The hotel is well signposted and easy to find. As our room was in the East Wing, we parked in the East Wing car park which soon got full and made finding a space difficult at times. As we are members of the Concierge Club, our check in was in the library. On this occasion, the process took quite a while as the receptionist responsible for members was busy elsewhere. However, once she did arrive, we were dealt with efficiently.
Our allocated Signature room was on the second floor overlooking the garden. It was an older style Signature and of the usual high standard. However, it was very near to the Entertainments area and we were concerned about noise levels. Our forebodings proved to be justified. Even with the windows shut, we could hear the band and when they had finished, there was music etc from the late lounge until 12.45pm so not a good first night’s sleep. First thing next morning we went to Reception and were moved to a room at the end of the same corridor which was an improvement. We were staying for a week and as another couple had requested this room we had to move again on Monday, this time to a new style Signature on the first floor so our holiday was a little spoiled with all the moving from room to room.
The food was of good quality and well presented. Unlike other Warner hotels we have stayed in, bread and water were not offered automatically but available on request. The tables for two in our allocated area were far too close together and that part of the restaurant tended to get too hot. The waiting and bar staff efficient in the main, though one night we had nearly finished the main course before the wine arrived.
We found the entertainment to be the best we have encountered so far at Warners. There is a resident band, Freeway, who have played there for 14 years and also a touring 4 part vocal harmony group, Fortissimo, both excellent. The in-house entertainments’ team led by Paul are very good and versatile. As well as running the quizzes etc they put on Vignettes as the Nidd Hall Players, designed to be a fun way of imparting local historical information.
There is a good games’ room – games on offer include table tennis, snooker, darts, shuffle board, a giant Connect 4 and a 2 lane Easy Bowl (£2 per person per game)
Near the Holiday Shop there is a computer with internet access (£1 for 20 minutes) which was a bit on the slow side and did have a dodgy mouse.
Outside, there is bowling and a tennis court which did not seem to be operational. ). There is a small putting green which was not as good as others we have used at Warner’s.
Nidd Hall itself is a well maintained historical house and there are plenty of places such as the Drawing Room and Mountgarret Bar where guests can relax . The well attended grounds are extensive with a large lake. The ducks have cottoned on as to when breakfast is served as they wait outside the restaurant expectantly during the early morning and start quacking when they see guests emerge!
We found the standard of cleanliness to be high throughout the hotel and service on the whole to be good. An improvement could be made to the exterior of the staff accommodation as this looked scruffy and was at odds with the rest of the hotel.
There is a lot to see and do in the area – Ripley Castle, Harrogate, Fountains Abbey and Knaresborough for example – and Nidd Hall is a good hotel to be based. We would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nidd Hall is a jewel of Georgian splendour set in 45 acres of landscaped gardens. Enjoy the elegant charms of this Grade II Historic Hotel, perched on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hall Hotel Nidd
- Nidd Hall Hotel
- Warner Leisure Hotels Nidd Hall Hotel Yorkshire