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Penzance is probably one of Cornwall's most famous, salty old harbour towns, and while the fishing here isn't once what it was, Penzance still feels very much the working port, with its windy, Victorian promenade and sea-blown streets and fading Georgian shopping arcades. There's a wide mix of accommodation here, and the best places to stay in Penzance vary from great value B&Bs to smart small hotels.
Part of the town's fame is due to Gilbert and Sullivan, but Penzance also has spectacular views over Mount's Bay, and it's a great base for exploring the region, and where you'll find the ferry links to the Isles of Scilly.
Penzance is small, but there's quite a lot of impressive Regency and Georgian architecture to be found here, including 'The Egyptian House', the Market House and a couple of very atmospheric pubs. There's also a rather lovely bright white Art Deco pool at the end of the promenade.
Penzance was also a centre for the Newlyn School of painters, and there's a small Tate Gallery. This is also beautiful country for blustery coastal walks.
Jut remember if you want to bag one of the best places to stay in Penzance during the peak summer months, you'll have to be organised and book early.
For chic B&B
- For something more contemporary try the Artist Residence. Here you'll find unique rooms with murals by local artists. And it's a stone's throw from the cafes and pubs.
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Best Hotels in Penzance
Artist Residence 23 rooms from $98Cornwall
Eclectic hotel whose unique rooms have mural works by local artists, flat screen TVs; en-suites have free standing tubs and eco-friendly products. Breakfast room-come-gallery has recycled furniture and plenty of art. Walking distance to buzzy cafes and pubs. Chic, colourful and authentic.Active Holiday - Don your wetsuit and hit the waves, followed by a blustery coastal walk, bike ride and back for a hearty nights sleepFoodies - Nearby cookery schools offer foraging courses, and the town is peppered with lovely organic meat and produce shopsSights nearby - Fairytale island castle of St Michael’s MountSurfing - At Sennen Cove where everything can be hiredRecommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Chapel House 6 rooms from $195Penzance
The Georgian Chapel House, Penzance, sits right on the Cornish coast. This unique hotel offers boutique, accommodation with splendid views. The décor is designed to mimic the sea with plenty of soft greys, greens and blues used. Enjoy superb breakfast fry-ups served each morning! A top-notch stay.Foodies - Whilst only breakfasts and weekend suppers are served, Chapel House uses fresh local ingredients to produce exquisite cuisineRomantic Break - Quiet and elegant accommodation, beautiful food and long walks together on the beach-perfect for a romantic getawayGreat walks - Wander along the beach at sunset and take in the incredible viewsViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - I Escape