The Crescent Inn at Ilkley is not a hotel to be missed and I say this is the most literal of ways. As you travel through the centre of Ilkley, the arc like structure stands proud in the street, so it is impossible to pass by it without being impressed by its beauty and presence.
Steeped in history, it dates back to 1861, when it was originally built and has remained a hotel ever since.
There is no parking for the hotel, however if you drive around there are plenty of streets off the main road that have plentiful space to park overnight.
The Crescent Inn consists of only 11 boutique bedrooms, each one individually inspired by the local wool industries creating a quintessential English country bedroom style. Each of these rooms are named after of the local moors, including Appletreewick, Askwith and Kettlewell.
The grand blue staircase is decorated with pictures of famous people who were originally from Yorkshire and local photographs tempting you to explore your surroundings.
Our room; Askwith, was decorated in light colours, with a super king size bed, dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down feather pillows and duvets. It had a dressing table and wardrobe both in keeping with the period detail and original features. There were ironing facilities and coffee, hot chocolate and tea making facilities (biscuits!) as well as still and sparkling water. We also had a large flat screen Freeview TV.
The bathroom was light and airy and boasted all of the treats one would expect. We had samples of White Company toiletries, including shampoo, body wash and soap.
There was a bath and power shower as well as a heated towel rail and radiator just outside the bathroom, which warmed the room up quickly as it was a little chilly when we arrived. Only to be expected from an older building.
During the night, there was a little bit of noise from the pub, however considering we were right above it and looking onto the street, we still had a very restful night’s sleep thanks to the very comfortable and spacious bed!
With only 11 rooms there was little chance of any disturbance from the other guests and this was the case throughout the night.
We were fortunate enough to dine in the in house restaurant Le Bistrot Pierre, however the pub, The Crescent Inn, was very busy as there was a football match on, and so we didn’t get a chance to take advantage of this. However it was ideally located for a quick drink before bed time, either on its own or after a meal next door. With a wide selection of real ales there is the temptation to spend more time in there than warrants for just a ‘swift half’!
Everything is within the hotel that you could possibly need, so there is really no need to leave! And we didn’t! The Crescent Hotel is perfect for those who are looking for a restful night from home, for those who want to stay up till late having drinks and laughter or an exceptional meal. Despite its excellent reputation, the hotel does not exclude people from any walks of life, unlike other establishments I have stayed in of its high quality. It welcomes, couples, families, walkers and those looking for a Friday night local. It is not one to be missed- now I have stayed there I can say that with more conviction than before!
Thank you to all the staff who were involved in making our stay as memorable as it was!
The Crescent Inn
01943 811 250