Jet Black Jewel

North East England North Yorkshire Whitby

  • From £80 a night
  • 8 Guest Rooms & One Suite
  • Funky Boutique Hotel

Quirky boutique rooms and cafe-bar in the historic seaside town of Whitby

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Situated in the unique Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby, this boutique accommodation and cafe-bar wears its idiosyncratic heart on its sleeve. The North Yorkshire port of Whitby is many things, from Georgian heritage town to Goths' delight, and Jet Black Jewel does its best to give visitors a taste of what's wonderful about this quirky holiday destination. The one suite and eight rooms are each individually decorated and represent a folklore or historical tale about Whitby, from exiled Maharajah to Robin Hood. Hand-painted wall art sets the scene, while stripped floors, retro tiling, heritage-style bathrooms, coordinated furnishings and a light touch make for a handsome stay. And if you want to know the story behind the Whitby polar bear or the gory Hand of Glory, then the book by your bed can fill you in!

No two rooms are the same, and they vary from a fun bunk room to a top-floor suite with amazing views of the clifftop abbey. Bathrooms are en-suite (with showers); the beds are all king-sized, save for the three smaller rooms (two of which have doubles, and one is a bunk bed room). Check-in is via code (no reception); parking in town can be tricky, though you get a permit for the local street parking but bear in mind that the stairs are steep and there's no lift. The stay is also room-only, but no matter because the ground-floor cafe-bar is open from breakfast onwards, with a similarly inspired decor and wide-ranging menu that does more to sell the offbeat charms of the town to you. And, if you're really lucky, Dr. Crank, the local Ghostwalker, will call in unexpectedly to regale diners with tall tales of local legends and folklore!

Outside, you're on the indie shopping stretch of Skinner Street, at the top of the west side of town, and just a five-minute walk from the esplanade and the fabulous three-mile sandy beach below. Or, the other way, it's all downhill to the river and the swing bridge. Cross this and you're in old, 18th-century Whitby, where Captain Cook once lodged and Dracula roamed, with the famous 199 Steps and Whitby Abbey beyond. The tales are all around, just waiting to be discovered – and, lucky you, you've had a head start with a restful night at the latest jewel in Whitby's cabinet of curiosities.



Open all year.


Rooms from £80 per night and up to £180 for the St Hilda Suite.


Contact Website  07739 199 240  Jet Black Jewel, 10 Skinner Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3AH

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  • Bar
  • Wifi
  • Beaches
  • Car-free option
  • Café
  • Historic
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Surfing
  • Boutique hotel

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Highly recommend

We had a great stay here this weekend in the South Sea Shilling room. The room was clean and we absolutely loved the decor. We had everything we needed and thought the host messaging on our first night was a lovely touch. The shower gel and soap both smell unreal! It felt very safe (even without a check-in desk) and it’s so central to everything and on a nice high street. We had some food and drinks over the two days in the cafe and it was great. The staff are so friendly and again, the decor is amazing. There were a few rooms to choose from and they all have their own story and lovely decor. We absolutely loved the way they were decorated and learning about the background of what they are based on. There’s plenty to do around here. The accommodation itself is on a high street which stretches all the way along the road, around the corner and then down onto the lake. The beach and amusements are all within walking distance. The hills are a bit steep but very manageable. There are key codes to get into the building that expire after checkout. It felt very safe even without a check-in desk, it wasn’t needed. It’s very central to the beach, train and bus station, etc. - everything we needed was within walking distance. I highly recommend the Jet Black Jewel for both accommodation and breakfast/lunch. Thank you all for a great experience!
Feb 20, 2023 by Shannon

We will be back!

Just came back from staying here for 2 nights. We have stayed in Whitby before and have to say this was one we will always want to come back to again. Totally different the rooms are really quirky and extremely clean ❤️👏. Everything is so straightforward, they email to check you're okay, and leave a note outside your room asking if you need anything else. It's extremely close to everything. I highly recommend this place to any couples going for a weekend. Thank you, we will be back!
Jan 13, 2023 by Rachel

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