Make sure you ask for a good room!
I stayed here for 2 nights, & like others had to move room. I prefer hotels with a bit of character, which this has in abundance, but... much of the new decor is getting a bit tatty round the edges. My first room was huge, but was 2 single beds together, & a big issue for me - they use huge amounts of either starch or bleach in their bedding! My skin reacted, & I spent a miserable night made worse by the beds being incredibly short (I'm 5ft 9), & having to sleep diagonally across the join - very uncomfy.
On moving to a much smaller room with a proper double bed - the housekeeper was fantastic & found me some less laundered sheets which were just about OK.
Some of the rooms have saniloo's in - with a waste compacter unit at the back - these are very noisy, & the soundproofing between rooms isn't up to much - especially if you have amorous neighbours like I did!
One good thing - the showers in both rooms were amazing!
I found the staff very friendly, the breakfast just about adequate, & the location spot on - right by the shops & the trendy Montpellier area - & just over the road from the famous Bettys Tea Shop.
Overall, the place has loads of potential, which isn't being fulfilled at the moment.
we stayed in this hotel arrived early though was supposed to check in at 3pm reception were fantastic booked in at noon,the room we got was huge the bathroom was huge no noise at all we were in the older part of the building the double bed was 6 feet wide by 6feet 6inches long the photo of marjorie and "friend" in earlier review saying what they were lying in was a double bed,well its not that was a single bed dont know why people tell untruths,food was excellent buffet style service was great staff were brilliant
The bad reviews are true
I had to book two single rooms in Harrogate but due to the Nursing Conference and Trade Fair hotel rooms were thin on the ground. I couldn't find out much about the hotels as I booked it through LateRooms and there was new info on there. It is now a Folio Hotel and I know a local hotel that has a good reputation. When we got there it was a case of shuffle to get into the car park. The reception staff weren't that helpful just fill in the form and give you the keys no indication of where to go where the breakfast is or anything really. The one lift is a glorified dummy waiter. We weren't warned by the staff there was a ten minute walk along narrow, winding corridors into a small corner room with a tiny window that opened about 3 inches. The ensuite was long and thin with a sloping floor and a mouldy ceiling which is due to the shower and no vent. The shower is a fixed head there for the water goes onto the floor when the door is open and is adjusted by two taps so is not very practical especially if you are short. The room had been redecorated but not very well as the ceiling had not been done. The furniture didn't look like it had been changed since 1960. It was very noisy from the bars around at night. Due to the window opening a crack it was very hot. The breakfast was a little bit to be desired could have done better on a camping stove and was put off the continental breakfast as some of it wasn't covered and there were flies sitting on it. The covers over the hot food were impractical to were to put it and heavy. It was not disabled friendly and suitcase friendly with stairs and heavy doors at the front. I've stayed in various hotels especially in London and this was by far the worse. It was like staying in a box with a window. My colleague thought the same and we will not be staying there again even if it is the only room in Harrogate I would rather travel from Leeds. I am glad we were only staying 2 nights.
Harrogate North Yorkshire
Harrogate became a 'famous' Spa Town after William Slingsby discovered spring waters in a well - Tewitt Well. The water was found to be rich in minerals - sulphur and iron. Harrogate increased in popularity during the Eighteenth century after the physician Timothy Bight claimed the spa water had (almost miraculous!) healing properties - curing all manner of ailments -nervous tension, gout, rheumatism and lumbago...15000 people a year used to visit Harrogate in the Eighteenth Century to 'take' the waters' of the strongest sulphur wells in Europe.
There are many wells, each with a different mineral content, the Magnesia well in the valley gardens being famous, but the most popular being the 'Stinking Spaw' well, a (foul tasting!) sulphur well situated at the 'Royal Pump Rooms', now a museum...
The lovely wide open tree lined grass space on the south side of Harrogate known as 'The Stray' covers 200 acres (created by an Act of Parliament in 1770) adds to the charm and character of Harrogate...
Nowadays, Harrogate is a thriving affluent eclectic Town, having many 'strings to its bow' - the International Conference Centre' brings a lot of diverse International visitors and associated business to the area, with the stylish shopping area providing excellent retail therapy...followed with a huge choice of quality restaurants and bars...
Harrogate is also a good 'base' to visit the surrounding areas - York, Fountains Abbey, the Yorkshire Dales' etc...
"'Bettys' Tea Rooms"
'Bettys' Tea Rooms are part of Harrogate!
Quality 'Afternoon Tea' & Food.
Be prepared to queue...
"Harrogate International Centre"
Conference & Exhibition Centre. Always lots of 'Trade Fairs', from Toys to Carpets to Swimwear to.... live music, Ballet, Political Conferences etc...