We had arranged to meet some friends in Skipton for the weekend and, as I stupidly left the booking so late, we really struggled to find somewhere central to stay. I booked Napiers through a hotel rooms website and though I felt it was somewhat expensive I went with it as I didn't have a lot of other choice.
I think it's fair to say that the owners have tried, but unfortunately not hard enough. The room we had (Room One) was enormous. The twin beds had been pushed together to make a large double bed. On first glance everywhere was reasonably tidy. However, there is no attention to detail. The 'white' towels are grey, scratchy and do not match, lightbulbs around the mirror in the bathroom do not work, there is a mis-match of jumbled wire, plastic and wooden hangers in the wardrobe, the bath panel on the side of the bath is a sheet of badly fitted hardboard, the skirting boards in the bathroom have been fitted but never stained or painted and are splattered with emulsion from the walls........etc, etc, etc.
The place is also badly in need of a good clean. The plastic strip on the bottom of the shower screen is full of green mould, the fittings around the jets in the jacuzzi bath are dirty, the the combined toilet roll holder and lavatory brush is absolutely thick with dust. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the picture.
Breakfast, too, was disappointing and for an additional £7.50 per head I would have expected far more. As another reviewer has stated, the cooked breakfast seems to be swimming in grease. We were not offered a choice of eggs, we had to ask for jam and marmalade, the butter was rancid, the fried eggs were overcooked.................
However the biggest issue in all the other problems with this accommodation is the noise from the church clock, which is about 50 meters away from the hotel. It chimes through the night every quarter of an hour. And not just a quiet 'ping' - a full trumpet fanfare. The rooms are not double glazed and it was a very hot night the evening we stayed. I think my partner and I got about 2 hours sleep over the whole night. This is mentioned nowhere in the hotel details.
The bill for accommodation and breakfast was £104.00 - and definitely not worth half that.
We won't be returning.
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