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A beautiful Victorian building furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions and flea markets and with amazing views out to sea. 5 East Terrace is 'blue plaqued' as the place where Lewis Carroll stayed during his many visits to Whitby.

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Rooms: 11 doubles

Small double £80 per night. Double £100 per night. Large double £120 per night. Apartment (sleeps 6) £250 per night.

Meals: Breakfast in a picnic basket delivered to bedroom door.
Open: Year round (except Christmas).
Address: La Rosa Hotel, 5, East Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HB
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen La Rosa

La Rosa is housed in a beautiful early Victorian building on West Cliff in Whitby with amazing views out to sea. 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 & antique finds from auctions, flea markets & car boots. With a definite nod to Alice we are hoping to create a similar Wonderland feel as La Rosa Campsite. More boudoir than boutique, there are eight double rooms each with a distinctive La Rosa style & theme:

  • Lewis: Imagining Carroll's study
  • Sacre Coeur: Romance is sacred
  • Little Red: Angela Carter not Disney
  • Saloon: Cowgirl Heaven
  • Stoker: The view that inspired Bram
  • La Rosa: Fit for a swan princess
  • Caravan: Homage to life on the road
  • Arabesque: Inside the genie's bottle

In addition to these rooms we have The Crows' Nest, a self contained space in the attic of the building suitable for groups of up to 6 people. There are 3 bedrooms, a living room with TV and DVD player, crockery & a dressing-up box. The hotel has a tea room, 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. The tea room with catering is available for private hire by groups between 5pm & 10pm where our famous La Rosa tea parties can be provided for up to 12 people. The basement of the building houses a carnivalesque tapas and cocktail bar which may be hired privately for up to 30 guests. Prior booking required.

We sell local handmade chocolates for which we have a gift wrapping & postal service. The hotel will have the same green policy as the campsite, which is: buy second hand, make do and mend, more Wombles than eco warriors, more Steptoe than Selfridges. Toiletries are all hand-made using quality natural ingredients. All the paints we use are low odour where possible and our wallpapers are vintage. We hope the hotel will spread the word gently at the same time as offering good old fashioned seaside fun to all who sail in her. La Rosa Hotel is designed to be a place of romance, fun & escapism. We have great books as well as free internet access. All our double rooms are ensuite - 6 with baths & 2 with showers. The Crows Nest has one ensuite shower room as well as a separate bathroom and toilet. Breakfast is a "picnic in bed" hamper delivered to your door containing an assortment of goodies. As with La Rosa Campsite we aim to welcome people of all types except racists, bigots or puritans. We encourage peaceful groups and can accommodate up to 22 people.

Reviewed by Catherine Mack:

"The Lewis Room itself has an antique brass bed, covered with layers of black and gold eiderdowns, and two large picture windows overlooking Whitby Bay. Whitby provides the ideal dramatic setting for La Rosa’s sense of theatre..." Read Catherine's full review of La Rosa Hotel


Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Whitby. From there, it’s just a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Onsite they’ve have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business.

Top eco features at La Rosa

  • Ethos is to buy second hand, make do & mend

  • Natural handmade toiletries

  • Low-odour paints where possible & vintage wallpaper



La Rosa Hotel, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Nearest train station: Whitby

Directions from station:
The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the train station.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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