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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Big on style, character and pampering, this is York’s only five-star hotel.

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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A stylish stand out hotel dripping in rich character, quality and romance.

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Price from: £64
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expert-rated hotels in York
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

There’s a choice of modern hotels circling the centre of York, this is one of the funkiest.

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Small it may be by city standards but York has a broad choice of places to rest one’s weary head. From historic and in some cases haunted inns to modern group hotels, and from comely warm bed and breakfasts to swish and an ever-increasing number of eccentric boutique hotels. Whatever the budget or mood, the city has pretty much got it covered.

The city centre is easily defined by the unmistakable encircling stone walls and this is where much of the accommodation stock can be found, but it is also worth considering the excellent choices just beyond these historic defences too. Bootham and Clifton (a joined-up major route running north west out of the centre) has a plethora of hotels and b&bs all no more than a 10 minute amble from the heart of city. So too the area surrounding York Racecourse which is easily accessible by bus or on foot. For more information on navigating see my How to get around York page.

Things to consider before booking

  • York attracts visitors all year round and this popularity means that tariffs over weekends and during school holidays, festival and events can be high, even during the winter months between November and March. See When to go to York page for an events calendar and more information on the seasons. For the best discounted rates and any occasionally inclusive dinner deals on offer, aim for a stay between Sunday and Thursday.
  • Quite irritatingly to my mind, many b&bs and some hotels insist on minimum two night stays on Friday and Saturday nights. If you only want to stay just the one night, this can be annoying and the only way around this is to call on the day or late the day before to see if the manager will relent. Accommodation with the bothersome policy of two night minimum weekend stays are named in their individual listing under the Price advice section.
  • Given the extra high demand during York’s many busy periods and to avoid disappointment, it’s well worth booking your especially favoured property well in advance.
  • The vehemently protected historic nature and in some cases size of certain accommodation can mean some architectural foibles and preclude having lifts and air conditioning.
  • Breakfast is always included in the quoted rate for b&bs and sometimes for hotels. Some big chain hotels, however, provide the option to either include it in the advance tariff or add the cost to the bill at the end of the stay, which is usually more expensive. If opting for the latter, expect to pay anything between £7 and £17 per person for breakfast.
  • The first meal of the day can either come as a hot and cold buffet with a selection of yogurts, fruit, pastries and cold cuts or for the more hungry the traditional full English fry-fest of bacon, sausage, eggs and with a few Yorkshire additions. Higher-grade hotels and bed and breakfasts on the other hand will also have a menu and table service.
  • Parking in York is at a premium so it’s worth checking availability in advance with your hosts.
  • Rates quoted almost always include any taxes and are based on two people sharing a room.
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I’ve been in and out of the city of York since dressed in short, woolly trousers and reviewing hotels as a travel writer as well as selecting the most appropriate for small group tours for the past six years. For Simonseeks I’ve chosen the full spectrum of York’s accommodation options, from the finest in lavish luxuriance, through the best in mid-range to the most rewarding guest house properties. For those on a budget or looking for somewhere that little bit different, I’ve also added a rather grand hostel (Ace Hostel) and a charismatic convent (The Bar Convent) to the mix.

The bottom line is that if I like it, my wife likes it and I get good reports back from the tours I help organise, then it's here.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.