I find it difficult to rate this hotel as there are so many good points but certainly some negative issues too. To be fair I would have chosen Good but I don't have that option, and Very Good doesn't allow for the negatives.
We had a two night stay on a deal. For the price we paid it was good. The staff are friendly and very welcoming. The rooms are very clean and include a trouser press, fan, iron & board (located in wardrobe), tea/coffee making, soap dispensers in bathroom, lots of hot water, flat screen tv and free Wi-Fi. The breakfasts were cooked to order and were very good. The deal included £10 each towards an evening meal from the main menu and a bottle wine. We ordered the duck breast which was well cooked & presented. The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere. We have eaten here on a previous occasion, with young children, and we all felt it was very good.
Now for the reservations - we stayed during a very hot time and naturally had the windows open. Unfortunately our room overlooked the road and early morning traffic started around 5am. This was after not getting to sleep until midnight due to music coming from another guest's room. But must emphasise that our request to be moved to a room away from the road was dealt with very well and pleasantly and we had a better night's sleep in a room towards the back. They stored our luggage safely and took it up to the new room.
The rooms are in need of a refurb although the furniture is in good order. A few issues with carpet in the bathroom - not ideal in a hotel! A shelf for toiletries would be handy. The coloured suites should have been discarded years ago! Unfortunately the first bathroom reeked of smoke presumably due to an uncaring previous guest. Perhaps clearer signs for No Smoking in rooms are needed.
My main concern is with the electrics & sockets. I noticed PAT labels on some of the electrical components in the main areas & corridors, although couldn't read the dates. I didn't see any in the two rooms. In the first room there were very few viable sockets. Only one of the bedside lamps worked as there was no socket to plug in the other one! The only double socket was located across the room and near the floor. Into this we had to plug the kettle - on the floor as the flex didn't reach - and any other electrical equipment. We realised only one socket was usable - the other being damaged. This severely limited the use of other electricals e.g. hairdryer, phone charger. The wall mounted mirror was situated so you couldn't use the hairdryer in front of it - a criminal offence in the eyes of most women!!
The second room faired a little better in that both bedside lamps were plugged into an extension gang behind the bed. But the strange arrangement elsewhere was another matter. There were 3 sockets located on the wall but none worked. The tv, kettle, phone charger and any hairdrying equipment used were plugged into another extension gang located hanging from the tv wire! See photo. Umm I think there are serious safety issues here which should be addressed!
Overall a good stay - great staff, very good restaurant, some room issues. Good base for exploring north Yorkshire as close to connecting roads.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Rose Hotel at Leeming Bar is situated in the heart of North Yorkshire, just moments from the A1, Scotch Corner and the Yorkshire Dales making it ideally located for both business and leisure travellers alike. The White Rose is also home to our hugely popular pub/restaurant providing excellent home-cooked food, fine real ales and a friendly atmosphere. All of our 18 en-suite rooms offer exceptional comfort and cleanliness at great value. As a result, our hotel offers the perfect blend of privacy and isolation, alongside a gateway to the local community and regional charm. ... more less
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- The White Rose Hotel Leeming Bar, Yorkshire