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Best Western The Bell In Driffield
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Driffield
The Midlands
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82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Not our cuppa tea...”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

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!

Room Tip: My best tip is don't stay at all but if want to experience what life was like in the 18th centur...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We had a very pleasant one night stay here, directly after staying at the Premier Inn in York which Tripadvisor rates one of the best hotels in York: the contrast between the two hotels is very marked. Neither is better than the other, just very different.
The Bell is an old coaching inn in the centre of Driffield and is obviously the focal point of the town. It is spotlessly clean, and everything works, but the rooms were probably last renovated 25 years ago. This makes for a really interesting stay. The staff were all very friendly and efficient; we didn't have dinner here, but the breakfast was excellent, so I suspect dinner would have been good.
If I had reason to visit Driffield again, I would revisit the Bell.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Driffield
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I stayed at the Bell on 11th June with work. A very quaint former coach house in the farming town of Driffield. Room 17 is enormous and worth booking. Big suite, huge bed. This place is not modern, it's not a travel lodge. It's a quaint, characterful English hotel. Well done. And the breakfast is lovely.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I was part of a family reunion lunch and stayed overnight. The hotel has clearly been in existence for a very long time and the decor and fittings reflected this - some family members browsed through the photos in the bar and restauant areas and were delighted to find an uncle in a rugby team shot from 1946. The hotel was busy with locals as well as overnighters but the staff didn't rush us through and even helped with the inevitable family snaps after the meal. The food was well cooked with more veg than we could eat and the surroundings were comfy, with local views on the walls and a hint of left-over decor from a Valentine's evening.

Free wi-fi was a plus but my room was towards the end of a long upstairs corridor where the weak signal meant I couldn't connect so I had to spend my digital time in the public areas downstairs. Other rooms may get a stronger signal. There is an adjoining gym & spa which is free to guests. I didn't try the gym but it looked well equipped. The swimming pool was 4m wide by 8m long, so no serious swimming was possible, but the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were fine.

Dinner on Sunday evening was a bar menu but well cooked and tasty, and as at lunch there was more than we could finish; once again the service was polite and friendly. The bar also prides itself on a superb selection of malt whiskies with a menu of their own, a touch I appreciated. The (free) car park is small and cramped - about 9 spaces - but as it's in the centre of Driffield space is at a premium. Overall an experience I'd be happy to repeat (and I might take a bit more time to work through the whiskies!).

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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millom
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

we came for a small family reunion over Sunday lunch. The meal was very good - much better than most hotel Sunday lunches - excellent beef & well cooked variety of vegetables. The service was good and we were not hurried away afterwards.
Our room was fine - the double bed a bit on the small side & the sunken bath a surprise! The hotel can best be described as idiosyncratic, with remnants of its former life as a typical market town hostelry and filled with antiques. The service was very good and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Parking a bit of a problem but well placed hotel for the east coast and Hockney country!

Room Tip: the rooms on the front looked delightful - possibly a little street noise?
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Only stay at this hotel if you are prepared to accept indifferant standards. We have stayed at many Great Western hotels in the UK and by far this was the worst.The hotel is in a very old building and as such suffers from the usual creaking floorboards and noisy pipes. That is fair enough but what really disappoints is the total absence of any effort to keep the bedrooms well decorated and fresh.
We booked a 3 night break B&B.and were given room 3 which was meant to be superior.
What we got was a room that had not been re- decorated for years. The furniture consisted of an odd collection of old cheap, cupboards and tables, lampshades of various colours(not matching)one had a broken fringe. Wall paper had various damp patches.and the tiny bathroom had some exposed dodgy wiring.and the bath trip was damaged..
All this was bad enough but even worse was the bed. The mattrass and base had obviously not been replaced for years. and was the most uncomfortable we have ever slept on.It was so soft that we both got backache after 1/2 hour. It got so bad we had to drag the mattrass onto the floor and sleep on it there but we still had a restless night.
For all the we would have been charged £105 per night.
Next morning we checked out and were refunded for the other 2 nights plus a 50% reduction on the first.
What little we saw of the rest hotel seem to indicate a lack of TLC.
I do hope the manager of this hotel reads this and takes action to improve. At present he appears to be very compacent.

Room Tip: Stay at a differant hotel
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Room Tip: Did not stay at the hotel therefore unable to comment
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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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