The Best Hotels to Book Near Whitby Abbey

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26 August 2021

Thanks to the monastery-wrecking campaigns of Henry VIII, England is studded with ruined abbeys, but Whitby Abbey is something special. For one thing, it’s remarkably intact, looming above the town of Whitby on an exposed strip of coastal moorland. Then there’s the Dracula connection, which adds a certain frisson to exploring in the early evening. Best of all, the ruins rise right above town, so you’re never far from a warm bed to escape to afterwards.

La Rosa Hotel

4.6/5 (54 Reviews)
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With a prime location by the beach at the mouth of the River Esk, La Rosa feels like going backstage at a vintage seaside theatre. Its eccentric rooms are full of eclectic paraphernalia – medical charts, embroidered comforters, old mirrors, buffalo horns, stuffed pike, gramophones, ship’s wheels – gathered from local thrift shops. No two rooms are alike, but they’re all full of character.
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White Horse and Griffin

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4.2/5 (463 Reviews)
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At the base of the hill crowned by Whitby Abbey, the White Horse & Griffin has served many a salty sea dog in its time. Set back from the abbey wharf, this historic black-and-white pub has bedrooms that pay a gentle nod to the building’s long history, named after literary characters. They’re calm and inviting, so you’ll be happy to retreat for the night after fish pie and a pint in the saloon bar downstairs.
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Saxonville Hotel

4.6/5 (28 Reviews)
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Close enough to Whitby’s main beach to smell the sea spray, the Saxonville Hotel harks back to an earlier age, with silver art deco teapots at breakfast, old-fashioned fabrics in the bedrooms, and big soft duvets on the beds. Run by the same family since 1946, it’s a piece of vintage England brought into the present with bright colours and modern creature comforts.
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Ruswarp Hall Hotel

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High above Whitby on a green squiggle of a country lane, this 17th-century brick-and-stone mansion is a great alternative to staying downtown. Inside, an ancient staircase leads up from a chequerboard lobby and tartan lounge to elegant rooms squeezed into unusual spaces. Cast iron stoves glow warmly in brick fireplaces and curvy furniture fills the bedrooms, but the sleek bathrooms are pure 21st century.
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Bagdale Hall Hotel

4.3/5 (48 Reviews)
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When only the full stately home experience will do, look no further than Bagdale Hall. This awesome stone-fronted manor dates from the time Henry VIII was ransacking Whitby Abbey; inside, it’s all dark wood panels, tartan carpets, red leather sofas and vintage fireplaces. An oak staircase climbs to expansive rooms with patterned carpets, four poster beds and more wonderful old fireplaces. It’s just south of the centre, near Pannett Park and the Whitby Museum.
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  • Riviera Guesthouse

    4.3/5 (345 Reviews)
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    Right on the crescent behind Whitby Pavilion, Rivera Guesthouse has its eyes focused firmly on the sea. Set inside a towering, double-fronted Victorian house, it’s family-run, with friendly owners and slap-up Yorkshire breakfasts. Rooms have been decorated with respect for tradition, but also a touch of contemporary flair – expect stylish stripes and printed patterns alongside your wooden wardrobes and grand sea views.
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    YHA Whitby

    Budget Hotel
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    Surrounded by sprawling lawns and perched above Whitby town, this handsome old stone house is one of England’s most charming YHA hostels. There are private rooms and dorms, all simply furnished but spotlessly clean, set just yards from Whitby Abbey. After roaming the ruins, retreat to calm communal spaces – an airy lounge, guest kitchen and fully licensed café – or take exhilarating moorland walks beginning right outside the front door.

    Inn on the Moor Hotel

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    High on the heath inland from Whitby, the Inn on the Moor is a warm haven in a sweeping expanse of purple heather, low forest and exposed crags. It’s a great hub for long, contemplative wandering, with a cosy bed and tasty meal waiting at the end of a full day. Bedrooms are filled with pretty fabrics and patterned papers, and some have uplifting moorland views.
    These recommendations were updated on August 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Joe Bindloss

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