One of only two central hotels on the riverbank, it takes me just five minutes walk to the bulk of York’s shopping and attractions. The railway station is a 15 minute walk, while anyone arriving by car can take advantage of the underground parking (payable and reserve when booking). Do take note of the warning signs about the river’s potential to flood the car park.
Decorated in warm yellows and not at all bad in proportion, the 78 bedrooms are quite well equipped for the price bracket and include free WiFi, a hairdryer, hot drink making facilities and satellite TV. Similar in design, size and facilities, superior rooms come with a river view and are worth the small supplement . Bathrooms are adequate with both bath and shower and again, quite a bonus for a hotel in this category, there is 24 hour room service. Unfortunately unwelcome noise from some high spirited guests can occasionally shatter the late night tranquillity, especially at weekends.
Striped wall paper and furnishings in gold and yellow dominate the reception area and 24 hour front desk, while the small bar is tightly packed with leather sofas and armchairs overlooking the large glass windows towards the river and city.
Eating and drinking
The Royal Brasserie comes with river outlooks and lays on a completely self service buffet (including get your own tea and coffee) and come the evening a la carte restaurant which I’ve admittedly not yet sat down to.
It’s a budget hotel so no leisure facilities other than the TV,free WiFi and haidryers in the room and of course the whole of York to explore on foot.
To help keep room rates low, the staff levels are paired down to the minimum but when they get around to you, it’s perfectly friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
It's price attracts families, group travellers, coach parties, couples, stag and hen groups.
Supplements for a riverview room currently run at £10 per night. Those on room only rates can pay £7.75 for breakfast. Onsite parking is around £10 per night or around £18 at the nearby Tanner Row public car park.
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Good for a budget short stay
- Location on the river
- Prone to noisey neighbours
- Staff can be thin on the ground