Sunday 29 May 2016

York House Hotel, Park Ave, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

A well run and pristine guest house in a quiet quarter of the seaside town of Whitley Bay overlooking a patch of green, the York House Hotel is a pricey, but pleasant, place to stay. A riot of swirling patterns and soft fabrics, the decor won't be to everyone's tastes. And, if the heating is on, the hotel can be excessively stuffy as the numerous radiators pump out heat. However, the accommodation is spacious and well-kitted out, the beds are comfortable and the WiFi is fast. The rooms are also quiet and equipped with smart en-suite and self-catering facilities. Downstairs, there is a plush lounge complete with sparkling chandelier and gleaming marble fireplace. With a large bay window and plenty of space, the dining room is also impressive, as are the breakfasts. You are served good filter coffee at your table, along with chunky toast, accompanied by small pots of Bonne Maman jams and marmalade. The cheerful staff also offer a small selection of hot dishes. The English breakfast is made with fine ingredients, while the special might be a tasty bagel stuffed with smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese, topped with hard boiled egg. The cold buffet includes an appealing fruit salad, granola, blueberries, small boxes of cereal, yogurts, an array of decent fruit juices and even a bottle of bubbly in an ice bucket.  Although Whitley Bay has seen better days, the York House Hotel is in its prime. 8/10