Glen Mutel checks into the palatial hotel in the heart of historic Harrogate
Resembling, by the website’s own admission, a huge Victorian train station, the 118-year-old Majestic Hotel makes quite a first impression. Sat atop a hill within its ample grounds, this historic pile dominates Harrogate, and initially looks like the sort of welcoming old mansion you wouldn’t object to being holed up in for the entire winter. It’s part of The Cairn Collection, which offers 10 landmark properties across the UK, each with its own history and personality.
Inside, its grandeur may have faded slightly, but there are enough modern touches to ensure a fine stay, from the slick rooms to the adjoining spa, sauna and swimming pool complex — plus the bountiful breakfasts on offer in its rather regal dining rooms.
Rippon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HU
Rooms from £99