Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Hotel du Vin - Harrogate

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Last weekend, I had the good fortune to spend some time in the lovely spa town of Harrogate, based in North Yorkshire, England, staying overnight at the even lovelier Hotel du Vin. The hotel is situated in the heart of the town, central to shops, cafes and bars and within walking distance of pretty much everything.

I am quite the regular at the hotel based in my Newcastle upon Tyne home town, enjoying the good food and relaxing atmosphere. I like too the idea of knowing to some extent what to expect from this chain of boutique hotels, whilst still managing to maintain an individuality which suits the style of each of the hotels' locations.

This was the first time I had stayed overnight at a Hotel du Vin and we ended up spending quite a lot of time within the hotel, venturing out only to have a look around the nearby shops and pay Betty's the obligatory visit.

Armed with my camera, there were lots of those quirky details that I so love to capture. Here are some moments from my stay...

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Upon arrival and some very convenient parking right outside of the hotel, we had a light lunch in the outside terrace until our room was ready.

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We then checked into our room to unpack and check out the facilities. All of the rooms are named after a wine house, you will see this champagne/wine theme run throughout the hotel, our room was the Louis Roederer.

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A big plus was the generous size of the bathroom with a huge shower space, complete with my favourite rose shower-head and large free-standing bath.

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Although I always refrain from using anything out of the mini-bar, I still love to see the miniature versions of old favourites.

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Later I ventured into the basement to visit Health du Vin for an Express Manicure. I was so pleased with the result that I kept holding my hands up to admire my glossy black nails for several days afterwards!

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It was then time for dinner and although I took many shots, the dim cosy lighting of the restaurant did not make for great photographs - not that I am complaining as low light does make for great atmosphere. But I do not need photographic evidence to remember the delicate tastes of my honey cured salmon starter, tuna main dish and raspberry sorbet dessert, washed down with a delicious bottle of Chardonnay.

Here, as in Newcastle, I enjoyed mostly the relaxed and non-rushed service and atmosphere in the restaurant, helped by polite and professional staff in a non-overly attentive way.

Although we had originally planned to pop along to some nearby bars, we decided to have a final cocktail in the hotel bar as it was still bustling and remains one of the best places to be in Harrogate.

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Breakfast has to be my favourite meal of the day, so the next morning we enjoyed smoked salmon & eggs, croissants, coffee and orange juice.

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I loved the idea of a games room and cellar downstairs in the basement, there is something very 'gentleman's club' about it. And I'm sure it's a great place for the men to escape to while their partners enjoy the beauty treatments on offer in the spa.

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I would have to say that my stay lived up to expectation. Yes, there were small changes I would have made... the curtains not closing properly, the full length mirror in an awkward place. But when taking into consideration the overall ambiance of Hotel du Vin, these small things become quite unimportant and are easily solved. It will certainly continue to be a hotel chain that I will keep on returning to.

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43 comments:

  1. Gorgeous place, so >> gorgeous photos ;)

    Your weekends and the places you go to are dreamy !
    Love your universe ma chère.

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  2. This place looks great!

    Maybe if I can afford a treat.. ;)

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  3. I want to go there. REALLY!! Beautiful photos as usual. Really Pro :)

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  4. Doesn't even look like a hotel (in a good way)! Amazing!

    Maybe one day I'll visit when I'm rich ;)

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  5. This hotel looks wonderful, and the pictures are beautiful! I kept trying to remember my favourites and then talk about them in the comment, but there were just too many- the detail of stairs, the flowers, breakfast pics, oh oh! YOUR NAILS (they look AWESOME!), and bath! I love free standing baths! What a great post!

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  6. Great pictures and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Don't you just love good, comfortable hotels? I surely do.

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  7. It looks and sounds fab.
    Beautiful photographs.c

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  8. I got married at the HDV in Tunbridge Wells, and we went back there last month for our 1 year anniversary. They are really fab hotels- the monsoon showers are the best anywhere.

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  9. Amazing place. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. loving photos especially the cakes...yummy

    Sometimes I dream of just going to a hotel just to eat breakfast! I should try it out someday

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  11. What an awesome place! It seems you enjoyed and relaxed yourself.

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  12. Oh wow it looks like such a pretty place. Hopefully one day I'll graduate from the Novotel and be able to stay in a lovely boutique hotel to xoxo

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  13. Wow, this looks like a dream place! Everything you captured is so beautiful. It must have been a relaxing stay :)

    *Ena*

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  14. Beautiful photos, as always. It looks like you had an amazing weekend.

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  15. Your pictures look fantastic! Really atmospheric. I love North Yorkshire and always go to Bettys in York when I'm there. Hope your week is good, Love from London (your newest follower) xo

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  16. i love the faded, old look of these photos, they look perfect.

    xoxo, rhain

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  17. Looks wonderful and sounds like you had a perfect weekend!

    My cousin lives in Harrogate...I love it there!

    xx

    S*

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  18. What a beautiful hotel! I love the staircase and all the little details which make it so luxurious and homely at the same time.

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  19. I love your day trips and weekend photography.. What camera and lens do you use? Your so talented!

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  20. This place looks like a vintage DREAM! I love your photography girl :)

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  21. Beautiful pics. Harrogate is such a pretty place. My friends used to live there, but moved to Chester last year. Before that, we used to go for a glass of pink champagne at Hotel du Vin on the last night of my weekend visit. Going to the Glasgow one next week...
    xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  22. What a lovely looking place! You are lucky to have a place like this near you! At least in the same country as you are in!

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  23. Looks really lovely. I had a lunch at the one in Henly once. It was lovely but I didn't get to check out the rooms or breakfast.

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  24. wow what a lovely place, did you have a nice time in harrogate? i love harrogate, always have to visit betty's! haha

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  25. Looks amazing, the fountain is beautiful!!

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  26. I love Harrogate and Hotel du Vin is definitely the best place to stay - such an ambient, luxurious space. Love your photos, as always. x

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  27. You have such a beautiful and creative eye when it comes to photographs. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  28. Ooooh that hotel looks stunning. I love the basket of croissants and pretty bath products x

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  29. It sounds and looks like a fantastic hotel!

    Leia

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  30. these pictures are very nice and clear, and it seems like you had a fun day!

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  31. What a lovely place. I can see why you had such a fabulous time!

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  32. I ADORE your photos!! Please tell me what camera do you use? You have such a beautiful blog :)
    xoxo
    Giovanna
    Boho Market Blog

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  33. What a fabulous looking place! You really seemed to have captured the essence of the place... Lovely photos!

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  34. I really like 'our' hotel du vin and it's nice to have a look at a different one.

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  35. vintage reflection & giovanna - i use a canon eos 1000d & an array of different lenses

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