The Lugger

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Why We Love It

  • 17th-century smuggler's inn turned boutique hotel on the Cornish coast
  • Overlooks the harbour in Portloe, a quaint fishing village on Roseland Peninsula
  • On the South West Coast Path & a short drive from Truro & the Lost Gardens of Heligan 
  • The 2-AA-Rosette restaurant is known for its local seafood & has excellent views

​"Heavenly seafront setting" -- Red Magazine
Enjoyed This
(5 Member Ratings)
"Beautiful location, delicious food, welcoming and genuinely attentive staff make this a fabulous stay. The additional touches such as hot chocolate delivered each evening and freshly baked treats in the afternoon add to an all round fabulous place to stay ."
06. Nov 2018
Holmfirth, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is in Portloe, a small fishing village on the Cornish coast, five hours' drive from London. Free parking is available at the hotel. Trains from London Paddington to the nearest train station in Truro take just over four hours. Truro station is 30 minutes away by taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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The Lugger Hotel is a "delightful" inn (The AA) on the harbour front in Portloe, a quaint fishing village on the Cornish coast, half an hour's drive from Truro. Once a 17th-century smuggler's inn, the property has been reinvented as a boutique hotel and was named one of The Mirror’s Top 10 Seaside Hotels in 2015.

Ringed by craggy cliffs, Portloe is a "wild and romantic spot" (The Stylist) with narrow streets and a picturesque little harbour. It is in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula, "arguably the most tranquil corner of one of Britain's most beautiful counties", says The Guardian, with "statuesque cliffs and untrammelled beaches". The South West Coast Path passes right through the village (guests can borrow wellies and umbrellas from the hotel), and it is a pleasant two and a half hours' walk around Nare Head to Carne Beach's sheltered south-facing sands. A 20-minute drive inland leads to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a "fascinating" Victorian garden (The Rough Guide to Britain) that was forgotten for 76 years and only rediscovered in 1990.

The hotel's restaurant holds two AA Rosettes, as well as Breakfast and Dinner awards, and serves seasonal fresh food, with an emphasis on Cornish lobster, crab and shellfish. The views over the harbour are excellent, especially from the terrace. There's no mobile phone signal at the hotel, but free Wi-Fi is available in the lounge, where there's an open fireplace and comfy sofas.

Rooms are cosy and have a "chic seaside feel", says The Stylist. Classic rooms have views of the village or the cliffs, or you can upgrade to a Deluxe room for a glimpse of the sea or a terrace overlooking the village. There's fresh milk in the fridge for tea and coffee, and guests are treated to a nightly turndown service, including biscuits, hot chocolate, the next day's weather forecast and a short story.

Travelzoo tip: Click here to see our list of 101 Things to do in Cornwall.

From the press:

  • "Family-friendly hotel with lovely views and excellent staff" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "Local ingredients are the kitchen's linchpin, particularly seafood" -- The AA Restaurant Guide



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request and free of charge for children aged 15 and under, in Superior Rooms and Deluxe Rooms only.
This includes breakfast.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request in the bedrooms and on the terraces but not in any public areas and will be charged at £15.00 per stay, payable at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(5 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lugger Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Beautiful location, delicious food, welcoming and genuinely attentive staff make this a fabulous stay. The additional touches such as hot chocolate delivered each evening and freshly baked treats in the afternoon add to an all round fabulous place to stay .
Helen 06. Nov 2018 Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Sitting on the terrace enjoying the sound of the waves and the view from the breakfast room.
Other Comments
The restaurant is VERY expensive. No options available for children which we were not made aware of when we booked the hotel or when we booked our dinner reservation. Set menu only, no choice of dining for less than £35 per head before alcohol and no bar or snacks menu.
Mrs A 29. Oct 2018 Benfleet, United Kingdom
Travelzoo Deal Expert
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic staff, amazing location, lovely atmosphere and great food and drink. My favourite hotel in the world!
Other Comments
Simply the best! Love the lugger and it's staff. This was my fourth visit and each time has been exceptional. If anything, the room upgrade made this the best visit yet. There will definitely be another visit in the future.
Nathanael 08. May 2018 Taunton , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Exceptional food! From the sandwich when we arrived to an excellent evening meal that concentrated on good local food imaginatively created.
Other Comments
Lots of little extras- fruit and sweets in room- milk in a jug plus a tea-pot- free waters- hot chocolate sachets with marshmallows put in room in evening. The extras go a long way!
Phil 23. Dec 2017 Tavistock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
beautiful position, warm and friendly staff.
Other Comments
cosy,friendly and friendly. Nothing seemed to be a problem.
James 22. Sep 2017 Welwyn, United Kingdom

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