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The Grafton (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

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“ Address: 1–3 Franklin Mount / Harrogate HG1 5EJ / North Yorkshire „

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      31.07.2012 12:01
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      Great service but room was very disappointing and overpriced for what it was

      This is a small, boutique, b&b in Harrogate, seemingly the land of b&b's given the number this town has! There are so many situate in such a small town it can make choosing difficult. We opted for this place based on great reviews on other sites and because it was reasonably priced (Harrogate seems to be extortionately expensive and this room at £90 was cheap!). I'm not sure I buy into the hype I read elsewhere. It was OK, but not great. The location is OK. Harrogate is fairly small so as long as you are in or around the town center, it's not too hard to get around on foot. This b&b was situated about 10 minutes walk uphill from the town center in a location seemingly popular for b&b's and boutique hotels. It consists of 2 large town houses joined together. By and large a lot of thought has gone into the interior decoration of the general public spaces. The main lobby is very small and is effectively a landing with a small desk. Beside it is a charmingly decorated lounge available for guests to use with a small bar. It has a quirky charm with hints of grandeur - it's center piece is a huge marble fireplace that is surrounded by black, comfortable sofas. Scattered around the room are a handful of regal chairs and the ceiling boasts an increbily ornate black chandelier. It is a charming room if perhaps a little small for the number of guests the hotel can accommodate. Also on the ground floor is the breakfast room that keeps the same feel albeit a little more low key. The rooms themselves do the job but were not exceptional. The website boasts pictures of very glamorous and interesting decorated rooms but ours didn't seem to be up to this standard. They were kept very clean and were modern and new. We opted for the standard room and standard is pretty much what we got. There was a flat screen TV but it wasn't very big. The room also had a small table and chair in the corner and complimntary toiletaries and tea and coffee making facilities. The bed itself was adequate and colourfully decorated but I've slept in more comfortable beds. The main problem with the room was that it was very small. There was little room to move beyond the bed. The bathroom was tiny. The shower was so narrow it was almost impossible to use. The lavatory and sink were so tightly fit in you needed to be a contortionist to use it. I'm not huge but a 6 foot man of bulky build and found actually washing and moving my arms a task. Where this place redeems itself is with the service. The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly. They offered eating recommendations and even lent me cuff-links when I realised I'd left mine at home and had a wedding to attend! They were always friendly and asked how our day was, etc... and for them alone I would probably consider returning, but would book a superior room in the hope it was far better than the standard. Breakfast was also very good. They offered a buffet bar of fresh fruit, juice and freshly prepared granola which was delicious. The also had homemade bread that was also more-ish and excellent. Following this you could order a cooked breakfast all included in your room price. This ranged from porridge to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to the full English. They believe in only using locally produced foods and as such, the freshness and quality was excellent. I opted for the full English and wasn't disappointed... particularly with the local black pudding which was terrible for the heart, excellent for the palette. It's a shame the room was such a disappointment as otherwise, this would be somewhere I would wholeheartedly recommend. I'm assuming, and hoping, the higher standard rooms are much better and like those in the pictures. If you do decide to stay here then I think it would be worthwhile paying a little more as the standard rooms were below par.

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