Hallmark Hotel, Hull REVIEW
by Matthew Walker
As the 2017 UK City of Culture, Hull has become one of the top places to visit on many people’s list. Indeed, 2017 promises to be a big year for the city, and since January, several projects, theatre productions and art displays have already been drawing people in from near and far.
For those visiting from further afield and needing a place to stay, the Hallmark Hotel fits the bill perfectly, as it is situated just off the A63 on the outskirts of Hull. The nearby village of North Ferriby does have bus and train links. However, with ample parking, and being a mere 10 to 15-minute drive into the city centre, the best way to travel from the hotel into Hull is arguably by car. The historic town of Beverley is also a short drive away, as is much of the East Yorkshire coast and countryside.
Hallmark Hotel, Hull: “Food and drink is a major part of the hotel’s identity”
My wife and I arrive at the Hallmark in the early evening. As you pull into the car park, visitors are greeted by the main building, which houses the reception, bar, restaurant, gym and function suite. The first thing you notice on arrival is that, set in 17 landscaped acres, the rural setting of the Hallmark Hull offers a distinct contrast to the hustle and bustle of a busy city-centre. This makes it a relaxing retreat after a day’s sightseeing or, like my wife and I, a hard week at work. We are ready for this, and we are not disappointed.
The friendly receptionist gives us a run-down of the hotel’s facilities, which include a well-equipped fitness room and sauna, accessible to all guests. The Hallmark Hull also has several function rooms. These can be used for anything from weddings and parties, to corporate events and business meetings. There is something for everyone, with the hotel’s 2017 calendar, creatively displayed in the foyer, packed full of major upcoming events including a masquerade ball, Hull’s Gay Pride event and even a medieval banquet.
We are directed to our room, which is decorated with very warm, luxurious, deep-red colours and furnished with dark wooden units. All very contemporary, but it succeeds in creating a cosy relaxing atmosphere – a theme which flows throughout the hotel. Every one of the Hallmark Hull’s 95 rooms features all mod cons and a chic en suite bathroom. Several rooms also offer a view of the River Humber. But if you don’t have that view from your room, don’t worry. There are other (and better) ways to see it without leaving the premises.
Hallmark Hotel, Hull: “Overlooking the hotel’s expansive grounds”
My wife and I have a reservation for an evening meal at the hotel’s restaurant, the Brasserie. Food and drink is a major part of the hotel’s identity, with the Brasserie open for dinner and breakfast. Food is also available in the bar and lounge until 9:30pm. The full menu is available via room service from 9am until 10pm – with a ‘takeaway’ menu available after 10pm for late-night eaters. Hallmark also offer Sunday Roast and daily afternoon tea.
Evening meals are at a very reasonably price. Diners can enjoy three courses for about £25 per person (not including drinks, which can be on the pricey side). The Brasserie offers an array of dishes, from local staples like steaks, burgers and fish and chips, to Moroccan-inspired lamb tagine, or teriyaki salmon for an exotic taste of Asia. If that’s not enough, diners can find their eyes are in for a feast of their own, thanks to the stunning panoramic view of the Humber estuary and the iconic Humber Bridge. Dining at the Hallmark can become an event in itself – especially for couples.
On those glorious summer evenings, the romance can continue with a glass of fizz or a cocktail out on the hotel’s terraces. Overlooking the hotel’s expansive grounds, guests can once again gaze at the gorgeous view in the golden evening sunshine.
Hallmark Hotel, Hull: “Panoramic view of the Humber estuary”
Back to the Brasserie in the morning, guests can enjoy the best of both continental and buffet breakfasts. More than enough to fuel us nicely for a trip into town for some shopping and to see the new Weeping Window poppy display at Hull’s Maritime Museum.
So, whether you’re visiting for a welcome relaxing weekend break, or a base from which to explore Hull and the surrounding countryside, the Hallmark Hotel Hull and its friendly staff can offer so much more than just a good night’s sleep.
Hallmark Hotel Hull – Discover Hull Package
This year, Hull is in the spotlight as the City of Culture 2017. To really appreciate Hull and get the best view of its most iconic landmark and one of the world’s longest single-span suspension bridges; the Humber bridge, stay in the beautiful, four-star Hallmark Hotel Hull.
Includes: Overnight stay, dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, full cooked breakfast and use of leisure facilities during your stay. Book direct for best price guaranteed.
Price: From £99 p/n (based on two persons sharing double or twin room.