Within the city walls, though admittedly not on one of York’s most attractive or interesting streets I can walk to the railway station in 10 minute and get to the heart of York’s famous streets in around five. The Park Inn is one of only two city centre hotels on the historic riverside.
These come as either standard or river view with a small collection of business friendly rooms which offer slightly more space and free WiFi. Others are exactly the same in size and amenities except the vista offered by the latter is more rewarding and of course expensive. I would aim for a riverside room on the fourth floor or higher to get a view of towering York Minster and the city’s rooftops through the picture windows. Those with children in tow can opt for a family or interconnecting room whilst accessibility issues are covered by four wheelchair dedicated rooms. While a bit ho-hum, all rooms are bright and modern in design (think generic world dominating Swedish furniture designer); come equipped with 26” flat screen TV’s, safe, a rather paltry collection of hot drink sachets, chargeable WiFi and controllable air conditioning (though the controls did take some head scratching to figure out). Missing for me is storage space, one drawer and the open hanging space isn't enough for a couple on a long stay.
Bathrooms are well lit, with a collection of creams and the such-like and have spacious shower cubicles topped off with ‘rain shower’ heads. For duvet picnics, room service is available around the clock.
Standard glass and chrome set the scene in reception with the main desk in front of large picture windows revealing the river behind.
Eating and drinking
To start the day a choice of cold or hot buffet breakfast comes with views over the river and can be included in the room price. The colourful RBG lounge bar on the first floor again offers a similar prospect to accompany a drink and light meals while the modern art works and dark woods of the bar and grill providing a slightly more formal setting for dinner.
A health and fitness centre is complimentary for guests while beauty therapy is available for any last minute touch up’s or indulgences courtesy of the house beautician.
Except on one occassion, I’ve always found the staff keen to help and almost overwhelmingly good natured and efficient.
Who stays there
A mixture of business guests, group traveler’s, couples of all ages and families on a leisure visit. Stag and hen parties are also regulars here at weekends.
Room rates are cheaper from Sunday to Thursday though they do rocket over school holidays and during the city’s big events. Parking for 90 cars is available beneath the hotel at a cost of £12 a day. The car park around the corner on Tanner Row provides an overflow. Breakfast comes in at around £10 if paid separately from the room.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Good sized rooms
- Location on riverbank
- Lack of storage space in rooms
- Hardly a looker from the outside