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Finished the cereal we've had left over at the hostel. Walked to the car, filled up the tank just outside Edinburgh and headed towards Durham. Stopped on the coast after Dunbar for a few photos of the cliffs. Continued the long drive south to Durham. Arrived at The Sands car park at 2. Had a quiche and a slice of orange cake at a Mediterranean bakery west across the river from the Durham peninsula. Came up to Palace Green where we saw the entrance to Durham Castle and more ...
... my bag i discover that i've smuggled a banana in to the country! Me and James exchange a few funny stories via text which make me giggle and passes the time. I killed a few hours watching Cool runnings on my lap top and then more of my friends in the UK started to wake up so I made the most of the free wifi and chatted to people on Facebook. I haven't really slept since I was at home, in my bed, with Konrad. I miss him and have been seeing his ...
Officially, I think our trip starts today... our leaving do! Thanks for all the friends and family that were able to make it and we hope you enjoyed the little buffet we prepared. Thank you for the gifts we received too, a delicious cake from Richard and ...
... rain. I suppose the weather here has been on the news in Australia as large parts of the UK have been flooded. We were lucky as it was never that bad. A few roads closed due to flood but the caravan site just got soggy.
Also forgot to mention in the last entry that on Saturday when we left the cottage I had to spray the car windows with de-icing fluid. Sings of things to come. Must get the car anti-freeze ...
... to continue on your way. I would have included synagogues, but these are few and far between, or are simply locked up during the day. Mosques are usually open, but they have few places to sit, so we avoid these as well. Anyways, after the service, we did have a chance to wander through the cathedral, and it is, indeed, grand and loaded with the history of its royal patrons and religious leaders dating back over the past 7 centuries. Besides that, it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kimberley Hotel Harrogate
Liked the small details - guest sausage, wide range of jams and the postcard whe
very friendly hotel - let me go to the room even though I was early. Excellent breakfast including a daily variety of guest breakfast. Even sent a post card when I got home. I am already booking for the Lib Dem Confernence 2007 as its so much better value than the big hotel next door - and they dont charge for the car park either!!
Just come back from a wonderful weekend in Harrogate. I booked the Kimberly based on the reviews for this hotel and how pleased am i??.... very it was lovley. We stayed in an executive suite which was huge, the bed was enormous and so comfy, complimentary wine was left in our room with the usual tea, coffee facilities etc, 2 fluffy dressing gowns were laid out on the bed along with complimentary chocolates on our pillows. The whole place is spotless the staff are well trained which is excellent. The breakfast was just fantastic the best i have every had in a hotel. I ve not been home 24 hours yet and im online booking for another weekend next month.
If you are looking for a hotel in the centre of Harogate, that is total value for money, then look no further than this place.
The Kimberley was the choice for me when I wanted to take the girlfriend away for a romantic weekend. For some reason I overlooked this place on my first scout around on the internet.. but I'm glad I didn't miss it in the end.
It's spitting distance away from the centre, it's clean, its well equipped, has a bar, breakfast is great and the people who look after extremely polite and helpful.
I opted for the more expensive executive room - as I wasn't a fan of the decor in the standard rooms. The exec rooms are £30 pounds extra, but well worth it.
In the morning you get a little note pushed under your door telling you who is on duty, breakfast times, local weather, any traffic delays and a brief summary of what is going on in Harrogate. I even got a postcard from them this morning saying thankyou and that they hope we had a good time. It's little things like that that make me want to return there next year.
Finally, car parking is safe. I don't think there is anyone who more protective of their car than me, and I felt happy parking around the back of the hotel.
Everything you need...with a smile
I agree with the good reviews. It's a great hotel, clean well sized rooms, good value for money, friendly staff, great breakfast. Oh and the bar was handy!
However, if you do go for an executive room then be prepared to lose your partner in the bed as it was massive!
Excellent value for a pleasant hotel!
I booked several rooms at the Kimberley via a cheap-online booking service, as several of my friends were coming to Harrogate for the weekend.
The rooms were so cheap (55 GBP for a twin, with two breakfasts) that I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Situated a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Harrogate, near the Conference Centre, the Kimberley is in a quiet and pleasant location, and offers free car parking.
The staff are friendly, and the rooms - despite being a variety of shapes and sizes - are also clean and modern, with huge bathrooms and excellent showers.
The hotel bar is quiet and a good place to relax with a drink after normal closing time in the centre of town.
One of the most surprising aspects of the hotel was the splendid cooked breakfast. It was a buffet-style affair, with a vast array of excellent sausages, bacon, eggs, fresh toast, fresh fruit and many other treats; all washed down with a steaming pot of good coffee.
After my stay, I was susprised to receive a hand-written postcard from the hotel, hoping that I had a pleasant stay.
If you are staying in Harrogate on a budget, or want a "Late Room," I would definitely advise booking one of their cheap internet deals.
Best breakfast in the UK!
We were delighted to check into this lovely, conveniently located hotel. The room was large, spotless and well-equipped. The bathroom was also large and provided hot water aplenty -- a real treat after two weeks of tiny guest house baths! The staff was very helpful. But the best part was, without doubt, the buffet full English breakfast, including with such unexpected treats as kippers, fresh fruit galore -- even kiwi, strawberries and blueberries to our surprise -- and, if you can believe it, HOT toast. There are a wide variety of affordable restaurants within view of the hotel, making it easy to find a place for dinner on a Sunday night.
We booked two days before arrival, via an online late rooms booking service, and got a family room with breakfasts for three for less than 80GBP. Even at the regular rate of 150 GBP for a family room, though, this would be a great stop.
Lovely hotel in an excellent location. We stayed here on business and also hired a conference room. We found the staff to be extremely accomodating and friendly. The food was lovely and freshly prepared, the chef was more than happy to meet any special requests for the buffet lunches.
Hotels rooms were a decent size and very clean, in particular the bathroom was of a high standard.
Highly recommended to visitors on business or pleasure.
Good B&B with a homely feel
Visited 6th July 2004. This hotel is just down the road from the centre, shops, bars, restaurants and the famous harrogate baths. Harrogate is a lovely town. The hotel appears to once have been an old house which has been converted, so all rooms are slightly different, and decorated in keeping with the style of the place (high ceilings and bold print wallpaper!) Bathroom was pretty large and equipped with little shampoos, shower caps etc. We upgarded to an executive room for an extra £10 when we arrived, the other normal rooms we saw were quite a bit smaller. Breakfast good. Friendly and helpful staff. Overall a nice little place to stay.
Excellent Location, great service.
This was a last minute deal from the internet for us and it really was good value for money. The room was immaculate and a nice size with a really trendy bathroom and a fancy shower! Our window looked out on to the top of a roof which wasnt so great but it really didnt matter. The only reservation we really had was there was no 'big light' as such in the room, just lots of lamps and mirror lights which was a bit of a problem at times but nothing major. Also in our particular room the light from the corridor outside was coming in under the door at night, again though not such a big deal. The staff were really helpful and the breakfast was brilliant, lots of choice to suit everyones diet requirements. The hotel is in a fantastic location, nice and peaceful but literally two minutes from the International Centre and a five minute walk into the town centre. Overall a lovely hotel, very very clean and smart and very friendly with a wonderful location. We would stay again.
Good location, good service!
Found this hotel on the internet, and was very impressed! VERY good location, just a 5 minute stroll from the Exhibition centre and the great shopping area.
Found a cheap last-minute weekend deal (£57 per night for a double room) which included a superb full English breakfast.
Our room was of a decent standard, although it was right next to the reception desk (so quite noisy) and had no view from the window at all (but what do you expect for the money?).
Staff very friendly. I'd recommend this hotel!