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The Ripon Spa Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

Dont be put off from the outside as it does need a lick of paint and double glazed windows (the window in our room did not shut properly but we were glad of a draught!). The hotel has the feel that it was once a refined hotel but a bit "tired " now. But i like the low key,relaxed feel and for the price (£49 a night for a standard double) its good value. The room was comfortable and ensuite was good. The staff were pleasant and helpful, the one full Yorkshire breakfast and evening meal were very good and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

I have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions over the winter and spring periods and have enjoyed the charm of the hotel and professionalism of the members of staff. It is not a trendy place, rather a very traditional hotel in many different respects which turns its back on the local road to face a series of croquet lawns in the spacious and well-kept grounds which run into the adjacent Spa Gardens. Understand you will be staying in a hotel that could be used as a set for a tv series depicting a bygone age.

Rooms are pleasant, well-furnished and well-decorated, again all in a traditional manner with a well-filled hospitality tray, local Harrogate Spa water and good quality toiletries in the bathroom. Beds have been comfortable with good duvets and rooms are provided with electric heaters to supplement central heating if necessary. (I only had to use this once in a snowy period.) Chilled water dispensers are located in corridors. Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided and a strong signal was available in all the rooms that I stayed in. The hotel appears to be continuously updating standards of decoration throughout an this is also evident in the ongoing improvements in other facilities.

Breakfasts are excellent - sometimes a hot and cold buffet including quality bacon, eggs and sausage (all local, I suspect, rather than the bland "catering standard" items often provided in hotels) while when the hotel has fewer guests a breakfast menu operates with food cooked to order. Food in the evenings is good and I tended to eat in the Turf Tavern, a small bar attached to the hotel. The home-made soups are particularly good as are fish-based dishes which appear as specials on the blackboard, particularly the cod loin. Steaks are also very good, as are the home-made steak burgers. Portions are large and dessert is often a challenge too far. The barman and food service staff are friendly and attentive.

The hotel is located on the edge of the charming city centre (bear in miind that Ripon is one of England's smallest cities) - a walk of less than five minutes takes you to the market square (market day is Thursday) and you must make an effort to go there at 21:00 where the Hornblower nightly continues a tradition dating back without break to the year 886. Wait at the obelisk in the centre and after the event the Hornblower will greet you and tell the story behind what he is doing.

Two miles west the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is as outstanding as you might guess. In addition to the main entrance take a walk or drive to the site via the village of Studley Roger; this route will take you through the deer park where you will be amazed to find so many deer in one place.

Finally, on departure consider a visit to Booths supermarket on Marshall Way, behind the Market Square. This Lancashire-based firm opened in Ripon in 2009 and specialises in food and drink from small producers throughout the north of England. Taking a cool bag is recommended and the selection of bottled beers from the north of England is without parallel and at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 1, 2010

all the staff were very helpful, even locating a phone charger when i'd forgotten mine. The room was clean and regularly serviced, and the food was good and plentiful. The hotel was well positioned on the edge of the town, close enough to walk into ripon but away from the noise and bustle.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

the hotel is very close to the city centre,within 5 minutes walk.The bedroom we had was small,but adequate for what we wanted.There were good quality biscuits and tea and coffee in the room. The bathroom was a good size,with good quality toiletries and nice towels.My only beef was the bath,it was one of those japanese style and it felt uncomfortable,it didn't have any grab rails to get out and the shower guard didn't quite fit.On saying that we would happily stay there again,The food was excellant,we ate both in the bar and the restaurant.The food in the bar was grills and sandwhiches,which were great.The breakfasts were very good,plenty to choose from.We got a good deal from last minute,but we'd be quite happy to pay their tariffs.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

I should have realised, if a hotel doesn't show the rooms, even on it's own website, there's something wrong with it.
Hotel price was approx £100 per night, but I'd say it was worth £60 p.n.
Our room had a large damp patch on the wall, the beds were awful, uncomfortable and had major "roll together", it was like sleeping on a hill.
The corridors smelled like an OAP home.
The decor is really old and in desperate need of a make over
We made the mistake of eating in the Turf Terrace bar, the food was good but avoid the scottish barman, the service was dreadful.
Breakfast was nothing to write home about, the cooked food was mass produced and had almost dried out in the heated containers.
I wish we'd stayed at a Travelodge or a Premier Inn, at least you know what you're getting and you pay a reasonable price for it.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2010

I stayed here for one night on business, the hotel being booked for me. The hotel is well placed for the centre of Ripon, and is reasonably easy to find. Not the largest car park in the world, although I managed to get parked whenever I needed to do so.

The hotel is large, full of plush carpets, but all just looking a little tired. I had been allocated a single room on the top floor, up several creaking staircases. It was comfortable enough, but was very small, as was the single bed. An unexpected bonus was the free wi-fi available throughout the hotel - that's more like it: why don't all full-service hotels offer that as standard, now?

I didn't use either the bar or the restaurant for an evening meal. Upon checking in, I had been warned about the possibility of noise because of a wedding reception. In fact, in the part of the hotel where I had been accomodated, there was no such problem.

Breakfast was excellent, and was served in a lovely, airy dining room overlooking the croquet lawn, albeit heavily snow covered when I stayed! A selection of cereals, the usual full English, all self-service, and toast, bread, jam, etc.

I can't comment upon value for money as I wasn't paying the bill. I would consider staying there if paying myself, but I would look elsewhere, first.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 8, 2009

The location of this hotel is ideal for my purposes. It is fairly central without being in the very centre of the city so to speak. That said I arrived late and left early so cannot comment on the surrounding area to any degree of accuracy.

My room was on the ground floor. There is a fan of some sort outside which was running when I arrived and started early in the morning which woke me ! You will notice that I have entered a score of 3/5 for cleanliness. This is because, whilst the room was clean and tidy, I found that there was an empty shampoo bottle on the shower. Not a good sign. That said, the bed was very comfortable and the room was a good temperature.

The reception was efficient and friendly. It is worthy of note that the reception is closed between midnight and 8am so you may need to pay for your stay before going to bed if you are not on a relaxing break.

There was a big, "posh", party in the restaurant proper. The hotel is an elderly building which is quite grand. The hotel has pretentions towards the upper end of the market, advertising race day deals etc. Because of the party we had food in the bar which was really good and fairly priced.

Recommend this hotel ? The empty shampoo bottle notwithstanding. Yes

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Park Street, Ripon HG4 2BU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range: $77 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ripon Spa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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