We got a last minute break on the bank holiday and after reading the reviews were expecting the worse. We had been sold an "interior" room which we knew had no windows but we did not expect to be three floors down in the dungeons! The corrdoors obviously had a damp problem and the smell was covered up by a daily dousing of some sort of air freshenerreminiscent of my old junior school. The rooms had been refurbished and were clean ours even had a spa bath. We were awoken at about 5.30 every morning but the smell of bacon drifting through the air conditioning. The fire alarms obviosly worked well too as they went off at least 3 times during our stay. Luckily our elderly mother who was a fellow resident of the dungeons was deaf and didn't hear them!
The view from the dining room was amazing. It faces out to sea and took in the whole of the south bay. This totally made up for the budget table settings and school dinner /cafeteria facilities.The food was very good , plain but plentiful with a good chioce on the buffet style menu. In the dining room the "manager" ruled with an iron hand making sure that we arrived at our allocated time and regularily "dressing down" her young staff who were working furiously to keep tables free.
Car parking was a nightmare. We were told that there was permit parking but we only managed this once and at the cost of £6 a day it was not cheap. For the rest of the time we joined other guests on the 20 minute walk to the nearest available on street parking. This was August bank holiday so I would hope its usually better. This is a very Grand Hotel and has so much potential but in trying to give good value for money it is cutting some corners best left uncut. If you are not wanting a basic break in a superficially GRAND hotel then this is the hotel for you .Think twice if you need to use your car and make sure that you are NOT in the dungeons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Town Centre, the Grand Scarborough Hotel takes pride of place overlooking the town's harbour and South Bay. One of the town's landmark features and instantly recognisable on the skyline. Our location is ideal in Scarborough from which to enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, promenade walks and all that Scarborough has to offer, all within a short stroll away. LIVE entertainment is available every night with our dazzling cabaret shows featuring professional dancers and entertainers dressed in stunning costumes. We offer free wifi with all of our public spaces, along with dedicated PC terminals (small charge) for customers who do not bring their own computer. We have a range of meeting rooms, conference space with break out area and our stunning Palm Court Ballroom with majestic views of the south bay for hire, including weddings (ceremony & function). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scarborough Grand Hotel
- Grand Scarborough
- The Grand Hotel Scarborough