We were a party of three on a midweek break sharing a large room on the top floor. Our DBB package worked out at £50 pppn so couldn't really complain about value for money.
Whilst the hotel boasts about how much money has been spent renovating the hotel, there is little evidence of this by the time you get to the second floor. (It didn't bother us but you may want to note that there isn't a lift.) Our room was fairly basic and not particularly clean although the bathroom was fitted to a good standard with a good shower and always plenty of hot water.
Meanwhile downstairs Harvey's Bistro is a pleasant enough bar/restaurant. No complaints about the food or the Alnwick IPA and, when Yannick was on duty, excellent service. However the main attraction of this hotel is undoubtedly the Olympic Restaurant which was constructed using salvaged materials from the sister ship of the Titanic. It is certainly an unexpected and impressive room. Service was efficient and the food, both breakfast and dinner, was of a good hotel restaurant standard. The fried eggs at breakfast were freshly cooked and particularly tasty - free range?
Outside the hotel is an attractive building situated in the centre of a generally unspoiled small town. It makes an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful and interesting area. Some great coastal walks usually with a castle thrown in and what must be some of the most unspoilt beaches in England.
The car park to the rear of the hotel proved to be too small even when the hotel wasn't full and lacked direct access into the hotel.
Our only real criticism - reception staff. Is it asking too much to expect a bit of a welcome when one first checks into a hotel, a greeting when one comes down to breakfast in the morning or even an apology or acceptance of responsibility when mistakes are made. We don't think so. Which is why we cannot give an unqualified recommendation. The White Swan gets most things right. A pity that our impression was so adversely affected by the performance of staff in these key positions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.For generations one of the North of England's primary hotels, The White Swan is probably best known for its Olympic Dining Suite which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the Titanic's sister ship. All 57 bedrooms are designed to an impeccable standard, and Hardy's Bistro, our contemporary, informal dining experience, is open all day for coffee, light lunches and an excellent bistro menu.The perfect stopover en route to Scotland, we're also your base for discovering the famous gardens at Alnwick Castle, and a tour of the very best of the North East with its unspoilt coastline, historic castles and Holy Island, Northumberland National Park and the exciting cities of Durham and Newcastle. Then return to the hotel for a traditional afternoon tea in front of the fire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick Hotel Alnwick
- White Swan Alnwick
- White Swan Hotel Alnwick
- The White Swan Hotel Alnwick, Northumberland