From arrival at the splendid 'boutique' hotel that is The Downcliffe House Hotel, where we were welcomed by Lizzie, herself straight back from her own chilled holiday in Ibizia and treating her arriving guests to some of her holiday music, to our check out after 2 seriously chilled out days, ours was a fabulous experience of this small, but spacious and stylish hotel!
We were searching for a seaside bolt hole within a couple of hours from home. Filey was not on our radar. Peace, tranquility, style ? In August in the school holidays? Yep. This is a proper grown up seaside hotel with a stylish and very comfortable restaurant serving excellent food and great wines (try the New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc, lovely!) The hotel is seriously 'zen' and with rooms looking out over Filey Bay you go to sleep with the sound of the waves and wake as we did with lovely sunrise and those amazing waves again!
The owners Lizzie and Darren can be credited with creating something really special on this area oftheYorkshire coast. They are very 'hands on' so you will see them to chat to in the bar, at breakfast and generally flitting through the hotel. But their staff team must be mentioned. All lovely and pleasant, and they make the whole operation look as chilled as you will end up after just a couple of hours here!
Boutique hotels are a fairly new idea and many establishments lay claim to the title without ever fully understanding what needs to be delivered to achieve success and satisfied guests. Also some guests don't fully understand what the term means either and can make impossible demands on these usually small hotels. In our view, and we have stayed in several 'boutique' hotels, Downcliffe gets it right on every level. Lizzie and Darren have set out to offer something quite unique to this coastal town. Looking round the hotel we saw areas where traditional seaside hotels would have squeezed in extra beds and made a killing at peak holiday times. Clearly Lizzie and Darren knew the 'character and culture' of what they wanted Downcliffe to be - and my, how they have achieved it! We cant wait to return! Thanks everyone at Downcliffe - we think your all pretty fabulous!
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