WELCOME TO OUR BLOG In our blog we hope to give you a regular insight into our life here in Whitby, as well as keeping you up to date with any exciting news involving the Riviera
October 2016 JEREMY CLARKSON - THE GRAND TOUR
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were in Whitby this month filming their new Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour.
This brought Jimmy Carr to Whitby and he was seen whizzing around on a Jetski in the mouth of Whitby Harbour. Carr's performance in Whitby harbour was straight out of a James Bond film, culminating in a dramatic crash into the side of a boat – although the comedian was replaced by a stunt-double for the actual impact.
Clarkson said, “That road from Pickering over the moors and past RAF Fylingdales is epic, it really is one of the best drives in the country," while Richard Hammond added: "It's for the fish and chips, really.”
(Photos from telegraph.co.uk).
September 2016 GOLDEN SUMMER
We have had the best summer since our family took over in 2007. This is thanks to all our guests, new and returning. It’s also thanks to the great British weather this year giving us some long-awaited sunshine.
It would appear that Yorkshire stands on the brink of a new golden age of tourism. The crowds that have flocked to Whitby this summer has given us great optimism about the future of tourism. The volume of fabulous guests that have passed through our doors this year makes us so excited about our own future as a family running the Riviera.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING EACH AND EVERY RIVIERA GUEST.
August 2016 NORTHERN DELIGHT
We are excited to share a write-up in the Jersey Evening Post (JEP) which has featured the Riviera.
Tom Ogg, a journalist from the JEP came to do a travel feature about Whitby and has subsequently included a fabulous review of his stay with us at Riviera Guesthouse.
July 2016 KHAN BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
Zed, Emma and big brother Zak
are incredibly proud to announce the birth of
ANIYA RASHIDA KHAN
Born on Saturday 9th July, 2016 at 1.45am
A 7llb 8oz bundle of gorgeousness
This little lady, along with her big brother, have completed our family and our dreams.
June 2016 MEDIA MONTH
We have had a bit of a Media Frenzy this month.
We have appeared in the Whitby Gazette due to being awarded both TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2016 and LateRooms ‘Simply The Guest’ Award 2016.
We have also appeared in Luxury Bed & Breakfast magazine with a double page spread on ‘A Day in the Life: Riviera Guesthouse’. Read the full article by clicking here
Lastly, we have been named as Number 1 of ‘5 of the Best Sea Facing Guesthouses in Whitby’ according to the Whitby Guide. This can be found by clicking here (Thank you to one of our most loyal guests for spotting this for us!)
May 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2016
We would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of our guests, especially those who have taken the time to leave us such fabulous feedback on TripAdvisor. It really does mean a great deal to us and it never goes unappreciated. We read and reply to every review we receive.
Zed and I are absolutely thrilled. It feels as though this is recognition of all the hard work and money we are continually putting into the Guesthouse to make it that perfect haven away for every one of our guests. We love what we do and will continue to put 250% into every area of it.
It is also such a compliment that we have so many returning guests - seeing familiar faces walk through the door is one of the best parts of running the Riviera. A lot of our repeat guests have now become our friends and it’s great to catch up.
Once again - this award is all thanks to you…OUR FABULOUS GUESTS!
April 2016 WE'RE RATED IN TOP 15% OF B&Bs IN WHITBY
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our Guests who take the time out of their busy lives to write such fantastic reviews for us. As a result, we are now in the top 15% of B&Bs/Guesthouses in Whitby on TRIPADVISOR.
When Zed and I (Emma) took over, we were #96 out of #154. In 5 years, with a lot of hard work, love for what we do and fabulous guests…we’ve jumped up past 70 B&Bs to be at #24 and will continue to enjoy making things better and better for our guests.
As a thank you, we would like to offer all of our guests (repeat and new) a MASSIVE 15% off any direct booking made throughout May or June to stay in either of these two months.
Please call 01947 602533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote: BLOGTRIP15 to qualify for this big saving and celebrate with us!
March 2016 WE’RE REBRANDING - NEW WEBSITE, LOGO & PHOTOS
We’re really excited to begin our rebrand this month. We are in the process of creating a modern, bespoke, responsive and mobile compatible website. Thank you SO much to Rob at it’seeze Rydale for being so friendly, knowledgable and helpful … oh and for ‘nagging’ me to keep up with the development.
We are also having a new logo designed. We want a purple/grey theme with a logo design of the Guesthouse. A big thank you to the talented Fran from Cann Creative for her patience with my indecisiveness.
Finally, the wonderful Ceri Oakes (www.cerioakes.com) has done an amazing job with our photography: guest rooms, breakfasts and exterior. She has also taken some amazing photographs of beautiful Whitby for us to use on the website and around the Guesthouse.
February 2016 RENOVATIONS OF ROOM 12 & 15
As we did with our Deluxe Doubles (Room 14 & 16) last year, we are renovating a Family & Single Room (Room 12 & 15) in the same fashion this year.
TOTAL REVAMP - ceilings down, wallpaper off, ceilings and walls re-boarded, re-plastering of ceilings and walls, new skirting boards, new spotlights, wallpapered and painted then finished off with new curtains and furnishings.
I like to keep Zed out of trouble in the Winter months!!