The Yorkshire Hotel, Harrogate

December 11th, 2006 by Alistair MacDonald Leave a reply »

This weekend Gillian and I stayed in the Yorkshire Hotel, Harrogate for a Christmas shopping weekend break.

A few months ago I joined a gym (stop laughing) and got a free weekend stay in a Swallow hotel as part of the deal. I chose Harrogate (yes I was allowed to make the decision) as it was far enough away from home to make it a holiday, but close enough not to be a long journey.

The hotel building was nothing great special. It was refurbished a couple of years ago but is still an old hotel at heart. The thing that made the stay special was the staff.

Form the moment we arrived they were friendly and jovial. If you need a spare glass for the bedroom it was not a problem. We were worried about noise from a Christmas party on the floor above and were moved no problem to the quietest room they had, that was a full suite, as no extra cost. Instead of having to wait in a queue for a table at breakfast someone personally came out to the lounge and let you know when a table was available. The thing that really impressed me, and it might sound strange, was the staff were even concerned about the position if the handle of the tea pot so as to make it easer for you to pick up.

The behaviours of some of the other guests was a little upsetting with lots of drunken noise in the night, and a fire alarm being set off on the Friday night, but I can not really blame that on the hotel.

In total it was a great time we had in Harrogate and a great place to go Christmas shopping.

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