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La Rosa Hotel

Whitby, North Yorkshire, England
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A collection of kitsch, vintage and antique finds furnish this fun and quirky coastal hotel at Whitby

The hotel is housed in a beautiful early Victorian building on West Cliff in Whitby with amazing views out to sea. Number 5 East Terrace is 'blue plaqued' as the place where Lewis Carroll resided during his many visits to Whitby. The hotel is furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions, flea markets and car boots.

More boudoir than boutique, all eight double rooms are unique and have been lovingly restored by the current owners. Each with a distinctive La Rosa style and theme, finding their influences from Whitby's rich heritage:

La Rosa: A room fit for a swan princess - a double room with seaview overlooking the harbour.

Lewis: Imagining how Carroll's study once was - a double room with seaview overlooking the harbour.

Sacre Couer: Romance is sacred - A double room for 2 with seaviews across the harbour.

Little Red: Angela Carter not Disney - a double room with no seaview, small but perfectly formed.

Saloon: Cowgirl Heaven - a double room with no seaview, but a massive bath!

Stoker: The view that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula a double room with views across the harbour to the ruins of Whitby Abbey.

Caravan: Homage to life on the road - a small but perfectly formed double room with no seaview.

Arabesque: Inside the genie's bottle - a double room with a huge bed, no seaview.

In addition to these rooms there is The Crows' Nest, a self contained space in the attic of the building suitable for groups of up to six people. There are three bedrooms - thoughtfully named after characters from Peter Pan - Wendy, Peter and Captain's, a living room with TV and DVD player, crockery and a dressing-up box. There is an ensuite shower and separate WC.

Breakfast is delivered to the rooms in the form of a 'picnic in bed' hamper - with an array of goods, homemade tea bread, scones, fruit, eggs and yoghurt. All rooms come with handmade soap and bubble bath - using natural ingredients.

The hotel has its own tea room serving home made cakes, where, as well as having magnificent sea views, guests are able to browse display cabinets of curios and kitsch-like wonders inspired by the amazing Whitby Museum. Both the tea room and the tapas and cocktail bar in the basement are available for private hire.

There are great books and films and free internet access in the library.

Prices range from £90-£145 a night. Prices for The Crow's Nest start from £250 per night. Contact them for mid-week discounts and details of La Rosa Campsite Extraordinaire!

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

Teeside / Newcastle