Lady Anne Middleton's Hotel
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Today was our first serious drive in the car, over 340km from Edinburgh to York via Durham. It also marked another significant milestone - Liam's Birthday. Happy Birthday Liam!! - 9 years old today. First stop was not far from our accommodation (yes Liam another castle), Craigmillar castle or more to the fact the ruins of the castle. This castle is …
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David and I cheekily ask her for the upgrade we had ...
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... We encountered a herd of sheep on the hills and they were quite curious about us as we passed.
At one spot we needed to ford a stream which poured over the path but we made it to the other side without getting our footgear too wet. Everything was very pleasant and we were making good progress when all of a sudden, I glanced to my right and noticed a huge, menacing black cloud. You could see ...
... pets. We didn't have time to look at all of it because it's huge, but the walk-through aviaries were brilliant, full of birds we'd only seen at a distance before, like secretary birds and cranes. Also a a lot of exotics - cassowary, scarlet ibis, parrots from all over the tropics. Several species' of lovely turacos, which reminded us of the Knysna Lourie as they bounced around athletically ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLady Anne Middleton's Hotel York
Based over a number of buildings this is a clean centrally located hotel which is close to the major attractions within the city walls.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lady Anne Middleton's Hotel York
Quiet, convenient and tired
Stayed here for three nights in June, 2004. Room was clean and big enough--had world's smallest bathroom, though, and had not been updated since. . .Nice quiet location--I sat in the garden by the little fish pond several times--and convenient to the city. Breakfast was average. Front desk staff was friendly enough. Seemed expensive for what it was, but checking rates as we walked around York made us realize that it was not out of line.
I stayed here with a group in July 2004. Our room was perfectly adequate, but some of the people I traveled with weren't so lucky. I heard about bugs in one room, and the power went out in one section of the hotel for several hours. The grounds are pretty and the location is great, but the seventies decor of the lobby and bar was pretty awful.
This supposedly 2 star hotel does not appear to have been decorated, or cleaned, since the eighties. Shabby rooms, and staff, were topped off with an unbearable smell from the toilet, stained and old bed linen, stained walls, dirty-no-black grout and tiles in the shower-no bath! stains on the cheap fabric bed-side seat, broken light pull, no heating fascility and a ridiculously small room. In addition, a disgruntled manager who has absolutely no wish to deal with our complaint. I cannot add a comment on any of the other fascilities in the hotel as we fled too quickly to find out but by the look of things, the breakfast and dining room wouln't have looked out of place in an old hosptal canteen-nice! As somebody who stays in hotels frequently, I must add that the room rates (£120 per room) is simply baffling, we later checked in to a hotel that cost half the price and was like a palace in comparisson! So, if bad taste and filth aren't your thing, avoid the Lady Anne Middleton Hotel at all costs!!!!!
We managed to get our room for 3 nights @ £90 per night bed and breakfast through the AA. Not too bad for a UK city hotel but I certainly wouldn't pay the hotel's own advertised tarriff which is much higher.
My Girlfriend and I booked 2 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the Lady Anne Middleton after seeing its pictures and description on the web. This place sounds like an old country house hotel with a lot of character - it fails to mention that most of the rooms are in an ugly seventies or eighties style extension - The room was small, decor shabby and tired, windows dirty, and the shower fixed at a dwarfish height: we hated it instantly.We complained to the desk that we did not like the room, but (being a bank holiday) the place was fully booked and there were no other rooms to offer. We decided to stay 1 night (mistake!!) and take a chance on finding another hotel for the second night.Dinner was truly awful - my girlfriend and I were amazed that the kitchen managed to remove all vestiges of flavour from carrot and coriander soup, but they excelled themselves with the main courses - roast lamb (grey and overcooked)duck breast (ditto)and the vegatables! grossly overcooked to the point of mush, flavourless and (we began to suspect ) recycled. This suspicion was heightened when Jacquie discovered that the half lime garnish on her plate had been squeezed before!! We returned the food and asked that it be removed from the bill. It was truly the worst food I have ever experienced.When we checked out, dinner was still included on the invoice - not for long though.You could not pay us to return to this grotty flop house.
Nightmare in York
My first visit to York will certainly be an unforgetable experience, but not for the right reasons. The Lady Anne Middleton's Hotel has got to be the worst hotel I have ever had the misfortune to visit. The room was from a 70's time warp, with an odour of stale tobacco. The food in the restaurant had been created by a Chef who clearly had a special talent for removing any hint of flavour from the food he presented to the unsuspecting diners. The vegetables were so limp they could barely lie on the plate unaided. The restaurant manager was unapologetic when this was brought to his attention, and was in fact quite rude. This hotel is clearly misrepresented in its brochure - best avoided.
Pleasant but tired.
The location is perfect the exterior setting delightful, but the rooms are tired! They are certainly in need of refurbishment. The staff were all very helpful and pleasant. They certainly made our young children welcome. A tariff of £130.00 per night per room, is over-priced, given the quality of the room.
Good central situation
I almost cancelled my booking when I read the other reviews and I'm so glad I didn't. Our room was quiet and clean although the furnishings were basic.The bedroom was quite spacious . We had dinner on our first night and thought the set dinner of 5 courses at £16 95 with a complimentary bottle of house wine for two was excellent value.The cheeseboard was very good indeed.Dino ,the head waiter,was charming and most helpful. Breakfast was average but the kippers were good. Desk staff were pleasant and typical of the lovely people of wonderful York.
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Stayed in this hotel for two nights, large family so had two rooms; glad it wasn't a longer time period. First room's toilet didn't flush, so they moved us two floors up from our other family members. New room was OK, but lots of street noise. Other room's phone ringer didn't ring; complaints to the front desk were ignored. Substandard amenities for the cost, though the gym was nice. Restaurant overpriced for what you get. Staff alternated between nice and rude, depending upon who you saw. No internet access at all, not even via phone. Paid 110 GBP; definitely won't repeat that.
We had travelled to York to see friends and decided as a special treat to find a hotel for the evening.We stumbled on the Lady Anne Middleton purely on the offchance as it sounded nice and had lots of facilities including a huge gym and pool. Our room was truly appaling, having brown sheets and duvet covers. It was tiny and had no character at all.