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... tasted ok but gave me a huge tummy ache and I had to spend the rest of the evening laid out on my bed. The people of Scarborough wore rather strange outfits. It was quite chilly but many of them wore clothes we'd probably only wear to the beach! Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!! I was certainly not going to follow the trend. While we were there we went for an amazing drive through the Yorkshire Moors and visited the places you can see on the ...
... freezing. Of course i stayed out of the water.
They have donkey rides on the beach too - wouldn't find that happening at Terrigal Beach!
We then hit the arcades. Auntie Chris had given the girls a bag full of 1 and 2p coins - yep they still have bronze coins. They have so many game machines. It was starting to turn the girls into little gamblers. I am sure we put more ...
... A nice partly sunny day so it was enjoyable walking around the remains. It was also still a working dig so there were young PhD students and grey nomads (have had to explain these this term a couple of times) enjoying the digging. They had found another sandal earlier in the morning but as it was about the 4000th there wasn't too much excitement. Interesting museum at the bottom of the diggings and then the long walk back up to the car - my calves will be ...
Slept in a bit this morning and took things a bit slower. Bruce and I went for a walk to the local shops and wandered around the beach. We took the water pumped train down to the beach, not many of these trains are still around, was quite interesting. We took it easy for the rest of the day, and then packed our bags ready for an early start the next ...
... Our room, Stoker, was named after Bram Stoker creator of the Dracula legend. From the window we had a fantastic view out over the bay to his inspiration, the ruins of the abbey on the opposite cliff.
Inside it was like a Gothic stage-set with lots of hidden secrets.
Whilst pouring tea into flowery china cups & saucers, watched from above by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Raven Hall Hotel Ravenscar
Relax at Raven Hall
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.
Breakfast was substantial with a good choice of dishes, the evening meals were of an excellent quality, but rather limited in choice.
We stayed in room 3 for the first night of our stay, [lovely room but dreadful bed] the mattress was so poor, we got very little sleep & it did little to help our already, bad backs. The very helpful houskeeper was able to find us a different bedroom with a much more comfortable bed for the remainder of our stay.
We were very disappointed to find that the snooker room is now a chapel and the library is defunct. [these facilities were advertised on the website] Otherwise, we had a very enjoyable and extremely relaxing break and will visit again. [providing they can guarantee a good bed]. The staff were excellent, friendly and very helpful.
Faulty towered hotel, but great otherwise
Don't know if the refurbishment will ever be done, but if done well, this could be an exceptional hotel.
We stayed for a couple of nights and although the hotel is in a state of disrepair, the quality of the staff (even the foreign (Polish I believe) members) and the food was superb. The reception, housekeeping and catering staff were all friendly and balanced the state of the internal decor. The hotel location and views were excellent although we had to get our sea view charge reimbursed due to condensation within the glazing making it very hard to enjoy the view. Myself and my son enjoyed the putting after our evening meal and also took a trip down the cliff which was hard work but great as we enjoyed the company of around a dozen seals close to the waters edge.
All in all, I would go back to the hotel if I was in the area again. Once refurbished, I would make a point of going back.
Oh, and another thing. If you need or enjoy fresh air, then get yourself up here - the wind will definitely blow away any cobwebs.
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