Ok first things first. Great location next to the slip-way to the sea. At high tide the waves crash against the walls and come up the slip-way. Staff very friendly and attentive and the live-in Phil does a fabulous full-English breakfast. Good range of beers (but no Old Peculiar for some reason, despite 3 other Theakston's in evidence!). You can drop off your bags but then need to park at the top of the hill in the Council Car-Parks. Get a ticket from the Post Office just past the Victoria Hotel for £5 a day (choose as many days as you want) which also entitles you to park at Scarborough and Whitby and a couple of other places.
We had Room 3 which is very 'compact' but does have on-suite...the big guys will struggle though as it is very cramped. Go for Room 1 as it has the best views and I think is bigger than the others. Now brace yourselves. The window doesn't open in room 3 and is shut fast with tissue paper, presumably to stop the drafts...but means that you can't enjoy the views like you can in room 1 and 2? The room was not serviced for our three-night stay, so we had to raid the laundry room for clean towels and shower and shampoo top-ups and had to wash the coffee cups out daily in the sink...I don't understand that aspect of the hotel service which was not forthcoming even when we asked for fresh towels?
The meals are good sized portions and average pub food and the views are wonderful from the main bar and 'dining room'. Overall the experience of staying at the seafront in 'the Bay' was charming and we were on a 3 nights for 2...but I hope the house-keeping is improved in high-season at presumably full-price.
Best pub is The Laurel Inn which has a wonderful atmosphere and traditional ambience...no music, dim-lighting and fantastic beer. 'Ye Dolphin' has a scruffy charm and serves huge meals which are very reasonable prices and we really enjoyed the Sunday Night Pub Quiz and were made very welcome by the two hairy-bikers on duty.
Robin Hoods Bay is a fascinating and lovely seaside village - I will definitely go back but probably to one of the many self-catering cottages on offer.