Just back from a 5 day 4 night stay at the Royal Hotel in Whitby. We had up-graded to a Superior Room and felt it well worth the extra cost. Our room had been recently renovated and had a very comfortable double bed. The bathroom was quite large and roomy with a shower over the bath. The In-Laws who went with us had a standard room on the ground floor and there were some differences in the quality of their room. The room was in need of some redecorating and they complained that one of the single beds was a little lumpy with the buttons on the mattress being felt through the sheet. The tv in their room was a small CRT type compared with the 26” LCD in ours. Although the picture wasn’t perfect it was watchable.
We took the self-drive package rather than travel on the Shearings coaches. There were 3 coach loads of guests staying at the same time as us but the hotel didn’t feel crowded. The hotel has its own large car park behind it with ample space. The down side are the hordes of seagulls which can make a real mess of your car if you are unlucky If you need it there is a petrol station on the out skirts of town with a decent car wash attached!
The restaurant is very efficient with quick service from the hard working staff. You are allocated a table at the start of your stay which you use for breakfast and dinner. Our waitress Maria, a Spanish girl, was excellent. There was a choice of grapefruit segments, cereals, fruit juice, toast, and a full cooked English breakfast, along with tea or coffee. It was a great start to the day.
The evening dinner served from 6-30pm was again very good. There were usually around 4 choices of starters and main courses, at least one being a fish dish. I had some lovely meals, Roast Lamb, Roast Chicken, Chicken Tikka Massala with Boiled Rice, and Sweet and Sour Chicken with Boiled Rice, all accompanied by 2 types of potatoes and 2 vegetables. Some lovely desserts and tea or coffee rounded off each meal.
The weather was lovely while we were there which enabled us to take advantage of some lovely long walks along the seafront promenade and around the harbour area. Whitby itself is pretty unspoilt for a seaside town, It is very hilly once off the seafront and the harbour area but good for keeping you fit climbing them!
The ballroom where the entertainment is held is lovely. We only went in a couple of times and took part in some quizzes and also enjoyed a couple of games of bingo...all organised by the spitting image of Bradley Walsh!
I’d seen a negative comment about the state of the public toilets in the hotel and went in with some trepidation. If they used to be a problem with them, it has certainly been sorted now. They were lovely and clean and not a sign of any bad smells. Apparently the ladies loos were clean too. A nice touch was hand sanitizer gel dispensers on the walls.
On one occasion during the week we noticed a sour smell in the corridor on the 2nd floor and reported it to reception. It was quickly sorted.
The lift in the hotel can be a problem at busy times but being pretty fit, didn’t affect us too badly as we were able to use the 4 flights of stairs to our 2nd floor room. We only used the lift twice, once to get our luggage up to our room. It’s supposed to be a 4 person lift but you can only get 2 people in with a pair of suitcases and even then it’s a bit of a tight fit. There were inevitable delays at times as people waited to use it and it sometimes seemed to have a mind of its own if people on all floors were waiting for it!
Overall we had a really nice time and would go back again. Whitby is a nice, well kept, pretty, tidy town and sea front and is an ideal base for visiting some of the other little villages and attractions in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Whitby, with breathtaking views of Whitby Abbey and the sea, the Royal is steeped in intriguing history and heritage. Many of the hotel bedrooms are front facing and have superb views thanks to the hotel’s cliff top position. This is an extremely popular hotel that has many returning customers thanks to its warm and friendly welcome and great hospitality. The entertainments suite offers a great variety of entertainment and guests can also enjoy the marvellous views from the comfortable restaurant and bar. The Royal Hotel is in an ideal location, just a few minutes from the famous harbour and shops. Whitby is a traditional maritime town and with its old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beach, it is a great place for a holiday or short break. ... more less
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