We stayed at the Crown in Harrogate for my boyfriend's birthday, which just happened to be the Friday of the Tour de France Grand Depart - so very manic! However it was a great atmosphere around the city centre and the hotel is definitely one of the best to stay at if you need a central location - it's just two minutes from Betty's.
The staff at the hotel were very friendly and even popped a bottle of wine and chocolates in the bedroom as a surprise for my boyfriend so that was a really nice touch. I had booked to stay in one of the suites and it was very spacious with a decent size bathroom.
Downside to this hotel is that it is quite old and needs a refurb. You can hear people above you as the floorboards creek constantly, and the windows aren't double-glazed and unfortunately we were woken up constantly through the night listening to drunk people shouting at each other as they came out of pubs/clubs. The hotel being central is such a huge benefit but ensuring the guests can sleep needs to be looked at. I also didn't find the bed, in particular the pillows very comfortable - pillows were flat as pancakes.
However, waking up and going down for breakfast was a definite bonus. Excellent breakfast selection with hot full English options along with all continental. If you are wondering whether to pay the surplus for breakfast I would say yes without a doubt.
All in all we had a great one-night stay and we were out around Harrogate more than we spent in the hotel, but for the price of the room (which I know will have been a lot more expensive because of the Tour de France) I would have expected a bit more of a comfortable room. Especially as I paid extra to stay in one of the suites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Hotel has become one of the premier venues in Harrogate for business and pleasure. The hotel has created a contemporary environment which complements its historic architecture and pays homage to its heritage as a great town centre property. Placed just a couple of minutes walk from the Harrogate International Centre, Turkish Baths, Betty's Tea Rooms and the picturesque town centre with its antique stores, Victorian arcades and boutique shops the Crown Hotel Harrogate is the perfect location for your business trip or weekend away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crown Hotel Harrogate
- The Crown Hotel Harrogate, Yorkshire