I want to recommend this hotel, I really do. The only thing holding me back - but it's a deal-breaker for me - is the fact that it is almost midnight and I can't get to sleep because of the music booming from the bar downstairs. The very least I expect from a hotel charging me 70 quid a night is that I can spend a quiet night reading in my room after a long day's walking and get to sleep when I feel like it. When I went down to reception to ask when the music would be turned off, I was told it would be about 10 more minutes but no apology or even a hint of recognition that guests might have been disturbed.
I feel terrible for saying this as the hotel has been lovely in every other respect. My room (Room 10) has the most amazing view of the countryside. Although it's a single, there's a comfortable amount of space and nice thoughtful amenities like a proper hair dryer and tea tray. I ate in the bar my first night and had a fantastic meal of ostrich steak. The location is unbeatable: right by tourist information, the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the start of a couple of fantastic walks.
I'd hoped to get to sleep by 10 in order to get up early enough to catch the sunrise during one last walk on the moors before I check out tomorrow. That's unlikely to happen now. When I stay at a hotel, I expect to be able to sleep whenever I want to. If that doesn't matter to you, then I can't think of any reason not to stay at the Old White Lion Hotel. It has so much to recommend it. But if your expectations are like mine, perhaps think again. There's nothing worse than being kept awake when you're paying to stay somewhere.
- Also Known As:
- Old White Lion Haworth
- The Old White Lion Hotel Haworth, Yorkshire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 300 year old facade of this former coaching inn hides the fact this family run hotel combines charming olde world features with thoroughly modern facilities. Situated at the top of the famous cobbled street, walked by the Revd. Patrick Bronte and his famous family. In more recent times as illustrated on TV in Hovis advertisements. This is very much an establishment where food and drink are taken seriously, and dispensed along with hospitality in good measure. Warmth, comfort and a relaxed atmosphere prevail throughout the 14 en-suite bedrooms, beamed bars, restaurant and oak paneled lounge.Freshly prepared food is provided by the highly qualified chefs. Keeping up with modern trends, without ignoring the popularity of old favourites. Featured in major food guides the Gimmerton restaurant is open every evening. An extensive range of reasonably priced bar meals being available in the cosy bars, where real ales are prominent. Exceptional value breaks available both mid-week as well as weekends throughout the year. ... more less