This 18th Century "Coaching Inn" is located in the Market Place with a small car park to the rear. The main entrance is via the High Street but if you managed to grab a parking space you can enter the hotel via the car park. However, be prepared! You will have a feeling that you have just walked out of Dr Who's tardis and you will be suddenly stepping back into time....
There is little signage to direct you to the reception desk at the front of the hotel but just keep walking through the hotel breakfast room/bar area, which looks like an antique warehouse with an old red telephone box, a wash stand and dolly, gloomy pictures, dusty ornaments and wall plates just to name a few, until you reach a dark wall panelled area where you feel you need to light a candle to see. In the darkened corner you will make out small "cupboard" which is the reception desk. Check-in here and then be taken to your room up the creaky wood panelled stairs, past grubby antique chairs, old storage pots and more gloomy pictures to a small landing. Our room (number 17) was on this landing but some other rooms are located down a dimly lit corridor with yet more shabby antique chairs and tables and gloomy pictures.
The room was situated at the front of the building overlooking the Market Place and traffic lights, opposite a pub. It prides its self on the 300 malt whiskies and hand pulled cask ales, which we can confirm attracts quite a few noisy patrons leaving the building - immediately below our room. In addition to the traffic lights and street lights immediately outside, there were bright lights illuminating the hotel signage, all these factors were obviously not brilliant for a good restful nights sleep. However, to the room itself, one step up from the landing to room 17 takes you into what can only be decribed in modern terms as the lounge or perhaps in olden terms, the parlour but there was nothing nice about it, believe me. There was a two seater sofa covered in green loose covers which sunk down when sat on, making getting up difficult, an antique writing desk and chair, a dressing table and mirror, a full length mirror, a grotty dimly lit standand lamp, a chest of drawers and yuk! two commodes. Yes that's right, two commodes. Obviously there because of the Edwardian/Victorian theme but quite distastelful in my opinion. There was a red rug on the floor and green curtains with awful net curtains dressing the window.
There was an adjoining room which was down a step (quite quirky really) which housed an extremely high almost 4 poster bed. The bed covering was identical to the wallpaper and it was crass. The actual overhead canopy was poorly covered with button nails and had gaps all round it. The back was not attached properly and it was a mess. The actual bed was so high it was difficult to climb into and this was because there was more than one mattress piled on. The top mattress fell towards the middle and the bed creaked more than the stairs. It was awful but there is more to come.....the radiators and the home-made wardrobe were made out of louvre wood and the styling was certainly out of character to what the owners were trying to achieve, there was a flat screen TV which couldn't be seen from the high bed (why wasn't it in the parlour I wonder?), the usual amenieties tray in the wardrobe and a very heavy hairdryer. A dressing table was in the same styling as the wardrobe, there was an old chair with a wobbly arm, 2 bed-side tables with lamps and a glass topped chest of drawers with a lace doily underneath.
Do read on as there is still more to room 17, the en-suite of course! Well, if you are 5' or under you are ok but anything more means you have to duck before entering the bathroom. They have rolled up a piece of brown carpet and stapled it to the top of the door frame to avoid head bruises on entering, so no worries eh? The next room decorated with yellow wallpaper with blue flowers, houses a bath and a huge basin, distastefully in green. When using the basin the bath gurgles and vis-versa. You like a power shower? Then hard luck, the shower over the bath was the most pathetic shower I have ever experienced, and the water temperature was intermittent and unreliable. Funnily enough there is a sign on the wall asking you to keep the shower curtain (dark green by the way) in the bath to avoid flooding but there is so little water trickling out that there is no way a flood could happen! There is yet another room off the bathroom decorated in the same manner, housing the toilet, yes it's green and it's dark and dingy in there and not a place to linger to do the crossword, believe me. The plumbing and drainage must also be 18th century so don't expect water to drain away or the toilet to flush properly on the first or second attempt.
As you may have realised this was not a good stay and definately not recommended unless you want to experience something completely different.
I feel the owners are not spending money on modernising and updating this once splendid property as they are mistaken that paying guests want to experience something different. Well in my opinion they are wrong.
Don't all guests expect mod cons in 2012, not a grubby dimly lit room with worn out plumbing?
All this for over £100 for one night at room only, a rip off to say the least.
We will not be returning for obvious reasons!
- 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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