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Best Western Forest & Vale Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff were all very friendly and helpful at all times. Our cases were taken to our room for us.Generally the decor of the hotel was very impressive and full of character. We stayed here for one night.Our ensuite room was very spacious and had a pleasant view overlooking the garden. We also enjoyed our evening dinner in the brasserie where there was plenty of ambience. although the hotel is situated on the corner a busy junction, we were not affected by traffic noise. The bathroom was also spacious and had the benefit of a both with a shower over it. Unfortunately the shower head broke before we could use it but as were reported this, no doubt this will be repaired soon. The breakfast was also very good except the scrambled egg was too solid and rubbery for our liking. But generally we greatly enjoyed our stay and would come here again.

The Brasserie has beautiful food with superior technique. Not only that but the staff are incredibly friendly staff. I would definitely recommend this. Just slightly pricey. But overall was a brilliant place.

I booked 4 rooms for my mum's 80th birthday. i contacted the hotel numerous times before my visit and they were always very helpful. we all arrived separately and they greeted us all with the utmost friendliness. our room was the family room, the 4 poster bed was a lovely surprise and the bathroom was a great size. my mum's birthday was on the Sunday and was Rod Stewart themed. we had asked if they could play Rod Stewart on the morning which they did. they (Carol on reception) even managed to play Happy Birthday when she walked into breakfast. She was lovely, we all liked her. Alun and Tom on the mealtimes couldn't do enough for us, they were polite, friendly and professional at all times. Massive thanks to everyone involved in the weekend, in particular the ones mentioned. We all really enjoyed the weekend and would thoroughly recommend this hotel as one of the best ones I've ever stayed in

Stayed for two nights and really enjoyed it. We had requested a room with a walk in shower and we had a phone call prior to our stay to organise this as the only one they had was a twin room. The room was very comfortable with tea/coffee making facilities and toiletries in the shower room. Lovely big white towels. Breakfast was good although only half a slice of black pudding on the second morning!! Our waitress was very pleasant. All the staff we came into contact with were very friendly and welcoming. Great location for the town centre and the NYMR.

We have just had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. Everything was perfect - room, comfort, food, location and all the staff who ensure the stay at the hotel is most enjoyable and perfect. The hotel is in a brilliant central location in Pickering, allowing access on foot to the castle, railway station, shops and bars. Ground floor bedrooms are available for easy access where required. The hotel is highly recommended and we look to returning very soon

After reading some of the negative comments on here, we were a little apprehensive as we had been moved from another hotel which we booked in October but in April was now over booked due to a wedding party! The Forest and Vale staff were welcoming, very polite and helpful with nothing too much trouble. The room, which was on the ground floor facing the main road, was spotless, was quite, had coffee making facilities with biscuits and free bottles of water. Breakfasts were excellent, filling and hot with plenty of coffee. We did have an evening meal which again was excellent and the barman who served us was very helpful in giving his comments on the choices before we ordered. Altogether an excellent stay and we will be returning and all I can say about the negative comments is a question to those people "Did you really stay at this hotel?"

My wife and I visited here for lunch on Monday 09/04/2018 eating in the bar. We were warmly welcomed by a lady and shown to the area we could eat in. My wife had fish, chips and mushy peas, and I had beef pie, chips and peas. The puff pastry on the top of my pie was rock hard and some of the beef was a little tough. However it was very tasty and quite enjoyable. The batter on the fish was very dark but my wife said it was fine although there were areas were the batter wasn't quite cooked properly and some of the batter was rock hard. The service was good and the bar area very pleasant to eat in. However when we have eaten here previously the food was much better and there was a lot more choice. They did have a large party eating in the hotel whilst we were there but that shouldn't make any difference but I suspect that our food preparation was rushed to get it out of the way before they had to serve the large party.

We had a lovely stay here over Easter weekend. I had emailed to say that we would be arriving in Pickering slightly early, and our room was waiting for us upon arrival. We received a warm welcome, and the staff could not have been more courteous or polite. We were shown to our room by a very helpful young gentleman, who took our luggage, and answered any questions we had. We had requested a quiet room, and we were very pleased with the location. The hotel itself is quite beautiful, with lovely grounds, and is very conveniently situated. The room was spotlessly clean, and very well appointed (though the TV didn't work unfortunately). We are both vegan, and not wishing to cause any further fuss, had made other restaurant bookings already. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the restaurant menu at the hotel, and will try to dine here if we stay here again. Apart from the weather, which was rather grim, we had a lovely stay.

We have been staying at the F & V at least once a year, sometimes twice and a couple of times on 3 occasions since 1996.It is now on its 3rd owner during this time and the once thing you get is a consistently good hotel. I have run out on superlatives for this place. Suffice it to say it is a clean, comfy hotel with efficient and attentive staff, superb food, good choice of wines and beers, nothing is too much trouble for the staff to make your stay more enjoyable. Don't miss it.

If you are thinking of booking a superior room don't bother. We have stayed in other hotels at a more competitive price and got much more value for money. At £170 per night b & b it's simply not worth it. I expected at least bath robes and slippers and a fridge - ermmm no. The room may have a little more floor space but that's all. Complimentary water on your first night, £2 thereafter. This may be the best hotel in Pickering but boy do they milk it. The staff were exemplary. Ate in the restaurant on the first night and it was very good. If you are a smoker (I know, It's bad for you!) there is no sheltered area so you have to stand in the wind, rain, snow to fulfil your habit!

Malton Road Pickering England

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Located within a 5-minute walk of Pickering Church, Best Western Forest & Vale Hotel is within a 15-minute stroll of Beck Isle Museum. This 3-star hotel has 22 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located centrally in Pickering, it's also near Pickering Castle and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo.


In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a English breakfast is served for a fee weekdays from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 22 rooms feature coffee makers, free bottled water, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with digital channels. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Best Western Forest & Vale Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and express check-out. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Helpful staff can provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room, 2 Single Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 451 reviews