5 Charming Bed and Breakfasts & Guest Houses in Whitby

by Gareth Jones  |  Published January 24, 2022

For a fishing village atmosphere and picturesque beaches, the North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby is hard to beat.

Smuggler’s Rest, Whitby (Booking.com)

The town rises from its generous harbour, and cobbled medieval streets host all manner of pubs and restaurants – Fish ‘n’ Chips being a firm tourist favourite. With a rich history which includes legendary seafarer Captain James Cook and Whitby’s ruined abbey providing the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Whitby is the best catch all summer. Here, we’ve selected five of our favourite guesthouses and B&Bs based on style, service and location.

Smuggler’s Rest

The cosy-looking, traditional exterior of the Smuggler’s Rest near the heart of Whitby continues once entering this family-run guest house. Located on the town’s West Cliff, there is no mistaking the warm Yorkshire welcome of its hosts, which complements the comfortable and spacious en-suite rooms that give off a calm and natural ambience with stylish aplomb. The restaurant whips up a fantastic full English breakfast, and the hosts are Yorkshire natives – full of insightful knowledge and advice about Whitby and surrounds. Rooms from £100.

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Number 7 Guesthouse

Number 7 Guesthouse, Whitby (Photo: Booking.com)

The fact that the Number 7 Guesthouse is a small family run operation shines through at every turn. From its friendly and hospitable hosts, hearty home-cooked breakfast to its wood-tinged design, neutral shaded rooms with comfortable beds and sizeable bath tubs –  the hotel exudes the warmth and charm of a well-kept household. Some rooms come with fantastic sea and harbour views. Situated within 1km of Whitby Pavilion and 3km from Whitby Abbey, and in close proximity to the town’s centre – it’s a perfect place to relax and recharge from a day’s exploration. Rooms from £60.

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The Captain’s Lodge

The Captain’s Lodge is a spacious, traditionally designed guesthouse in a three storey Victorian townhouse. Boasting sweeping views of Whitby Bay, the property comprises seven comfortable rooms including single, double and deluxe double rooms. All are immaculately clean, fresh and charming. Full English / Irish breakfast is on offer in the spacious dining area. Nearby points of interest include Whitby Museum, Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Whitby Lighthouse. Whitby’s town centre, beaches and hillside walks are easily accessible from the guesthouse. Rooms from £55.

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Lobster Hall

Lobster Hall, Whitby (Photo: Booking.com)

Lobster Hall’s attractive Georgian façade imbues the guesthouse with an understated elegance. Located next to Whitby Railway, and a 10-minute walk to the seafront, this Grade 1 listed building situated on the East Cliff combines period charm, original features and historic character with modern comforts and facilities. Rooms are immaculately clean and fresh, and its contemporary décor lends them a light and airy atmosphere. Just a few yards down the hill, Bagdale Hall – its sister hotel – is tastefully designed with a characterful bar and swanking oak furniture. Serves hearty fare, as well as a fine selection Yorkshire ales and bitters. Rooms from £70.

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The Woodlands

Aptly named, this quaint and welcoming guesthouse is the ultimate secret hideaway. Set back from the seafront, but a pleasant walk away from Whitby’s beaches and town centre, its secluded location is a big hit with couples. With a large and leafy private garden, its verdant surroundings lend it a familial yet romantic serenity. Rooms are crisp, clean and cosy, and come kitted out with bath and very modern shower facilities. Sloping ceilings and wooden fittings, along with fresh white fabrics with flashes of colour conjure a serene atmosphere. Hosts give a warm welcome, and excellent service. Rooms from £125.

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