Very impressed. The Weston Hotel is located right on the Esplanade which is on the quieter, southern side of the town overlooking the cliffs. It is very close to the funicular lift which can get you up and down to the beach (80p per-person one-way). We chose this hotel for its proximity to the Stephen Joseph Theatre whilst still having a sea view, and it was an excellent decision. Parking is much easier than you might have anticipated, with plenty of roadside spaces when we arrived mid-morning on a weekday. The hotel reception gave us a pass allowing free parking for 3 hours (no return within the hour) between 9am - 5pm, and free after that. We left our car unattended for a full 24 hours right outside the hotel and had no problems.
The hotel is of the traditional 'faded glamour' variety, but beautiful if you like this kind of thing. We only stayed the one night B&B in room 23 on the third floor. The lift was rickety but worked fine. The room was small, old and creaky, but perfectly okay nevertheless, with a TV, a small double bed and separate medium-sized single bed. There was room for a desk and a chair and there was an en-suite. It was all clean and had been freshly-painted and yes it did have a beautiful sea-view. The hotel claims WiFi, but it didn't reach up to us, however we hooked onto a solid BT-Fon connection and were happy enough with that.
Breakfast in the morning was a delight, set in the large bay-windowed room overlooking the seafront. It was hearteningly busy even for mid-September with about fifteen couples in when we were. There were lots of pleasant waitress staff and the 'Full Yorkshire' breakfast was faultless, with surprisingly tasty coffee.
In my opinion, the 2 stars this hotel has are completely misrepresentative of the accommodation; it is far, far better than that. We spoke to the staff and they said that stars are based on such outdated criteria as having land-line phones in bedrooms, which they didn't have. Well who doesn't have a mobile phone these days? The hotel is undergoing gradual refurbishment. We saw that many rooms had new doors and handles, and apparently these are the ones that have already been done. More are planned over the winter. They are also intending more significant improvements such as extending the dining room, moving the reception, fitting ground-floor toilets etcetera. They have promised to retain the hotel's character and not transform it into something anonymous. It will be interesting to come back next season and see how much it has improved.
In summary, this is an excellent hotel and the good TripAdvisor reviews are far more more indicative of its quality than the ridiculously mean 2 stars. It is well worth staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Weston is located on the prestigious Esplanade, overlooking Scarborough's South Bay. This handsome Victorian building provides 32 en-suite bedrooms, of which 18 enjoy panoramic views of the bay from Scarborough Castle to Cayton. Situated close to the cliff lift we are ideally placed for those who are looking to use the Scarborough Spa complex. We are also a short walk away from the Oliver's Mount Road race circuit. Further afield the Yorkshire coast is ideal for walkers and cyclist alike, with the Cleveland Way and the old coastal railway. Golfers can also enjoy a number of challenging courses, from the links of Filey or South Cliff to the parkland of Ganton. Our small family based team are committed to providing excellent customer service and aim to provide a relaxing base for you to enjoy all that Scarborough and the rest of North Yorkshire have to offer. We take pride in providing high quality, freshly prepared meals using local produce. Furthermore, our new lounge areas give you space to relax and unwind in the evening. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Weston Hotel Scarborough