A cool, contemporary hostel in the heart of St Ives.
The Stennack St Ives Cornwall TR26 1FF 01736 791 664
Danny and Lee Strickland took over what was a rather tired old building in the spring of 2015 and have turned it into something really special – and much more in tune with the cool St Ives vibe: a clean and contemporary hostel, right in the centre of town, that has a mixture of dormitory beds and private rooms catering to all kinds of folk on a budget. The rooms have been completely refurbished to make the most of what was already a pretty impressive location – a 19th-century Wesleyan chapel and school: there are seven mixed dorms and two female-only dorms and all are furnished with custom built 'pod beds', each one having a privacy curtain, a plug socket, light, USB port for charging technology and lockable, under bed storage; each dorm has shared showers and toilet facilities although most have hand basins in the room.The hostel also has three private rooms, furnished with either bunks or double beds. Beyond the sleeping accommodation, it's a very sociable place, with a comfy lounge and bar, a private courtyard, a TV and movie room with free Netflix, a fully-equipped kitchen for self-caterers – and (a real plus, this) superfast Wifi available free throughout the building. They also have plenty of storage space for bikes, surfboards and luggage. The location is great, bang in the centre of St Ives, and walking distance from pubs, restaurants, the bus and train stations, the beach – you name it – making it a fabulous place to stay if you're visiting St Ives on a budget.
Cohort Hostel is cheap, chilled and friendly. Located in the centre of St Ives we offer awesome, budget accommodation in a town where the cheapest room can often cost you upwards of £120.
Private courtyard, storage for bikes, boards and bags, superfast (200MB fast), free WiFi throughout the building, free tea & (fresh) coffee before 10am, free Netflix, lounge, cheap bar with local, craft beers and a happy hour, huge lounge, laundry facilities and unique rooms... all housed in a Grade II listed building with original features.
Mintues from all 5 beaches, over 50 bars and restaurants, the Tate, the coast path, great surf, the Hepworth sculpture garden and great shops.
Prices just £25 p.p.p.n in the height of Summer.
Our Favourite Spot
Love hanging out in the lounge at the end of a busy day just before you shoot out for dinner... it's super chilled, very friendly and a great space to catch up on news, emails and upload your photos.
The local area
The best thing about St Ives has to be the 5 gorgeous, sandy beaches. On a sunny day you'd be forgiven for mistaking a photo of St Ives for the Med or even the Maldives. Whether you want to surf, swim, fish, kayak, paddleboard or just hang out on the beach it's the best place to while away a day. In the winter, when the beaches are deserted, it's even more spectacular and dramatic.
Best local places to eat and drink
The West Beach Bakery on Porthmeor Beach is the best place to eat sourdough pizzas and drink local beer during the summer although none of the beach cafes disappoint. We currently love Gilmores (tacos and tequila) on the Harbour and the new Beer & Bird (fried chicken and beer) on Fore Street. Best place for a typical Cornish breakfast has to be the Cornish Deli round the corner from Cohort - tucked away down a side street it's a bit of a local secret.
Why stay with us?
Be smart, be sociable, stay connected, #stayatcohort.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
The Queens Hotel
2 High Street St Ives Cornwall TR26 1RR
In a town full of trendy restaurants, it's a relief to find a down-to-earth pub serving top quality, local food.
Porthmeor Café Bar
Porthmeor Beach St Ives TR26 2AU
Retro-cool is the style oozing from this beachfront bar overhanging St Ives’ most famous surf beach
Porthminster Beach St Ives TR26 2EB
It’s not just the bang-on-the-beach location that’s earned this place its reputation – the food is outstanding.
4 The Wharf St Ives TR26 1LF
A funky seafront bar where cocktails and tunes reign supreme as the sun goes down
The Loft Restaurant and Terrace
Norway Lane St Ives TR26 1LZ
A former sail loft, this is now a funky eatery decked in contemporary style
Things to see & do nearby
Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach St Ives TR26 1TG
View contemporary art exhibitions, often associated with Cornwall and the coastal environment
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
Various locations, St Ives, Cornwall
A week-long celebration of food and drink at the ocean's edge.
Ocean Sports Centre
Carbis Bay beach St Ives Cornwall.
Explore St Ives Bay on a Hawaiian canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board.
The best beach for surfing and sunset in St Ives
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Barnoon Hill St Ives TR26 1AD
The subtropical garden is the highlight of this exhibition, with its sculptures of the coastal environment
The Allotment Deli
30a Fore Street St Ives Cornwall TR26 1HE
A fantastic local deli selling fresh local produce, homemade pies and pastries.
The Digey Food Room
4–6 The Digey St Ives TR26 1HR
Stacked wall-to-wall with mouthwatering goodies, The Digey Food Room is an ambassador for local produce
71–73 Fore Street St Ives TR26 1HW
If you want to get your hands on something rare and unusual this is the shop to head for.
The Old Forge Lelant TR27 6JG
At this independent wine merchant and deli you get knowledgeable service and tasting notes to take home with you
Other Places to Stay Nearby
The Sands Porthrepta Road Carbis Bay Cornwall TR26 2FG
Stunning luxury holiday apartments overlooking Carbis Bay, St Ives
Blue Hayes Private Hotel
Trelyon Avenue St Ives TR26 2AD
With its panoramic sea views, Blue Hayes offers some of the best accommodation in town
Ayr Holiday Park
St Ives Cornwall TR26 1EJ
Stay under canvas and listen to the waves beating the rugged shores below your hilltop perch
Pedn Olva Hotel
West Porthminster Beach St Ives TR26 2EA
From its superb location between the beach and town, Pedn Olva really does bag the best ocean views in St Ives
Escape to St Ives
8 Camaret Drive St Ives Cornwall TR26 2BE
Excellent self-catering properties in the heart of St Ives.
If you've ever fancied learning to surf, then this is your chance. Our friends at the excellent Cohort Hostel in St Ives have teamed up with the guys at St Ives Surf School to offer great surf and accommodation packages. Our fabulous offer is in an ideal location to take your skills in the water to the next level.
Surf Camp Offer Includes:
– 3 nights at Cohort Hostel & 3 lesson course, prices from £150
– 5 nights at Cohort Hostel & 5 lesson course, prices from £225
*All packages are self-catering and all equipment is included free of charge. Dorm beds and private rooms available.
To book, either call on 01736 791664 or email email@example.com and don't forget to mention 'Cool Places'.
Dormitory beds from £22 per person per night; double rooms from £48 a night, triple rooms from £70 a night.
Turn right out of the train station and follow the main road into town; turn left onto Gabriel St and the hostel is 50 yards up on the right.
Open all year.