdryer, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities. You’ll also get a great view across the bay in most. Close to the Lighthouse and Penlee House galleries, art buffs will love its location, as will sailors, thanks to its prime spot in the harbour.
Famed for their celebration of local artists, the Artist Residence hotels are an absolute must – particularly the one in Penzance, which harks back to Cornwall’s swashbuckling, sea-swept past. Reclaimed doors, exposed brickwork and wood burners give it a truly rustic feel, whilst the marshmallow armchairs, digital radios and Nespresso machines to be found in every room ensure you have a truly comfortable stay. Enjoy a range of tasting plates down in the Cornish Barn restaurant, a truly trendy eatery.
With its Queen Anne façade and 300-year history, this old Cornish manor house certainly carries a lot of heritage. Though each of its rooms has been renovated, they retain the sense of grandeur that you’d expect from a large country pile, and there are even cottages and glamping tents onsite for larger and more adventurous parties. The period features, ruffled curtains and roll-top baths all add to the old-fashioned vibe, allowing you to live out your Jane Austen fantasies in style. After a full English breakfast down in the dining room, take a turn about the stately gardens before heading into Penzance, which is just a few minutes’ drive down the road.
Following an extensive renovation, this Georgian gem has been brought a new lease of life through its seamlessly blended artwork, vintage furniture and scrubbed wooden floorboards. White with splashes of bright colour, the décor at Chapel House is a perfect mix of old and new, and each of the six bedrooms is designed to celebrate and enhance its original features – whether that be a vaulted ceiling with wooden beams or a beautiful marble fireplace. Right in the heart of Penzance – Cornwall’s most far-flung town – you can enjoy views of Mount’s Bay whilst sampling the restaurant’s gloriously fresh menu, which celebrates the best of local produce.
Sugar, spice and all things nice spring to mind when you enter the pastel paradise that is Camilla House. A Grade II-listed building, it features eight boutique bedrooms, some of which have been newly refurbished as recently as 2018. Light and feminine but without being overly saccharine, you’ll find blush-coloured soft furnishings, button-back armchairs and French armoires in each of the rooms. Breakfast is served in a beautiful sunroom from which you can enjoy views of the garden whilst sipping your morning coffee. Right in the centre of town, it offers a great base for exploring Cornwall.