My girlfriend and I stayed there for one night in March 2005 to celebrate our one-year anniversary. After searching for hotels and B&Bs with four-poster beds in Whitby to no avail - and, unfortunately, the local Tourist Information do not have great information about which places have four-posters - I resorted to booking in descending order of TripAdvisor ratings. It turned out that the only room that Bagdale Hall had left had a four-poster bed, so I booked it straight away for that night. Bed and Breakfast for two in a four-poster en suite cost GBP 118, which I would consider to be a middle-four-star rate for London or an upper-four-star rate for the provinces. Better rates may be available for those who can book in advance.
The hotel is 150 yards from the train station, as claimed, and the railway journey over the North Yorkshire Moors from Middlesbrough is a pretty one. Trains are fairly infrequent, though - five a day at most, and often none at all on Sundays. (Bus service is regular, but not the most comfortable.) The location is quiet - quieter than we expected considering the road it was on - though about 250 yards from the harbour.
We had one of eight small suites in a brightly-lit overflow facility about 20 yards from the main building. The room wasn't huge, but we were delighted with the four-poster canopy bed, which was luxurious, comfortable and extremely soft. The patterns on the canopy above us were not the most co-ordinated; we likened them to upside-down sad-looking fish. Cleanliness was excellent and the bathroom was unusually large, with a very pleasant shower. The facilities within the room were basic; no minibar and a TV with only four channels. Definitely a couples' hotel in a very couply town.
We didn't use the restaurant facilitiy for dinner, instead wandering the streets and (with the greatest of luck) hitting a Spanish bistro called Garriga's on the harbourfront that served very large platefuls that turned out to be excellent. The hotel restaurant quoted a typical price for two of GBP 50 to GBP 60, which gave me a little sticker shock; Garriga's turned out to cost GBP 46 plus tip but money extremely gratefully spent. We took breakfast at the hotel restaurant the next day and were highly impressed; I had fresh mango in strawberry liqueur and kedgeree, my girlfriend had a remarkably comprehensive fried breakfast with all the habitual trimmings and even haggis.
This is a small hotel with a highly-trained staff and managers who are genuinely proud and friendly rather than the typical corporate service that you get elsewhere. Not cheap, but a class act. Distinctive and firmly recommended.
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