We often travel with Shearings and have previously stayed in the Bay Hotels. We thought we would upgrade to Coast and Country, better quality room, better food etc. Wrong on all counts. On entering the hotel we were impressed, that is until we were told we could not have our room til 3pm, a wait of nearly 3hrs! We had set off at 6:30 and spent hours at the interchange, to say we were ready to relax would be an understatement. Then to have to register our credit card in order to get the £25 each in-house spend was ridiculous! Why couldn't there be a voucher system? We didn't get a receipt when we spent anything and if we hadn't kept our own record it would have been easy to overspend. As it was, the bottled beers were about £4 each and the cheapest wine was £15:75 a bottle.
Our room was warm but definitely tired and in need of refurbishment, no way resembling the standard rooms on the website and the bathroom was shabby and had the fire exit in it. Was the bathroom once a corridor?
Breakfast was self service and quite good but dinner was horrible. The chef's specialities were to be avoided at all costs. Steak and kidney pudding with raw ( I complained) suet. The gravy that accompanied the pork tasted of sour apple, was expecting it to be more subtle, roast potatoes that were raw inside. I thought the puddings were all ready made and the custard out of a packet!
The wine waiter ( ha ha) took our order at the beginning of one meal and brought it just when we were about to start our pud! The couple at the next table asked why water was not on the table and were told that they were not allowed to put it out but had to sell the bottles instead! You had to specifically ask for a glass of water. The waitress who served us was run off her feet while at one sitting I counted at least 3 assistant managers just showing people to tables.
The standard of Coast and Country was not what I expected and not, in my opinion, as good as Bay holidays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, the St. George is a magnificent Edwardian property situated in the heart of this historic spa town. Its location, adjacent to the Harrogate International Centre’s Exhibition Halls and the Royal Hall, makes it ideal for both leisure and business travellers. The Royal Baths, with the newly refurbished Turkish baths and a range of elegant restaurants, are situated immediately opposite the hotel. As well as the delights of Harrogate, the hotel makes an ideal base for those wishing to visit Leeds, York or the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Alternatively, visit the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, and for those who like to shop, enjoy the exclusive small boutiques and various antique shops situated in the Montpellier quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint George Harrogate
- Hotel Saint George
- St George Hotel Harrogate
- The St George Hotel Harrogate, Yorkshire