Firstly the positives about this hotel. The staff were great and very welcoming. Our evening waiter in the restaurant couldn't do enough for us and was very attentive, giving us an efficient and personal service. The locally sourced food on the menu was excellent, cooked to perfection and reasonably priced - as was the wine. I had the beer battered fish and chips and my husband the lamb - both superb.The restaurant area is large and rustic but with a cosy ambience - including the nearby roaring fire in the bar area which we enjoyed. Our room was small but clean with a very comfortable (and large) bed and had everything we needed - the hospitality tray had some nice touches. Food selection at breakfast was good and plentiful.
What we didn't like: Our room (number 11) was at the front of the hotel on the main road, and even with the window closed was noisy from the traffic below. This wasn't as bad as having to listen to next door's TV (and it wasn't on very loud) as well as their very noisy extractor fan from around 10.00 p.m. to midnight when we were trying to sleep, but again not the occupants fault. When asked about our stay at checkout the following morning I did comment on this and was told by the member of staff 'there was nothing they could do because it is a listed building' and did apologise. I've noticed that another reviewer mentioned the same issue from the same room!
Although the bathroom was clean and modern, a bit more storage space would have been helpful. The shower cubicle was very small, and the shower itself was just above a trickle!
The flatscreen TV on the wall was about 14" so not really conducive to both of us seeing very much from the only viewing point on the bed, even though there was space on the wall to have a much larger one!
Having had really good service in the restaurant for our evening meal, this completely turned around at breakfast. After we had eaten our cereal and fruit salad we had to wait a further 20 minutes for our cooked breakfast to be served. The waitress duly apologised for the delay saying that the chef had to 'cook more bacon and sausages'.............but guests at our neighbouring table had just as long a wait as we had (even after we had been served), perhaps longer - which was a shame.
Overall I would love to stay here again if the noise issue could be sorted as I can put up with the other things - it really is a lovely country hotel which could be great if this issue is resolved and I could rate it 5 stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque market town of Settle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Lion at Settle is a characterful inn offering cosy rooms, locally sourced food and award winning cask ales. So whether you join us for a big family dinner, a quiet drink with friends or the dog, or enjoy a relaxing break we look forward to welcoming you to our dog friendly and family friendly inn. ... more less
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- The Lion At Settle Hotel Settle