I stayed at the White Swan in Alnwick with my wife for 3 nights in mid June 2008. Cost was around £120 per night.
For: Nice hotel, and it manages to maintain some charm of an old coaching inn. The lounge is a nice place to while a way a few hours reading the papers.
For: Friendly staff (on the whole), especially in the Bar (a guy called Yannick makes friends with everyone, not in a pushy way – he’s just good with people).
For: Our room was clean and the bathroom generally OK. The room was a little on the small side BUT this is a coaching inn in the centre of an old town so I think it’s par for the course – space is restricted.
For: Breakfast was good – I’d give it 3 out of 5. No chance to have poached eggs, only fried, no pastries, but what was out was good enough.
For: The Bistro is pretty good, although we only ate there one night. The food is simple and well done. The meal was enjoyable and good value.
For: Digital TV with most freeview channels.
Against: Housekeeping could be better. Tea not replenished in the room, and when it was we only had Earl Grey tea which is not to everyone’s taste. Other things were never replenished, like biscuits, soap, shampoo and shower gel.
Against: My wife had pea soup there. This was nice, home made soup but it had an elastic band in it. She was eating and suddenly went ‘yeuch’ and pulled this elastic band out of her mouth. The manager was mortified, and they reduced the bill accordingly.
Against: The shower was ‘fussy’. Sometimes it would not switch on, but if you kept trying eventually it would switch on.
Against: The website says ‘Our bathrooms are luxurious with power showers over the bath, thick towelling robes, toiletries and bath salts.’ Not true, we had no towelling robes.
Against: the website says ‘All rooms include LCD televisions with DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and iroining board, a work desk and free wireless internet connection.’ Most of this is true, except the wireless internet is only available on the ground floor, according to the staff, and we were on the second. It didn’t work for me.
Against: Like many town centre hotels, parking is tricky. Parking in the small hotel car park is horrible, but there is a car park nearby you can use for just £2.
- 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