This is a beautiful, old hotel, which in it's heyday I'm sure was very grand, today whilst still beautiful is looking tired and dated and would benefit from some TLC. It is very clean and the beds are comfortable, but the carpets are very worn, particularly on the 4th floor. You also need to appreciate it's in a seaside location and the noise from the seagulls can be very disturbing especially during the night when trying to sleep, so be warned, other than that the location is great, the tram down to the beach is just a few yards from the hotel entrance, and this is needed unless you enjoy steep hills.
The bar staff are very friendly, despite being stretched and doing long hours, and the happy hour or should I say happy afternoon can be enjoyed every day.
Whilst the food is great, you may have to wait awhile to get it, especially if they have a function on in the hotel. We booked for 7.15 dinner and got told we would have to wait, which we did for 15 - 20 mins, upon being seated we then had to wait 10 mins for them to take our order. The food however was great, but they had a function for a school prom night and obviously hadn't organised things very well.
Also breakfast is great, but again be prepared to queue to be seated and wait for the hot buffet to be replenished, our advice is to get there early, late risers take note.
Despite this we were on a reasonably priced 2night break and it was enjoyable.
- 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