I spent two nights in this hotel as a part of a coach travelling company and I must say I hope I will never have to stay there again. The hotel was chosen as a distance compromise between York and the Lake district and I would have gladly slept in two different hotel in order to have escapted the Mercure experience.
But first things first. The Mercure hotel is presented as a charming manor with modern annexes (modern as in early eighties and never renovated). It is charming, the entrance room very posh with a beautiful wooden staircase but that's it.
A lift is in the modern annexe on the right side but if you are an unlucky person, like me, you are on the second floor in the modern annexe on the left side of the manor and the manor is connected on the first floor with the annexe on the right side. It's sounds complicated but it is easy, half of the rooms on second floor cannot be accessed by lift. We were promised help, (my luggage weighed 21kg) and help materialzed when I finally made it to the second floor and I declined it then, arguing that I didn't need help rolling my suitcase down the corridor.
My single room waslarge but shabby, there were two slight fissures in the wall and some rust stains. The TV was new, there was everything to make tea and coffee and there was access to Wifi, but I don't know if it's free, not having used it. Water pressure in the shower is a bit low, you better have some time when you shampoo your hair and be careful when climbing out of the bathtub, it's not so easy.
My second shock came when I shook out my bathtowel there was a brown stain on it the size of my hand and the smaller towel showed signs of make up (I don't use make up.) Those were probale stains that didn't come out in the washing, but those towels can't be used again! I found as second, clean set of towels in the old wardrobe, the hairdryer was also hidden there.
The stunning view outside my room was over some sheds and just a few meters away was the motorway, giving you a noise background noise that you can fully profit due to the old, badly fitting, single glazed windows. The bed was perhaps a bit hard, but comfortable enough.
The first evening our menu was quite indifferent, not bad, but nothing to rave about. Drinks are extremely expensive and I can't get used to it that you have to collect them yourself from the bar, carry it through a corridor and the lobby to the restaurant and pay an arm and a leg for it! And if you want/need a large bottle of water in the bar, you have to insist, they do sell it but they always try to fob you off with two smaller ones. The second evening the menu was much better and they also offered us a coffee to finish it.
Breakfast was ok, the personnel there very helpful, but stay clear of their hot chocolate, it tastes like a cacao/hot water/ovomaltine mixture. The rest was perfectly adequate for an english breakfast, but no continental person will ever get used to english toast bread....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unwind in Gothic grandeur in the heart of Yorkshire Bronte country at the Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel. Set in a Gothic style mansion house surrounded by landscaped gardens, the Mecure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel is a peaceful retreat and a short stroll from the banks of the River Aire. The Mecure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel is two miles from Bingley railway station. The Haworth & Bronte Parsonage Museum, celebrating the life and work of the Bronte Sisters, is five miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bradford Ramada
- Ramada Bradford Leeds
- Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel Bingley