“Fun and funky art hotel with good-value rooms and a 3-bedroom cottage, plus a sociable eatery”
Many of the playful rooms were decorated by local artists and are utterly unique. Select one which suits your taste – perhaps Small Arty Double ‘Ben Gray’ with its circular bed, or Medium Arty Double ‘Admiral Benbow’ with its colourful mural of the pub opposite - and on arrival you’ll get to hear all about the story behind it. They're compact with showers only, but you'll feel like you're staying in a private gallery.
If you want a bit more luxury then opt for one of the newer Comfy Luxe and Super Comfy Luxe rooms, which have decadent tubs, bathrobes, Nespresso machines and walk-in rainfall showers. They’re a little more understated in terms of décor, but you’ll still find eclectic touches such as lights made from old fishing baskets and crates for bedside tables. There’s also a trio of loft rooms – the Picture Loft with its roll-top bath, the Scandi-style Attic Loft with its handy kitchenette, and the Gallery Loft with a mezzanine level holding extra beds – as well as small Cosy House Doubles on the ground and first floors.
For those seeking independence, there's a 3-bedroom cottage next door to the hotel. It's ideal for longer stays and families, with a spacious fire-warmed living space, a kitchen area, two double bedrooms, a snug bunk-bed room, and a bathroom with a copper tub and separate shower.
The Cornish Barn is the heart of the hotel, serving up sharable dishes using local produce. The menu has a particular focus on cured meats and fish, much of them smoked on site - we tucked into delicious pulled pork with oak-smoked cheddar and pickled apple, grilled prawns with lemon and garlic, and enormous smoked steaks that were cooked to perfection. Vegetarian options are also available, and there are occasional Mediterranean influences - perhaps octopus with chorizo, or honey-roasted beets with feta.
Breakfast is just as tasty, with a few unusual options alongside the normal Full Cornish and smoked salmon. We started with cute jars of yoghurt and compote, before moving onto scrambled eggs with spinach, Cornish blue cheese and sourdough toast.
The lounge-bar is open throughout the day for coffee and cocktails, and Penzance has plenty of local cafés for light lunches - just ask for recommendations. If you don’t mind a short drive to Mousehole, chic little harbourside bistro 2 Fore Street does fantastic seafood.
The Attic Loft has a basic kitchenette with a combination microwave/oven; cottage guests get a kitchen area with all you need for simple meals.
Children are welcome and will enjoy the eye-catching and playful décor. That said, there’s not much space to run around, nor are there any dedicated facilities.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The 3-bedroom cottage next door to the hotel is well set-up for families, with a spacious living area and kitchen, a master double, another double/twin and a bunk room.
Of the hotel rooms, the Gallery Loft is the best option for families - it has a mezzanine level with a small double bed and a single, though the stairs are steep with open treads. The Bigger Arty Double and one of the Medium Arty Doubles have sofabeds. Be aware that many bathrooms have showers only.