Esplanade Hotels History

Hotels History

We recently had a couple that stayed with us at the Bay Esplanade Hotel in Paignton as they had holidayed there back in 1967 and wanted to revisit. When they returned to the hotel they were kind enough to bring down a copy of some  information from when it used to be the Paignton Hydro Hotel, in the 1960’s which I thought I would share with you all. They also brought with them a copy [...]


Why should you visit Scotland?

Fort Augustus at mouth of Loch Ness

This week our guest post has been written by Donna the assistant manager at Bay Dornoch Hotel. It doesn’t matter where you wake up when visiting one of our hotels in Scotland, the view is always worth the journey! My first job with the company was as a receptionist in the Bay Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer. A lovely little village in Scotland within easy travelling distance of beautiful places such as Ullapool, which should definitely be [...]


Invercauld Arms Hotel restaurant “Pops up” near Glenshee, Scotlands largest Ski Centre

glenshee piste map

If any of you have been up to the Bay Invercauld Arms hotel recently you may notice a new addition as a “pop up” restaurant has appeared over the past few weekends! When you are up in Scotland this winter, amongst many popular destinations for many visitors one of the main attractions is the Glenshee Ski Centre which has the UKs most extensive snowboard and ski facilities. The Centre boasts an impressive 36 runs with [...]


WiFi in our hotels


Here at Bay hotels we are constantly trying to move with the times as well as updating and renovate our hotels whenever possible. Similarly we love listening to your thoughts and hearing your feedback from letters and hotel questionnaires on how we can improve your experience with us. One item that we saw on many of your comments was the fact that there was no WiFi connectivity in our hotels. Well we have listened to [...]


Christmas Markets to visit

Christmas Markets

So there are only 46 days until its Christmas, and if you’re anything like I used to be, you will have every intention of getting your Christmas shopping done early and being all organised. In reality I used to end up making a mad dash around the shops a few days before Christmas with people usually ending up with a set of wiper blades, screen wash, bottle of water and a Twix from the late [...]


Room Upgrades at Bay Hotels

A Premier Room Upgrade

Whether you have stayed with us before or you are new to Bay Hotels, you will have no doubt heard about our ongoing room upgrade refurbishment plans. These offer you the chance to upgrade your room when booking your stay with us to make your break that extra special and more comfortable. We have a rolling pattern of refurbishment that occurs over all of our hotels each getting a set number of rooms either renovated [...]


Heidi – Bay Royal Hotel Whitby


We thought it would be nice if we started showcasing a few members of the Bay Hotels team, to give you an insight into what happens in our hotels, so this month we have spoken to Heidi from Bay Royal Hotel in Whitby. Here is what Heidi had to say: What do you like most about the hotel now? I first started out at Bay Royal Hotel in Whitby in August 2000 starting out as [...]


Spanish Paella Recipe – A Taste of Spain

Spanish Paella Recipe

My name is Pedro and I am the manager at Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel, I come from Spain and wanted to bring a Spanish feel to the hotel so along with my Head Chef Craig we decided to do a Spanish Themed evening once a week. Before we get into following the Spanish Paella recipe I would like to introduce Craig. Our Head Chef Craig started at Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel as a waiter back [...]


Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool tower and Illuminations

Autumn is nearly upon us and it wouldn’t be the same with out a visit to the world famous Blackpool Illuminations which got switched on on the 30th August and the seaside city has a buzz of excitement to it. The Blackpool illuminations are a long standing tradition that started in 1912 to mark the first royal visit to Blackpool by princess Louise who officially opened the new promenade. Around 10,000 bulbs were used to [...]


Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Well it’s that time of the year again where the Pipes and Drums, Display Teams, Military Bands, Dancers and the Lone Piper playing against the magnificent backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle all come out for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which starts today (2-24 August) From its origins in 1950 when there were only 8 items on the program the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has grown massively with the total visitor count now reaching over [...]