“ Market Place / Driffield / East Yorkshire / YO25 6AN / England / Tel: (01377) 256661 / Fax: (01377) 253228. „
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Left one day early due to poor quality of this establishment,and the welcome we got from the Driffield peolpe.Avoid if you dont want to pay a lot of money for poor service.Look round for a better Best Western,there are plenty to choose from
The Bell in Driffield is a 3* Hotel and is part of the Best Western Chain. Best Western is an international group of independent hotels, it is probably the largest brand of hotels in the world. Ive never stayed at an overseas Best Western but have stayed at quite a few in the UK. They tend to be 3* hotels (although there are a handful of 4*'s scattered around) all with individual features. Not the standard big chain (with standard room sizes and incredibly boring
.). Best Western Hotels tend to have lots of character and that traditional hotel ambience. In the main they are fairly small hotels (usually under 25 bedrooms there are a few larger but not many). Best Western has an excellent website www.bestwestern.co.uk that regularly has some extremely good deals. At the moment there is a 3 nights for 2 offer on selected hotels, it ends on the 30th of April. There are 290 hotels in the chain, the offer applies to 120 of them, I think it applies to the Bell in Driffield. There is also a central booking number for all Best Western Hotels 08457 747474. As part of a major international chain the usual hotel web sites can also sometimes offer discounted rates
The Hotel does not accept guests under 16 years of age, so no screaming kids. Apart from Guide Dogs it also does not take pets, very few 3* hotels do. It also does not have air conditioning and, in common with most small hotels, only provides limited room service. It also provides fax and photocopying facilities. There is a lift.
I stayed for two nights at the Best Western Bell in Driffield last year. I was on a stag weekend (an old friend was due to get married and we went away on a drunken weekend) and Best Western had a similar promotion, 2 nights for the Price of 1. The Hotel has 16 bedrooms, a combination of singles, twins and doubles, including 10 Non Smoking Rooms, 3 Specially adapted Rooms for the physically challenged and three suites. The main reason I booked it is the Bar, The Oak Bar, which carries over 300 different types of Malt Whisky. Current room rates range from £86 (single B & B) to £150 (double/twin) although as with most hotels they are negotiable.
Apart from that I knew very little about the place until I arrived. I have to say it is a really neat place. When I got there I discovered that it was an 18th Century old Coaching Inn slap bang in the centre of Driffield. Driffield is a little market town (known as the Capital of the Wolds). It is in the middle of some lovely countryside and located relatively closely to some major tourist attractions. Castle Howard (Brideshead Revisited) is 15 miles away, Kings Mill Gardens and Deer Park is 25 miles away with historic York only 30 miles away with the East Yorkshire Coast not being much further (Bridlington for the traditional seaside memories of childhood come flooding back). . Incidentally there didnt seem any real town centre noise actually in the hotel.
Lots of free Hotel car parking. I checked in to discover really helpful, friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble and a hotel really nicely furnished with antiques. The Hotel has lots of character. The place is a lot bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. The hotel itself, all the public rooms, was spotlessly clean and well maintained. The hotel has been extended. My room was located on the ground floor in part of the new (well its probably early 1980s but in terms of an 18th century building thats new )next to the car park. Basically the rear of the hotel is a bit like a quadrangle with hotel on two sides, a leisure centre (Ill come to that later) and the car park in the middle with the road on the outside. Purely by chance Id parked my car directly in front of my room. The hotel also had a beauty salon, but Im gorgeous enough so I didnt bother with that.
The Room itself was a really big twin, at first I couldnt understand why it was so big. With two very comfortable single beds with lovely bedding, very tastefully furnished and decorated, a couple of comfy chairs, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, some quite nice pictures on the walls. It was well lit with lamps everywhere. The room was spotlessly clean and had all the usual facilities, TV, Internet, Hairdryer, Trouser Press, room service, coffee making facilities etc . The door to the room seemed quite a bit wider than normal hotel rooms. The bathroom was huge. It was only then that I actually twigged. The Bathroom was fully adapted for disabled use. You name it, every possible aid was installed from a walk in shower to fully equipped toilet to special taps. There were also quite nice fluffy towels and the usual range of complimentary toiletries. I was chatting to the barman later that evening and was told that the hotel has won awards for its disabled facilities. I can well appreciate why. I am not disabled I just happened to get the room because it was a free twin. Looking at the corridor outside the room it was wide with ramps to facilitate wheelchair access.
The Hotel has its own leisure centre with pool, nautilus gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Solarium and flotation tank. Now Ive never been in a flotation tank and to be honest I wasnt totally sure what one was so of course I had to visit the leisure centre to inspect the facilities. The pool was quite nice, not too big (but then hotel pools seldom are) I had a dip, the temperature was about right, warm enough but not too warm. The Gym looked very well equipped. The Flotation tank was a fibreglass cylinder full of water with lots of salt in it. The idea being you got in it, closed the lid and relax in the dark. You have to book and pay extra to use it. I thought about it and bottled it. Im not too good on really confined spaces, dont mind the dark or silence, so I didnt do it.
I spent a bit of time in the bar, as you do ,no Ill tell the truth I got absolutely hammered in the bar. It has a really nice atmosphere and seems to act as a local as well as a hotel bar. So you dont pay hotel prices, which is a bonus. I was a bit disappointed with the Malt selection. Yes theyve got a lot, and a few I hadnt tried before but they only really have average Malts, the sort of stuff that costs under £30 a bottle. I was hoping to try something really good that I hadnt tried anywhere else. They also, or so my mates told me, have a good selection of very well kept hand pulled real ales. I dont know as I was on the Malt. The bar also serves quite a nice selection of home cooked bar food. I had the Cottage Pie which was really lovely, clearly home made with lots of meat and fluffy real mashed potatoes.
The Bell has a very impressive looking oak panelled Restaurant. Unfortunately I didnt eat dinner in it, we werent there to spend hours eating, food was in the main of the more liquid variety (if you know what I mean). That said I had a quick look, as you do, at the menu. It sounded really good food, nothing too fancy. I did eat breakfast. Help yourself to cereals and juice, Full English cooked to order. The Full English was exceptionally good, very fresh local produce, a good plateful. Breakfast set me up for the day. If the quality of the breakfast is an indication of the quality of the Restaurant food generally then the restaurant is going to be good.
The Hotel is at Market Place, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 6AN (Tel 01377 253228). I think it would be a great place to stay and use as a base to explore the whole of that area.
Would I stay there again. Most definitely. It is a really good hotel with lots of character and individuality. I would recommend it to anyone. If you have a disability the facilities are exceptional