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The Old Palace
Ranked #12 of 52 Lincoln B&B and Inns
Ilkley, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Purely exquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

I upgraded midweek and found the staff extremely helpful and they emailed me a map as other reviews have stated it is difficult to find. The master 'red' room was in a converted chapel with a beautiful stained glass window and a wonderful bathroom. The breakfast was served in the basement of the main building a fantasic choice and cooked to perfection. The dining area looked over a walled garden with views across the city. Location wise it is right in the heart of the old town with some lovely bistros and bars......I will be coming back

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Claire H
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Service
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

This hotel shows up as a ‘new’ hotel but it is only new as a public hotel. This building is part of the Lincoln Cathedral ‘complex’ and contains office space on the main floors and hotel rooms on the top floor that seem to have previously been used for church and conference business but are now available to the public. I spent one night here in June. The location is excellent if you are visiting old Lincoln and the Cathedral. The rooms are finished to a good standard and kept clean. The beds are older and serviceable rather than comfortable (I think this is a theme in England). Unfortunately the queens/doubles are not really queens/doubles – but are two singles made up together. This means you have you can pick which side you sleep on but cannot sleep in the middle of the bed (might as well sleep in a single!). The service is very friendly and willing but clearly still settling into dealing with the general public. There is a central safe for valuables and a good control process to secure items left in the safe. Breakfast was average/perfectly fine. All in all I would recommend it. The pictures on the website are accurate representations of the rooms. I would highly recommend the Lincoln Cathedral roof tour - and it's located just across the road.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

Had a lovely stay - room was clean tidy and the power shower was fantastic!!! The views were great and the location can not be beaten. The staff were great, esp the receptionist, who showed us the incredible Honeymoon Suite, would love to stay there in the future. Thank you.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karen M
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

You drive through an arch and downhill to park in a quad. High up on one side is the cathedral, on another the ruins of the Bishop's Palace and on the other two sides the hotel. Inside we received a friendly welcome from the helpful person on reception. We were told about the comfortable drawing room with its newspaper, magazines and delightful view over the garden, the terrace, the city far below and miles of Lincolnshire countryside. Also we learnt that there was a chapel along the corridor and that we could use it if we wished.

We were taken through the rambling, interesting building and up in the lift to our room. Everything seemed bright and clean and the place was tastefully furnished and comfortable. Although the bathroom was small it was spotless and well appointed. Outside the window and across the quad the cathedral rose above us on the top of a steep slope. At night the Norman and Gothic building was dramatically illuminated but we were pleased that the clock in the tower stopped striking between 10.45 pm and 7 am.

Breakfast was served in a pleasant dining room down at the level of the terrace and garden. There was a fine variety of choices from cooked to continental. The food and service were excellent. Afterwards it was possible to stroll down to the lawn and peer over the wall at an orderly vineyard below.

I would have given the hotel five stars in every category but for a discovery on the last morning. I got down to look under the bed to make sure nothing of mine had gone under it. Whereas the rest of the room was extremely clean, this area was very dusty and there was a personal item left from a previous visitor.

To end on a positive note: the staff, especially those on reception, were most friendly, pleasant, helpful, and wanted to make us feel at home. The whole hotel had an extraordinary atmosphere of tranquillity.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Viaggiatoreinglese
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East Yorkshire
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Recently had a nights stay here. Everything about the hotel was excellent although it was tricky to find as it's poorly signed but don't let that put you off. It's well worth a visit

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Old Palace

Property: The Old Palace
Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Lincoln
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Lincoln
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,593 - ₹ 10,436
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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