The Balmoral in Doncaster belongs to the 'old school ' of B and Bs - wood panelling, deep carpets, oriental meets Tudor themed decor. The entry hall is particularly charming, giving the impression that one has walked into a BBC telemovie about Henry the Eighth!
Our host was friendly and accomodating, even kind enough to offer breakfast at a time amenable to us on a Sunday morning.
Our room was generously sized, including a pine 4 poster bed and a large bathroom. Toiletries like soap, shampoo and conditioner were placed in our room, which also had tea and coffee making facilities.
The breakfast was basic but generous and very reasonably priced with a choice of a cooked breakfast or a 'light' breakfast (cereals, fruit and toast).
Our room was a very nice price - £48 per night for 2 - and we felt we got great value for that - in fact our spacious room and nice bathroom were cheaper than some basic rooms at large hotel chains in the area. The bed was also very comfortable and the room large enough to spread out in.
The only downside to our room is that it was street facing so there was a lot of street noise - cars and people - until very late Saturday night. Luckily we were up late ourselves but if we had wanted a quiet evening this would have been a bit of an issue. Perhaps try to get a room away from the street if you don't like noise.
Also - regarding the 'red light district - I don't recommend wandering down the side streets as we did encounter some of the Doncaster 'seedy side' when we took side road cut throughs. however the main road seemed perfectly safe, even late at night.
Definitely good value, and for added kitsch value, Balmoral was a set for Ronnie Barker's 'Porridge'!! Who could ask for more!
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