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When choosing where to stay in York, England, the city’s medieval center calls out with 13th century city walls and views of the York Minster, one of the most impressive cathedrals in England if not Northern Europe. The following ‘where to stay’ options give preference to centrally located hotels in York as well as hotels that provide free WiFi.
5-Star Hotels in York
Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa
York doesn’t offer a huge selection of 5-star hotels, but Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa would stand out just as well in London thanks to its fantastic staff and opulent décor. Overlooking the city walls, this hotel has seven types of rooms, each of which come with Egyptian cotton bed linen, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, air conditioning, and free WiFi. In the spa, a team of experienced therapists offer a range of face and body care treatments, from soothing body wraps to holistic massage, and dining and drinking options, which include fine dining in The Grill Room, the Grand Bar, and the Whiskey Lounge.
Located in a historic heritage property in the center of the city, this hotel helps you quickly relax into a local mindset. Among the hotel’s best amenities, it offers a Jacobean oak-paneled gallery with beautiful paintings and a Georgian dining room with views over the onsite garden and the city. Its seven individually decorated rooms combine period furniture and decoration with modern comfort. Room price includes breakfast, and the onsite restaurant offers inspired lunch and dinner menus. Note that the hotel does not have a gym or spa. Make sure to ask for a room with views of the Minster and the city walls.
4-Star Hotels in York
Best Western Plus Dean Court Hotel
With 37 rooms located in the center of York, this hotel is within walking distance of almost everything, and its staff has earned a reputation for friendly, professional service. Each room features timeless décor with a few tiny, cute teddy bears thrown in and comes with free WiFi, Egyptian linen, television with 30 channels, and more. Four “Family Rooms” include toy chests, DVD libraries, and special food menus, and all rooms facing the Minster are double glazed to keep out the noise of the bells. Unlike many inner-York hotels, this hotel has private parking for a fee. The D.C.H is the only hotel restaurant with York Minster itself as a backdrop, and the Court Cafe Bistro and Bar serves bistro-style cuisine with regular live entertainment.
This 4-star guesthouse stands out for its welcoming staff, well-appointed, well maintained rooms, central location, and reasonable rates. Further, it offers free parking and WiFi if you book through its official website. Housed in three historic buildings, the hotel has rooms in a range of sizes, so make sure to make your preferences known. All rooms have deep mattress Airsprung bedding purchased in 2012, and room price includes a good-sized breakfast. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
This hotel is two miles outside the city center, but it’s absolutely beautiful, and surrounded by 20 acres of gardens. Once a historic country house, the hotel features 18th-century furnishings and a complete workout room and spa. Choose from high-ceilinged rooms in the main house; courtyard suites replete with an antique writing desk, sofa, a kitchenette with tea/coffee making facilities, and a large bathroom with double sink and a separate shower; cottage and garden suites; and more. The hotel excels at offering a rest and relaxation, from wandering the grounds to experiencing a “Gourmet Dinner” at the onsite restaurant. The luxury spa has a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and a whirlpool bath.
3-Star Hotels in York
Hedley House Hotel
With 26 recently refurbished rooms, this small hotel offers elegant, modern, and spacious accommodations near York Minster. Rooms include free WiFi, central heating, and flat, widescreen televisions, and room price includes a very full English breakfast. The onsite restaurant serves dinner daily, and the chef prepares farmer-to-plate-style cuisine. Self-catering, self-contained, fully-furnished apartments are also available, and parking is offered onsite. This hotel does not have an elevator.
Hampton by Hilton
Among York’s limited selection of modern hotels, Hampton By Hilton York clearly stands out for its good value and comfortable rooms. Each of the 119 rooms comes with free high-speed internet (WiFi?), complimentary breakfast, in-room coffee/tea maker, 32-inch LCD TV, work desk, and air conditioning. Amenities include a fitness center and a 24-hour business center; and the staff exhibits a high level of professionalism. Note, if a light sleeper, request a room that doesn’t face the nearby nightclub.
Chelmsford Place Guest House
A traditional, family-run guesthouse, this B&B is just a short walk from the city center and offers a great value. All rooms, while basic, come with free parking, breakfast, complimentary WiFi, central heating, hairdryers, televisions, and tea and coffee-making facilities. For those seeking an even better deal the hotel offers en-suite rooms, in which two rooms share one bathroom. The WiFi can sometimes be spotty, but the staff go out of their way to help you get the most out of York.
Budget Accommodations in York
Ibis York Centre
In general, the Ibis line of hotels tends to offer clean, if basic, accommodations in great locations for budget prices, and Ibis York Centre is no exception. About an eight-minute walk from the train station, the hotel has 91 rooms, all of which are non-smoking and have coffee/tea making facilities and showers.
The rooms could use a makeover. A buffet breakfast is included in the price, and WiFi is offered for a charge. The hotel offers seven outdoor, first-come-first-served parking spaces.
YHA York Hostel
One of the cheapest beds in town, this hostel, also known as the York International Youth Hostel, underwent a massive refurbishment in 2013. Located about a 15-minute walk from the city center, its new facilities include dorm-style and family-style rooms and a communal kitchen area.
Written by staff for EuropeUpClose.com