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The Scarlet Hotel
For out-and-out luxury, Cornwall's fabulously chic new ecohotel takes the crown...
The Lugger Hotel
The consummate romantic hideaway, teetering on the harbour's edge in pretty Portloe...
Perched on a hill with views across Mount's Bay, this town house hotel makes a pleasant Penzance base. Bedrooms are staid in style, with cream-and-magnolia colours, varnished desks and vintage lamps: the best have bay windows looking out to sea...
Trevalsa Court Hotel
Mevagissey's hillside hotel is the top place to stay in town. Mahogany panels contrast with starchy tablecloths in the dining room, and the menu is good for fresh fish and local game...
This decent mid-range hotel is a short walk uphill from Fistral Beach, overlooking the golf course. Rooms aren't spectacular, but neutral tones, plain furniture and distant coast views make the prices seem reasonable, even in season.
A decent hotel in a clifftop spot above Porth Beach. There are only 26 rooms, so it feels intimate. They're nicely finished, but a little on the small side and only a handful have proper sea views...
Smart clifftop hotel with 11 rooms in whites and creams, big views from the outdoor deck, a gym and Finholme sauna, and surf packages courtesy of nearby Raven Surf School.
This converted convent is Truro's grandest hotel, but the style is more country than contemporary. Antique wardrobes, sleigh beds and drapes in the generous bedrooms; the best have views over the hotel's manicured grounds.
The city's best option is this efficient city-centre pad (formerly the Royal Hotel), geared heavily towards the business crowd...
A Falmouth classic and still a good choice for heritage and harbour views. Public rooms have maritime touches – nautical knick-knacks and ships in cabinets – but the rooms stick to safe beiges and creams...
On a terrace of tucked-away B&Bs just off the seafront, the Chelsea's attractive rooms include a 'Ships and Castle' family suite, spacious 'Pendennis' with a sea-view bay window and a minuscule 'Captain's Cabin' in the attic.
This Victorian house is handy for town, and refurbishment has brightened up the rooms with fresh colour schemes and contemporary furnishings...
The Falmouth Townhouse
The choice for the design-conscious, in a town house halfway between the high street and Discovery Quay. Despite the heritage building, the feel is studiously modernist: slate greys, retro furniture and minimal clutter throughout...
The Old Quay House Hotel
The epitome of Fowey's upmarket trend, this exclusive quayside hotel is all natural fabrics, rattan chairs and tasteful tones, and the rooms are a mix of estuary-view suites and attic penthouses. Very Kensington, not very Cornish.
The Summer House
Just off the Penzance prom, this former artist's house is now a stylish hotel, blending Knightsbridge chic with seaside accents.
Budock Vean Hotel
Another stalwart on Cornwall's luxury-hotel scene, this riverside beauty sits on the Helford's north bank, with country-chic rooms (some with sitting rooms), four lounges, a health spa, tennis courts, 13 hectares of parkland and even a private jetty.
A 17th-century sea-captain's house turned heritage hotel, off Chapel St. Its creaky rooms brim with antiques, vintage rugs and Victoriana, and there's a delicious secret garden hidden out back...
A slice of Lizard luxury: a restored rectory surrounded by two green acres and a gorgeous pool...
Housel Bay Hotel
If you're after sleek lines and stripped-back minimalism, then this coastal hotel won't be for you – but if it's wraparound views and vintage Victoriana that lights your candle, then you'll be thoroughly happy here...
Edwardian elegance rules the roost at this family-run hotel, with its ranks of old photos and booklined gentlemen's lounge. The antique-themed bedrooms feature springy beds, polished woods and teddy bears – most also have a sea view.
The Copper Kettle
Delightful little four-room B&B, with all the guest rooms named after local coves, and freshly decorated with seaside stripes, colourful spots and chocolatey throws.
Trevose Harbour House
A swanky six-room townhouse on the winding Warren, restored with a sea-themed combo of fresh whites and stripy blues...