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Picturesque town of St Ives

Best Western Dolphin Hotel boasts (in its own humble way of course) 67 luxury bedrooms, a beautiful restaurant, bar areas and a wonderful location perched on the banks of the Great Ouse in the picturesque town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire. With spectacular views of beautiful meadows, the river and the amazing historic 15th Century bridge, youll have everything you need for a relaxing retreat.

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London Road
St Ives
PE27 5EP
To make a reservation please call 0800 393130 (Freephone). For all other enquiries please call 01480 466966


Bars, Free WIFI, Gym, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Sauna, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: Accepted We offer accomdation for pets, in rooms 60 and 61
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars


Waterside Restaurant

The 150 seat Waterside Restaurant is elegantly furnished and has impressive views across the River Ouse and 120 acres of meadow land. We offer a tempting menu on lunchtimes and evenings which includes a wide variety of dishes to suit everyone's taste - with fresh local produce as well as more exotic dishes. Our very popular Sunday Carvery Lunch offers a variety of roast joints and vegetarian dishes together with a range of seasonal vegetables and accompaniments.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 09:30
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 21:00
Weekend times may vary

Lounge Bar

The Lounge Bar provides a pleasant atmosphere in a delightful riverside setting. A wide range of beers, wines, spirits and traditional ales are served with a smile and the bar also sports one of the best ranges of whisky in the area.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


Best Western Dolphin Hotel is set in a unique location for your wedding, and is also perfect for any party or special occasion if you want to return for anniversaries or birthdays in future. Whether you arrive by car or by boat (which we can also arrange) our magical venue offers first class service and luxury accommodation in a peaceful and beautiful location. With its own private entrance, a dedicated bar, sprung wooden dance floor and private toilet and cloakroom facilities, the Meadow Suite is fully self-contained and can accommodate up to 150 people for wedding receptions, civil ceremonies or anniversary parties. We offer a range of catering options to suit your requirements.

Best Western Dolphin Hotel is licensed to allow civil ceremonies to be conducted in The Meadow Suite. Civil wedding ceremonies need to be arranged with the local registrar.


Registry office:
Cambridgeshire County Council
Lawrence Court, Princes Street, Huntingdon PE29 3P
0345 045 1363

The Dolphin Hotel is probably the most popular venue for wedding receptions in the area.
Its main room is the self-contained

For any enquiries please call James Snell and Kyle Eaton on 01480 466966

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: A14, J26, 1.60 miles
Nearest train station: Huntingdon, 6.00 miles
Nearest airport: London Stansted, 41.00 miles
Free parking on site (300 spaces)

London Road
St Ives
PE27 5EP

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Meetings, Conferences and Events

Our friendly, helpful staff will be happy to assist with all of the arrangements needed for your event, including the supply of audio visual equipment, catering requirements and accommodation. Our Meadow Suite is a fully self-contained, purpose built banqueting and conference facility, equipped with a central sound-proof divider allowing the room to be split into two, giving maximum flexibility for your meeting or conference. For easy access as well as easy planning, the hotel is situated two miles from the A1 / A14 and is only 25-30 minutes from Cambridge and Peterborough.

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Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 501 traveller reviews
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Afternoon cream tea

25/01/2019 grahamc899, Chatteris, United Kingdom

Very nice cream tea for two . Good value in bar overlooking river . Pleasant hotel and pleasant bar staff . However area could do with a spring clean as on close inspection there were several cobweb... more


In desperate need of a refurb

21/01/2019 rach10201,

I stayed here for business so I didn’t need anything particularly fancy, but this place is so dated and tired it wasn’t a comfortable stay. My first night I stayed in room 40 which was large and ok, ... more


Not recommended

16/01/2019 wsbully, Malmesbury, United Kingdom

I’ve stayed here many times over the last 4 years, but it’s slowly going downhill. Lovely location and town, but dated decor, poor cleanliness, many broken items - lights, furniture, bathrooms. Gym is... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Owner at Best Western Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We are disappointed that your stay was not to your liking. We do have a vigorous maintenance programme and if anything is broken, please brig to our attention and it will be fixed or replaced. In relation to the gym, all hotel guests do receive free bottled water upon check in and there is a water dispensing unit in reception. Moreover, we have installed a fitration system in the gym itself so that the water from the taps is specially filtered. Your comments regarding breakfast will be passed onto the restaurant manager for improvement.

A Fantastic 3 night break over New Year

05/01/2019 Jim C, Sittingbourne, United Kingdom

Went to the Dolphin for a 3 night break over New Year. From the moment `we first arrived we found the staff to be welcoming and friendly, our room was ready even though we arrived and parked without... more

Owner Response
KittyAlva, Owner at Best Western Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Your comments are appreciated and will be passed on to staff. We are trying to turn things around and look forward to 2019.

A relaxing visit in St. Ives

30/12/2018 Voyage55000613043, Surrey, United Kingdom

Visited St. Ives to see family over the holidays. The staff at the hotel were attentive and extremely pleasant. Special thanks to reception for going out of its way to help me. The breakfast was ex... more

Owner Response
KittyAlva, Owner at Best Western Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your taking the time to post your review. You comments are appreciated and will be passed on to staff. We look forward to your next visit.