As a young lad in the 1960's staying in a boarding house near to the castle, I would dream of being able to afford a stay in a 'proper posh hotel'; and The Grand was always the poshest in Scarborough! My wife and I stayed the weekend, Saturday/Sunday night. There is no real parking facility, so I parked in the multi-storey (locked overnight) for £6.00 and just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel refurb was almost completed; the room was clean and of an adequate size and the newly fitted bathroom - with spa bath - was just fine. No view to speak of and the fan was a bit noisy, but for two nights you could put up with that. The two lifts are woefully inadequate (we stayed on the 6th floor) as they are used by cleaning staff and guests, but reflect the era when the hotel was built. Public rooms were OK (don't like the shade of blue on the lobby walls!) and the furniture in the bar lounge is a bit tatty and doesn't match the decor any more. The dance band that played on Saturday night were very good, as was the singer.
Meal times were a bit of a raffle - queue for a table at breakfast on Sunday, not what one might expect. The evening meals where not to a very good standard - vegetables cooked to a pulp- if the tin opener had broken we would probably have starved! However, decent house wine at £7.75 a bottle - not to be sniffed at - well maybe just one sniff before tasting! The staff were lovely! They were friendly and helpful, from reception to waiters, maintenance to cleaners alike. I didn't hear any complaints from other guests, who all seemed intent on enjoying their stay and the weather was cheerfully sunny for October!
Would I recommend the hotel? Well, yes if you avoided eating in!
I paid £126 for a double room for two nights, half board, en suite, a veritable bargain...and I got to realise my dream as a young lad by staying at The Grand Hotel!
You can't put a price on that...so what do you want for your money?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Town Centre, the Grand Scarborough Hotel takes pride of place overlooking the town's harbour and South Bay. One of the town's landmark features and instantly recognisable on the skyline, this former Butlins Hotel is an ideal Hotel in Scarborough from which to enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, promenade walks and all that Scarborough has to offer. LIVE entertainment is available every night with our dazzling cabaret shows featuring professional dancers and entertainers dressed in stunning costumes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Scarborough
- Scarborough Grand Hotel
- Grand Scarborough
- The Grand Hotel Scarborough