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The Unicorn
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Northallerton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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“great night”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

we stayed at the unicorn hotel friday 6 june 2014 . very welcoming at reception , The room a double onsuite was beautiful good decor and spotlessly clean , and l mean not a speck of dust a good tray of tea, coffee and water . The view out of the window wasn't the best but could cope with that as it was only an over night stay .

The only bad point l can say is the breakfast let it down ,parts of the beakfast was cold others over cooked and very dirty knives and forks get this sorted and l would give it 10 out of 10

Room Tip: l would think that all rooms are this standard
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bromborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Stayed 3 nights to visit friends & made more friends sun/wed situated right in the square ideal for Cathedral, museums courthouse/workhouse races, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants. The Wakeman blowing his horn every night at 9pm on the square hundreds of years tradition worth while. Visited Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate wonderful walks & sites set in acres of land.
The Unicorn staff warm friendly, good service/food/drinks breakfast good value as much coffee to drink as well.Reception very good & quick helpful always thanks Bill.

Room Tip: Room 108 1st. flr no lift a bit up & down corridors but good size dbl bed & bathroom tea/cof...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We all know Weatherspoon's is good for quality beer and food at a reasonable price, well the hotel exceeded our expectations. A good location for exploring the Yorkshire dales, friendly staff, clean comfortable rooms at a reasonable price. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 667 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

We had one night at The Unicorn and we found it a great base to explore Ripon from and to go to the races (a nice 20 minute walk along the canal). Centrally located on the lovely square, it simply couldn't be better located.

Parking is easy on either the 6 space free hotel car park if you're lucky or on the adjacent public one used for sainsburys amongst others. This is £2.50 for 24 hours and is only 1 minutes walk to the hotel.

The hotel itself is very comfortable and the staff very helpful indeed. We secured a room on the third floor (no lift) and on the back of the building. This proved to be a good decision as it was really quiet and away from the square (which also holds a market......).

Wifi is free everywhere and the room comfortable. We got a king bed and had tea / coffee in the room along with everything else you'd expect. I'd say £69 is a bit top end excluding breakfast (which can be bought as an extra cheaply) but I will definitely return and recommend The Unicorn.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Redcar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Had a two night stay at the Unicorn. The Room was very spacious & it had a nice bathroom attached.

Ideal for a look around the City centre as the Unicorn is in the Market Square. Easy overnight parking is also available at the rear of the hotel for a small charge.

Downside, was our room was at the front of the buildng & on the first floor. This meant we heard all the shouting & screaming that you get in the early hours of the morning as the clubs & pubs are kicking out.

The staff were very friendly & helpfull & you can always get a good hot meal in a Weatherspoons pub.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of thebuilding &/or high up away from the Market square.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Firstly I had a great room - large with a King bed on the third floor in an old building. So no lift! Room was clean and well equipped with all you would expect in a centre of town hotel. Actually the location is right on the main square in Ripon.
We were on a cycling holiday so bike security was important. Bikes were stored outside, chained up at the rear of the hotel with CCTV screens behind the check in desk - OK as it was dry but not ideal.
We stayed on a Tuesday so it was the Wetherspoons steak night. That meant an 8 ounce rump with all the trimmings with a pint for just over £8! Not that's what you call value. The breakfast was also god value - traditional coked with toast and coffee around £5.
No doubt they have their own accounting/organisational reasons breakfast is paid for separately and claimed back when paying the hotel bill! We all signed for our electronic door key, the signature being proof for billing the room. That didn't stop someone booking the cost of a couple of dinners to my room! This caused a bit of a stir at checkout but was dealt with understandingly.
All in all not a bad hotel offering the usual Wetherspoon unbelievable value.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Rooms have been done to a very high standard, great bathroom. Comfy beds. The car park is small and very tight: our car got bumped. Staff found the culprit by watching CCTV but no number plate unfortunately. Staff were SO helpful and we had the usual bargain Wetherspoons brekkie.
I booked way ahead as we wanted twin not double rooms: £69. Two days before we went the price had dropped to £55 on the website. I asked the manager if he would do for this price: no problem! Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Unicorn
Address: Market Place East, Ripon HG4 1BP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Unicorn 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Unicorn Hotel has been at the heart of hospitality in Ripon, one of Britain's smallest cities, since medieval times. This former coaching inn has 32 en-suite rooms, a bar and dining facilities. Close to Fountains Abbey, a world heritage site, and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, Ripon is one of the North's best kept secrets. ... more   less 
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