Great base to see Ilkley and Bolton Abbey.
My boyfriend and I have just returned following a two night stay at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley following a Red Letter Days gift package we got for Christmas.
The hotel is a renovated Victorian building situated in a residential spot close to the town’s railway station. Ilkley itself has great links to Leeds and Harrogate; is a beautiful town with a great balance of shopping, restaurants and country walks, and the locals are pleasant and polite.
Upon our arrival at the hotel we were checked in swiftly by the helpful receptionist who was fully aware of what the gift package included. Our room, 137 was modernly presented and very clean, with plenty of storage space, a large window, wall mounted television with Freeview channels, complimentary wi-fi and the option of room service. We settled in quickly and after unpacking, went down to the restaurant “Brasserie 1” for dinner.
I opted for the chicken liver parfait with toast and chutney which was extremely good. The main course was sirloin steak with garlic butter, chips, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms. Everything was cooked to complete perfection, and the portion size was very generous. The staff were attentive but not intrusive and the service was both efficient and friendly.
We were advised at check-in that due to old fashioned plumbing, we should leave the hot water run for a while before we had a bath or shower as it takes a while to heat up. On the first night I waited 10 minutes for the temperature to reach luke warm before getting in as I didn’t want to waste water, and after a further 10 minutes the water had not increased in temperature. Not an issue in the hot summer months, but would cause problems in the winter.
The breakfast was delicious but meagre in portion size… We both ordered a full English and while the produce was obviously well chosen and tasted fantastic, we only got one sausage, one rasher of bacon and half a slice of black pudding each accompanied by a slimy mushroom, beans and a grilled mushroom.
Following a lovely two days at the hotel, the last five minutes were marred by the attitude of a maintenance worker who I don’t know whether is employed by the hotel or contracted to come in. I had nipped to the loo in rather a hurry and managed to get locked in. I hadn’t noticed a sign on the door which said “maintenance” as the door was left wide open so people entering it couldn’t read it. As I was let out I heard the worker rudely say to one of the waiters “What does this sign say?”, so I turned round and made sure he knew I’d heard him. Completely rude and uncalled for. Not a nice way to end our lovely trip. less