We spent a night in the Abbey Lodge, mainly as it was the only hotel close to where we were picking up our new puppy that we could bring our dog. We had our dog with us so that when we collected our new puppy they would be able to socialise them. The Abbey Lodge is well priced and appears to have had a lot of money spent on it recently with nice decoration and an upgrade front.The Abbey Lodge is just up the road from "Downtown" Shipley and across the road from the Parish Church. There is parking at the rear with access through a cluttered narrow alley which is difficult to negotiate, but if you arrive after 6 pm there is parking across the road which is available until 9 am.
The reception was manned by a very pleasant man who showed us to our "Superior" room which was in the basement, I did expect a room with a window, however there were two small windows that were at pavement level. If you suffer from Claustrophobia you might prefer a standard room! The room itself was very nice large room with large bed with good furnishings and a great bathroom, obviously it had been recently decorated and for one night was OK but I would not be happy in this room for more than that.
We did not eat here as we were meeting with someone so can not comment on the food except for breakfast which was very good, the produce was mainly locally sourced and that was mentioned in the menu. We did have a drink at the bar and the barman who again like all of the staff was very pleasant.
The only down side of this stay was that the owners family arrived around midnight for an engagement party. This to me was a security issue and I do not think guests would be happy to know that this event took place after they went to bed. It appears to me to be something that should not be taking place at that time of night, during the evening yes as a private function, not when the hotel is nominally closed. It seems that this happens on a fairly frequent basis!!
In all a good hotel if you are staying around Shipley well placed for touring around the area, I personally would want a room with a view and if the superior rooms are all in the basement would not stay here again.
Staff excellent but owner needs to establish who his clients are the paying guests or his extended family.
I have given five stars but only because of the great staff I did originally rank it at four but thought the staff deserve five.
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- The Abbey Lodge Hotel Synonymous with style and hospitality Welcome to The Abbey Lodge Hotel. You already know us for our commitment to excellence and the fact that we are synonymous with style and hospitality. At The Abbey Lodge we know you want your stay with us to be as straight-forward as possible; that’s why we pride ourselves on offering all of our guests a warm, no-nonsense, Yorkshire welcome in a 100% smoke-free environment. From the moment you check in at our 24-hour reception, rest assured nothing is too much trouble for our dedicated, front-of-house team. There’s always one of the team on-hand to help you 24-7-365! The hotel has a very stylish, chic and modern vibe and is perfectly situated for you to explore all that Gods’ County of Yorkshire has to offer. Local highlights include: The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire. Great days AND nights out in Leeds and Bradford, not to mention the shopping! Wander around Bronte Country, Ilkley Moor and the Yorkshire Dales. If you’re going on holiday we’re very convenient for Leeds Bradford Airport too! Don’t just take our word for it! Before you book with us, take a moment to check out our feedback and see what other guests thought of their experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbey Hotel Shipley
- Abbey Lodge Hotel Shipley, Bradford