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Historical Traveler Reviews The White Hart Lincoln
Just returned from a two night break at the White Hart. Got a very good deal by not booking direct with the hotel. When checking in asked if there were any rooms we could upgrade to, were told we could have a deluxe room for free, or pay a little extra for a suite. Paid the extra and ended up with a fantastic view of the Cathedral from the sitting room window. Suite was large, with a canopied bed, and a very large clean bathroom. A little shabby around the edges, which can also be said for the rest of the hotel.
We found the lounge area to be very relaxing and comfortable, and not as shabby as the rest of the hotel, maybe it has new seating, as chairs and sofas showed no sign of wear and tear.
Meals in the restaurant were very enjoyable, apart from my husband finding some cling film in his terrine! Noticed a difference in food presentation over the two nights, much better on Monday (maybe it was the proper chef's night off on the Sunday). Most wines on wine lists were around £20, we tried the house red and white for approx £15, which were very nice. Breakfast was very good, varied choice from buffet, and nice traditional cooked breakfast.
Orangery seems to lack any sort of atmosphere, and doesn't quite go with the rest of the hotel. Never really saw anyone using it.
They got our bill wrong on checkout, tried to charge us again for our evening meals eventhough we were on a DBB rate, but this was very quickly rectified, and the guy on reception could not have been more helpful.
In summary, fantastic location, good food but shabby around the edges. A refurb would make all the difference to this hotel. Would recommend.
Very Good But In Need of a Refurb
We stayed as part of a wedding group and the couple got married in the White Hart. Fantastic Location. Had photo's in the Castle grounds which was a great bonus as the weather was fantastic. All staff at the hotel gave us wonderful service and all of our meals were very nice and well presented. Very good choice at Breakfast, freshly cooked on Saturday, buffet breakfast on the Sunday, both very good. Lounge area is great for getting together but showing its age. The small bar at the front of the hotel was not always open when it could have been and we had to use the orangery and the beer/lager was awful.
Our room was great (again showing its age) with a small lounge area, great canopied bed and a large bathroom. Did have very small (but nice perfumed) bottles of shampoo and shower gel also small soaps. Could have done with a shower cap though. Plenty of hot water and heated towl rail.
Depending on which room you get you may be disturbed by the Catherdral bells so take ear plugs, they don't chime in the early hours but at 7.00 a.m. they really go for it! Because of the weather we had to have the windows open but with them shut it did cut down the noise considerably.
We had a very enjoyable stay in Lincoln, the City is lovely with some very nice, quaint shops. However, the White Hart is now definately due for a refurbishment, it is looking decidely shabby and the chairs in the dining room are very low and badly sprung. It could be a really fantastic hotel especially with its location, but at the moment I could only rate it as average (7/10).
Overpriced and overhere
god it was truly awful. It's now an independent hotel rather than part of huge Heritage group and it all looks so shabby. You even have to queue in lounge for breakfast, which is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
Pretentiousness at its worst.
Stay elsewhere or pay through the nose and moan about it for days!!!!
Expensive but nice
This was one of the few places that could accomodate my family of four in one room. It wasn't a suite but at least we didn't have to get two rooms- With the strenghth of the pound against the dollar we were grateful. I think it must have been remodelled since the other reviews because I found the bathroom to be completely updated and the decor to be fresh. I would reqest a room with a catherdral view and on the top floor as it is old and creaky and we could hear the TV and footsteps of the people above us. Food was good- food service was slow.
Overall, would stay again- Great location in the heart of Lincoln.
Good Place to Stay
Excellent location (when you see how steep "Steep Hill" is, you will appreciate this even more!), friendly service, newly refurbished room with view of cathedral. Recommended.
Good in parts
I stayed in this hotel for one night on a business trip. It is very centrally located but this made it rather noisy. The interior is dingy and claustrophic - the breakfast room appears to have no external windows - and I felt it could have done with a refurbishment. The olde worlde style is all very well but this tipped over into fustiness, as if they were aiming for the 'provincial hotel circa 1933' look. The receptionist was reasonably friendly but seemed a little lost - I asked for a timetable for trains to London and this was treated as an outlandish request. My room was spacious and seemed clean, but again the dark furnishings added to the air of gloom. The prices seem steep for what you get, but perhaps par for the course for British hotels.
A mixed experience
This is potentially a very good hotel. Its location, within close proximity of all the tourist attractions in Lincoln, is excellent. The view of the cathedral from many of the hotel rooms (including some of the cheaper ones) is stunning. There are some good deals for rooms: I paid about £150 (excluding breakfast) for a double-room for a three-night period over the weekend via Lastminute.
But while this is a hotel with some things to commend it, it is badly let down in other ways. While the hotel rightly points to its lengthy history, the rooms appear not to have been redecorated since its inception in about the 11th century. And although an air of cultivated mustiness might appeal to some - especially those with a fondness for yellowing curtains and bedspreads - most will wish for a lick of paint and some new carpets.
The rooms, while cleaned thoroughly by the staff, were not really of the quality that would be expected in a three-star, landmark hotel. This problem was compounded by a lack of attentiveness on the part of the lobby staff. Bizarrely, on reporting for the second or third time that the in-room TV was powered not by the cable/satellite service advertised by the hotel, but by something more akin to a coat-hanger, the staff pleaded ignorance: "it's only girls on tonight...you'll have to wait for the [male] porters to do that kind of technical thing". That was as far as we got, but it did at least ensure that we spent more of the time enjoying Lincoln, rather than Sky TV.
One final tip. If you can wait till 10am, avoid paying £11 for breakfast and head instead to the cafe directly opposite the hotel's front entrance.
Loved the Jazz!
My partner and I stayed at the White Hart for one of their monthly jazz dinner dance evenings. We arrived in the afternoon to give us time to wander around Lincoln before dinner. The room was a twin with a fascinating view over the cathedral. It was a perfect combination of modern facilities and traditional, luxurious surroundings. The dinner was superb in the candlelit restaurant. The service was discreet but friendly. Afterwards, we moved through to the Orangery where the Jazz Pack dixieland band played for dancing until midnight. After a lovely breakfast, we left. What was really good was that our car was parked in the hotel's secure garage. All in all, it was a great value for money experience and we shall go to another jazz dinner soon.
The White Hart is located in the best part of Lincoln. The Restaurant is well run including fantastic service from Jackie & Gasper in the Restaurant.
The rooms are great, but the ground floor needs desperate refurbishment.
Romantic and luxurious
Me and my husband stayed at The White Hart in Lincoln for one night and it was wonderful. The receptionist wasn't overly friendly, but the rest of the staff were great. We had a lovely,romantic and modern room, and the breakfast was out of this world, served from silver trays.
The price is a bit too much I think, but the fact that you stay next door to the cathedral, in the midst of medieval surroundings, makes it worth while.
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