Just completed a 4 night stay in the Royal Hotel with my partner and we're both very impressed overall. The hotel is newly renovated and very comfortable. The breakfast is excellent as set out by recent reviewers. Our room had a lovely seaview and was excellently decorated. The staff were really freindly and efficient from the reception, to the breakfast to the bar. The location of the hotel is unparalled in Whitley Bay in my view, you can drift of to sleep genuinely listening to the sea at night and arguably the best Indian, Italian, contemporary English and Chineese restaurants in Whitley Bay are in the same block within yards of the hotel door. I would love to rate this hotel as 'excellent' rather than as 'very good', the small quibbles I have are the shortage of parking at the hotel and the finishing time of breakfast (9.00am).
There are a few spaces right in a line in front of the hotel for guest parking, these understandibly fill up and to get one in the evening, our experience was that you needed to wait for a considerable time unless you were very lucky. From 5.30pm however there is free parking in the streets adjacent to the hotel until 9.00 am, however parking is charged from then. This is more an inconvenience thing as spaces come free in front of the hotel in the morning but the material fact is that you have to be up and out by 9.00 am. This relates to my second small quibble. This is a hotel in a lovely sea-side resort. For us anyway, part of a lovely stay means having a breakfast option beyond a 9.00 am finish, even 10.00 am would make such a difference. My partner skipped breakfast for this reason preferring a lie in to getting up before 9.00 am.
Apart from these relatively minor quibbles, we would really hearily recommend the Royal.
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