The Best Hotels in St Ives, Cornwall

A holiday in St Ives, England, offers a perfect blend of culture and adventure
A holiday in St Ives, England, offers a perfect blend of culture and adventure | © Tommy (Louth) / Alamy Stock Photo
Bianca Barratt

Travel Expert

When you think of Cornwall, it’s often the picturesque town of St Ives that springs to mind first with its gorgeous beaches, cobbled streets and heritage-rich pubs. Home to a thriving art scene, a holiday in this little corner of England offers a perfect blend of culture and adventure. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in St Ives.

1. St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel

Traditional exterior of St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa with a tennis court on lower level, and the broad sandy beach beyond
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Bright colours and curious artworks sum up the St Ives Harbour Hotel, setting it apart from the usual seaside residence. From the whimsical ‘shhh’ cushions in the boutique bedrooms to the gold-embossed bar and panoramic view down in the lounge, everything about this hotel gets you in the mood for adventure. We’d recommend a hot stone massage in the spa followed by the hotel’s signature ‘fizz & chips’ out on the terrace for a truly indulgent experience.

2. Trevose Harbour House, St Ives

Hotel

Double bedroom with a blue and white theme at Trevose Harbour House
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Beautiful blues are dotted throughout this nautical boutique hotel that you’ll find by the beach of St Ives. With six uniquely decorated guest rooms to choose from, you’ll feel right at home in this beautiful Georgian gem. The food scene is, unsurprisingly, second to none thanks to the abundance of local produce and fresh fish on offer. With wood burners, armchairs and spectacular views, Trevose Harbour House is as much a spot for the winter as it is for the summer.

3. The Pedn Olva

Hotel

Exterior of The Pedn Olva set into the rocks on the oceanfront, steps from the beach
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With the sea lapping the shore just 30 feet (9.1m) below, you couldn’t get closer to the beach than at The Pedn Olva – an independent hotel in the heart of St Ives. Surfers can take their boards straight from the hotel without having to load them in the car first, and it’s also a great base for exploring West Cornwall. Stop by the Tate gallery and have a wander along the South West Coast Path before settling down to a hearty fish dish and a pint of local ale in the downstairs restaurant.

4. The Gannet Inn

Pubs with Rooms

Cosy hotel lounge area with large armchairs, sofas and coffee tables at The Gannet Inn
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Old travelling trunks, exposed brick walls, claw-foot baths and squashy bedstead ottomans give The Gannet Inn a distinct boutique feel, with all the thoughtful decorative touches adding up to create a place that feels like a home from home. In the winter, you’ll love nothing more than cosying up beside its fireplaces and enjoying a glass of local beer. In the summer, it’s perfectly situated for you to get out on the water or a coastal walking trail. As it’s a pub with rooms, expect your evening meals down in the fray to be lively, atmospheric and hearty.

5. Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate

Luxury, Hotel, Resort

Beachfront exterior of the Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
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There are few places in St Ives where you can stay practically on the sand, and Carbis Bay Hotel is one of them. It helps that it just so happens to be perched on one of the most spectacular beaches in the UK. Accommodation ranges from the grandiose main house, bedecked in luxe interiors, to the ocean-side beach suites where you can practically roll out of bed and into the water. There are an excellent spa and five drinking and dining options, including the sleek 1894, which comes with views of the beach, and the sand-side laid-back Beach Club Restaurant.

6. Headland House

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Townhouse exterior of Headland House with a front garden
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The clue is in the name here – Headland House can unsurprisingly be found on a headland, sitting just above Carbis Bay. Just a few minutes from St Ives, and yet removed from the holiday-town bustle, Headland House is everything you could want a bed and breakfast to be. Rooms have subtle and tasteful beachy decor, and many come with roll-top baths. Breakfast is a low-key but delicious affair, and, in the summertime, the hotel opens the conservatory doors so you can eat al fresco.

7. Boskerris Hotel

Hotel

Modern entry way to the Boskerris Hotel surrounded by plants
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With just 15 bedrooms, Boskerris Hotel is a boutique bolthole sitting above St Ives town. With its elevated position come elevated views – uninterrupted vistas over the ocean to the horizon. Breakfast is a relaxed and convivial affair, and you can choose from pastries and fruit or a cooked meal to keep you energised for a day of exploring St Ives’ beaches and creative scene.

8. Harbour View House St Ives

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Double bedroom at Harbour View House with a view over St Ives town and the ocean
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What used to be The Regent hotel was taken over in February 2020 by Georgia and Ant – a young couple who spent their childhoods holidaying in St Ives – and turned into Harbour View House. Working to revive the hotel, they’ve refreshed the decor and given it a modern boho-beachy spin, with a collection of vintage pieces and rattan furnishings that make the decor reminiscent of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Breakfast – included in the price of your room – feels similarly Aussie. Chef Coco serves up plates like smashed avo on fresh sourdough topped with crispy halloumi and nutty pesto – perfect to wash down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

None of these take your fancy? Discover our top pick of hotels in Cornwall and book now on Culture Trip.

Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.

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