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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
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 08443 876079*


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 424 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 88
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Rating: 1 61

friendly , efficient staff and excellent food.

03/03/2018 geoff_grayton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

I was with a group of 15 who had pre-booked and ordered before our visit. there was a large car park with plenty of space for our cars, The signage was good and the building tidy , well decorated and ... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Owner at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your kind words and positive feedback - I shall ensure all team members read your comments. I very much look forward to welcoming you again. James Snell - General Manager

Sunday lunch not resident

03/03/2018 Pennie H, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

The Sunday lunch is a traditional carvery. Choice of starters a dessert and coffee included. Excellent value for money and ideal for families. Restaurant overlooking river and town. Ample parking. Nic... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Owner at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
May I thank you for your kind words which I will pass on to all team members. We look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards James Snell - General Manager

Lovely hotel

14/02/2018 Sam D,

Lovely room, staff were wonderful and very pleasant. The hotel is in the perfect spot and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely restaurant inside and bar. We will be returning. Highly recommend to fa... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Owner at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and I will pass on your kind comments to the team. We very much look forward to welcoming you again. James Snell General Manager


11/02/2018 Dave A,

Just had the carvery in the meadow suite, yes a refurbishment is needed. However, the food was good as was the service. Looks like they'd turned the corner from getting our reviews. Will definitely be... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Owner at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much your positive review and your kind comments which will be passed onto our team - we look forward to welcoming you again. James Snell General Manager

is the dolphin hotel still open?

01/02/2018 myles92236, St Ives, United Kingdom

popped over the bridge for a bar meal at the dolphin hotel. waited for what seemed ages for a member of staff to appear. were they all in a meeting, abducted by aliens? couldn't see any customers arou... more

Owner Response
Ravi G, Manager at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review
Hello Myles I am sorry that you did not find anyone at the bar to serve you. We are staffed 24 hours a day including all night with a night porter. If you could phone the hotel and give us the date you came, I could check our rotas and see who was scheduled to be at the bar. Nonetheless, we have full time staff available at the reception and staff in the restaurant during its opening hours. If in the future, you have to wait for service, please come around to reception and the problem will be quickly sorted.