Raven Hall Hotel
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... Club for a look. It is built high on a hill beside the sea and is where John played cricket for 40 odd years. Had a great lunch in a Pub in Brid and then did the tourist walk around. We all had a go on the 2 penny games as well as a horse race type game. Oma also arrived from Holland and she flew into Leeds where her daughter & son were there to pick her up. Fish & chips for tea and then a bit of chat and into ...
... br> From the Angel of the North sculpture we drove to The region of Yorkshire, specifically the seaside town of Whitby. Temporarily breaking away from the Harry Potter theme Whitby is connected with The story of Dracula through the Whitby Abbey and the famous 199 stairs you have to climb to reach it.... Which we did! The town is also renowned for having the best fish and chips in England so of course we had to try them ...
This morning, after a late start, we make our way into Helmsley. It's a pretty town of red roofed and yellow stone buildings. There is also a ruined castle. We do a bit of window shopping - it's mainly craft and tourist shops with a fair few bakeries and cafes emitting delicious smells - cruel! Ian goes off for a haircut, the most expensive one he's ever had - this is obviously an up market kind of place! I go off in search of a trim as well but have to wait for my appointment. I go ...
Our day did not start very well. Last night none of the lights were working in the trailer (these all work on 12v power. Our hook up (240v) was working however so Ian decided to leave it till this morning to fix. First to check fuses, these were working fine although Ian has now dropped the 10amp fuse, it has fallen inside the black box which is riveted together so impossible to take apart. We borrow a screwdriver off motorhome next door and Ian unscrews ...
... with it. Nice short grass and level pitches in a large quiet, sunny field. There are only three other occupants and one of them is just leaving. The facilities are not bad...though there is no loo paper, just a sign to say we have to buy our own! The sign reads, "Toilet Paper Removed Due To Miss Use - Sorry For The Inconvenience". Well it is jolly inconvenient not have paper in a convenience and who is this Miss Use anyway...and what pray, has she done ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Raven Hall Hotel Ravenscar
We recently visited Raven Hall for a 3 day short break . Raven Hall is situated on the North Yorkshire cliff top, with magnificient views over the north sea and toward Robin Hoods Bay.
Don't know if the refurbishment will ever be done, but if done well, this could be an exceptional hotel.
Having just returned from an overnight at Raven Hall, I have nothing but positive comments. Had read previous reviews and believe that the needed 'sprucing up' has come about due Epworth Hotels taking over late 2004. We had gone primarily for the free golf and the views from the course were amazing.
Reception was helpful and covered all our questions before asking. Room was fine, very clean and fresh even though we had booked through laterooms and were expecting to be in the coal shed! Brekfast was well organised and plentiful, again the views from the dining room are amazing.
Will certainly return and definately recommend.
We stayed in the hotel to celebrate my husbands birthday. The hotel is going through a refurbishment at the moment. The room we stayed in was ok, the decor had seen better days as well as the carpet. Bed was a bit uncomfortable. The hotel was quiet and all staff were helpful. We did not eat their as we you could only have the 3 course meal which we thought was a bit pricey or have bar snacks up until 5.30pm. So we ate elsewhere and found a lovely country pub up the road.
Our group of 38 stayed here to celebrate a anniversary. The hotel organised a medieval theme in their great hall and we all dressed for the part, We had a traditional medieval meal with mulled wine and a jester entertained us for the evening and lovely music was played throughout. The hotel staff were fantastic. Our hotel room was so big we could have held a party of our own in it (Room 205) The food and service was excellent breakfast was full english buffet style so eat as much as you wanted. The views over Robin hoods bay are outstanding. I did read the other posts but can only give this hotel full marks for making it a brilliant memorable week-end.
Wedding Get Together
My wife and I stayed at the Raven Hall in Oct 2004 as part of our honeymoon. We stayed with 5 other couples for one night at the hotel. I did all the booking from Canada and when we arrived we found we were in a small room and other people in our wedding party were in large, corner rooms (much Nicer). Of course we asked to change, but no go. The rooms themselves are quite run down, lots of water leaks, peeling wall paper etc. The common rooms such as the bar, restaurant and grounds though are well worth the visit. Was looking forward to playing snooker in the advertised "room" but it was locked up tight. Overall a nice night with good memories but the hotel does need a fair bit of sprucing up
I'll go back! Great views - good atmosphere
I stayed at the hotel for one night (in January) and I will definitely go back. It's true - the hotel has seen better days. The carpets are worn in places, and it's obvious the hotel needs some renovations, but the views are fabulous & the atmosphere is good. Our fee included dinner and breakfast. The dinner was lovely. There were some problems ordering as the wait staff all spoke very limited english, however we got everything we ordered. Breakfast was very nice - again lovely views from the restaurant. I normally try to stay in 4 or 5 star hotels. This hotel is probably a 2 to 3 star, but the views and atmosphere make up for the tired appearance. I plan to take friends there in June.
We stayed at the Raven Hall Hotel for two nights at the start of January 2005. Had a wonderful time. The views are breathtaking, the hotel is lovely, the staff were friendly, the food was fine. The gym and swimming pool are a bit small and basic, but we enjoyed the table tennis and golf. I'm not sure what changed between the previous reviews and this one, but we didn't experience any of the problems they describe. We had a really great time.
Faded grandeur......but too faded
We stayed here recently for a couple of nights. The setting is beautiful, but the hotel really has seen better days. The communal areas seem fine, but the bedrooms (or at least ours) were not up to much. The two beds which were zipped together were in poor condition and uncomfortable, and the decor of the room was very shabby, especially the bathroom.
Arriving for breakfast 10 minutes before the end of service, we were told to take a seat and some freshly prepared food would be brought to us. However, 15 minutes later the restaurant manager told us that it was now past breakfast service time and we'd have to go without! After complaining that we had arrived in good time, we eventually received some food, but it symbolised our stay pretty well!
Money over customer service
Hotel let down by the management. Evening meal was a disaster, my dinner partner's main course was incorrect, as was the replacement. We gave up at this point. The Hotel would only offer no charge for my partner's meal, and not my own, which was half eaten on my own. An evening spoiled. Generally the hotel bedrooms are in need of refurbishment, with a plastic bucket under the sink to catch the leak and filthy carpet