Situated east of the Yorkshire Dales, the historic spa town of Harrogate is the perfect base for exploring the rural wonders of this beautiful corner of England. Boasting colourfully handsome English gardens and glorious Edwardian architecture, it attracts a steady stream of visitors throughout the year who are keen to escape the UK’s beaten tourist track.
The majority of hotels in Harrogate are guest houses located in charming period properties, but for those seeking something a touch more modern there’s still a healthy sprinkling of options. Among them are several hotels with their own pool and spa, providing the perfect respite after an energetic day on your feet. We’ve picked out 3 of our favourites.
FROM £139/ NIGHT
Nestled amid pristine landscaped gardens, this impressive 4-star hotel is housed within a beautiful 19th century building an easy walk from Harrogate town centre. The large guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a Television, and tea/coffee-making facilities, and many of them also offer scenic views across either the gardens or the local area. Hotel amenities include a health and leisure club with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym, and indulgent beauty treatments are also available. There’s an on-site restaurant and a choice of cooked or continental breakfasts are served daily. For those travelling by train, Harrogate Rail Station is a 10-minute walk away.
FROM £390/ NIGHT
Situated a few miles south of the centre of Harrogate, the 4-star Rudding Park is another elegant hotel featuring an array of amenities, including an indoor swimming pool. Dedicated foodies will also enjoy the gourmet restaurant, golf fans can test their talents at the floodlit driving range or 18-hole course, and guests keen to relax and unwind can do so in the indulgent spa. As for the rooms, they are no less impressive, featuring a flat-screen TV, sleek bathroom, and private terrace overlooking the hotel’s pretty gardens or chapel. The 19th-century parkland surrounding the hotel make for pleasant walks.
FROM £72/ NIGHT
Located in Knaresborough in the Borough of Harrogate, a few minutes’ drive from Harrogate town centre, this 3-star hotel features a spa with a spacious swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and luxurious treatment rooms. Guest rooms contain a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, and some also offer a comfy sitting area. Other notable hotel facilities include a relaxing bar, a comfy lounge with a log burning fire, 1 acre of well-maintained gardens and an outdoor terrace. There’s also 25-hour reception and free Wi-Fi in all areas, including rooms. For those travelling by air, Leeds Bradford Airport is 12 miles away.