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We are a 2 star hotel with rooms situated throughout 4 floors. The hotel has no lift due to the grade 2 listed building status meaning we can't make alterations to install one. We will of course, help with luggage though.

Our food is traditional and cooked using fresh produce of fish, meats, vegetables & dairy sourced from Scilly & Cornwall where possible. Our style is not nouvelle cuisine or a fancy Michelin Star type restaurant.

Our experienced staff offer excellent & attentive service, far beyond the normal expectations for a 2 star rated hotel

Our swimming pool is 8 metres x 4 metres and so neither small, or Olympic size! An unusual extra facility compared to even many other hotels. Its size is governed by available space, and is covered in and heated.

Our rooms are comfortable & furnished to the same standard. All are en suite with either bath, shower or both, and some are compact, hence the special offer lower tariff for these.

The hotel is situated in the centre of Hugh Town, at the quieter side and is ideally positioned for easy access to the harbour for inter island boats to the inhabited islands of Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes & St Martins.

I try to post regular photographs of the islands, and you can see more of the hotel in the photo galleries on the right hand side of the page.

If you would like to contact us please feel free to email or telephone: Tel. 01720 422575

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Visitor Book - 27.09.10 to 19.10.10

Thursday 21st October 2010

The temperature is starting to drop now as October continues. This morning's sunrise was lovely. Hopefully I will be able to post some pictures later of that. My camera batteries ran out just at the most inconvenient time ***(I've Now Got These Sunrise Pics Posted Below)***. I have taken a couple of pictures of the harbour this morning though, on my phone, with the sun shining on the water & boats. The sea is like glass again today.
The hotel had every room full last night, but the last weekend of the season will be quiet before we close the doors on Monday 25th.

As promised; this morning's sunrise:

Monday, 18 October 2010

Precious Lives Appeal for Children's Hospice Southwest

On Saturday 16th October, the band that I'm in "Stir Crazy" played a gig for the very first time, and in aid of the charity: Precious Lives Appeal for the Children's Hospice Southwest who are in the process of starting up a new hospice just outside of St Austell. We managed to raise a sum of £308.00 for the charity which is pretty good going as there were a couple of other large events going on elsewhere on the same night; Gig Rowers Annual Dinner & Presentation Evening & a Charity Ball in Aid of the Vetinary Support Group.
It was an enjoyable evening albeit a little daunting for me as it was the first time I had ever played guitar in public. The first has got to be the worst as far as nerves go... so bring on the next performance!!
If I can find someone who took any photos, I will post one up!

***Update 22.11.10: A bit later than planned, but I've got a link to You Tube for one of the songs we performed - Marillion; Kayleigh***

Sunday 17th October 2010

What a day!!! I couldn't believe my luck for my day off this week!! The weather was amazing, with no wind and warm sunshine. The sea was like glass without a ripple. It was hard to believe that we are over half way through October.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Sunday 10th October 2010 - 10.10.10

This Sunday saw a time & date of 10:10:10 on 10.10.10. It was a hazy sort of day with the sun breaking through late afternoon. Still warm enough though, so I took a trip to Tresco for my day off, with the family to see a good friend who's birthday it was.
A few more birdwatchers around searching for the rarities on their migration routes to warmer climes for the winter. The boat was probably 75% birdwatchers on the way back, comparing notes and showing each other photos taken on cameras with some serious lenses going on! It seemed like they had a constructive day. Maybe a few more birds will help bring in more visitors to the islands to help boost the late season. We now have a few of our regular birdwatching guests in the hotel now.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Sunrise - Friday 8th October 2010

The sunrise was lovely this morning with the view from my bedroom... shame I only had my phone to hand to take some pictures with!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Thursday 7th October 2010

Well, the weather has been glorious again today... at least up until 4pm anyway when it started to spit a bit. The wind has also picked up. In all, it appears to be a temporary 24 to 36 hour glitch before the high pressure is back with us for some more warm & sunny October weather; yay!!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Wednesday 6th October

A walk to work this morning along Porthcressa bank. Another lovely day after very heavy rain in the night! Best time for the rain in my book!

Monday, 4 October 2010

October Weather - Sunny So Far!!

October has kicked off to a great start with the weather clear & sunny. Check out the view from Bedroom One this morning!!

The autumnal coolness is starting to set in of a morning & evening, but it's lovely I think. I wonder how long we will be this lucky with the weather?! No doubt the birdwatchers will be praying for strong gales to bring in the migrating birds. There are a few now wandering around with their tripods.
Sunday 3rd was glorious and the sailing club were out making the most of the fair weather opportunity.

Good Bye, and All The Best Kashka!! :)

The hotel closes down for the winter period 3 weeks today, and this morning we wish Kashka (Katarzyna) fairwell and good luck for the new page in her her life, managing a Subway outlet in Bath. Kashka worked for us 2 seasons ago and was able to come back to us this year at short notice when we needed staff mid season. At the time she was managing a Subway back home in Poland, but upped sticks to join us at the Bell Rock. So for this, we say a big "Thank you!"

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Photo Gallery Update!!

I've finally taken the new pictures of the Long Wing bedrooms & bathrooms today. They have now replaced the older pictures.
You will see that this year, the rooms have all been decorated in a cream colour as opposed to the yellow wallpaper with borders.
The bed spreads, curtains & cushions are also in the red theme to match the style of the 1st & 2nd floor rooms.
The bathrooms have also lost the glass shower screens in favour of curtains, and the taps on the baths & sinks have been renewed.
This work was all undertaken in the winter before opening for the 2010 season.... it's just taken me until the beginning of October to photograph & upload them; Sorry!!! Better late than never I say.
I've also added a few more to the public areas gallery.

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor

“Travelling alone, I was made to feel I was their most valued guest”
Bell Rock Hotel


1 Oct 2010 | Trip type: Solo travel

This was my second visit to this hotel [although 23rd visit to the Islands], mainly because there is rarely a vacancy due to the popularity of this hotel and folk who often re-book before they leave. I can honestly say that on both occasions I have stayed there, I was made to feel that I was their most valued guest. From arrival to departure, all staff were friendly, helpful and considerate. My room this time was slightly smaller and might have been a little cramped for two but this did not worry me. As ever, the menu was varied, well presented and I can't believe there would be anyone whose taste could not be satisfied. During my stay, one guest made a suggestion for an alternative condiment at breakfast which to his surprise and delight was provided the following morning. The position of the hotel makes a visit to anywhere on St Marys simple and it just a short walk on flat roads to the harbour for off-island trips. As I see it, the only disadvantage which is not the fault of anyone at the hotel is that non-ambulant guests would have difficulty due to steps up to the entrance and down to the restaurant although during my stay there was a wheelchair bound guest who managed to cope. I can't wait to go back, but fear I will get the normal "sorry, no room that week" comment from Daniel!

Date of stay September 2010
Visit was for Leisure
Travelled with Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes

***Footnote From Daniel***
I am glad that you have enjoyed your stay again with us Mrs Costa(Your TripAdvisor user name offers the clue to your identity), and that our team of staff looked after you, and made you feel very welcome.
Single rooms are booked up very quickly, as you have found. We have only the 2 single rooms in the hotel, after which we can allocate the smaller double rooms for single occupancy with a supplement. These doubles offer a cheaper tariff than a standard double or twin for single occupancy which would carry a 50% supplement. These smaller doubles also offer a cheaper option for couples to visit.
Fingers crossed, we will be able to accommodate you again when you wish to return!!? We look forward to welcoming you back :)