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“Knows its market” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Red Lea Hotel
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridgeshire
Level Contributor
140 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Knows its market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

I notice that some other reviewers are young and I did consider re-titling this review, but, when I stayed at the Red Lea all the other guests were golden oldies. It brought back memories of seaside holidays in the 50's when this was a most up-market hotel in a most favoured location. In some respects it hasn't changed much, except for the provision of the en-suite bathrooms; the decor, while fresh and clean, is distinctly old-fashioned; the lift, as mentioned, a little, creaking box that I found a bit frightening, having been stuck in something similar 50 years ago. I travelled with a friend; we paid a little extra for a bay-windowed sea facing room. This was well worth it because the 2 easy chairs in the bay window allowed us to relax by an open window and enjoy the extensive view all the way across the south bay and gardens, drinking tea or coffee made in our room. The beds were comfortable, with high quality white bedding and towels. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean; however, I do find scrambling in and out of a bath difficult and would have appreciated a grab rail as well.

We booked half board; all the meals were very good, tasty generally well cooked. Sometimes the '50's theme crept in with over cooked vegetables, but the soups were home-made and the meat and fish excellent. Desserts such as knickerbocker glory and trifle were also nostalgic. Everything you could want was available at breakfast,( including a perfectly cooked boiled egg.) The service was efficient and unobtrusive.

The great strength of this hotel is its staff; mostly young with a mixture of locals and East Europeans, all of them well trained but friendly and always willing to go beyond the call of duty. Any requests were promtly answered and never was there any fuss. One night we were booked for the theatre and dinner was served qulckly but without any hurry and a taxi arranged for us.

Another plus is the location a stone's throw from the lift to the beach and Spa complex. Parking is on the street with a free permit. I could imagine this is difficult in high season.

Scarborough is rather a sad place to those who remember the old days but the Red Lea does its best to keep up standards. For what we got we thought it excellent value for money; a good 3 course dinner is £16 for non residents, a beef sandwich with salad garnish £3.25, prices undreamt of in the Midlands.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Archaeologist
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English first
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

The hotel to stop at if you are stopping in Scarborough their is nothing i could find to fault it from arriving to going home the staff wear most helpful the food was second to non very good menu i would recommend the roast beef melts it in your mouth the bedrooms wear very clean and the bed very comfortable you only have to go a few yards to get the lift down to the sea front

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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County Durham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

If you love the seaside, this is the perfect old fashioned hotel which makes everything easy and special. From parking permits to morning papers. Within minutes we were winding our way to the room in an old fashioned wooden lift. The room had a bay window with great sea views to the east, woodland views to the west and a victorian green inbetween.

The decor is old fashinoed style with a modern update. Food was good and service great - with a 7pm show to go to (Ken Dodd doing his thing at the Futurist - LEGEND!), we were served a 3 course meal in seconds of finishing each course. Everything is geared towards what you want to do.

The Red Lea is 1950's style reinvented with service to match. It makes everything very easy.

As a young couple in our 30's, we felt very comfortable and would recommend it to all ages.

Great location, style and charm.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank MFBB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

We stayed at the red lea this Saturday night that's just gone and everything was fabulous the room very big and clean the view of the sea very nice from room 112 the flowers champain chocolates and bowl fruit was all worth every penny all the staff where very good and very helpful and we are a young cuple aged 32 & 33 but when side having a quick sig I was saying how nice it is to someone older and they said the same has I have just told you. Or and its only 5/6 mins walk to the sea all the best the Harrison's we would love to come back

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Harrison112
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redlea, Front Office Manager at Red Lea Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2011
Thank you for your comment to your stay at the Red Lea Hotel. We are all very happy that you had a fabulous time and look forward to welcoming you again. We are very grateful that you have taken time to write a review with Tripadvisor.
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

I am very happy to leave a review for this lovely Hotel on behalf of my parents, I first made the initial contact and spoke to Sara and found her most helpful in her description of the Red Lea. From the moment my parents arrived they were well looked after starting with a lovely warm welcome from all the staff, they were then shown to their super room with a sea view, it was spotlessly clean with very comfortable beds.
My parents have travelled around the world and stayed in some excellent Hotels ( they are quite particular where they stay) but say this was a super place to stay and would be very happy to return again.
Thank You for taking care of my parents so well.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Shihtzubabies
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redlea, Front Office Manager at Red Lea Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2011
Thank you for your comment to your stay at the Red Lea. We are very happy that your parents enjoyed their stay with us and look forward to welcoming them back in the near future. We are very grateful that you have taken time to write a review with Tripadvisor.
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Scone, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

We had a great time in Scarborough - great walks, scenery and lots of good food.
The Red Lea Hotel was perfect for us- very central, yards from the cable car to the Spa and beach. The atmosphere in the hotel was very relaxed and the staff from reception, restaurant and housekeeping all had time for you. Our room was well kitted out, great views and plenty of space. When it rained we sat at the table and comfy seats in the window and watched the world go by. Food is traditional, freshly made and tasty. try the kippers with poached egg for breakfast- the best we've had.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a sea view the extra £7 per person is more than worth it
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank travelshocks
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redlea, Front Office Manager at Red Lea Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2011
Thank you for your review and photographs of your stay at the Red Lea. We are all very happy that you enjoyed your stay and the rainy days did not spoil your holiday in Scarborough. We look forward to welcoming you again. We are very grateful that you have taken time to write a review with Tripadvisor.
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

Try get a front sea view, bay windows best, nice and large, recently re-furbished, clean and comfortable. this hotel may be past its prime but the current owners are making continuing efforts to modernise whilst keeping the traditional ambience of the hotel, maybe best for older people. Good food in nice restaurant and cosy bar.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hash106
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redlea, Front Office Manager at Red Lea Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2011
Thank you for your review of your stay at the Red Lea Hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. We are very grateful that you have taken time to write a review with Tripadvisor.
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Property: Red Lea Hotel
Address: Prince of Wales Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2AJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Scarborough
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Scarborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Lea Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Lea Hotel is situated on Scarborough's favoured South Cliff, close to the Cliff Lift, the Spa Centre and the beach. The attractions of the town centre, historic castle and bustling harbour are only a short stroll away. With our superb location, beautiful sea views, indoor swimming pool, comfortable bedrooms, great food and friendly service we think we've got everything you need for a great break by the sea. ... more   less 
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