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Review: West Park Apartment, Harrogate

Elysia Fryer checks in for a stylish sleepover at Harrogate’s West Park Apartment

Elysia Fryer

Editor at Luxe

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West Park Hotel is in the perfect spot for a Harrogate staycation, overlooking The Stray – a huge, green open space, but just a short stroll from the buzz of the town centre.

With West Park as your base, you get the best of both worlds – the tranquility of the parkland in front of you, with Harrogate’s amenities at your fingertips.

West Park Hotel offers stylish bedrooms as well as an apartment and penthouse suite. The West Park Apartment is our home for the evening.

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Behind a big teal door at the top of an exterior staircase, you’ll find West Park Apartment – a chic and spacious abode with stunning views across The Stray.

It boasts two large bedrooms, sleek bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, dining room and lounge.

It’s a contemporary space with a black, white and grey colour scheme running
throughout. Monochrome soft furnishings, light fittings and accessories are perfectly matched inside, making the green space out front pop as a focal point behind the French doors.

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Hotel highlights

West Park Apartment is a real home from home. A classy space to gather with friends and a bottle of wine, watch the sun set over The Stray and really enjoy an indulgent sleepover.

The designer incredibly well thought out the space. There’s plenty of room for up to six people to relax and not feel on top of each other.

The floor-to-ceiling French doors in the dining room are a real focal point. There’s something incredibly peaceful about sitting here with a cup of tea in the morning, watching the world buzz by as people walk, jog and play on The Stray.

The bathroom is big, bright and bold, making a statement with a black toilet and
wash basin, complemented by black bath taps and accessories. L’Occitane products make for a spa-like experience.

Staying in an apartment with multiple rooms rather than just a suite or bedroom really allows you to make yourself at home. You can truly imagine yourself living in the space and it becomes your own sanctuary.

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Lay your head

The two super-king sized beds make drifting off to dreamtime an absolute joy. Wrapped in crisp white linen, your head effortlessly sinks into the pillow as you switch off in complete serenity.

The blackout blinds mean lying in is no problem. The beautiful monochrome headboards make a real statement. A concrete-style wallpaper adorns the walls and patterned prints make the space pop.

The focus may not be colour in this apartment, but the textures and details really do the talking.

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The restaurant

The bright and buzzy restaurant sits at the very heart of West Park Hotel. From breakfast through to dinner, the place is bustling with hotel guests, locals, day-trippers and everyone in between.

Teal interior touches give the space its signature style, while striking features like the bar and wine cellar create real talking points. There’s plenty of seating both inside and outside, on the pavement at the front of the hotel – perfect for people watching and in the rear garden bar.

Whether you’re popping in for a quick bite, sipping cocktails in the sun, or tucking in for an evening feast, there are plenty of options when it comes
to drinking and dining.

We enjoy a bottle of Pinot Grigio at the bar before being seated by the fire, finding a cosy corner in this stylish restaurant.

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Food and drink

Working with local suppliers to create a menu bursting with seasonal flavours,
there’s something for all tastes – from fresh seafood and steaks, to home comforts with a contemporary twist.

We kick things off with the Twice Baked Cheddar Souffle and the Korean Fried Chicken. The souffle is light and fluffy, served in a creamy leek and spinach sauce perfectly washed down with a crisp glass of white wine.

The Korean chicken is served with a gochujang sauce, sesame seeds and pickled vegetables and is packed with punchy flavours.

For mains, we opt for the Slow Roast Pork Belly and the Roasted Cod Loin. The pork is served on a butter bean and nduja broth with roast onions and brioche crumb and the contrasting textures work together in perfect harmony. The nduja brings a burst of flavour to the dish, and the pork belly is perfectly cooked.

The cod loin comes with samphire, brown shrimp beurre noisette and
parmentier potatoes and strikes the perfect balance for a light and vibrant
fish dish.

A Dark Chocolate and Orange Mousse seals the deal, scooped up with hazelnut ice cream and cookie crumb. Delicious.

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Do this

It’s easy to see why Harrogate has been voted as the UK’s happiest place to
live on multiple occasions. It has everything – glorious outdoor spaces, fantastic
restaurants, great shopping, lots of art and culture, and much, much more.

Get some fresh air and wander through The Stray, settle in for sweet treats at the flagship Bettys Cafè Tea Rooms, catch the latest flicks at the Everyman Cinema or get your culture fix at the theatre.

The town is also great for shopping with a mix of high-end high street brands, designer labels, and beautiful boutiques and independents. Whether it’s luxury British interiors at OKA, inspiring art at Lucy Pittaway or Castle Fine Art, or designer goods from Hoopers department store, there’s plenty to keep you busy.