A quirky boutique hotel with 23 contemporary rooms and a cottage, individually designed by British artists.
20 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AW 01736 365 664
Smack bang in the middle of Penzance, it would have been all to easy to buy up this Georgian mansion and run a traditional hotel with bragging rights about its top location. Not so for the Artists Residence Penzance, where time and effort has gone into a unique boutique design that stands out from the crowds. The elegant town house exterior conceals 9 arty rooms, each individually designed and decorated by Cornish and British artists, and 14 'House' rooms in their signature eclectic style.
It's a vibrant mix of new and old, from a sea-themed double to chic twin rooms, and a comfy de-luxe suite along with wacky street art murals. There's also a three-bedroom cottage which is the perfect seaside retreat for a family. The key word throughout is comfort. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries, flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi, while the cottage has an open-plan living room and kitchenette with log burner, and a luxurious bathroom with copper roll-top bath and walk-in rainfall shower.
Breakfast is served in the ground-floor restaurant, The Cornish Barn, using fresh local produce, and the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, providing a selection of small plates and meat and fish dishes from the smoker. There is a large beer garden complete with table football, ping pong, fully stocked bar and BBQ for summer days, and an indoor bar-lounge with log burner and a focus on local ales and cocktails crafted using Cornish spirits. It all adds up to a stunning hotel with unique design, delicious food and a thoroughly laid back atmosphere – topped off by that central location that, yes, they should still brag about! And the good news is they have three other equally enticing locations in Brighton, London and Oxfordshire.
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17 bright and funky double rooms, two 2-bed apartments and a 3-bedroom cottage.
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Double rooms start at £75 a night.
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Artist Residence is located right in the heart of Penzance. There is no parking but there is plenty of free on-street parking nearby, as well as on the seafront, a 5-minute walk away. Coming by train, the station is a 5–10-minute (uphill) walk away but taxis are plentiful and cost around £5.
Open all year.