If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to a boutique hotel in Cornwall this summer, try the Truro Townhouse. Having booked it a couple of weeks beforehand, my wife and I stayed there for a couple of days last week and were thoroughly impressed.
Our room was right at the top of the three storey building and very well-appointed, with a bed that actually felt larger than king-size, good quality bed-linen and towels, and a modern bathroom, finished in black and white. It faced the rear and thus suffered little from traffic noise. Free wi-fi was also available.
Breakfast was a self-service continental affair, available between 6.30 am and about 10.30 am. We were glad to be able to come down at a time that suited us and help ourselves to a generous selection of pastries and hot drinks from a cappuccino machine, as well as the obvious choice of cereal and toast.
Each afternoon, a member of staff bakes a cake and a plate of scones, from which residents are welcome to help themselves: a complimentary afternoon tea like this is a really nice touch.
The proprietor told me that he is fully booked for most of the year – often by business guests –and I can understand why. He used to run a larger hotel in Mevagissey and this now occupies his retirement; he obviously knows the trade and how to keep customers coming back.
My only negative observation has to be that parking is not great (but could be a lot worse). They offer 8 spaces between 12 rooms and manoeuvring can be difficult in a larger vehicle. Even so, don’t let this put you off what is a very comfortable and well-run establishment: it’s close to the heart of a lovely city that’s within easy reach of most attractions in the county.