“As you pass over the threshold you enter a calm and serene space where a wealth of luxury awaits, both inside and outside just relaxing on the balustraded terrace with stunning views over the harbour and St Ives Bay.”
Lonely Planet has dubbed it, “A little piece of the South of France in St Ives”; while the globally renowned Hotel Guru lists it as one of their regional top ten. With a host of recommendations from a wealth of various publications and industry experts, the Blue Hayes Private Hotel has received some seriously critical acclaim.
Endorsed by the likes of The Telegraph, The Independent, The New York Times and Times Online, the Blue Hayes is fast gaining wide repute with praise and plaudits from peers and critics alike. Its awards stand testament to its unyielding excellence as it continues to provide exclusive accommodation of the highest calibre – evident in a range of reviews, examples below.
Blue Hayes, in St Ives, Cornwall, is a boutique hotel with spacious rooms and lovely harbour views.
An imposing granite gentleman’s residence entirely refigured with contemporary, light-filled spaces 10 years ago. The main lounge and dining room lead out to a balustraded terrace shaded by an ancient Monterey pine and Cornish palms. There’s a smaller sitting room for reading or watching sport on television. The pale cream carpet is spotless and housekeeping everywhere is top-notch.
The Sunday Telegraph
Cornwall has always been smart – now it’s positively chic. The proof is in its new hotels and restaurants, says Fiona Duncan.
Cornwall: England’s Champagne Coast – 27/06/2004
It feels like Capri at the Blue Hayes Hotel, a new five-room “private hotel” overlooking St Ives Bay and harbour. It has glitzy suites, a white-balustraded terrace, palm-fringed gardens and stunning sea views. This is a much-needed addition in St Ives, another Cornish resort where sleek bars and restaurants have been springing up around the harbour to meet the demand from more upmarket visitors drawn to the town by attractions such as Tate St Ives.
The Daily Telegraph
Telegraph writers pick their favourite discoveries made during 12 months of travel across the globe. Fifteen hotels selected, only two of which are in the UK – one of these is Blue Hayes:
The Best of 2003 – Worldwide directory of our favourite hotels – 29/12/2003
Blue Hayes, St Ives, Cornwall. This freshly rebuilt and refurbished hotel above the coastal path at the approach to the town is in a class of its own. For years Cornwall’s most romantic and cultured seaside hideaway has been in need of somewhere comfortable to stay, and now it has it. The hotel has five stylish suites and does not accept children under 10 years.
The Sunday Telegraph
Down Memory Lane – 08/06/2003
Down memory lanes – Paul Wade returns to his childhood haunts and finds narrow alleys of St Ives much changed. Blue Hayes is open again after a facelift. Expect urban sophistication with the finest views in town.
The Daily Mail
Gold Award to Blue Hayes – 23/07/2003
You’ll be converted by beautiful St Ives – The Cornish fishing village became popular with painters – but there’s far more to it than red ochre says Peter Hardy. Blue Hayes stands out in vivid relief from the otherwise bland canvas of hotel accommodation. The house, on the coastal path at the approach to the town, was recently reopened, after a two year makeover, with five stylish suites.
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Pioneering Spirit – 19/07/2003
Pioneering Spirit thrives in St Ives – Joanna Hunter examines the artistic legacy of this tiny seafront town; she stayed at Blue Hayes Hotel where a double room costs from £90.
From the Scilly Isles to the Scottish Highlands … we pick our Top Ten stylish seaside hotels.
St Ives is one of the funkiest seaside resorts in Cornwall thanks to the opening a few years ago of the Tate art gallery. So it’s hardly surprising that the town should now have a stylish boutique hotel overlooking the bay and harbour. Blue Hayes is five minutes walk and gazes down upon Porthminster Beach. Cool, minimalist rooms have been created within a whitewashed 1920s building. It’s a real suntrap and on a summer’s morning feels like the French Riviera, with even palm trees in the garden. There are plenty of restaurants nearby but the hotel does offer light suppers that can be served on the terrace if you fancy dining al fresco. (27 May 2007).
The Independent on Sunday
Sleepover: A night in St Ives: Blue Hayes – 31/08/2003
Luxurious in every respect. It represents a welcome addition to the hotel scene in St Ives and suggests that accommodation is finally catching up with the fancy restaurants around the harbour. The recent facelift appears to have exterminated every bit of chintz; instead expect smooth, sleek, Scandinavian cream lines, soft cotton and fresh lilies.