At New Year Joe and I snuck away for a luxury mini break in Harrogate at the Hotel Du Vin! Last year we stopped at the Manchester Malmaison and is was absolutely amazing so we thought this time around we ‘d try out their more traditional sister brand for a relaxing and quiet end to the year. Nestled in the centre of Harrogate the Hotel Du Vin oozes French boutique style with large sweeping staircases, leather sofas and a classic Champagne bar just right of the lobby.
When we arrived there was an issue with the room we’d originally booked so the staff very kindly moved us into one of their loft suites for our first night which was absolutely stunning. Right at the top of the winding stairs with cleverly placed leather cushions on low ceilings and sharp beams (which were a god send from 6″5 Joe!) was our Pol Roger suite with gigantic bed, beautiful exposed beams, large flat screen sofa and a very clever bathroom with roll top bath and huge monsoon shower. We unpacked our bits and headed downstairs for a glass of Champagne in the bar before pottering down the road for dinner at Jamie’s Italian – the Hotel Du Vin is brilliantly placed for bars and restaurants as well as a multitude of adorable shops down the cobbled streets. They have parking outside the hotel charged at £10 per 24 hours but it’s limited and was full when we arrived so we parked at the train station just 3 minutes walk away for £12 (£6 per 24 hours).
After an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep we went for breakfast in the main restaurant which is beautifully decorated with traditional french portraits and some rather impressive champagne bottles. Sadly the breakfast wasn’t as impressive as the decor with a Full English taking abut 40 minutes to arrive! Luckily when it did emerge from the kitchen it was just the ticket and as far as an English breakfast goes it was pretty good, despite the lack of baked beans – surely a FEB essential?! The continental breakfast selection was just enough with fresh fruit, yoghurt granola and fresh juice – nice if you’re looking for something a bit lighter which i was and enjoyed very much.
After breakfast we headed back to our room and i couldn’t resist having a huge bath in that roll top while Joe lounged around watching some telly with a cheeky beer form the mini bar – we are here for relaxation after all!
Early afternoon the porters helped us move to our superior double room as originally planned and it was lovely. Our room was on two levels with a comfy corner sofa and tv on top leading through to the French-chique bathroom again with roll top bath and huge monsoon shower – which was amazing! Down the stairs lay an incredibly comfortable kind size bed, wardrobes, mini bar, yet another huge TV and an Nespresso machine at no extra charge which we took full advantage of while lounging in our super comfy robes provided.
After a good old relax in the room we wet down for lunch again in the main restaurant. This was included with a spa deal booked which was a nice little extra, as was the glass of champagne we were given with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! We both order a club sandwich which was really tasty and the perfect for tiding us over until the evening and luckily arrived a little quicker than breakfast!
On New Year’s Eve afternoon i headed down to the spa for some pampering! We’d both booked in for massages but as Joe had developed a problem with his neck he very kindly donated his spa time to me so i could have some extra treatments and i didn’t put up much of a fight i must say. The spa is stunning downstairs and hidden away making it the perfect haven for any hotel guest looking for a bit of me time. I was booked in for a full body scrub where my lovely therapist used a cactus bristle brush and delicious smelling scrub to buff away any dry skin and improve circulation and it was absolutely wonderful – i’d certainly book in for one of those again. After my scrub i had an hour’s full body hot stone massage, my favourite. My therapist really listened to the areas i wanted to focus on and it was such a relaxing and targeted massage which i really enjoyed, one of the best i’ve had and my back and shoulders really thanked her for it!
After my body treatments i enjoyed a luxury pedicure – my second favourite treatment to have! My HdV therapist (Jane) did a fantastic job and when we finished i felt perfectly polished and ready for the New Year’s Eve festivities!
On New Year’s Eve the Hotel Du Vin hosted a black tie gala dinner with a live band and lots of Champagne! Different from last year all the guests sat down to eat together from a pre-ordered menu in the main restaurant. Before hand we were greeted with champagne and canapes in the reception with everyone looking brilliant in their suits and at 8pm we were lead through for dinner.
The food was good – not outstanding, but very enjoyable none the less. With dishes such as sea bass, oysters and caviar, guinea foul, lobster and rabbit it was incredibly decadent and the wine selection was top notch. My Guinea foul main was beautiful in particular the confit leg and Joe’s beef was even better. His starter of Scallops and Pork Belly Ragout left me seething with jealousy although my Baked Alaska dessert beat his Tiramisu Parfait hands down! We thoroughly enjoyed it and after some Irish coffees we moved back through to the reception, hit the cocktails and danced to the live band until the clock struck 12! After the countdown HdV brought around bacon sandwiches to soak up some of the champagne and when the band played their last song Joe and i slunk back to the room for another amazing night’s sleep in the incredibly comfy beds.
Thinking ahead we’d popped our order in for breakfast in the room instead of heading down in the morning which was a great idea! At 10am there was a knock on the door and a beautiful continental breakfast turned up with fresh coffee, tea, toast, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and pastries – just what we needed after a night partying! We packed up and checked out waving goodbye to 2014 and another wonderful new year’s break.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Du Vin Harrogate and certainly would go back if we fancied a relaxing night away or spa break. Hotel Du Vin also allow doggies so now we have Wilson we’d definitely keep them in mind for a furry friendly visit. The rooms are classically beautiful with gorgeous bathrooms and perfectly picked little luxuries. Although the food service was a little slow downstairs the staff and spa couldn’t be faulted and made our stay simply perfect.
You can take a look at the rest Hotel Du Vin Harrogate offers and book a room on their website here.
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