We had a family break away visiting relatives at the half term. We were stopping for a couple of nights and wanted some rest and relaxation with some decent food.
First impressions were fantastic. All of the staff here were really friendly and put a smile on our face from reception desk onwards. The room was huge - possibly too big for the amount of furniture in it but you'd have to be very churlish to criticise on that score. The view from the room was over the golf course to the see and, again, you'd struggle to beat it. There was a double and a large single in the room. The beds were quite soft and we found it hard to get a good night's sleep but this is more to do with what you are used to.
The bathroom was excellent with good light and a superb shower. We struggled to get a hot shower early on the Saturday evening but I can imagine there were lots of returning golfers with the same idea at that time.
The evening meal food was fine. It is a little 'safe' for our taste but was well cooked and some highlights like the curry soup, the lamb rump, and the apricot posset stood out but the vegetables were a bit plain and some other things were underseasoned. The winelist was fine and the bar prices were very good. Breakfast was excellent. The sausage and bacon were terrific as were the kippers - you won't go out for the day hungry. The coffee could be better though.
The biggest problem for us was the noise - and particularly the party of 15 or so golfers who checked in when we did. We were a long way away from reception and so location wasn't the issue. I really hope the golfing party who gave the bad review below were different than the people there when we were. The group basically went out and got drunk and came back in ones and twos. We were woken up by one knocking loudly on the door to be let in at 3am by his room mate. They were loud and swearing over breakfast. Maybe this is what the golfing groups are like when they go away and maybe this is part of the problem with golf course hotels. I would be extremely surly if they were my guest and I would be delighted if they chose never to come again!
The acoustics along the corridor are too loud even for well-behaved guests to move quietly and maybe some more soft furnishing on the walls may help. If we went again I would want the room furthest away from reception - up around No. 30 I would guess
Location is slightly odd - through a modern housing estate - but once you are there you wouldn't know you were anywhere near any town. There is nothing really to walk out to in terms of pubs and restaurants but there are lots of nice pubs only a short drive away. The coast along here is full of nice little towns and Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Robin Hoods Bay and Staithes are all within easy distance - it really is a lovely area
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near Middlesbrough, Stockton and Whitby, Hunley has stunning views of the North Yorkshire Coast. It offers a championship golf course, locally sourced food, friendly service and free Wi-Fi. Each room has a flat-screen TV with digital Freeview channels. Hunley also benefits from a self catering property that sleeps upto 6 guests in 3 en-suite rooms. The golf course has 29 holes. The club has a driving range, buggies, coaching and a shop. Hunley Hotel is a short drive from the North York Moors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hunley Hall Hotel
- Hunley Hotel And Golf Club Saltburn-By-The-Sea, North Yorkshire