Accomm: Harrogate – The Yorkshire Hotel. A fine old building in a great location.

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The Yorkshire Hotel, owned at the time of my visit by the Akkeron hotel group but now run by the HRH Hotel group is an old Victorian style hotel located on Prospect Place right in the heart of Harrogate, which couldn’t be a better location for those visiting this beautiful Yorkshire town. It’s approximately five-minutes walk to the city centre in one direction, and a five-minute walk in the opposite direction to Valley Gardens and the Pump Room. 

My booking was made directly with the hotel reservations unit and was completely fuss-free; in fact, it was one of the easiest bookings I’ve made. Reservations staff were exceptionally helpful with everything that was thrown at them. The hotel has 35 private parking bays located directly outside the front door. Be aware however that these fill up quickly and you may have to use on-street parking instead.

On arrival, check-in was hassle-free and despite an early arrival our room was ready and waiting for us. Located in room 103 on the first floor, a 2-roomed suite was accessed via one of two lifts available. The hotel is disabled friendly, with good open plan areas, wide doors, and all floors accessible. Front of house staff were extremely friendly, offering us maps of the area, marking these with features we asked for, offering ideas for other visits during our stay and providing all relevant information necessary. Please note however that disabled guest using wheelchairs may have to access the hotel via the brasserie/bar in a lane to the rear of the hotel as there are several steps to negotiate at the front doors.

On arrival on the first floor, it reflected the same spotless condition that the ground floor did. It’s obvious that hygiene and cleanliness is a big thing for the management of this hotel. Do remember though that this is neither a new-build nor a boutique hotel and makes no pretence at being so. It’s an older style Victorian hotel and the furnishings and fittings reflect this.

The room was a little larger than a standard sized accommodation unit, nicely furnished in muted shades, it wasn’t garish. The room contained a king sized double bed, dressing table and storage unit, one section of which contained the small fridge. As well as a wardrobe in the room, along with the other storage, there is plenty of room for a weeks supply of attire. Extra portable heaters are supplied in the rooms for those winter Yorkshire nights. There were also two armchairs stationed by the French doors which opened out onto a private balcony. Perhaps management would take note that some patio furniture on the balcony would be appreciated.

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The adjoining lounge part of this suite also had a table and chairs, a bed-settee and its own set of French doors. Oddly the flat screen TV in the bedroom was larger than the one in the lounge. The room contained all the relevant information guests will need, meal times, room service availability, laundry facilities, and Cable TV,  as well as the obligatory tea and coffee making facilities, a hair drier and 24-hr room service menus. Wi-Fi access is free for guests, all that’s needed is a simple login procedure which reception will provide. At the time of our visit, this was rather a hit and miss affair. On arrival connections were made easily, however thereafter the devices were unable to locate the network.

The bathroom was an excellent size and spotlessly clean. One matter of note was the rather small bath. Given that there is space available for a much larger one this would be of benefit as a selling point for the room. The over-bath power shower was excellent, despite the hot and cold mixers being marked incorrectly. Still, it’s a different way to wake up! Complimentary toiletries are provided, as were the plentiful supply of good quality cotton towels. There is not a huge area of shelving and work surface space in the bathroom for even the highest maintenance females. (Note to my dear wife). One other minor noticeable problem was the absence of a soap dish, so all we could do was leave it lying on the work surface.

Now back to the bed. Please be aware the very subjective nature of someone’s impression of a mattress is exactly that, their personal opinion. What will be ideal and suit one guest will undoubtedly be the next guest’s nemesis. For me, I like a firm mattress, and this was a little too soft.

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View from the small room balcony.

Our visit included both evening meals and breakfast in the room charge, and this is taken in the ground floor restaurant area. Again staff were very attentive and pleasant on the evening of our first visit for dinner. The breakfast buffet service, however, was nowhere near as refined and polished as dinner was. We had to ask for our ordered tea-for-two on three separate occasions and for butter which had run out beside the toaster. The menu doesn’t advise guests that if they don’t want the scrambled eggs offered on the buffet, then alternatives must be ordered at the table, encountering delays. So, if you’re eating as a couple you will have to time your order and buffet visits carefully, or, like us, you’ll end up eating separately! Breakfast is the standard ‘full English’ variety and is self-service, although tea is served to the table, while coffee drinkers must use the machine provided. A selection of fruit juices were available was various cereals, grapefruit and orange segments, prunes, yoghurts, croissants etc. Hot food is located on the buffet table and includes sausages, scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, tomatoes and fried potatoes. Toast is also self-service. There was nothing remarkable here it was your standard hotel breakfast, however, being in Yorkshire it would have been nice to have seen a good quality locally sourced sausage instead of the poor quality mass catering ones on the buffet.

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Dining room at The Yorkshire

The hotel offers evening meals and the menu we viewed on our first evening didn’t change for the remainder of our visit. Since we only ate in on one evening, which was fine, nothing spectacular, but quite adequate, it would be unfair to give any constructive commentary on quality/portion size over prices. What you will find is dining in has a price set out for the table dhote menu of £20-£25 per person for 3 courses.

There are also plenty comfy seats on the ground floor beside the reception and bar area for guests who want to use them.

Would I return – without a doubt, and I would heartily recommend The Yorkshire to anyone looking to stay in the centre of Harrogate.

For further information and to book directly click here.

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