We stayed at the Yorkshire Hotel for two nights in mid-August 2013 in room 406.
First impressions were good – the Reception Area was reasonably modern and the check-in was efficient.
The two lifts were quite old and gave a bumpy ride – especially when the lifts stopped. In the smaller lift there was no indication to show which floor we were at.
The room was a reasonable size, but the furnishings were old and the varnish on the top of the surfaces had vanished. It is obviously an old building and the floor creaked. All the equipment (TV, hair-drier and kettle) worked satisfactorily. Even though the room was at the front of the hotel it was quiet. There was no safe in the room.
The twin beds were old and not very comfortable, but the main complaint was that they made considerable noise (squeaks and creaks) whatever movement was made in the beds. This actually made it difficult to sleep because the noise of the beds kept us awake.
The bathroom was huge – almost the same size as the bedroom, but was very poorly equipped. There were no shelves anywhere to store personal toiletries. Similarly there was only one towel rail – the heated rail. There should (at least) be a towel rail (or ring) adjacent to the sink. When washing hands or face we had to walk a fair distance to the towel rail to dry ourselves. (It would be a very simple matter to install some shelves and additional towel rails.) The towels were a reasonable size – but on the thin side.
We had a B&B deal and the breakfast was served in the Restaurant. This had obviously been modernized and was a very nice room. The breakfast was good – the usual buffet of bacon/sausages etc. It was possible to order eggs separately (poached / fried etc) and these were freshly cooked. It was strange, however, that the buffet and coffee-making facilities were in the corridor outside the Restaurant.
The location was the main advantage of the hotel – right in the middle of Harrogate and just across the road from Betty’s – a visit is compulsory when in Harrogate.
There is parking at the front of the hotel for 30 cars. On our second night we were late back and all the spaces were taken. We had to park on the road outside – which was free up to 08:00am the following morning. (Beware the Traffic Wardens are out and about at 08:00.) The plan in this situation is to move your car at about 07:50 – usually some guests have left by then.
Would we stay again? – yes for the location – but not in room 406.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yorkshire is perfectly situated in the heart of Harrogate, with everything you need being within walking distance, opposite Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. Harrogate train station,and the Internatioanl centre is an easy three minute walk away making the hotel an ideal venue for events held at the HIC.The hotel’s Hg1 Brasserie & Bar, has a high street style and is very popular with both our guests and the local residents of Harrogate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate
- The Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate