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“Good value - but not great”

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The Hopper Lane Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Otley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
cheshire
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Good value - but not great”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

This pub/hotel has had a a major refurbishment and creates a pleasant first impression. At £50 (room only) it's good value, and the ambience is pleasant but our experience shows it's not quite as great as some of the reviews suggest. On the positive side the staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are newly refitted and the menu looks interesting and is not excessively expensive. However they haven't got several things right. It is on a busy road so we asked for a room at the back. Our room was one of the smallest double rooms I've ever stayed in with the bed very low down. The shower room was tiny. The new fittings didn't really compensate for the lack of space. Others have mentioned the nice touch of a bale of towels with an artificial flower on - but on the other hand when we made a cup of tea we found one of the cups had dirty water in it. A family member staying in another room arrived to find a towel round the bottom of the toilet because it was leaking. Our room wasn't serviced after the first night - the manager apologised and was good enough to give us complementary breakfasts to apologise but that sort of slip up really shouldn't happen. We had the special pheasant dish for dinner - 2 large breasts wrapped in bacon - very generous portions. It was OK but rather dry and bizarrely was served with a dressed salad sitting in a pool of gravy (sorry 'jus'). Although there were only 3 or 4 tables being served they'd run out of the only hot pudding. Good real ale in the bar, and an open fire made up for a rather chilly dining room. Breakfasts were standard - but, again rather strangely, there was no menu and no price. In fact they turned out to be about £6 which was reasonable value except, strange again, they served savoury olive toast to eat with jam - apparently they'd run out of white bread - but then they found some.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Lancashire
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Stayed here with a friend for one night last weekend. We arrived early, not thinking we would be able to check in yet but we were shown straight to our rooms by the friendly staff.
The restaurant and bar are lovely, Joe the manager introduced himself and said if we needed anything we know where he is.
The rooms were nice, quite small though and the bathroom has a sliding door with a gap at the side (you can see in if you're at the wrong angle). The only 2 real issues we had were the sliding bathroom door being a bit odd and the other is a green fire safety light over the door inside the room, it lit the room up all night making it difficult to sleep. I told Joe on the way out and he said he has been told about it before and will look into what can be done.
Other than those 2 things everything else was perfect! The food was lovely and breakfast was good too! We weren't given a menu at breakfast, Joe came and asked what we wanted! We asked what our options were and he said "anything you like" which we thought was quite good!
I would definitely return to this place but would take an eye mask so that I could sleep!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

Stayed with friends for two nights, Joe and his staff look after you with nothing too much trouble.. The rooms are clean with a good complimentary tray, a bundle of towells wrapped with a red ribbon and a flower on top being a nice touch. The full English set us up for the day and the evening meals were excellent all fresh produce and plenty of it. The rice pudding was something else just a shame I could not finish it all. The beer was good as well, would recommend the black sheep. What more can you ask for.

  • Stayed October 2011
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We came across this hotel as we were heading for Harrogate - it was welcoming and our room was pleasant, very clean and looked out onto a quiet field.

The bathroom was small but provided all one would want and the shower was hot and powerful. The complimentary tray was well stocked.

Our meal was sourced from local produce and very good, well presented and value for money and the wine was reasonably priced.

Joe, the Manager and his staff were all friendly and attentive and the breakfast was ample and delicious.

We would be pleased to return here.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I don't usually write reviews, but I was particularly impressed at the way in which the landlord went out of his way to make a late night traveller extemely welcome. A warm welcoming and nicely appointed hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

I would not normally take time to write a review for a hotel, yet for this one I have made a special effort.
I have stayed in the Hopper before and it was OK. I thought I would try the Hopper again and was very pleased that I did. I stayed with my wife for 3 nights. The room was small yet comfy and the T.V. had DVD! The hotel is on the main A59 and not easy to see. What was so impressive was the care and attention provided by the staff, especially the new manager Joe (Walker). He certainly is a manager who thinks guest comes first (old school I guess?). It was so refreshing to experience exceptional professionalism from his team. This may sound a bit familiar; how many people have stayed at a hotel to find rudeness and if you want anything done it really is too much trouble? Well not here, the Hopper lane hotel was very welcoming and made us feel as if they wanted us there. I have read reviews that say the food is too expensive. I agree that it is expensive. However, it is also very good. Better than the average. Some items on the mewnus are very reasonable. I was surprised when introduced to the chef, a young man, who in my opinion, has real potential!

Just try the Hopper whale! Love the spuds!!

This is a very well run Hotel. I would certainly recommend to to you without any hesitation..

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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East Yorkshire
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32 reviews
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

On arrival we were given a lovely warm welcome by Joe. Our room was at the front of the hotel on a busy road but when we went to bed there was no road noise at all. The room and bathroom were lovely and clean, the towels were tied with ribbon and a flower on top, little touches like this let you know the hotel care. Tea and coffee tray in the room with biscuits etc. There is a comfortable lounge area with a TV and comfy sofas and chairs. We had dinner in the resaurant, the food was homemade with fresh vegetables and was delicious. Breakfast was a cooked breakfast which again was delicious. We will definitely be back to stay again, but think we will have to book well in advance as I suspect it will be busy as once you've stayed here you'll be back!! Thank you Joe and team for lovely stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Hopper Lane Hotel
Address: Skipton Road | Blubberhouses, Otley LS21 2NZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Otley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Otley
Hotel Class:3 star — The Hopper Lane Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With over a vast Hospitality portfolio to include owning his own Michelin Star restaurant for ten years,chef patron Mark Maguire is passionate about food and the reinvention of the traditional dishes using plates derived from the Yorkshire region a area of outstanding beauty and steeped in history incorporated with his love of the provincial french dishes. using local farmers and their fayre Mark creates dishes that celebrate the Yorkshire countryside and the history of this olde coaching inn with classic dishes that are created focusing on taste and flavors taking care with presentation but without over arrogance. ... more   less 
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The Hopper Lane Hotel Otley, Yorkshire

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