Directly in front of Clifford’s Tower, York Castle Museum and just around the corner from the river, the Jorvik Centre and the rest of the attractions on offer, this is one of the best placed hotels for exploring the city. From the railway station, those feeling fit and not carrying too much luggage can make the journey on foot in about 20 minutes. For drivers, the hotel does boast its own basement car park, though it can fill fast. Reception staff will provide an alternative parking choice should it be needed.
Nothing to get overly excited about, but all are modern, well looked after and efficient. Four grades of room are on offer each equipped with good sized TV’s, internet access (payable), ironing board and the suchlike. Creams, reds and browns are the dominant colour scheme with light coloured wood employed on the desks and bed frames. When booking request a room at the front of the hotel. It costs more of course but for me it’s worth it not only to avoid some of the smaller rooms, but also to enjoy the views of historic Clifford’s Tower.
A small reception area leads to the collection of bars and restaurants lining the front of the hotel and includes a concierge desk for advice on the city and booking theatre tickets, taxi’s and restaurants. There is a small walled terrace at the heart of the building surrounded by some lovely architecture for some summer alfresco drinking while business’s can avail themselves of the 10 meeting rooms and a 200 person capacity function room.
Eating and drinking
Three choices of dining option. Tower’s Restaurant is a smarter, grown-up dining experience while Henry J. Bean’s bar and restaurant is a tried and tested place to take children, teenagers and young adults who like to bury themselves in burgers and Tex-Mex food. The place gets lively on Monday and Wednesday nights when it features drinks promotions. Finally the burgundy walls, wood floors and leather chairs of the small and tranquil Tower’s Bar & Lounge is the place to head for light snacks and a glass or two. Non are going to set the culinary world alight but all are competent at what they do and come with views of historic Clifford’s Tower.
Rooms come with a selection of in-house movies, while Henry J. Bean’s show live sporting action on its collection of TV’s. Those in search of their own exercise should contact the concierge about bicycle hire.
The staff here are efficient and friendly in equal measure.
Who stays there
Business visitors, families and couples on leisure breaks.
Reservations are sold on a room only basis with breakfast charged from an extra £15 per person and a half board option eating in the Tower Restaurant at an extra £39 per person when booked in advance. Like much of York stays from Sunday to Thursday tend to be cheaper than over the weekend. Car parking is pricey at £17.00 for 24 hours and while there is a public car park directly opposite, it too is expensive.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- A familiar face
- Central location
- Parking can be an issue
- Some rooms can be small