Beneath the railway line and through Museum Gardens, I was in central York in less than 10 minutes. Those arriving by train might want to consider a taxi, while drivers will be guaranteed parking albeit on the busy and narrow road in front.
Each of the 8 quite charming bedrooms (five double, three singles) are named in honour of York history and industry and come En suite with pristine and good size bathrooms. All are decorated in a variety of warm pastels and cream undertones with some top notch furnishings, brass and iron beds, reading chairs, fresh flowers. I especially like the binder in each room offering Les and Al’s comprehensive recommendations of places to visit, eat and drink along with a history of the city. No ground floor rooms though and with the stairs quite steep, anyone with mobility issues will struggle.
Just one of many retained Victorian features, the large bay window floods the morning room with light and keeps the fresh flowers on each of the breakfast tables vibrant.
Eating and drinking
The fragrance of fresh baking bread from the kitchen is a good incentive to get up and get down to some breakfasting. A choice of juices yogurt, cereals and fresh fruit is available buffet style before a main course of either cooked full Yorkshire fry-up or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
All rooms come with hair dryer, complimentary drinking water iron & board, clock/radio/alarm, T.V and free Wifi.
The owners here are seriously hospitable with the added benefit of some marvellous local knowledge.
Who stays there
A popular destination with couples and families on leisure trips. Some business people too also spend their nights here.
Breakfast is always included as is free WiFi. Like much of York’s accommodation prices vary depending on weekend or mid-week stays, with the former always more expensive. Prices inevitably also rise during York race meetings and some other big events in the city, there’s also a 5% surcharge when paying with a credit card.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Charming hosts
- Lovely rooms
- Good breakfasts
- Stairs only
- No ground floor rooms