My wife and I have just returned from a two night "winter warmer" break, with an excellent headline cost of £158 for two nights dinner bed and breakfast, and tea and a muffin on arrival.
The public rooms in the hotel are large, bright, with lovely high ceilings typical of the victorian period of the hotel.
The bedroom was large and comfortable, with a large bathroom too, but in drastic need of an update. The decor was particularly drab and in need of refurbishment. The tv was a very poor, small screen CRT, with a pathetic selection of channels, not even including free view.
Breakfast was buffet style, and was good, although on the second day we ordered kippers and poached egg which were freshly cooked and delicious.
The set dinner had a limited range of starters and deserts (served at the table), and about six choices of mains served carvery style. It was possible to order a dish from the A La Carte menu for a not insignificant supplement. The food was not bad, but not gourmet by any means, and the microwaved vegetables and hot desserts were disappointing.
The bar area was very comfortable, but prices were a little high, especially over £5 for a 175ml glass of not very good house wine, and £3 for a pot of ordinary tea.
There was excellent free wifi in the public areas, but this was disappointingly not accessible from the bedrooms.
Staff were uniformly excellent and provided excellent service.
All in all a good value for money break in a comfortable hotel that drastically needs some updating and investment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This grand, Victorian hotel boasts private gardens, a gym, and classical decor. Its traditionally furnished rooms feature private bathrooms, while Harrogate’s centre is 5 minutes’ walk away. Each room at The Cairn includes a TV, along with 24-hour room service and tea/coffee-making facilities. Some rooms offer luxurious bathrobes, wine, and chocolates. Free parking is also available as well as Free WiFi in public areas, in Superior Rooms, or in all rooms if you book direct with the hotel. The Windsor Restaurant serves a locally sourced traditional menu, with a carvery and an extensive wine list. With its classic pillars and arches, guests can relax with a drink in the bar and lounge area. Both The Royal Pump Room Museums and Betty’s Tea Rooms are a 10-minute walk away. Harrogate Theatre and Harrogate Rail Station are 15 minutes away on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cairn Hotel Harrogate, Yorkshire