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The White Swan Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Alnwick
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We're a largely male walking group from the Manchester area. We arrived for a 3 night stay on 10th March. Throughout the stay, the staff were brilliant, the rooms were clean and well appointed and the beds were comfy. The dining experience in the Olympic suite was amazing. It felt like we were aboard ship and, with the piano playing on the Sunday night, it took you back to an earlier age. Food and wine were excellent, although the service for breakfast on the first day (Monday) for some of us was somewhat slow. The Maitre D (?) was particularly helpful in providing advice on the best local hostelries, as were the bar staff, who went the extra mile in serving until the early hours, although the Real ale received mixed reviews from our group. All in all, an excellent short stay in a wonderful, old fashioned hotel, which we would certainly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Stayed at the White Swan for two nights .Very friendly and helpful staff which made our stay very pleasant.Menu in the Bistro provided a good choice with dishes being well presented. Being dairy free was no problem.Overall we had a good time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank john f
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We visited the bistro for a late lunch on 28th February. It was our first time to Alnwick and this hotel looked one of the more appealing places in the town. We didn't stay in the hotel, but were welcomed by the friendly staff as walking through the door and shown to the bistro. On arrival in the bistro the staff were extremely friendly and courteous. We ordered a sandwich each which took about 20 minutes to arrive, but was very much worth the wait as it's was delicious.

I would recommend this hotel/bistro for lunch to tourists like ourselves. I would visit again if I am ever back in Alnwick.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Shaun F
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Just returned from a one nights stay at this hotel and we had a great time, nothing is too much trouble for the staff and it was very reasonable. We opted for dinner, bed and breakfast and had a complimentary bottle of Prosecco in the room on our arrival. The meal itself was lovely and the breakfast was really good. The rooms are modern and clean and great for what we wanted. All in all we had a lovely stay at this hotel for a very good price.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Stayed at the White Swan for two nights, February 8th and 9th 2013 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Lovely hotel - full of character. Helpful and pleasant staff. Delicious food. We took advantage of the dinner, bed and breakfast deal, and were very pleased with the whole experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We arrived without a booking and were shown a room we liked and offered a great deal for 2 nights. Every member of staff from reception to housekeeping were pleasant and helpful, lovely warm rooms, quite traditional, but the bistro and bar were more contemporary. Food was good with large portions and reasonably priced. If I was returning to Alnwick we would stay here again

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MarkHAlameda
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed at the White Swan in February with family and took our 8 week old son. The hotel has its own car park accessed through a small archway and parking is free if you can get a space which we did. The hotel is old fashioned and traditional, and not very buggy friendly. We could not actually get into the hotel as it has a narrow revolving door, so I had to leave the baby with my husband and go inside to get help. We were let in via a fire door. There is also no lift and our room was upstairs so we had to carry the buggy up a large flight of stairs. However the staff were happy to help and carried our suitcase for us.

We had a superior bedroom which was reasonably spacious even with a travel cot. The room and bathroom were clean and well decorated. Unfortunately there is no minibar fridge which we would have found helpful for baby milk etc. Shower was lovely with a wide head and good pressure- so good it fills the bath up as the plug does not drain quick enough! Bed was comfy.

As building is old there is only single glazing and with it being a Saturday night there was a lot of noise from outside around pub kicking out time. It was however very warm and well heated.

We ate in the Olympic Suite for dinner and breakfast. Some dishes on the dinner menu were fantastic and others nothing special, but it was included in the rate so we were happy overall. Staff in the restaurant were very accommodating of our baby and offered to keep my husband's dinner warm when he needed to take him for a walk. We did however get starters meant for another table so there was a long wait between 2 arriving and the other 3. The menu also did not specify what was veggie so my mother in law accidentally ordered something containing black pudding.

Breakfast was good, nice selection of cereal and yoghurts, pastries etc. Hot breakfast was very good. Table numbering seems to be a recurring problem as we got breakfast that should have been the table behind. All right for us but they ended up complaining as they had to wait a long time.

We had lunch in the Bistro which was good as well.

The staff throughout were friendly, helpful and accommodating and we felt welcome even with a small baby.

The only thing that irked me a bit about the stay was after we checked out and we were having lunch, I asked for a baby change and was told that they do not have one, but I could use the floor of the disabled toilet. They offered me a change mat but I was not overly impressed with having to change my baby on a toilet floor! They have plenty of space in the ladies so could install a fold up change table quite easily, or in fact in the disabled toilet as well.

I would visit again but perhaps request a room at the back to avoid the street noise.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The White Swan Hotel

Address: 16 Bondgate Within, Alnwick NE66 1TD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Alnwick
Price Range: $109 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The White Swan Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.For generations one of the North of England's primary hotels, The White Swan is probably best known for its Olympic Dining Suite which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the Titanic's sister ship. All 57 bedrooms are designed to an impeccable standard, and Hardy's Bistro, our contemporary, informal dining experience, is open all day for coffee, light lunches and an excellent bistro menu.The perfect stopover en route to Scotland, we're also your base for discovering the famous gardens at Alnwick Castle, and a tour of the very best of the North East with its unspoilt coastline, historic castles and Holy Island, Northumberland National Park and the exciting cities of Durham and Newcastle. Then return to the hotel for a traditional afternoon tea in front of the fire. ... more   less 
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