My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights; it was our anniversary, and we were also down for a wedding. I was a little wary before arriving after reading the reviews, but all I can say is that those people must all be incredibly fussy, as I saw nothing wrong with the hotel. The building itself is lovely, and our room was also very nice. Nothing wrong with anything! The bed was comfy etc, the location was brilliant (10 minutes from the town centre and supermarket) and we were very happy.
As much as I liked the building, room, location etc, everything was pretty much standard for this type of hotel, and I have to say that the only thing that really stood out as something incredibly special was the food. Utterly divine. Everything we ate was delicious (thumbs up to the breakfast!) but my favourite was the salmon pasta, which was so incredible I nearly ordered another. I am a total foodie, so when I say the food was good, take my word for it!
The best thing about this hotel is definitely the chef, and the management would be well advised to hang onto him for dear life. Other than that, though, a lovely stay. Bargain price, too, and well worth it. The only reason I have taken a star off is the slight lack of interest in the customers; we took forever to get served at the bar both times we went down there, and at one point, having waited 10 minutes and asked twice at reception, the bar server finally arrived, only to take my order then walk off again before my boyfriend had a chance to order. It really was rather bizarre. Another thing I would say is that there isn't any sort of 'guidance booklet' in the rooms, for example detailing wifi, food serving times, dinner menu etc. The only way to find this out is to ask, which is rather odd; there has been a service booklet in every hotel I've ever been to. The addition of one of these- and a more attentive waiter- would have made this five stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Craiglands Hotel has been welcoming people from across the globe for more than 150 years. This grand Victorian hotel remains the ideal place for business or pleasure, combining modern comforts and facilities with a warm, friendly welcome.Set in 6 acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds and woodland, Craiglands is just a short walk to the historic spa town of Ilkley and the famous Ilkley Moor, with easy access to Leeds/Bradford airport and major business centres. There are 62 guest rooms and excellent facilities to suit all your requirements - 7 conference and banqueting suites, the newly refurbished Brasserie1 Restaurant & adjoining bar with outside terrace to name but a few. For fine dining, banquets, conferences, large corporate events or just to get away from it all, you really must come to Craiglands! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Craiglands Hotel Ilkley
- The Craiglands Hotel Ilkley, Yorkshire