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Best Western The Bell In Driffield
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Driffield
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not unpleasant but definitely different.”
Reviewed May 2, 2011

The Bell Hotel in Driffield was a bit of a surprise. We were there for a friends wedding and after reading Tripadvisor we didn't know quite what to expect.
My first encounter was on the phone when I rang to see if I could swop my £120 a night web booking for an £88 per night preferred rate for wedding guests. The lady was really helpful and saved me some pennies.
When we arrived it was to a warm welcome by the lady who took our booking. The booking in was quick and efficient and we were shown to our room.
The hotel is dated but not in a bad way. Think about a sleep over at your great grannies and you are just about there. They have collected a whole heap of old and miss-matched furniture but for some reason its not wrong. The hotel seems to be held together by old fashioned wall paper and bric a brac but it feels warm and welcoming.
The bedroom was large and we had a 4 poster bed. The en suite had a bath, shower, loo and bidet but just like at grannies house, it didn't all work as it should but then again, it wasnt enough to disappoint. Breakfast was again old fashioned and seaside guest house like but there was plenty of it and the large tea pot of tea was a pleasure.
If we were visiting there again, we might stay there but not at the web rate!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2011

We recently contacted the Bell Hotel to hold our wedding reception there. We arranged an appointment to view the rooms yesterday and discuss our wedding. As we don't live in the area we took a day off work to view the hotel, and drove 50 miles to get there. Unfortunately due to traffic out of our control we were 25-30 minutes late for the appointment but I was told on the phone that anytime after 3pm was fine.
By the time we got to the reception of the hotel we were met to be told that the lady to show us round had gone home. She'd waited maybe 20 minutes and gone home?! We weren't offered any alternative arrangements by the lady that told us this. It was basically 'shes gone home' and that was it. Absolutely appauling.
We'd taken a day off from work and driven all that way for nothing. Obviously can't be bothered and think that they don't need the business! Fair play we were late...but we were told anytime after 3pm.
I think we'll be doing the Bell Hotel a favor by not using them for our reception, after all it would just mean more work for them to do, and as we found out....they just can't be bothered.

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2010

I stayed at the Bell in Driffield for an overnight stay with work. Here's what you need to know if you are thinking about staying:-

The Pros

1) Great gym and pool on site.
2) Car parking (although a little bit tight).
3) Fab Chinese restaurant across the road.

The Cons

1) Very very fussy decoration. It can only be described as the "anti Ikea" of the hotel world as EVERY surface in our room was coated in flowers or birds. It was like walking into something from my Grandma's fantasy furniture showroom! My colleague is a massive fan of "shabby chic" and "vintage" but it was even too much for her!

2) There are a lot of dead rooms that are made up as French bistros- we didn't see a single person in these rooms and it was all a little bit odd.

3) Whilst most of the staff were pleasant and helpful, at breakfast one of the waitresses made a beeline for 2 gentleman and asked, very loudly, if the rumours that they had shared a bed were true. Not very discreet and not something I would ever wish to witness again.

This hotel is in desperate need of an overhaul and whilst there are some nice elements to it, there are much better alternatives near by. I would have been very disappointed if I had had to pay the £110 bill myself. I won't be staying at the Bell again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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North Yorks
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 28, 2009

This place is seriously in need of some TLC outside of the main areas on the ground floor. Overpriced and not worth it. Better places outside the town. Very disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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1 Thank KhardyNorthYorks
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East Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 20, 2009

I had my wedding reception here. The food was fantastic but the communication I got from a certain member of staff responsible for the wedding side was a discrace. I found out 2 weeks before children under 16's cannot stay in the hotel.....I was not told this, i found out when my sister tried to book in with her kids. This was quite a bit issue as our own son could not stay with us! I was made to feel I was inconveniencing her with every request. My table centre-pieces have all 'dissapeared' too!
The spa was great and the staff there are lovely. Beware of the car park!!
I reccommend putting your foot down from day one if you are booking your wedding here and make sure promises and costs are written down at your first meeting.
Actually just ask for Amy and you should be fine.....

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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nottinghamshire
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108 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2009

A wonderfully rambling old hotel with a delightfully old-fashioned charm. Enormous rooms, excellent, simple meals. Car parking cramped.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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1 Thank evallonia
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed May 26, 2009

We had our wedding reception at The Bell and it was a wonderful experience all round. We had guests from all over the UK, the US and Ireland, and all of them thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. If you’re looking for a modern-styled hotel with brand-new fixtures and appliances, The Bell isn’t it (though the rooms were well-kept and everything worked fine). If you’re looking for antique charm, however, this is the place. Several of the bedrooms are huge, with separate sitting-room areas. The well-stocked bar and restaurant area are also pleasant and inviting. As for our reception, the staff was very professional and accommodating, the food was lovely, and the whole thing went off without a hitch. We thoroughly recommend The Bell, either for a special event or just for a getaway.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western The Bell In Driffield
Address: Market Place, Driffield YO25 6AN, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN The Bell In Driffield)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > East Riding of Yorkshire > Driffield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Driffield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western The Bell In Driffield 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An 18th-century listed hotel situated in the centre of Driffield ‘the capital of the wolds’. Tastefully furnished with antiques and fine arts, it boasts 16 individually styled suites and bedrooms, a beautiful oak paneled restaurant and The Oak Bar, featuring around 300 malt whiskies and local hand pulled cask conditioned real ales. The hotel also offers an unrivaled range of leisure facilities; swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, super spa, rasul, flotation tank, full nautilus gym, beauty salon featuring Clarins, hairdressers, squash court and snooker room etc. Situated within easy reach of historic Beverley and York. Award winning disabled access. Hotel not suitable for children under 16 years old. ... more   less 
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