Heard this joke? When is a hotel not a hotel? When it’s a bed and breakfast place! Alright I know that’s not funny but neither is it funny paying £95 a night for a rather average room in what is described as the only 5 star establishment in town, this being Scarborough.
My wife and I had come to Scarborough to visit the Stephen Joseph theatre. We searched on the Internet for a suitable hotel. Admittedly the choices looked fairly dire. We selected the Mansion House Hotel (this being the description used for their website) because we mistakenly believed it to be a small boutique hotel located on the south and more peaceful side of the harbour area.
Our uninviting room on the first floor had the usual pine furniture, redolent of many a B & B, and was quite small. You know you are in a B & B when at breakfast time the wafting of fried bacon and eggs permeate the rooms. Our room in no way reflected that shown on the hotel’s webpage.
The bathroom was of an acceptable size but not luxurious.
Breakfast was competent and acceptable.
Are the five stars justified? In my opinion for such a category one might expect a certain luxurious level of decoration and comfort; that was in no way evident in any of the public rooms and areas! The 5 stars were awarded by enjoyEngland.com. Another awarded by the same organisation only amounted to a ‘silver’ award. Sadly, I have to admit, we were persuaded, in our initial booking, by such claims to standards. We have learnt these standard certifications, awarded by such organisations, count for little.
My overall assessment of the Mansion House must be average and certainly not up to what one might expect of 5 stars. Clearly the charge of £95 per night was exorbitant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very warm welcome to the 5***** Award Winning Mansion House Scarborough winner of the Scarborough Guest Accommodation 2010 Built at the peak of regency elegance this superbly appointed sea view property is ideally located on Scarborough's famous Esplanade and opposite the Scarborough Spa and beautiful Italian gardens. Close to all amenities and within easy walking distance of the town beach and conference centre. We all look forward to welcoming you to the Mansion House Scarborough. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion House Scarborough Hotel Scarborough