Just spent three nights here. Chose it mainly for its position close to the Royal Hall theatre but it ticked most other boxes too.
I'll get the minor downsides out of the way first - our room ('superior' 20) got a little noise from kitchen staff loading and unloading. So, if you go for a 'Superior', ask for 24, 23 or 22. Also, the car park is extremely small and, despite it being a quiet time of the year, on the Friday night (our last) it was full. Next, the under-floor heating in the bathroom appeared not to be working at all; and the bedroom heating had clearly been found wanting as a free-standing electric radiator had been placed in the room (it was certainly needed during our stay. We also had some rather quirky reading lights which had minds of their own at times, but not a major issue.
The staff were without exception polite, friendly and helpful. The décor was tasteful, clean and well maintained - with a nice oriental accent acknowledging the in-house restaurant, The Orchid which we understand is excellent (though sadly we didn't have time to try it). We found the mattress in our room too firm for our backs but, on mentioning this, a memory-foam topper was immediately found and fitted. There are quite a lot of steps within this fine old building but the lift largely eliminates this problem. Breakfasts were very good with generous portions of good quality produce. The menu includes a variety of egg dishes stating "Two eggs any way" but beware! I ordered scrambled egg with smoked salmon and I'm sure I must have had five or six eggs-worth on my plate - don't fill up on fruit or cereal first!
All in all, I would definitely stay again but would probably wait until warmer weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to the Valley Gardens in central Harrogate, the Studley Hotel has a refurbished lounge, cocktail bar and terrace. The friendly, 4-star hotel has an award-winning restaurant and free Wi-Fi. The rooms all have contemporary decor and modern bathrooms and shower rooms. Rooms also feature a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and a hairdryer. Some rooms have PlayStations, MAC mini-computers and iPod docks. Guests can relax in the O Bar, which offers light snacks and classic cocktails. With 2 AA Rosettes, the Orchid Restaurant offers authentic East Asian cuisine and specialties from the Pacific Rim. Studley Hotel offers free parking permits and some on-site parking, and guests receive free passes for a local leisure centre (restrictions apply). International Conference & Exhibition Centre, Betty’s Tea Rooms and the Montpellier Quarter are just a few minutes’ walk away. ... more less
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- Studley Hotel And Orchid Restaurant Harrogate, Yorkshire