Stays 7- 11 & 21 -25 November 2011
My wife and I have recently stayed at this hotel on 2 occasions. Yes it was so good, having checked the medium term weather forecast, we returned within 10 days! If you want a good base to explore the Esk Valley/ Yorkshire Moors and the coastline look no further. We overheard a few people muttering about the odd thing like the lift being slow and the odd thing wrong in rooms. The building is over 100 years old and looks to have been refurbished but you cannot make a new building out of an old one. I would much prefer to stay in this elegant old style hotel than many of the so called identical new ones with all mod cons.
We found this Shearings hotel on teletext "self drive" offers. Both stays were 4 nights "turkey & tinsel".
On both occasions our bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and well appointed (205 & 323). The former giving fabulous view across the harbour to the Abbey. We had an old fashioned TV but it worked and gave all 4 main terrestial channels, comfortable double bed with spare one/s in the room too. Bathroom very good with shower.
There are three different seated areas outside of the huge ballroom/entertainment room.
The staff are all friendly and helpful.
We got mulled wine on arrival and each evening around16.00-16.30 there was tea and biscuits/christmas cake/mince pies. On "Christmas Day" Wednesday we received a glass of free wine off Father Christmas before the evening meal.
Breakfast was very good with choices again. The full breakfast was very good and if you do not fancy ther sausage you get extra lean back bacon.
Evening meals gave a choice of 5 alternatives each evening, Meat, fish or vegetable dish, salad or chinese/italian choice. Choice of 3 starters and 4 desserts of which cheese and biscuits or fresh fruit were permanent choices. The food was of a good standard with full waiter and waitress service. It is not cordon bleucooking but what do people expect for £33 a night?
There was entertainment nightly if wanted, We attended most and drifted in and out of the things that did not interest us. The comedian on the thursday night was terrific and better than a lot you see on TV. I cannot recall his name. The resident host Darren Holmes is also a good all rounder and a useful singer himself.
There is a car park at the rear but we parked each night outside on the road within the parking bays at no cost even in the day. We are keen ramblers so everyday we went out and did a 8- 11 mile walk either on the moors in the Esk Valley or on the coast.
We enjoyed 2 excellent short breaks at an unbeatable price and we will now definitely seek out other Bay shearings Hotels if the same level of charges apply elsewhere.
The one off putting thing was a small patch of black mould on the third dining room ceiling presumably caused by someone flooding their room above at some point.This could easily be remedied with bleach and a coat of paint as it looks very bad and spoils the look of otherwise a very nice welcoming comfortable hotel..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Whitby, with breathtaking views of Whitby Abbey and the sea, the Royal is steeped in intriguing history and heritage. Many of the hotel bedrooms are front facing and have superb views thanks to the hotel’s cliff top position. This is an extremely popular hotel that has many returning customers thanks to its warm and friendly welcome and great hospitality. The entertainments suite offers a great variety of entertainment and guests can also enjoy the marvellous views from the comfortable restaurant and bar. The Royal Hotel is in an ideal location, just a few minutes from the famous harbour and shops. Whitby is a traditional maritime town and with its old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beach, it is a great place for a holiday or short break. ... more less
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