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“Good location, friendly staff but a little dated”

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Best Western Dower House Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Knaresborough
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 June 2006

Good points: great location and parking - within easy walking distance of the centre of Knaresborough. Staff very friendly, particularly at reception and the head waitress. Bed very comfy and everything nice and clean in the room. Good food in the restaurant in the evening and at breakfast.
Downsides: it all felt a little dated to us. The restaurant was even playing hits of the eighties and seems to be permanently decorated for a wedding reception. You had to sit in the bar to order your food (no choice in the matter) and had to sign a little piece of paper to say you had got your wine. It all just felt a bit strange. The room was the same, although it was clean and comfy, the decoration seemed to hark back at least ten years - but I appreciate some people will love it all the more for that.
I think if you like a traditional, family run hotel then this could be the place for you, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 19 February 2006

My husband and I prebooked this hotel to test it out before making a reservation for a party of 40 or more in 2007. We were impressed with the quaint rooms with the oak beams and uneven floors. Thankfully the floors under the beds have been levelled out so that you dont find yourself in a crumpled heap at one end of the bed in the morning. We were even more impressed with the quality of the food which was absolutely delightful both in the evening and breakfast. The hotel is set in the lovely market town of Knaresborough which is only 3 miles from Harrogate so its conveniently out of the hustle and bustle but only a 10 min bus ride away. We found that the staff were very accommodating and couldnt do enough to help. The only thing that stopped us awarding an "excellent" for this hotel was the pool facilities which were slightly on the small side and the small bar area.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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3  Thank Lorhen
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Reviewed 1 February 2004

We chose the Dower House because of the Pool, Steam Room and Sauna.
What a good choice.

The facilities were good if a little on the small side. Provided a haven from the torrential rain outside.

Because of the rain we did not eat out as we normally would. So were really suprised by the quality of the evening meal, service and atmosphere. The 'feature' room was above average if not as big as I expected, but well furnished.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 November 2014
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Room Tip: Les chambres qui donnent sur le jardin sont plus calmes.
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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled on business
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Address: Bond End, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 9AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Harrogate > Knaresborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Knaresborough
Price Range: £69 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Dower House Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dower House & Spa is as full of character as it is convenience, when you're not enjoying a good nights sleep, you can relax in our recently refurbished Imagine Health & Spa with a swim, treatment or work out. Award winning Storm Restaurant offers a seasonally changing menu and daily specials that you can enjoy overlooking the terrace gardens. You'll not only enjoy the sights and sounds of the traditional market town of Knaresborough, but also the opportunity to take in beautiful river walks and historical landmarks such as Mother Shiptons Cave and the Castle ruins. ... more   less 
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