The outside is lovely and makes a great first impression, sitting in a quiet side street just off the centre. It has a wide, impressive front covered in greenery. Inside, it's quite oldy worldy: the stairs and old-style lift felt a bit drab, as did the corridors. The room was spacious and very nicely appointed with quality fixtures. Very comfortable bed and a nice bathroom.
Slightly odd (though you could see it as fashionably quirky) is that none of the floors upstairs, in the rooms or corridors, appeared to be completely flat, for example the sideboard with the tea & coffee making kit was sitting on a pronounced slope.
The dining room in particular is quite stunning with a very high ornate ceiling. You can easily expect a palm court quartet would strike up and that in years gone by grand balls would have taken place here. Breakfast is served here - and very good it was too. A large table inthe centre of the room with a big selection of cereals, fruits and pastries. The toast and cooked breakfast are clealry cooked to order. (I was particularly impressed that the plum tomatoes were fresh, not tinned).
All in all, a nice place to stay - very handy to stroll into the centre, while still being in a quiet location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dating back to 1840, The Old Swan Hotel is one of Harrogate's oldest & most cherished hotels; its Victorian splendour and traditional elegance is complimented today by a modern & contemporary environment.The hotel boasts 136 stylish bedrooms and ten suites(Some featuring four-poster beds and roll-top baths),a restaurant and bar, nine conferences suites,free Wi-Fi access and car parking spaces.The hotel is in the centre of Harrogate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Swan Harrogate
- Hotel Old Swan
- Old Swan Hotel Harrogate, Yorkshire