A New Boutique Hotel for Harrogate

Riva PR - May 7th 2007

The upmarket spa town of Harrogate will get its first independently owned and run boutique hotel when the Balmoral Hotel Harrogate re-opens later this month [April]. The 23-room character hotel is housed in a restored Edwardian-Victorian building in a quiet, leafy street just a 10-minute walk from the town’s conference centre, shops and cafes.

A luxurious, contemporary bolthole in the Yorkshire Dales the Balmoral will offer classic hotel service to discerning leisure and conference guests. With Harrogate’s restored spa, beautiful Stray and chi-chi boutiques and restaurants – coupled with some of the UK’s prettiest countryside and villages on the doorstep – the Balmoral will offer much more than a bed for the night. Spa and incentive breaks, shopping weekends and opportunities for gourmet dining are all on the agenda for the well-heeled and discerning leisure and business traveller.

Reflecting the building’s Victorian heritage, and Harrogate’s history as one of England’s premier spa towns, the hotel fuses classic features with hi-spec modern design. Dark-wood floors, plush velvet carpet, real fires and a mix of contemporary, classic and traditional furniture lends the public areas a warm and
Contemporary regal feel.

The ‘modern opulent’ guest rooms showcase individual Victorian architectural features such as feature fireplaces, cornicing and skirting, and polished floorboards; statement rugs, lighting and wallpaper; four-poster beds; Louis V style armchairs; leather Chesterfield sofas and gilt-edged mirrors all lend classic accents to a neutral palette. Seductive bathrooms will feature black marble walls and slate floors.

Room types range from bijou studios, to four-poster doubles and large, two-room suites that pander to the conference guest and weekend romantic. Each room will have latest screen LCD technology with HDML (high definition media interface) facilities – so that executives can check their presentations. The entire hotel will be wi-fi.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of what promises to be one of the town’s new dining hotspots, the Harrogate Grille. This is the second project for the team behind the popular, hip Room restaurant, in nearby Leeds and the Grille in Hoxton, London.

The Grille’s accessible menu will offer everything from breakfast martinis (£6) through brunch and all-day snacks to classic evening grill dishes such as rump steak and chips (£15), served in a modern banquette style setting with a ‘French bistro’ ambience. Private dining is available for 35 people and a two-course kids menu costs £5.