“Fun and funky art hotel with good-value rooms and apartments, plus a sociable eatery”
Most of the playful rooms are designed by local artists and utterly unique. Choose one which suits your taste, and on arrival you’ll get to hear all about the relevant artist. Proportions are generally fairly small, although the lofts' high ceilings give an added sense of space. Our favourite was the Picture Loft, with its roll-top tub, though the Attic Loft has a handy kitchen and a novel floating bed. The Gallery Loft is the biggest, with a mezzanine level holding extra beds.
Beyond the lofts, the Bigger Arty Double has a lovely bay window overlooking Chapel Street while the top-floor rooms boast distant sea views: Small Arty Double Ben Gray (with circular bed!) and Medium Arty Room Muju World (designed by the gallery in St Ives). There are also 2 House Doubles - Comfy and Cosy - for those after something a little more understated. Bear in mind that these rooms are on the ground-floor and somewhat overlooked by the courtyard and carpark.
Since our visit, the Comfy Luxe and Super Comfy Luxe rooms have been added. Their pared back design is cool and calming, plus they have fabulously indulgent roll-top tubs and walk-in showers.
Next door to the main hotel, a series of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments await. Great for longer stays and families, they have spacious living areas and full kitchens - those with a sea view are particularly charming.
The Cornish Barn smokehouse and bar is the heart of the hotel, serving up social sharable dishes using local produce and cured meats and fish. We're yet to visit since they launched their current menu, but if the quality is anything like their past creations, it'll be fantastic.
Breakfast is excellent; many ingredients are locally sourced and it really shows. We started with cute jars of yoghurt and compote (everyone’s favourite) followed by an tasty full English and some (slightly tart) blueberry pancakes.
There's a lounge-bar next door open throughout the day for coffee... and then cocktails. Penzance has plenty of local cafés for light lunches, too - 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 have a basic kitchenette with a combination microwave/oven; apartment guests have full kitchens with everything from toasters to hobs, and full size fridges.
Children are welcome, and will enjoy the eye-catching and playful décor. That said, most rooms are on the small side and there’s not much space to run around and play.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The 2-bedroom apartments next door to the hotel are well set-up for families, with spacious living areas and fully equipped kitchens.
Of the hotel rooms, the Bigger Arty Double and one of the Medium Arty Doubles have sofabeds, but the Gallery Loft is the best option for families with more than one older child. It has a mezzanine level with a small double bed and a single. Be aware that most of the bathrooms have showers only.