We had a 3 night break, having booked through the hotels own web site, which gave better rates than any last minute websites or the reception of the hotel. Booked a sea view room but decided a balcony in Oct was not needed. On arrival lucky enough to find a car parking space right outside the hotel, so with the complimentary ticket provided by reception that is where the car stayed. Room was on 3rd floor (311) in between the two lifts but no noise from the corridor at all. (the only noise was from next door with their use of the huge flat screen tv fixed to the wall, we did not turn ours on but did have one) Room very comfortable, appeared to be recently refurbished, large comfy bed and lots of drawer space. The telescope was an unusual and much appreciated extra. The bathroom well equipped with relaxing lighting, only caution would be for getting in to the bath for the over the bath shower, there are no rails at all. The key thing about the room was it was spotless and daily attention meant it stayed that way despite our best efforts! The hotel is in good location, though as with us if you have walking difficulties you do need to make sure the cliff lifts are working. The leisure facilities were the main reason for my choosing it and I had not been wrong. Ok the pool is not large but hotels do not have olympic size pools and if you want a decent swim you can time it right, the Jacuzzi is the largest I have seen and very relaxing. Steam rooms, saunas are in a separate area with no children allowed. If I was being picky the one thing that did not make sense was that the cool off shower for use after sauna/steam was not with them but in the pool area. That aside it was a great facility which I made use of before breakfast and with hubbie before dinner.
So turning to food, we were on a continental breakfast basis which is all we need and the hotel includes a hot item of eggs. The breakfast service was where it was not so good, our last morning particularly was pretty poor. You are served tea/coffee but once we were seated each morning we had to ask for it as opposed to being offered, buffet items were not refilled as promptly as they should have been. The last morning, there were not many of us in the dining area but we all had to ask for drinks and for juice to be replenished. The staff that were there wandered round a lot with no guidance. That said poor breakfast service (food was fine) is not going to spoil our break. We ate in the hotel restaurant the first night, food was perfectly acceptable but not outstanding and of course it was fairly pricey.
For a drink out not very far, try the Highlander a couple of doors away. It is part locals/part tourist but friendly with very reasonably priced drinks.
The thing that could have marred our stay was our check out; our bill included a cooked breakfast we had not had, although the waitress had tried to deliver one to our table in error and incorrect nightly rates. It took 35 minutes to correct this with no apology or enquiry as to whether we had enjoyed our stay – which we had.
Apart from a couple of niggles I would have no hesitation in saying this was a good choice of hotel, just check your bill carefully.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough's first hotel built in 1845. The interior of the Crown still contains many of the original architectural features which is why it is often featured in many film and television productions. Along with an excellent restaurant the hotel includes the Crown Spa catering for spa treatments and health club facilities including 40ft pool, large Jacuzzi, 5 heat experience rooms and well appointed gym and studio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crown Hotel Scarborough
- Crown Spa Scarborough
- Scarborough Hotel Crown