I organised an overnight stay and conference facilities at this hotel in February 2010. We paid for sea view rooms but, as the hotel was quiet, were upgraded to the newly-refurbished Penthouse suites.
The rooms were large, well furnished and had extra little touches such as this month's Men's Health. The bathrooms were luxurious and all had a TV over the bath! Although stylish, there hadn't been much thought put into the practicalities of the bathrooms as the lovely cascading tap to run the bath was set at knee-height meaning you bashed into it whenever you were in the shower. One member of the party also cut his toe on the raised bath plug!
Despite the luxury I didn't sleep well as, even in February, the rooms were roasting. I was able to open the window and had turned off my radiator, but the recent upgrade (including insulation) and being on the top floor, meant that the room stayed hot all night.
The conference facilities were great. I had everything I'd requested with coffee and freshly-baked buns at the times I'd specified. If I'm going to be picky there was no decaff coffee, which is a problem for me as I've not drunk caffeine for six years. A wide range of fruit teas was available as a decaff option if you're into that sort of thing. Decaff coffee was at least available at breakfast.
The food was good. Breakfast was top quality, service was attentive and the staff were prepared to have a bit of banter with you. The lunch was a hot meal with both meat and vegetarian options available even though we had no vegetarians in the party. This was a nice touch. The main course was followed by a lovely cheesecake.
All of the staff I encountered were pleasant and willing to help. They had a discount voucher for a local restaurant which we'd booked into and gave that to us so we could save - a lovely touch. The night porter even saw the funny side when one of my colleagues locked himself out of his room in the middle of the night without any clothes on. (You know who you are!)
The hotel is central enough to access on foot. We travelled by train and it was a 10 minute walk from the station. It was around 10 minutes to get into the centre of Scarborough, either via the beach or on the footpath.
I understand there was a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room along with a pool. I didn't get chance to use these myself but didn't hear any negative comments.
My colleagues agreed that, by far, these were the best hotel rooms they'd stayed in in the UK. We would happily return, especially if work is paying! Would I spend my own money on this hotel? Probably not, but only because it's in Scarborough - which I'm not keen on returning to. Pick it up and put it somewhere else, and I'd be sorely tempted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough's first hotel built in 1845. The interior of the Crown still contains many of the original architectural features which is why it is often featured in many film and television productions. Along with an excellent restaurant the hotel includes the Crown Spa catering for spa treatments and health club facilities including 40ft pool, large Jacuzzi, 5 heat experience rooms and well appointed gym and studio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crown Hotel Scarborough
- Crown Spa Scarborough
- Scarborough Hotel Crown