Set in a leafy suburb known as The Mount, halfway between the city centre and York Racecourse, the hotel is a 10 minute journey by car to the station and centre of the city and just five minutes more for those who prefer to walk. One downside for me is that the car park is quite small and comes with a fee.
All 44 bedrooms and suites are named after wine producers and are decorated with a hint of the Gothic. Amongst the rooms I visited, rich and dark plums, purples and browns dominated the walls and furnishings accompanied by some seriously comfy beds, large TVs, DVD players and all the other technology and comfort freebies expected. Suites also include roll-top baths, large walk-in showers and Bose sound systems.
Low light and ceilings, plush colours dressing the walls and furniture create an intimate ambience. The reception area is a small informal office separated from the main landing which leads to a wine ‘library’ and tasting room, a whisky snug and book library through to the conservatory, terrace and hotel annexe beyond. Business users can hire a dedicated function room fully loaded with the latest media and smokers will be delighted to find that they’ve been given a comfortable and heated ‘Cigar Shack’ by the car park.
Eating and drinking
A big part of this hotel group, the bar has a bohemian left bank Parisian café feel to it as does the intimate restaurant, packed with wine ephemera and nods to city’s horse racing heritage. The menu is classical French in flavour, supplemented by a daily plat du jour all put together with dedication and love from home grown and listed suppliers all at a surprisingly reasonably price. Naturally too there is an excellent wine stock.
No spa or gym, but the walk into the city centre makes a gentle exercise alternative. Or you could just hit the Egyptian cotton sheets and take advantage of the TV and sound systems.
Whenever I've visited I find the staff here relaxed, warm and friendly.
Who stays there
Couples on leisure breaks, wedding parties, some businesspeople and families with older children.
If flexible, Sunday is the cheapest night to stay after which prices climb through the week until peaking at weekends. A number of inclusive options are available but if going for room only, expect to pay upwards of £13 extra for breakfast. It’s also worth checking to see if any deals are available that may include dinner. Avoid a visit that coincides with a York race meeting when rooms are hard to come by and prices inescapably soar.
Given the surroundings and standards set, the bistro is quite reasonably priced made more so by a mid-week early evening dinner special of two courses and bottle of wine for two people currently priced at £35. Parking costs £10 per night. WiFi is free for the first 30 minutes then you grudgingly have to start dipping your hand into your pockets.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- A treat for foodies
- Elegant and stylish
- Parking chargeable and limited
- No lift in the main building