On arriving at the Cairn Hotel my young lady instantly noted that the curtains were a bit dated. The Hotel Inspector has a lot to answer for, personally I couldn't care less.
What I did care about was the charming young lady on reception who made us feel welcome and at home. We arrived at about 12:00 AM and left the car there while we did the 5 minute walk to Harrogate and not get into Betty's. It wasn't for want of trying but an hours wait for a coconut maccaroon didn't seem like a good deal.
After that we wandered around Harrogate and the lovely woodland park near the hotel for a while. By the way there's a boating pool for you to use that Radio controlled boat that the kids were bought for Christmas but you haven't got round to using yet and a superb play area for young children.
The room was on the top floor and at one end of a maze like corridor. The fire escape and fire alarm system were superb as we found out when we set them off with the steam from the shower........ twice. It only took two minutes for a very polite but panting manager to bound up the stairs and look for the problem.
We then went to the Drum and Monkey for a superb meal in pleasant surroundings befor retiring to a very comfortable bed and a great nights sleep.
Breakfast the next morning was lovely. Nice bacon, nice sausage rather than the sub-ASDA value range that you sometime get in three star hotels. The only issue was that you had to grab the water for tea for yourself out of thermos flasks which is never a good idea because it really needs to be boiling. Also breakfast stopped at ten which was fine for us because the clocks went back but we'd have been getting out of bed for breakfast rather than a leisurely lie in any other weekend.
Checkout was fine and yet another charming young lady. There must be a production line of them or they've cornered the market which might explain some of the fleapits I get to stay in through work.
So all in all, great value, great service, great location. Not sure what more I can say. Change the curtains maybe, but the girlfriends made me say that.
- 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