We stayed here a Friday and a Saturday night and found it a bit of a mixed bag. They have clearly had a recent refurb and the bedroom was nicely furnished and tastefully decorated in the brown-and-cream-with-touches-of-turquoise which seems to be the thing, but lacked character – old photos of Scarborough or paintings by local artists would have made it a bit more personal. However, there is, of course, the view which is superb – a huge bay window gave views of the sea, the headland with the castle and the beach, with two wing armchairs to sit in to admire it. The bathroom was small but adequate with nice toiletries and huge towels and the whole room was warm and cosy except when the wind got up, when it was a bit draughty near the window.
The bar and restaurant had also been refurbished and were very comfortable and again had great views. The big let down was the food. It sounds good on the menu but it just wasn’t very good quality – oversweet orange juice at breakfast and very ordinary bread, although the jam was topnotch. I had scrambled eggs the first morning and they were very watery. We ate in the restaurant both evenings; on the first, the receptionist hadn’t passed on our booking so we were greeted with “we are rather busy” but they fitted us in and it was fine although the food was disappointing and rather bland. The second evening, they brought us the starters before we had been brought our drinks! We asked if they would be arriving soon, were told that they would, but it was another five minutes before they did. Not a huge problem, but surely the management could make sure that sort of thing didn’t happen? Curiously, there was very little fresh fish or seafood on the menu – there was prawn cocktail but that would presumably be frozen prawns and mussels which were very small and lacking flavour although the liquor they were cooked in was good and haddock and chips, but why no daily specials of fresh fish?
There was entertainment in the bar both nights, on the Friday, a young chap accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar was not bad at all as he had a good voice. On the Saturday there was a band, again doing covers, but they weren’t bad, just a bit much for a small venue. I’d rather have no entertainment, but if there has to be some, it could have been a lot worse.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful to everyone and although there was an event on in the function room on the Saturday, it did not affect those of us not involved. Parking was easy outside, either free or free with a permit from the hotel.
What I can’t understand is why someone doesn’t open a hotel at the seaside which caters for people who want to be comfortable and have really good food and no naff entertainment. There must be a market for it – a hotel that is a destination in itself, like ones you get inland, but with lovely coastal views. We’d go there often!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ambassador Hotel combines wellbeing and relaxation with contemporary luxury, all framed beautifully by our stunning Sea-Views of the Harbour and Scarborough Castle.Indulge in complimentary Breakfast each morning. Escape to our boutique bolthole by the sea! We're perfect for group getaways, relax breaks and beach breaks. All guests receive a boutique bedroom, free wi-fi, free breakfast and free parking permit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Hotel Scarborough