Stayed for a weekend visit in June 2010.
Looks dreary and tired externally - horrible grey render with tired timber single glazed windows. Internally, it smells like a nursing home.
Outdated decor, shabby cheap fittings and meals which resembled school dinners do not help to justify the price of staying in this hotel.
I understand that it is popular with the older generation, with Shearings coach trips and the like, and it seems that the owners can get away with this outdated stuffy environment with this clientele.
It didn't wash with the rest of the guests. If you want to pay through the nose, you can upgrade to one of the premier suites, which are essentially the larger rooms with have simply been decorated to a modern standard. And they are STANDARD. I mean, we're talking travel lodge / premier inn standard of furnishings at best, and you can stay in one of those for about half the cost!!!
This hotel boasts just about the best location in Whitby, right on the cliff-top over looking the sea. It could be a real attraction for Whitby, it SHOULD draw in the tourists, but it doesn't. It desperately needs an overhaul.
The comical thing is, that given their main custom comes from OAPs, they have the smallest, most horrifically outdated lift I've ever had the misfortune to use. It says its a four-person lift, but is two at best! Bearing in mind the hotel has hundreds of guests, most of which have some sort of physical impairment, its an absolute joke!
Could rant on for about a week, but it's a waste of time.
Don't waste your money on this dump.
- 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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