We hired a canal boat from Silsden Boats. I did a fair amount of research trying to find accommodation for the day prior to picking up the boat. When I came across the Abbey Lodge Hotel I was blown away.
The prices, the responses to my emails and the location, seemed to tell us all that this was our best bet. Okay, all the positive reports on Tripadvisor did help (I’d click on all [but 2] of them for ‘helpful votes’, except I’d be doing this for hours).
We were greeted by a member of staff, almost as soon as our taxi pulled up. Once inside, we were made to feel right at home. This was particularly true, when they found that my wife’s father was literally, from just around the corner. As we had three rooms booked, it took time for each of us to be shown to all our digs. This was no problem as the final two travellers obtained plenty of local tips, while waiting (i.e. pubs for pints, shops for groceries, etc.).
Abbey Lodge is a relatively small hotel, built from 2 large properties. The rooms are located in and around many nooks and crannies, making it easy to get lost. Pay attention on how you got to your room (and your room number) or you may need help getting back to it. Well, you probably will need help anyway.
Two of our crew had nice single rooms. Perfectly equipped with everything that you could possibly need (if I am wrong, just ask and you will get it). We had a double room. It had a two person jetted tub in the bathroom. The main room was huge, we had six crewmembers and guests come down for drinks and it was still comfortable. The bed was great, WiFi worked well, and the tele was super. We knew that during the next seven nights, on board Helen’s Drum, the accommodations were going to be tight. So, this was a real treat for that last night.
Speaking of canal boating. If you are following in our footsteps, you can pick up some supplies at the ASDA which is about two blocks away. There is also a post office in that complex, where you can get mobile SIM cards from (for those with unlocked phones). I would advise that if you are canaling to Skipton, you should do most of your grocery shopping there at Morrison’s.
Back to the Abbey Lodge Hotel. We had a drink at the small bar and enjoyed talking with the staff and patrons. From here, there are many places within walking distance that you can have a meal and/or a drink at. Just ask the folks at the front desk and they will make sure that you get there.
On the subject of food, the breakfast was nothing short of excellent. We had a tough day ahead and were really pleased with a refreshing and filling start.
Be warned, as my wife and I are very familiar with the Yorkshire accent and speak, we were delighted to talk and listen to the staff. We love these folks. If you are not so acquainted, it bodes well to pay attention. Yorkshire speak can be fun but at times, tricky.
Abbey Lodge Hotel arranged for a large taxi to get the four of us to Silsden (and then advised the driver on the best route). We were very sorry to have to leave (especially after a half day on the canal).
You'll not do better than staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Abbey Lodge Hotel Synonymous with style and hospitality Welcome to The Abbey Lodge Hotel. You already know us for our commitment to excellence and the fact that we are synonymous with style and hospitality. At The Abbey Lodge we know you want your stay with us to be as straight-forward as possible; that’s why we pride ourselves on offering all of our guests a warm, no-nonsense, Yorkshire welcome in a 100% smoke-free environment. From the moment you check in at our 24-hour reception, rest assured nothing is too much trouble for our dedicated, front-of-house team. There’s always one of the team on-hand to help you 24-7-365! The hotel has a very stylish, chic and modern vibe and is perfectly situated for you to explore all that Gods’ County of Yorkshire has to offer. Local highlights include: The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire. Great days AND nights out in Leeds and Bradford, not to mention the shopping! Wander around Bronte Country, Ilkley Moor and the Yorkshire Dales. If you’re going on holiday we’re very convenient for Leeds Bradford Airport too! Don’t just take our word for it! Before you book with us, take a moment to check out our feedback and see what other guests thought of their experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbey Hotel Shipley
- Abbey Lodge Hotel Shipley, England