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“Perfectly fine guest house - Delicious breakfast made with locally sourced produce” 4 of 5 stars
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Esplanade Gardens Hotel
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   24 Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough YO11 2AP, England   |  
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Ranked #103 of 183 Scarborough B&B and Inns
Farnham Common, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Perfectly fine guest house - Delicious breakfast made with locally sourced produce”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

We (myself, partner and mum) stayed for 2 nights in a twin and single room. Both roooms were a good size and clean, with toiletries provided in the en-suite.
The breakfast was delicious - lovely fresh fruit and cereals, plus a very good choice of local produce (and the source is quoted on their breakfast menu) which is always appreciated and something we actively look for when booking somewhere to stay.
We would recommend to family and friends, and would stay again if we're back in the Scarborough area. The free parking permit we were given for our stay was also a nice touch. We paid £29.00 pppn (including breakfast) which was good value for August, and no single room supplement which is great! The location is excellent for visiting Scarborough - nice and quiet but a short walk to the centre.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

We arrived on a Friday night to be greeted by an owner (after having had to ring the bell to get in at 8.30pm) who handed us a registration form and breakfast form to fill in. There was no reception so we were expected to fill them in in our room. There was not enough room for two people to be stood up at the same time in the room it was so small.
The service at breakfast was awful, which we let go, but when we returned after a day out, it appeared that the room had not been serviced as the used cups had not been cleaned, nor had the bed been made. However someone had been in the room to retrieve the glasses we had used from the bar, and to give us another packet of biscuits.
This all topped off by the fact that we were requested to pay an extra £2.50 to pay by credit card and 50p by debit card means we will definitely not be stopping there again.
Would also agree that the visitors' book comments must have been written by the proprietor's family as this hotel is rotten! Don't be tempted by the price!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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dekquy, Owner at Esplanade Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, October 8, 2009
In response to this review. The inside door of the B & B is always kept locked for Safety and security reasons. We often have families staying and this prevents young children from wandering out of the guest house without parents knowledge and also its prevents just anyone from coming onto the premises. Guests will always have keys which gives them no restrictions on what time they come in. All guests are asked to fill a registration form in by law and the breakfast menu ensures that our guests receive a cooked breakfast with the items on that they like (this prevents waste). Does it really matter that you have to fill these in on the hallway desk or in your room ? We have no rooms available where 2 people carn't stand up in. All the rooms you can stand up in. The rooms are serviced daily. The bins are emptied, teas & coffees topped up (and biscuits) and beds are normally made as long as there are no personal items left all over the bed ie clothes,bags, money etc (we won't touch your personal items). We are sorry that we forgot to rinse your cups out for you. We do charge for using credit/debit cards to pay for your room however, the charges are £1 for credit/50p for debit cards and not £2.50 for credit as stated in this review. You can of course pay by cash or cheque(with your guarentee card) without charge. We have had our annual inspection by Visit England this year (mystery inspector) for which we received a 3 star rating. The inspector particularly commented on the cleanliness of the Guest house and the qaulity of the breakfast for which we use all local produce.
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Dundee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

We would recommend a stay at this hotel. Nice rooms, nicely decorated bar and dining room.
Resonably priced. Quiet and close to hill cliff tram to espanade

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunny Scunny
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17 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

Have just returned from a weekend break in Scarborough, we stayed 2 nights at the Esplanade Gardens Hotel. We were met on arrival by the host who was friendly and explained how everything worked before showing us to our room, which was spacious, light and airy but also warm and inviting with some beautiful original victorian ceiling mouldings. The ensuite was larger than your average B&B ensuite and very clean. The cooked breakfast is pre-ordered each evening, and was good with most of the ingredients being sourced locally, along with the usual cereal and a lovely fresh fruit salad type thing. It has a nice bar with comfy sofas as well as some tables and chairs and is reasonably priced. The parking is on street via parking permit supplied by the hotel. The hotel is situated about 200 yards from the clift lift at the spa and from there its about a 10 minute walk around the south bay and into the harbour, so ideally placed if you are visiting the spa itself or south bay's attractions. Note though that the clift lift closes about 6.00pm so its a much a longer walk back to the hotel if its not operating, although that said it is open late if there is a function on in the spa, it was open til 1.30pm the second night we were there. All in all value for money and I would defintely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

Managed to take 10 of us as short notice - we are a touring band.
Made to feel welcome even though we were late arriving and wouldn't be coming in until 3am. The rooms are comparable to the price paid and comfortable. there are a couple of nice touches with good quality toiletries and towels provided. The breakfast is very good and the service quick and friendly. For anyone who is familiar with typical British seaside town B&Bs, there is not much more to add. If was back in the area and needed a bed for the night It would be my first call. Good Value.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — stairs
  • Stayed October 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

We booked this guest house via the internet, to attend the annual jazz festival in Scarborough.
We will certainly return to Scarborough for the jazz, but we most certainly will not return to the Esplanade Gardens.
The guest comments book on the hall table must have been written by members of the proprietors' family, as they were uniformly positive and emphasised how welcoming the owners were. We saw no evidence of this at all; we were greeted with great reluctance and with no attempt to engage. All attempts on our part to chat with the pair were rebuffed.
The guest house itself was perfectly adequate, the rooms were clean and functional. The guest house is certainly value for money. The breakfast (Included in the price) was tasty and well presented.
However on a social level, especially at breakfast time, we were greeted with stony silence or curt monosyllables.. It's a great pity that the owners could not have made a little effort to communicate with us, we would very likely have booked again for future years. As it is, the five of us all felt that the owners were not in the least interested in their guests, instead treating us as a nuisance that had to be borne for the duration of the weekend.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — The owners' attitude
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Holmfirth
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2008

The "warm and friendly welcome" was non exsistant, although we were shown to our rooms.
We had a family room with a bunk bed that was wobbly. The window was of the sash type but the rope was broken and there was a lump of wood to hold it open with.
To say it was a family room ,there were only enough cups for two people.
The extractor fan from the bathroom lead straight thro' the wall into the bedroom.
There was no welcome at breakfast time and if it hadn't been for me the conversation would have been nil.
I did note one table of guests were treated a lot better.
Having paid up front it was good not to have to say goodbye.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — The welcome
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 24 Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough YO11 2AP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #103 of 183 B&Bs / Inns in Scarborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esplanade Gardens Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Esplanade Gardens is a family run, non-smoking guesthouse built in the Victorian era; a Scarborough guesthouse of great charm and warm hospitality, in an outstanding location. We are open all year round and provide attractively decorated, clean, comfortable rooms, a hearty breakfast and a friendly lounge bar serving bar snacks for our guests. The Esplanade Gardens is situated just 200 yards from the cliff lift down to the Spa Complex and just a 15-minute walk from the town centre. ... more   less 
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