Overall the hotel was OK, but not anywhere the greatest place we have ever stayed, with lots of little silly things that could have made it better.
We upgraded to a superior room, got free bottles of water, better biscuits and chocolate coated raisins, but they have less drawer space than the standard rooms, mostly face the front of the hotel and have no air conditioning, so noisy with the windows open. Towels are thin and need replacing, the bath is installed off the floor so if you are short difficult to swing your leg over, no safety rails to help you get in. Fixed head shower in the bath, sink took ages to drain and fan not working. First two nights there no beer coolers working in the bar so lager wasn't cold but they still charged the same price. Breakfast buffet looked fine apart from the fried eggs which someone thought they should fry to death so like hard boiled eggs, rest would have been good if the self serve plates were hot, so put hot food on cold plate so the whole lot was cold when you got back to your table. Unfortunately for us we had a set dinner as part of the Rail Discoveries package, just 40 of eating in the barn like Cedar room, no atmosphere at all. Food was pretty awful, choice of only meat, fish or vegetarian each night that had to be pre-ordered in the morning, actually most of the starters were Ok, it was the main courses that were bad, cold one night and sent back. Highlight meal was the last night roast beef, meat was Ok but served with burnt cauliflower BBQ'd sugar snap peas, steamed courgette and soft roast potatoes, so my meal was Yorkshire pud and a piece of beef about 5mm thick by about 120mm x 50mm, a good 2 ounces if you were lucky. Luckily previous evenings dinners had taught me to get a good lunch.
Still this is the way that the tour company drive down hotel prices, so I won't be travelling with them again by cutting the meal costs, but then the hotel could at least cook it properly.
Cedar Court would be OK for one night, but eat out in Harrogate as there are loads of good places. Many of the young staff are from overseas, some with poor English but they tried their best. Had to chase up staff for drinks orders at dinner and there needs to be better management in this dining area to make sure everything is up to a reasonable standard. less