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The Ripon Spa Hotel
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I (and the dog!) spent a night at the Ripon Spa Hotel in early January. As well as taking pets, the reason we selected the hotel was the location was very close to Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal as well as Pateley Bridge and North Yorkshire Dales. We benefitted from fine weather which was a bonus (it snowed the following weeks).

We had selected the hotel from a web site off of the National Trust web site and went for an offer on a superior room with bed and breakfast.

The hotel is stands on its own grounds fronted by the main road to Patelet Bridge just five minutes walk from Ripon. On arrival we were warmly greeted and from that moment on we were made to feel quite welcome. They are particularly dog friendly and we soon learned that the owner also has a pet dog.

We could access most areas with the dog expect the Pub/restaurant and Breakfast area.

The superior room was large (double plus twin) and suitably furnished. The bathroom had been updated and felt modern.

The views over the grounds were nice and we had a corner room which meant that we had windows on two sides.

Opposite the hotel is a small park with the town centre a small walk. During the evening time we could have eaten at numerous places and we didn't find the town centre busy even for a Saturday. We decided to eat in the hotel and were not disappointed.

On our walk around the town centre we found plenty of pubs but would recommend the One Eyed Rat - especially for the wide selection of real ale beers and reasonable prices. Also a place were you can take the pooch.

The only negative comment would be too the windows which were steel frame and no double glazing but that said this was a minor point.

In summary, with trips and walks to Studley Royal and Pateley Bridge we found the Ripon Spa Hotel a great base for our weekend and would definitely return.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the grounds are away from the road side and overlook the grounds. I suspect that this side of the building gets the sun in the Summer.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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MDSecretary, Guest Relations Manager at The Ripon Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Thank you for choosing The Ripon Spa Hotel and for posting your review. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for just 1 night. Arrived early and although the room wasn't ready it was no problem for us to park up and leave our bags securely at reception until we returned. The receptionist gave us some handy advice about Ripon and where to go and things of interest, which was great as we had not been there before. Our room had recently been refurbished and was very comfortable and warm. Breakfast was tasty but the room was so quiet no one seemed to want to speak, a bit of background music would have helped to create a more conversation inducing atmosphere I feel. All in all a pleasant stay. Thanks Ripon Spa.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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MDSecretary, Guest Relations Manager at The Ripon Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

Thanks and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Very comfortable rooms. Everyone was extremely friendly. The breakfast served was absolutely excellent. The Turf Bar in the hotel is a delight as well! Lovely to be in the middle of Ripon but be surrounded by a peaceful garden.

Room Tip: A room looking out over the garden
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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MDSecretary, Guest Relations Manager at The Ripon Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

Thanks for your review, we are very lucky to be so near to the centre of town and have 7 acres of gardens and croquet lawns!

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

what a very special new years eve dinner dance because
1. the food was to die for with the rarest beef ive ever had..you could have cut it with a plastic knife
2. Daniel, tehemuiscian was awesome; over 6 hours of performing solo but we got crooner concert, smoochy lovers dances, manic disco music and all in between! our party were 70 down to 22 and you couldnt keep any of us off the dance floor
3. the staff are SO nice and helpful and friendly

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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MDSecretary, Guest Relations Manager at The Ripon Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

Thank you, glad to hear you enjoyed our New Year's Eve gala night.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed for the New Year Package plus an extra night, as we have done for the past few years. It was good to be greeted by name by the Receptionist when we arrived and to learn that she had arranged for us to sit near people we met last year. Our usual room was good but we noticed many 'cutbacks' with the Gala Dinner. The entertainer was good, but not as good as the live bands plus disco in past years. Also, Starter and Main had to be pre-ordered and my melon had a ball of cream and not a ginger mousse which was a disappointment. (Either that or the Chef was light-handed on the ginger!) Breakfasts at Ripon Spa are AMAZING. All food is of high quality and well cooked and it's probably the best breakfast anywhere. However, our big disappointment was having to eat in the Turf Bar on New Year's Day. We can have a pub meal any time and the attraction of Ripon is eating in the elegant dining room. Because of these cutbacks, for the first time ever we have not made a provisional reservation for next year and may consider going elsewhere.

Room Tip: If going for New Year avoid one over the Ballroom if you don't want to stay up until 2.00am.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TessaPolis
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MDSecretary, Guest Relations Manager at The Ripon Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

So sorry to have disappointed you. We felt a change of format for the gala dinner was overdue and these changes were not designed as "cut back" measures. We would love to have you back again this year and will be in touch by email.

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