Bitter sweet stay.
My partner and I stayed at York House on Saturday the 21st of March - we had booked about a month in advance. As this was the day after bars, restaurants and leisure centres were ordered to close by the Government, we were in two minds as to whether we should still go. We were glad we did. We thought, if nothing else, we'd have a pleasant (hopefully uplifting) walk along the beach/cliffs - and we did. For obvious reasons there were very few guests besides ourselves at the hotel but the staff (despite their own,inevitable, anxieties about the growing crisis) went out of their way to be pleasant and friendly and made us very welcome. The room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable; the food was tasty and the service was excellent - although we did feel a bit sad and guilty, looking out at the deserted promenade while eating and drinking that evening. Some of the decor in the hotel might be three star but the rest of our experience was much higher. The manager (or assistant manager?) was very efficient and friendly. As we were checking out he asked us if we'd enjoyed our stay and we said we had and hoped to return when things were, hopefully, back to 'normal'. He said 'Yes, you must come and see us at our 'best''. Like most people in the country, we don't know whether we'll even be allowed to walk to the park in the coming weeks/months, but when we are able to travel freely again, we'll definitely return to the York House. less