We arrived in Whitby on the train at around midday, and Watty was waiting at the B&B for us when we got there (we walk at a medium pace and it took around 3 minutes to walk from the station to the hotel). He took us straight up to our room (Room 5, the small basic room), explained the system with locking the front door, and then left us to it. The room was small but cosy, and the bed is against the wall with the window, so only accessible from one side. This wasn't a problem for us though. The room is painted white and is light and airy, which gives it a nice, 'seasidey' feel. There is a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, as well as a bedside table, which gives a very good amount of storage space for anything you may have brought with you.
The biggest thing I should stress to potential guests is that the roof of Room 5 is sloping, and the beams come reasonably close to the foot of the bed. I am 5'8", but managed to conk myself on the head while getting too close to the chest of drawers. I'm not saying do not stay in this room, because it is a lovely place, but if you are anything over 5'10"ish, I would seriously evaluate how comfortable you are going to be.
The bathroom is also slightly on the small side, as it is an en suite built into the room, and I would say that anyone with restricted mobility or forms of claustrophobia may have issues in such a small space (we left the bathroom door slightly open while showering just to feel less closed in).
The owners are really lovely and helpful, and even though we decided not to have breakfast from the hotel (we're not really early morning people on holiday) they were flexible if we changed our minds the night before. If you are staying in Room 5 and do want breakfast, please note that because of the size of the room, it is the only one without a table and chairs inside, and the table and chairs are out on the landing. This might now be a problem for you, but during the busy season, you may find your breakfast disrupted by guests from the other two rooms on your floor coming or going.
Overall, the stay was very nice. The room has all of the necessary amenities (including a hair-dryer) and we were made to feel welcome and safe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely late Victorian house with views over Pannet Park. Free off-street parking, 4 minute walk to town harbour, pubs, restaurants & all public transport. All rooms are en-suite with many original features & the usual tea, coffee, biscuits, etc. ... more less
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