With the Olympic flame burning bright we thought we would rise to the challenge of a two night stay in The Royal...having read some of the reviews, we knew we were heading for Eddie The Eagle territory rather than Usain Bolt but if you just want a basic base for town and beach then The Royal just about makes the podium! True, it's a fading shadow of previous glories but the staircase and chandelier when you enter reception are amazing...and the hotel retains this 'stepping back in time' theme when you see the decor and fixtures in your room! It's all a tad tired and shabby but we asked for a sea view and we got a rather splendid one. Alas, we also had nesting seagulls so pack those earplugs!
Most of the staff were fairly disinterested in the guests and breakfast was a chaotic scrum for tables and coffee...marmalade in help-yourself industrial icecreamtubs was a 'holiday first' but certainly made us appreciate those mini-screw top jars we have so often taken for granted.
The lounge areas and bars are spacious (although this did mean we had to endure children getting into the Olympic spirit by playing tig one night while their parents drank lager oblivious...) - however, you do get a good view of the sunset and the local hoodies gathering on the benches opposite the hotel. The entertainment was a man singing and playing his guitar who seemed to think racist jokes were still acceptable in the 21st century - rather alarming...but on the plus side, his warbling prevented further games of tig!
If your stay in Scarborough is likely to involve plenty of time away from the hotel, then his is an adequate option but don't arrive expecting gold medal quality otherwise you will be disappointed...
- 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