Having visited hayfield earlier in the year and attending a party at The Royal I really quite liked it. (See my previous review). So when I had reason to visit again, I decided to stay here. The reviews appeared mostly to be improving, with some terrible from earlier in the year but with new proprietors it looked like things were on the up.
I can also take some of the other negative comments with a pinch of salt, it is after all primarily a pub with a few letting rooms.
Even on this occasion the pub element was pretty good and they had a live jazz band playing some good tunes. Although when I asked for 3 teas at 21.30 the landlord said the machine was off and would take ages to heat up! I suggested he used the kettle from my room, and of course he then made the tea!
However, as soon as you pass the door to accommodation it all changes. We were running very late for a meeting with friends so literally dropped our bags and turned straight around to go out again so didn't really get to fully understand the room until going to bed later.
Let's start with the good - or rather what is a standard expectation in a hotel:
Reasonably comfortable bed, not new mattress but perfectly acceptable.
Very nice linen and towels, new, clean, white, felt good.
A HUGE plasma TV
Good size mugs for a cup of tea.
The bad - below standard for ANY letting room, in any country at any star rating.
The bathroom was archaic, a reviewer commented on this in January, the same room and apparently the owners had a grand plan to renovate, well it's late November and not a thing has changed - cracked sink, ruined bath panel, mouldy seals and grouting, a noisy sani flow loo even when not in use, old crinkling linoleum. (Photos attached) I'd rather have had a bathroom upgrade than a plasma TV. Really you can get a whole suite for £250 from B&Q!
The windows are so badly rotten they are soft.
The view from the bathroom is of a dumping ground at the back of the pub - a bit of frosted sheeting would work wonders.
A rather strange cable set up around the door frame.
So, not a great experience and not one I would recommend or repeat. I am not one to criticise easily, I may make suggestions occasionally but on this occasion my recommendation would be to simply rip out the bathroom and start again.
When we came downstairs they had prepared breakfast in a corner nook (we were the only guests) but the smell of bleach was so overpowering it actually hit the back of my throat, hence we declined and got a coffee on our travels instead.
On paying we chatted to a lady who I assume was Lisa the landlady, she was very pleasant, asked us about our onward journey but failed to ask how our stay had been. Had we been asked I would have replied as above.
£70 for this room was simply not good value, though to be honest had I appreciated the bathroom was still like this I simply wouldn't have booked, no mater what the price. You will notice the website doesn't show the accommodation, only the bar and food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn set in the picturesque village of Hayfield, the gateway to the Peak District's majestic gritstone plateau of Kinder Scout. The hotel is situated in the heart of the village by the River Sett, opposite St Matthew's Church and next to Hayfield cricket pitch. This impressive Grade II-listed building with its oak-panelled bar and lounge areas and seasonal log fire provides an informal backdrop to a wonderfully relaxed eating and drinking experience. Our friendly staff are on hand to provide a warm welcome and serve you traditional cask ales, fine wines and home cooked food. A magnet for locals, walkers and visitors alike, we also have five en-suite guest rooms, a dining room and large function room for private dinners, parties, meetings and other events. There is also an outside seating area and parking for 80 vehicles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Hotel Hayfield, Derbyshire