Beautiful old buildings in fabulous locations usually cost more than this hotel costs so I checked the reviews. A mixed bunch and mostly not complaining of things which would bother us so I went ahead.
The staff in this hotel are competent and pleasant. We were able to park free-of-charge right outside of the hotel which is to say right in the centre of Harrogate. One lift was out of order and the other was tiny. Our room was small and badly decorated, the furniture needed replacing it was just TOO old and decrepit. Having said that it was very clean, the bed was comfortable and there was no real cause for complaint.
The bathroom was very clean though the purple ceiling was an acquired taste which I did not acquire.The lighting was too dim for me to read in the bath but the water was very hot and kept on coming.
The wifi worked.
The breakfast however was most unsatisfactory. There were no bread rolls, danish pastry or croissants. The fruit looked tired and unappealing (my husband thought it was tinned). Given this we went for the cooked option. It is not cooked to order (always a good sign) but was a help-yourself arrangement. The bacon was rather hard, the sausages of the lowest possible quality and the scrambled egg cold. The nice-looking grilled tomatoes had some sort of strong spice or herb on them which I disliked. The coffee was not as nice as most hotel coffee. I was not able to eat any of the breakfast and (a rare thing for me) complained to the very personable guy in charge. He was most helpful but couldn't change the basic situation which was that this was a poor breakfast. He did offer to get me a croissant from the kitchen because they "didn't put them out" but that would be twenty minutes wait. I'm not sure if they would have fried me a couple of eggs on toast to order, but looking back, that would have been the answer. In the end I had two slices of toast for breakfast which is not what I expect in a hotel.
Would I go back? Well maybe just to visit Betty's tea shop which is across the road. Still if I had stayed in a Travelodge instead of the Yorkshire Hotel I could have afforded the £40 for two afternoon teas at Bettys!!!
There is nothing wrong with this hotel that a little financial investment could not solve. The staff are brilliant, the public rooms are lovely. But, and it's a big but why offer poor quality breakfast ingredients? It makes a big difference to the stay if the breakfast is brilliant and it isn't so very hard to get right. It seems to be all about lowering costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yorkshire is perfectly situated in the heart of Harrogate, with everything you need being within walking distance, opposite Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. Harrogate train station,and the Internatioanl centre is an easy three minute walk away making the hotel an ideal venue for events held at the HIC.The hotel’s Hg1 Brasserie & Bar, has a high street style and is very popular with both our guests and the local residents of Harrogate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate
- The Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate