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Grand Hotel (Scarborough)
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Grand Hotel (Scarborough)
Date: 26/10/09, updated on 28/10/09 (78 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, good location, the best beds ever
Disadvantages: Not so great food, slightly dilapidated
After we came back from our summer holidays this year, I was suffering from the post-holiday blues so we decided to book a night away as something to look forward to.
Not having a huge budget, going very far was out of the question, so after a trawl through the internet, when we discovered that we could stay at The Grand Hotel in Scarborough for the night for the pricely sum of £67 for our family of five (two adults, two children, one infant), including dinner and breakfast, we jumped at the chance. Interestingly, this was booked through Superbreak and booking it direct with the hotel gave a much higher price.
**Arrival and parking **
We arrived at the hotel yesterday afternoon, a cool Sunday afternoon in late October. Parking wasn't exactly easy, as the hotel doesn't have its own car park and the only parking is pay-and-display parking at the front of the hotel, which was really busy. We eventually managed to get a space and paid the parking for the evening. Parking is free between six pm and nine am but it wasn't that cheap outsdide of these hours.
Check in was really quick and easy and we were soon given our room keys for two adjacent rooms. These were actual keys as well, and not swipe cards like we always seem to get these days. The receptionist talked us through the meal voucher for our booking, told us where the restaurant was and gave us directions to our rooms. There were signs everywhere offering upgraded rooms and dining option for £10 per person, per night but we stick to the basic option.
Getting to our room proved a slight challenge. We found our way to the lift and we were quite amused by the handwritten sign next to it, promising us we would get stuck in it if we tried to ride with more than three people in it at a time. The lift took forever to come and we decided not to risk entrapment so we travelled to our room in two separate parties.
Both of our rooms were identical in every way. Each room contained two beds, a television and a selection of drawers and tables that were possibly older than I am. Not that I minded that, neccessarily as the room reminded me of my Gran's old house. Additionally, the room itself smelled very much like my gran's old house - not a dirty, old person smell in any way, but remniscent of old lady's bubble bath or face cream. I didn't mind the smell so much as I found it quite comforting but I appreciate that many people wouldn't want to sleep in a room that smells of my elderly dead Gran.
The bathroom was small, but very clean, with a small selection of toiletries, piping hot water and a good supply of fresh, clean towels.
Later in the evening, when we slept in the beds we found they were fantastically comfortable, with plump fluffy pillows and a light but cosy duvet. It was possibly one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in. Also, there was no outside noise at all, possibly because we were right at the end of the corridor but we did get a super night's sleep. The only slight noise was the noise of seagulls the following morning but as we had a sea view this was to be expected.
The hotel itself has a large entrance hall with a sweeping staircase up to a snooker table. It has a couple of restaurants, the ordinary Harbour Lights restaurant where we ate and the Premier Restaurant where you can dine if you pay the upgrade fee.
There are a couple of bars and my husband was very impressed with the prices. He paid £6.50 for a vodka and large coke, a pint of lager and two large glasses of coke and he'd expected to pay almost that just for the vodka and coke at hotel prices.
The hotel also offers cabaret entertainment every evening. The evening we visited the entertainment was bingo, followed by a singer. We didn't stay for it so can't comment on whether it was any good or not. This takes place in the Cabaret Ballroom.
The hotel also apparently has a second ballroom that can cater for conferences and functions. We noticed a huge board advertising weddings at the hotel, comprising an afternoon reception for 50 people with an evening reception for 100 people for £999. Not being in the market for a wedding I don't know if this is a good deal, but it sounds like it if you want to hold a wedding at The Grand Hotel.
Our stay included dinner on the first evening and breakfast the following morning. The restaurant is a self-service buffet style eating establishment. The dinner choices included beef and Yorkshire pudding and salmon mornay. We had a very tasty soup and bread rolls to begin, followed by beef and Yorkshire pudding with vegetables. The beef was very nice but the Yorkshire pudding and vegetables showed very definite signs of being around for a while as the pudding was rock hard and the vegetables were soft to the point of being completely squished.
Dessert was a choice of gateau, chocolate cake and custard or tinned peaches and cream. I wouldn't say that the catering was of greatly high quality but then again it wasn't completely inedible either.
The following morning, breakfast consisted of a choice of tinned fruits, yoghurt, pastries, toast and traditional breakfast items such as sausage, bacon, beans, fried bread and suchlike. All were hot and tasted quite pleasant, though we did go for breakfast as soon as the restaurant opened so everything would have been fresh.
The restaurant itself was clean and bright, dirty plates were cleared quickly and the highchairs provided for the baby were all clean.
The hotel is built at the top of a cliff. Acccess to below is easy but it is quite a steep walk back up - especially with a pushchair. The shopping / eating establishments found close to the hotel are a strange mix of the tacky and the quite attractive with everything you would expect to find in a traditional seaside town.
The hotel also has a small tourist information section, featuring leaflets for all the local attractions, such as a Sealife Centre, Model railway and Peasholm Park.
**Hotel address and directions**
(Taken from hotel website)
St. Nicholas Cliff
Follow A64 (York), turn right at Traffic Lights.
Keep left and turn left at 2nd set of lights.
Go straight over the roundabout and keep going straight.
Look out for the hotel on your left.
**Final Thoughts and Observations**
As far as price goes, we thought that the price we paid really couldn't be beaten. The rooms themselves, though old fashioned were really fine for what we wanted and the location of the hotel is close to all facilities, including the shopping centre.
The food wasn't fantastic but it was edible, and at breakfast it was actually quite nice. The hotel itself is showing its age in a couple of places, for example we saw wallpaper peeling in a couple of places and the lift really could do with upgrading, but apparently the hotel is undergoing a multi-million pound renovation project so I imagine this will be one of the things that are fixed.
I think the hotel must be reasonably popular as there were people of all ages in the various areas of the hotel and we heard more than one person trying to book for Christmas to be told that the hotel was completely full.
If yo're looking for somewhere cheap and comfortable and you don't mind if it's stylish or not, The Grand Hotel would be a definite option.
Summary: I would stay there again
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