This is a small, 2-star hotel that seems to be working towards a higher rating. My wife and I spent two nights, and made the sensible decision to upgrade from a standard room to one with a four poster bed. Our upgraded room was excellent, but from what we saw, the standard room wasn't all that great (we were shown both rooms so that we could decide whether to upgrade or not). The upgrade cost an extra £10 per night. I think there is only the one four-poster room.
The staff were friendly, and the hotel itself is pleasant, but it is outside the town centre in a not particularly attractive or interesting location, in a mainly residential area of elderly terraced housing. There is nothing much to do in the immediate vicinity and after checking in we drove in to the town simply to have a look around and find somewhere for something to eat, ending up in the cafe of a rather dark and unattractive branch of Tesco (more recently in the news for refusing to help a shopper look for her lost child!)
Batley is an unattractive town within a larger urban conurbation, but the hotel nevertheless provides a good location for touring West Yorkshire, and is conveniently located for some of the area's historic buildings, museums and other landmarks, or for visiting Leeds and other nearby towns and cities.
We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel on both days, and found the food of high quality - certainly better than the hotel grade might suggest. The only down-side was that the restaurant area was very quiet and lacked atmosphere as a result - on our first night, we were the only diners, and there was only one other occupied table on the second night, and never more than two or three tables in use at breakfast. Most of the other hotel guests seemed to be van drivers or workers simply in need of a room for the night. Perhaps because there were so few diners, we also found the restaurant quite chilly, especially on the first night when the weather was cold and wet.
- Also Known As:
- Alder Hotel Healey Lane
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic Hotel is just minutes from the town of Batley, and a short driving distance to local beauty spots, including Bronte Country, Summer Wine Country, Yorkshire’s Skopos Motor Museum, Howley Hall Golf Club, and Bagshaw Museum, to name a few. Guests can also visit surrounding cities including Dewsbury at 1 mile, Brighouse at 2 miles, Cleckheaton at 2 miles, Osset at 2 miles and Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax, and Bradford that are only 5 miles away. ... more less
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