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The history of our hotel


Queen Victoria was still on the throne when the Lugger Inn first opened its doors to the public, as a lodging house, in 1881. The Marine Hotel (as it became known in 1905) looked out over a promenade of sand and shrubs, rather than the broad waterside walkway that people enjoy today, but the backdrop of the crystal waters of the Atlantic shore is as appealing today as it always has been.

The Lugger inn history

The Marine Pension, as it was. The Lugger Inn, though a lot bigger now, still has the same roof line, gables and bay windows with unspoilt sea views. 

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'St Michael's Mount, Cornwall'. A watercolour by Queen Victoria on her visit to the bay shortly before Lugger Inn was built.

With the increase in demand for seaside holidays on the Cornish coast, the lugger Inn eventually increased its capacity and now offers twenty rooms over three floors. Featuring all the amenities you'd expect to make guests feel welcome and comfortable, it is only the classic Victorian architecture and various quirky staircases that now hint at the history of one of Penzance's iconic waterfront lodgings.


Our Team


Lesley initially took over the lease of the restaurant, then in 1999, took on the full hotel.  Since then, the lugger has gone from strength to strength and is very popular with locals and guests from far and wide. Her focus on catering for families, makes the Lugger Inn the best place to eat, sleep and play when you want to make memories for the whole family.

Lesley's team have developed a fantastic reputation for hosting special events; with a function room and a dedicated team, Lugger Inn is a wonderful setting for landmark occasions, including: parties, meetings, wakes, birthdays, christenings, naming ceremonies, business events and fund raisers.*

*Fund raisers and charity events are offered free of charge.

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