The Royal Hotel is a period property that caters for a lot of visitors possibly in the same way as it once did. On arrival, the guest is treated to a visual feast of a wonderful grand staircase and stairwell that raises the eyes to the roof & drops the jaw to the ground.
I arrived early in order to find a public parking space & was informed that I wasn't allowed into the room until 3pm, maybe that's a policy I can possibly accept but on returning later, my roommate, travelling from a different direction, gained access to the room key and was away collecting his remaining luggage in a distant car park. I was told that there was only one key per room & was left homeless with a variety of luggage for some time while I sat waiting in both the dark corridor & on the main staircase in case I missed him. The hotel room we were given was located down a series of corridors in what seemed like a historic extension to the building. The room was of a reasonable size with a floor that severely sloped to the door and decor and furniture that needed updating. Sometimes an old hotel can warrant period furniture but not an excuse for ignoring it. To be fair the small bathroom had been modernised in more recent years to what would be an acceptable standard. I don't stay in hotel rooms for the view but presumably the unkempt wall of windows across the yard was another part of the hotel which was very depressing to look at. The buffet breakfast was of a reasonable standard that I would expect in a less expensive 3 star B&B elsewhere in town.
In summarising, I didn't book this hotel & probably wouldn't have chosen it from my trip advisor search. I try to be fair in my reviews but the historic hotel & policies are in need of an upgrade and is the epitome of why large English seaside resort hotels live in the past & gradually let standards remain in the past & with it eventually the visitors in the past. In the 21st century, as with other establishments, the customer expects a better quality product for such a price & particularly in a place that uses the name & peoples expectations of the word "Royal" !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinpointed at the centre of Scarborough and overlooking the beautiful South Bay, The Royal Hotel is in the perfect location to explore all that this enchanting town has to offer, with its fine sandy beaches only 500 metres away and stunning promenade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Scarborough
- Royal Scarborough
- Scarborough Hampton Inn
- Hotel Royal Scarborough