Arriving at 10.30 in the evening we were (eventually) greeted by a startled looking receptionist ‘oh, I wasn’t expecting you’. We had booked, and anyway what on earth would two people damp from the rain and laden with luggage be doing in the reception of a hotel if not looking to check in? Certainly, that possibility had not occurred to her as she observed us through the glass door from the Canoe Bar.
According to the receptionist, the 'internet is all around, but especially strong in the bar'. Bless her - I think she's confused with the ghost of a former owner. If you want the web, its very much a 3G affair here.
Room 31, after depositing bags and checking the bed for springiness (very), the shower for dribbliness (at best a trickle) and the curtains for closeability (they met in the middle, but unfortunately only if you were prepared to accept a gap at each edge) I settled down for the night, listening for, but hoping not to hear the ghost of Basil pacing the corridors. I prayed that the damp on the wall would not lead to any lasting health damage.
I need not have worried, Basil (in female form) serves the breakfast. One guest asked for a poached egg, and was told that he had ordered ‘a full English’ and ‘chef has already started it’ so a change at this late stage in the (no doubt precision) cooking phase was out of the question. With the main dining area full, another hapless guest took a seat in a part of the dining room reserved for who knows what, only to be ordered to move – ‘but where?’ he pleaded. Basil gave in, but just long enough for him to be seated with his Frosties before another table became vacant. Basil, seeing her chance snatched the bowl from under his nose and plonked it on the now vacant table ‘you can’t sit there, no butter you see’ was offered no doubt part in explanation and part apology.
If you do choose the ’Stainview’ (as we came to call it) then a sense of humour is something you should definitely pack, but for our trusty receptionist one thing is true ‘its a good breakfast’ she soothed – and it was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the seafront with breathtaking views across the North East coastline the Staincliffe Hotel has 20 luxury boutique bedrooms. This Victorian hotel also boasts a fine dining restaurant, cocktail and champagne bar, public bar, Grill Room steak restaurant, Function Suite, the Grand Ballroom and private walled gardens. After undergoing a massive refurbishment programme during winter 2009/2010 the Staincliffe Hotel is without doubt one of the northeast's premier venues! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Staincliffe Hotel Hartlepool