Best Western Dean Court Hotel

Duncombe Place, York, England, YO1 2EF

Dean Court Hotel by York Minster at Dusk

By David Cawley, your York expert

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#2 of 20
expert-rated hotels in York
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
3.9
3.9
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, History, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Best for Food - Expert review of Best Western Dean Court Hotel

York's most perfectly placed hotel and one its most stylish.

One of my absolute favourite hotels in York and located within the corset of the famous historic city walls. Dean Court occupies handsome buildings created in the mid 19th century to house clergy employed in the neighbouring Minster looming over this 4 star property.

Location: 

On the doorstep of the city’s magnificent Minster and the surrounding mediaeval streets, this for me is unquestionably the best hotel settings in the city . The railway station is a 15 minute walk away. There is both a taxi and horse and carriage rank directly outside while drivers pay a nightly fee for their cars to be valet parked. From the Dean Court front step everything to enjoy in the city centre is less than a 15 minute walk.

Bedrooms: 

It’s worth stretching the bank account to get a bed at the front of the hotel where rooms come with views of the shadowing minster or beguiling mediaeval streets, if money is no object try one of the Four-poster deluxe grand corner suites. Whichever price bracket, beds are exceedingly comfy with the surrounding decoration and furnishings mix up vibrant contemporary colours with dark wood ‘olde worlde’ pieces such as four-poster beds. All 37 rooms come with the techno gadgetry and comforts expected in this category, along with a few nice surprises which joyously includes free high speed WiFi. An assortment of board games and consoles are also available for those needing to keep young ones amused.

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Public areas: 

The smart albeit small reception area adopts a colourful almost playful feel to its furnishings while the adjoining restaurant, bar and bistro takes on a slightly more traditional, elegant tone.

Eating and drinking: 

Two restaurants are available. The multi-award winning formal but not at all starchy D.C.H restaurant delivers an imaginative modern English menu amongst cool calming colours. If booking a table well in advance I strongly recommend asking for table nine for the best dinning views in the city. Alternatively, for bistro style ambiance the neighbouring Court Cafe came with some lighter yet creative eats, afternoon teas, cocktails and the promise of monthly live jazz. Breakfast is included in the price and comes with a number of healthy and not quite so healthy choices such as the Yorkshire additions to the hearty and delicious fry-fest that is the ‘Full English.’

Leisure facilities: 

No pool or gym, however as York is very much a city for walking exercise is always at hand. Joggers should head to the lovely pathways accompanying the picturesque River Ouse. Pampering beauty trips can also be organised through reception and young ones are well looked in rooms with games and a DVD library.

Service: 

I like the staff here immensely, they’ve been well trained and are extremely friendly and keen to please.

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Who stays there: 

Predominantly UK and international couples on city break getaways, some businesspeople and wedding parties. The restaurant also has a good reputation with locals.

Price advice: 

Tariffs here can be good value compared with the city's other top hotels and breakfast is always included in the price. Special rates are often available from Sunday and through weekdays. Rates go up over Friday and Saturday nights, during school holidays and when some of York's annual events are taking place. Parking charges are currently set at £12.50 per night.

Pros: 
Location, location, location
Excellent eating
Free Wi-Fi
Cons: 
Four rooms are not served by lifts
No view from rear facing rooms

More information on Best Western Dean Court Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Duncombe Place, York, England, YO1 2EF
Free tags / Keywords:
Minster, mediaeval, bistro, Cathedral views
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Minster

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