Me and my mum travelled to the Royal hotel in February 2012 and October 2012 and guess what? We stayed again last week! (March 2013).
We travelled with Shearings and our driver was Stuart. Stuart was our driver in February 2012 aswell so seeing him again was great. He's a great fella who has a great sense of humour and is really down to earth. Stuart thank you mate, you are a credit to Shearings.
We arrived on Monday the 11th March and Louise introduced herself to us on the coach. We then went to reception and we were warmly welcomed by Becky the receptionist who is a really friendly girl who obviously takes pride in her job. Wanda is also a lovely lady and all of them work very hard indeed.
Our rooms weren't ready till 3pm which wasn't a problem for us, so we had a cup of tea and had a wonder around Whitby. It's just great to be back at such a great place. I had room 235 and my mum had room 237 which overlooked the sea. I've stated before that all I want is a clean bed and clean bathroom and with the Royal the rooms are spotless, very clean and tidy. It's obvious the staff who clean the rooms work hard and take pride in their duties. Nelly looked after our rooms so a big thank you to Nelly! Some rooms have had new carpets, beds, furniture and have been completely decorated. I had a peak at one of them (I think it was room 123) and all I can say is wow!
As for the food, one word can easily describe it - outstanding. Seriously the food is delicious from breakfast to evening meal. Our waiter was Rajmund and was a great man to talk to always very friendly. But I must say ALL the waiting staff deserve praise as they always are very busy and they work so hard to make sure everyone is fed to a high standard. The bar staff work incredibly hard aswell. Ferench (I hope I've spelt his name right!), Lindsay and the other chap (sorry I don't know his name) make sure the bar works smoothly and professionally, my sincere thanks to the 3 of them.
As we travelled with Shearings our excursions were Thornton Le Dale, Pickering, Helmsley and Scarborough. The Thursday morning excursion was to the Esk Valley which was £8 each but this was value for money. One of the drivers Mark was very informative and clearly knew his way around. Ian, what can I say about Ian? Ian was our driver in October 2012 and me and my mum had a great laugh with him talking about the trip we done in october. All 3 drivers on this trip are a credit to Shearings and we have nothing but praise for all 3 of them.
My advice to anyone wanting to stay the Royal hotel, just do it, you won't be disappointed. And any "professional moaners" reviews on here, don't read them, just skip them as they are not worth reading. Trust me I've stayed here 3 times I know what I'm talking about.
You have a great team of hard working friendly staff their at the Royal, Vicky and it was a pleasure talking to you about this in the week. I cannot wait to return to the hotel in September to do the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which we done last year. That's how much we love Whitby and the surrounding area.
Thank you once again to Vicky and all the staff for all their hard work.
John and Lynne
- 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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