Nestled on the North Sea coast, Scarborough is the perfect destination for a quintessential British holiday with its charming Victorian architecture, varied entertainment offerings, scenic landscapes and gorgeous coastline.
Scarborough’s dynamic and multifarious sleep scene boasts an array of luxurious accommodations, ranging from beachside resorts to cosy bed and breakfasts. Here are my top cool and unusual hotels in Scarborough, England (in no particular order)...
1. The Plough, Scalby – a quirky-chic 5-star boutique inn located in the charming village of Scalby, ideal for a peaceful gateway
The Plough stands as a testament to urban elegance and regal sophistication. The moment I stepped through its stately brick façade, I was enveloped by an ineffable sense of enchantment.
All guest rooms are meticulously curated, featuring sumptuous bedding, sleek furnishings, and cutting-edge amenities that cater to the needs of even the most finicky travellers.
The restaurant offers an unparalleled culinary experience, showcasing locally sourced ingredients prepared to perfection by expert chefs.
With its prime location just a short distance from the stunning North Yorkshire coastline, The Plough offers an idyllic retreat, where guests can bask in the warmth of its welcoming ambience and immerse themselves in the breathtaking natural beauty of Scarborough.
Address: 21-23 High St, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PT, United Kingdom
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2. The Windmill – a cosy and historic guesthouse housed in an 18th-century windmill, perfect for a romantic break
Tucked away within the walls of an 18th-century windmill and only a brief 5-minute stroll from Scarborough Railway Station, this pretty B&B invites guests to indulge in its opulent offerings and immerse themselves in a world of splendor and timeless beauty.
Lodging options range from cozy standard rooms with 4-poster beds to luxurious bi-level suites with advanced amenities.
My stay at The Windmill was a true escape from the world, where I was engulfed by the warm embrace of its rustic charm and left feeling thoroughly rejuvenated and inspired.
Address: Mill St, Scarborough YO11 1SZ, United Kingdom
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3. Rowntree Lodge – a colourful, kitsch, and cool hotel to stay in Scarborough where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Scarborough Beach
Rowntree Lodge is a palatial abode with lavishly appointed rooms and suites that are adorned with streamlined furnishings, intricate artwork, and traditional accents.
The lodge’s amenities include a fully-equipped gym, a serene spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant that tantalizes the taste buds with delectable, locally-sourced cuisine.
The ambience of Rowntree Lodge is nothing short of ethereal, with its timeless decor and enchanting lighting that evokes a sense of tranquillity and rejuvenation.
Address: 17 West St, Scarborough YO11 2QN, United Kingdom
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4. The Kensington – a gorgeous and enchanting Victorian boutique guesthouse that is child-free, situated in the heart of Scarborough’s North Bay
Situated on the A165 and a mere 6-minute walk from the scenic Peasholm Park, this lovely Victorian guesthouse offers the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Each of the five traditionally decorated, featuring en suite shower-only bathrooms, evokes a sense of old-world charm. The hospitality trays, brimming with delectable homemade snacks, add to the delightful experience. Free Wi-Fi and TVs cater to modern needs.
A complimentary full English breakfast, served in the dining room, delights the senses with its tantalizing aroma and scrumptious taste.
Address: Columbus Ravine, Scarborough YO12 7QU, United Kingdom
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5. The Farrier – a rustic-chic boutique hotel based on the amazing North Yorkshire Coast between Scarborough and Filey
This charming boutique hotel in the picturesque village of Cayton combines countryside allure with present-day amenities.
Genteel rooms at The Farrier are bedecked with plush furnishings, cosy beds, and rustic accents. The hotel’s top-tier facilities comprise a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a serene spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant that delights guests with delicious, locally-sourced fare.
What impressed me the most about this boutique hotel was the tranquil surroundings and the onsite gastronomic experience.
Address: 89 Main St, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3RP, United Kingdom
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6. The Helaina – a cool and trendy self-catering complex of apartments that blends modern and stylish interiors, within walking distance from the beach
The Helaina, an oasis of tranquility, offers refined accommodation with spectacular views of the gorgeous North Bay.
The hotel boasts individually designed bedrooms, each with its unique character and luxurious furnishings, providing guests with the ultimate relaxation experience.
Upgraded rooms boast beautiful sea or castle views, while apartments offer kitchens and living areas, as well as one or two separate bedrooms.
Its impressive amenities include a contemporary lounge, stylish bar, and an attractive garden, perfect for indulging in a peaceful moment. While I loved everything about this 5-star hotel, I particularly enjoyed unwinding on the quaint terrace with magnificent sea views.
Address: 14 Blenheim Terrace, Scarborough YO12 7HF, United Kingdom
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7. The Central Hotel – one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Scarborough and within walking distance of major attractions such as the Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum
Embodying the very essence of opulence, The Central Hotel is set in a regal and grandiose edifice just a stone’s throw away from Scarborough’s major attractions, restaurants, and shopping districts.
The fusion of classic and contemporary architecture exudes eclectic charm, while the meticulously curated interiors speak of finesse and elegance.
I found a perfect amalgamation of comfort and convenience in the hotel’s plushly appointed guest rooms featuring spacious desks for work or leisure, while the private bathrooms, adorned with stylish fixtures, boast lavish showers and complimentary toiletries.
Address: The Central Hotel, 1-3 The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW, United Kingdom
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8. The New Southlands Hotel – a contemporary and intimate property set in a stately redbrick building in beautiful Scarborough’s South Cliff
Set in a stately redbrick building on Scarborough’s resplendent coastline, The New Southlands Hotel reigns supreme as a regal bastion of magnificence and allure.
The gracefully designed rooms offer ultimate comfort and luxury, with some units boasting sweeping city views. From high-end amenities, including a fully equipped gym and a mesmerizing rooftop terrace, to the relaxed bar with occasional live music, every aspect of the guest experience is designed to leave an indelible mark on the senses.
This historic hotel on West Street exceeded all my expectations. From the moment I walked in, I was spellbound by the hotel’s relaxed ambiance and exceptional service.
Address: West St, Scarborough YO11 2QW, United Kingdom
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9. The Red Lea Hotel – a lavish waterfront Victorian hotel that offers picturesque views of the South Bay
The Red Lea Hotel Scarborough is a Victorian-era treasure boasting a prime location on Scarborough’s waterfront.
The hotel’s bright and airy rooms feature tasteful decor and upscale amenities, such as flat-panel TVs, coffee makers, and high-speed wireless Internet. The sea views from my room were breathtaking and the indoor pool provided the perfect relaxation spot after a day of sightseeing.
The onsite restaurant serves up a scrumptious full English breakfast and traditional British cuisine, while the bar offers live entertainment, perfect for a fun-filled night.
Address: Prince of Wales Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2AJ, United Kingdom
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10. Park Manor Hotel – a laid-back independent family-run hotel that provides great facilities such as an indoor pool and a hot tub, ideal for Millennials and Gen Zs
Perched atop a scenic vista overlooking the verdant Peasholm Park and just a leisurely 7-minute saunter from the bustling Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the Park Manor Hotel offers a haven of serene repose
Artfully designed rooms feature contemporary classic decor with tea and coffee makers, flat-panel TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. For added indulgence, suites feature lavish seating areas.
The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant/bar serves a scrumptious breakfast, while guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the indoor heated pool or rejuvenate in the tranquil steam room.
Address: Northstead Manor Dr, Scarborough YO12 6BB, United Kingdom
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