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Accommodation Details Riverside Hotel
Riverside Gardens, Ilkley West YorkshireLS29 9EU
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Riverside Hotel in Ilkley on The Dales Way
Silver decorated room was very beautiful but very small. Bed was comfortable, and bathroom clean. Staff was friendly and breakfast was hardy. The location is excellent for the start of the Dales Way as well as walking to the small shopping and restaurant area. For a Dales Way warm up, we took the Calf and Cow hike just outside of Ilkley where there were great views of the valley.
George Wolf, left on 29 June 2017
Silver decorated room was very beautiful but very small. Bed was comfortable, and bathroom clean. Staff was friendly and breakfast was hardy. The location is excellent for the start of the Dales Way as well as walking to the small shopping and restaurant area. For a Dales Way warm up, we took the Calf and Cow hike just outside of Ilkley where there were great views of the valley.
George Wolf, left on 29 June 2017
Great riverside location near the start of the Dales Way which we walked in Sep 2016. Easy walking distance with our luggage from the station.

The staff was friendly. Food was good & reasonably priced. It was warm enough for us to eat supper outside on the terrace. We shared a good pizza with calamari as a starter. Breakfast was very good.

Only downside as that our bedroom was rather small & cramped so tough to layout our suitcases.
Mike & Yvonne from Canada, left on 10 October 2016
Excellent location. Staff very helpful but twin room was a bit small. Steak & Kidney pie was very tasty and good value.
Elizabeth T, left on 22 July 2016
My husband and I stayed at the Riverside Hotel on June 21, 2016 to start the Dales Way walk. Conveniently located at the start of the walk, everything was very comfortable. Would recommend to others.
Brad & Jacky LaSalle - Canada, left on 09 July 2016
This first stop on the Dales Way was delightful. The pub is family-owned and run. Christine is the owner-manager and she welcomes guests to the pub & inn with warmth and a commitment to making sure everything is attractive, comfortable, tasty, on-time, Our room had a view into the side garden. Along the river-front there is a walking path, and nearby there's a playground and dog park. The town of Ilkley is vibrant and interesting. Go to the little museum at the church if you can. It shows the area's history from before the Roman settlement. We had both our evening meals at the pub, among clusters of local people who asked about our planned walk. I ordered steak, mushroom and guiness pie and it was delicious. Sit and watch the locals, and watch the inn-keepers - they're working hard behind the scenes, and their dedication is clearly evident. What a great way to start our long walk.
Bronwyn Richards & Jay Jacobsen, left on 04 July 2014
Stayed the night before starting the way (April 5th). Ideal location right on the walk. En-suite room perfectly satisfactory. We chose to walk into Ilkley to sample another restaurant ( and a pub or two!) in the evening but breakfast was a good start the next morning. Friendly staff and a warm welcome.
John & Anne Mumford, left on 29 April 2012
Warm welcome. Good evening meal and breakfast. Ideal starting point.
John Francis, left on 24 October 2011
Good value, hot showers, clean and a very warm welcome.
Breakfast from 7:30 so great for an early start.

Friendly staff made for a very nice stay.

Many thanks

George & Hilary Aug/Sept 2011
George & Hilary, left on 10 September 2011
Riverside in an excellent location - had a gentle stroll in readiness for start of Dales Way the next day. Friendly welcome - comfortable ensuite room. Wonderful to be able to leave our car at the Hotel and return to collect it via the sherpavan at the end of the walk.
Margaret, left on 04 June 2011
We stayed in September 2010. The staff were very helpful and the hotel is right next to the start of the walk. Found the rooms a good size and comfortable.
It was really convenient to be able to leave our car for the week (15). Food is basic but the fish and chips are good.
Andrew & Karen, left on 03 October 2010
Smallish room over a quite busy pub but very convenient for the start of the walk and we left the car here for 15. Recommended.
John and Susan, left on 05 May 2010
We thought that Riverside Hotel was really rather mediocre with the accommodation, food and service! Also considering that this was the most expensive place that we stayed - we were rather disappointed!
However they did allow us to leave our car there for the week (15 Pounds) so we were grateful for that.
Jackie, Pete & Stuart Oates, left on 16 August 2009
We began here and thoroughly enjoyed it! Can be a lively or quiet beginning to your trek as it offers both options. Lovely landlady and staff. Thanks!
Maggie Othick, left on 17 July 2009
avoid like the plague. Terrible place to stay. rooms bad and breakfast was made up of the cheapest food they could find. On the other hand the fish & chips outside on the way home were great
Sue, left on 13 July 2009
Room booked back in Nov/Dec 2008 for night of 6th June 2009.No acknowledgement received for booking so phoned Hotel and spoke to woman who confirmed everything OK.Cheque for 30 re Deposit taken out of my Bank a/c a few days later.Arrived on 6th June to be advised that no record of booking and Hotel was full!! Imagine shock of receiving this news on very first day of holiday.To be fair to the owner she did find us alternative accommodation at another hotel in Ilkley and also refunded my deposit of 30.Not very impressed and if you book here I would recommend that you get the name of the person dealing with the booking.
Jeff, left on 16 June 2009
A really great place to start. Helpful, friendly and solid fuel to get you going!
Les & Cathy Tench, left on 15 October 2008
The room we had here was tiny, so re-organising our suitcases and rucksacks before we set out on our walk was somewhat awkward. However, the room was well furnished with a decent ensuite (with shower), and the breakfast was good. We had fish and chips in the evening from the hotel's riverside 'kabin', which we ate while watching the ducks - a nice relaxing prelude to the exertions of the Dales Way walk.
Rachel and Phil, left on 20 September 2008
We stayed at the Riverside Hotel on our first night - even though we hadn't walked anywhere other than from the car park! This hotel is in a lovely setting, literally at the start of the Dales Way. The beer selection is fab and the owners, mum and son, are very welcoming. So much so in fact that prior to setting off for the first stage of our walk, we booked ourselves in for a week later, so that we could finish our hols in style! The owners kindly let us leave our car in their car park whilst we completed the walk. The rooms are all en-suite, clean, bright and with good facilities. Great atmosphere in the bar. Recommended!
Debby Cassapi, left on 27 July 2008
Although not cheap for a single room, the location was so lovely I'm glad I chose it - went for cheaper options the next couple of nights to compensate!
Meg, left on 30 July 2007
The Riverside is a little pricey - 45 for a single room - however the room was comfortable and the staff all very friendly. The location is perfect - on the river, right at the start of the walk - would stay again
Dalesway Fan, left on 19 August 2006
The Riverside's biggest advantage is the location at the beginning of the Dalesway and on the river. I thought the price (45 for one person for one night on 5 May 2006) a touch high and will opt for a b & b in Ilkley next time. A very comfortable room.
Alan Quigley, left on 15 May 2006
In Ilkley we stayed at the Riverside Hotel. THE smokiest drinking/eating environment in the Dales area. Ordinary food and about 50 pounds/couple. Friendly staff.

Ambler, left on 23 May 2005
Its a pub - its OK but dont expect hotel standards.
happywalker, left on 20 August 2004
Wonderful bar - we enjoyed the selection of beers, a friendly staff, and accommodations were good too.
Jan, left on 27 September 2003


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