My husband and I chose to "opt out" of a family Christmas this year, as I'd had months of ill health and felt like being indulged for 3 days...he also needed a rest and change of scene.
Harrogate is an elegant town with a wealth of shops - all within easy walking distance from the Hotel (there is also a regular bus which stops by the back entrance). Situated on the Stray, the hotel is well placed for pleasant walks and uncluttered views from the windows.
We found the staff to be most welcoming and helpful. Standard of comfort and cleanliness second to none. Personally, I would have liked the lighting in the public areas to be brighter - this had the ambience of a gentlemans' Club in London.
Meals in the restaurant were rather "hit and miss". Breakfasts excellent, with sufficient choice. However - there's an ancient toasting machine which really needs replacing...... Starters and sweets were imaginative and delicious. Main meals not so much (literally - they were very small portions. I would have been happier to have less fancy table decorations and a more generous main course!) Vegetables in all the meals we had were luke warm and sometimes undercooked.
I had a chicken salad one day (after a wonderful soup, thank goodness) which was basically green leaves and chopped tomatoes and feta squares (no dressing), with a tiny piece of chewy chicken on top. I could have thrown that together at home in five minutes! It became obvious to us that the kitchen was understaffed for the number of guests being catered for. On the final day - our sweets were forgotten, and we had to go and search for someone to bring them. Apologies were made, and we accepted the difficulties at this time of year, when there are separate parties being catered for.
Service was very good in the bar area - with an adequate buffet/tea.
On the whole, we had a restful, comfortable time - able to watch TV/ read undisturbed by doors banging, or traffic noise, etc.
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