“ Address: King's Rd / Harrogate / HG1 1XX „
My boyfriend and I were visiting friends in Harrogate a couple of weeks ago and needed a hotel in which we could stay for the one night our various friends couldn't put us up. We came across a cheap room in the Holiday Inn Harrogate and so booked that one back in January. I've stayed in various Holiday Inns before and while I've always been perfectly happy with the rooms and the service I've never really been blown away by it, but then as my mum says what do you really expect when you're paying so little for your room!
The Holiday Inn Harrogate is part of the Inter Continental Hotels Group which combines Inter Continental Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites Hotels and Candlebridge Suites Hotels. They're located all over the world and have more guest rooms than any other hotel brand. They own around 4,150 hotels according to the website across nearly 100 countries in total. The brand began back in 1777 with the opening of a brewery before growing into a booming hotel business.
The Holiday Inn Harrogate is located on Kings Road in the centre of Harrogate. The hotel itself is adjoined to the International Conference Centre which is obviously where a lot of its business comes from. The postcode for the hotel is HG1 1XX in case you want to see the exact location but in terms of a visitor to the area I'd say it's an ideal location, it's a five to ten minute walk into the centre of Harrogate and is nearby to a range of attractions. It's a mile from the Harrogate train station, 18 miles from Leeds Airport and close to motorways.
The exterior of the hotel is rather impressive and the photos online do not do it justice. The hotel boasts around fifteen floors making it quite tall and the exterior appears to be constructed from that reflective glass making it shimmer and shine in the light. There is also a walkway about three floors up connecting it to the International Conference Centre next door which has been built in a similar fashion. It's not so much an eye sore as a rather modern looking new building, but it does look slightly out of place in quaint Harrogate!
The reception area is large and spacious as well as being equally modern looking. There are plenty of seating areas as well as advertised tourist attractions, computers available for guest use and a large reception desk. To one side of the area the hotel bar is located which featured lots of wood and red carpet, quite luxurious really. Overall it was spacious, tastefully decorated and modern in my opinion. The lifts are located on the opposite side of the reception to the bar and these along with stairs provide access to the hotel rooms.
The hotel boasts 214 rooms in total and we were lucky enough to be on the eighth floor meaning we could appreciate the views offered by a tall building. There are some suites located on the upper floors as well as meeting rooms on the lower floors, and the restaurant too was on the first floor. The corridors leading to the rooms were well sign posted and looking quite freshly decorated with neutral wall colours and a dark beige carpet. Our room was accessed using a key card which seems to be quite standard now.
Our room itself was lovely, it was quite a standard size for a hotel although larger than your typical Travel Inn or Travel Lodge size in that you could afford to swing a cat without hitting anything! It was tastefully decorated again with a large wardrobe as you walked in, a large desk, a king sized bed, bedside cabinets, a chair and a television. The colours again were quite neutral with lots of beiges and browns which complemented the wooden furniture nicely. There was some brighter art decorating the walls which gave a nice feel to the room.
The bathroom again was perfectly functional and quite plainly decorated. It comprised of a sink in a large counter with a large mirror above it, a toilet and then a bath with a shower over it. The bathroom furniture was white while the tiles were black which gave a nice contrast. There were your usual freebies including a shower cap, shower gel, soap, etc. I had a bath at night and then a shower in the morning and can safely say that the water was sufficiently hot enough at both times and the water pressure was good as well.
I'd give the room and the bathroom full marks at this hotel. The bed was really comfortable, there were black out curtains on the windows so the light didn't wake us in the morning, the water heat and pressure were good, etc. All in all I can't find a single fault with the room and the view across Harrogate was lovely, especially at night time. My boyfriend even forgot his tooth brush and shower kit and when we rang down to reception they brought him up mini travel ones within a matter of minutes so full marks all round there!
We chose bed and breakfast so didn't actually eat in the restaurant at night. They have the normal restaurant and the A La Carte one as well but I'm unsure on the prices or the quality of these. Room service is available 24 hours a day and is priced accordingly with a sandwich setting you back about £6, a burger about £8 and a steak about £14. We did have a drink in the Classics Bar and this seemed quite heavily priced, my boyfriend had two pints and I had a glass of wine and a vodka with the bill coming to around the £20 mark.
Breakfast is served in the first floor restaurant and combines both hot and cold options. The cold options consist of cereals, fresh fruit, pastries and yogurts which the hot breakfast consists of your traditional options including bacon, sausage, fried egg, scrambled egg, hash browns, beans, etc. There were also fresh fruit juices on offer and hot drink options too. The hot food was constantly being replenished and all food was served on a help yourself basis. It was absolutely delicious and neither of us needed lunch that day at all!
Parking is located behind the hotel in a secure car park with a barrier system allowing both entrance and exit. There is a charge to use the car park which is £5 per day for hotel guests and considerably higher for non hotel guests. This did seem a little steep to me as I'm used to finding free parking with hotels. If you were staying here for a few days it could add £20 or more onto your stay. You must pay at the hotel reception desk and in return you'll be given a token to enter into the machine which will lift the barrier to allow for exit.
We didn't really encounter the hotel staff that much although on all occasions I can say nothing more than they were perfectly helpful and pleasant. Check in and check out were extremely quick and informative with the receptionist managing to complete the whole process of both in a matter of minutes before directing us clearly to our room with a big smile. The breakfast staff were very helpful, showing us to our table and explaining what they had on offer as well as fetching my boyfriend a paper to read when he requested one.
With these hotel chains prices can vary immensely depending on the day of the week and the time of the year. As the hotel is attached to the International Conference Centre the prices seem to be higher in the week due to business people staying there for convenience. Prices begin at around the £59 mark for bed and breakfast for two people which is quite reasonable considering the quality here, then rise to £89 for dinner, bed and breakfast.
You are given the option upon arriving at the hotel to upgrade to the breakfast or dinner options, these prices do tend to be slightly higher than what you'd pay online if you booked everything together. The prices I've quoted do seem to be the minimum prices you could expect to pay, our stay cost us £52 as we booked in advance which seem to be cheaper although I've also found bargains when ringing up just a couple of nights before with this company.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this Holiday Inn and would easily say it's one of the nicest ones I've stayed in to date. The cost wasn't as cheap as some hotel chains although we couldn't fault the food, the room or the service here and do feel it was a reasonable price to pay. My only complaint is the fact that you are charged an additional £5 for parking, as we were only there one night it wasn't too bad but if you were staying a few nights it would be a pain.I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a central hotel in Harrogate, it served us well and we would certainly return.
Thanks for reading.
A 4 star hotel, is ideally located in the town centre, adjoining the Harrogate International Conference Centre.