A Fabulous Festive Christmas Stay at the Hotel Indigo York #Review

A Fabulous Festive Christmas Stay at the Hotel Indigo York #Gifted

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and no sooner than you know the Christmas season will be back in no time at all with all that festive tinsel, glitz, and sparkle.

York, is a pretty perfect destination to enjoy some seasonal cheer with plenty to do, the city has an amazing atmosphere and the Christmas markets are awesome!

The hotel Indigo York, located in the historical medieval neighbourhood of Walmgate Bar is an ideal location to soak up all that York has to offer.

Warmly welcomed by the team, this beautiful boutique hotel provides a snug and cosy home away from home whereby the end of your stay you do not want to check out!

The Christmas tree by reception cleverly had all the hotel staff photos attached, made you fee right at home, part of the family. The hotel felt festive, as they had hung out all the decks to make it feel super special for all their guests to enjoy.

Before checking in we explored the city including the Christmas markets, The cobbled shambles and had a few glasses of mulled wine along the way.

Then our afternoon got more fun, fabulous, and festive with an amazing Afternoon Tea with the hotel No 88 Walmgate restaurant.

A perfect way to escape the Christmas Craziness outside, sit back relax and sip a few glasses of prosecco while enjoying fantastic finger sandwiches, scrummy scones with jam and clotted cream along with some super sweet treats including this cute little gingerbread person.

Our stay started next level, as we had been allocated a luxurious Superior Premium room, that is fully air conditioned, a big cosy bed with fine 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and a lovely personalised welcome message scribed onto the vanity area mirror – just such a lovely touch!

It’s all in the details and I love how Hotel Indigo York have incorporated York’s historical past by including an eclectic display of historic pictures showing how life used to be.

Our Superior Premium room came with a fully stocked tea tray with biscuits and coffee pods with a quirky themed Yorkshire message that made us giggle.  The lovely team has also put a few extra Yorkshire treats for our celebrations which we really appreciated.

Once you are all settled in, you can freshen up in the wonderful walk-in open plan spa inspired, bathroom with a deep sunken bath, a walk in double rainfall shower area along with complimentary toiletries – just divine.

Beautiful breakfast vibes are in plentiful supply year-round, as the Hotel Indigo’s impressive breakfast buffet offering has something for everyone.  Cold continental pastries, muffins, yoghurt, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, meats, cheese, and a range of juices.  Hot options included full English, vegetarian, pancakes, porridge and so much more.  

Looking for a much needed break to enjoy some rest, relaxation, fabulous food, drinks, well The Hotel Indigo York provides just that and being located in the heart of York city centre you are spoilt for choice , as there is so much to see and do.

Visit York and enjoy all that the York Indigo hotel has to offer starting with that wonderful warm Yorkshire welcome.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

My Best York Hotels #Review

My Best York Hotels March 2020 #Gifted

It has been a challenging 12 months to say the least, so while restrictions are slowly being eased why not take some timeout to plan your exciting UK Staycation right in the heart of Yorkshire.

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.

Now all you need is a super fabulous hotel, for your staycation, so you can take advantage of all that York has to offer.  In no particular order here are all my marvellous recommendations…

The Principal York

The Principal Hotel, located in an enviable postcode in the heart of York, with views of the Minster, is only a few small steps away from York Train station, so this is the perfect place to stay, play and enjoy your stay the Yorkshire way.

Steeped in history, old school charm and character this place will not disappoint.  The breath-taking building with grandeur and grace stands dominant and proud.  The gorgeous and glowing golden building emits the feeling of warmth and an even warmer welcome awaits from the Principal York team who go the extra mile so you can enjoy a first-class experience.

The restorations and refurbishments, carried out by award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair, have remained sympathetic to the original period features retaining the buildings elegance and natural charm.

As you can see by the Christmas tree and stunning decorations, the Principal York really do pull out all the stops, bells and whistles and all.

Enjoy some food in the yummy onsite restaurant, go for a dip in the pool, enjoy some you time in the jacuzzi or take a stroll around the gorgeous grounds which have that secret garden feel.  These vast sprawling gardens are an ideal hub in which to escape the hustle and bustle of York and have some rest and relaxation time.

Guy Fawkes Inn

We all remember the 1605 attempt to blow up parliament and the ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Now it is your chance to relive history in the shoes of Guy Fawkes and enjoy a unique experience by staying in the alleged birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes conspiracy plotter aka Guy Fawkes.

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City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea #Review

City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Review: September 2020 #Gifted

City Cruises offer a whole range of exciting adventures aboard the river Ouse York, including Self Drive boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Self Drive Red Boats

Become captain of your very own vessel and cruise your way down the river Ouse York, in style.

Jack was an amazing chap, welcomed us warmly, provided instructions and our life jackets.

In your self drive motorboat, that can accommodate 8 people, explore York’s sights seamlessly, as the Vikings once did.

Hire is by the half hour or full hour and City Cruises York have fourteen Red Boats in total, their names are Josephine, Angie, Leonie, Sarah, Yvette, Kathryn, Alice-May, Lucy, Tina, Heather, Ellen, Rebecca, Emma and Penny!

Have fun and sail your boat all the way down the Ouse and you will even see the millennium bridge.

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Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works #Review

Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works Review: September 2020 #Gifted

York Cocoa Works has always been a home away from home for us.  A lovely local independent chocolatier with high quality products where they literally go from bean to bite, as their yummy treats are produced on site at their chocolate manufactory.

Owner Sophie and her team have created a cosy and snug environment perfect for family, friends and couples to enjoy a chocolate indulgence making your day much sweeter.

As always, the whole team make you feel welcome and part of the Cocoa works family from the moment you step in the door which is a reason many York residents and visitors to York keep returning.

The York Cocoa Works Chocolate Indulgence package includes a platter of super scrummy chocolate truffles, cakes and a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.

You also receive a hot drink of choice and I would highly recommend having their signature hot chocolate.

Sophies beautifully bespoke handcrafted chocolate packages allow the team to adapt for allergies such as dairy free, wheat free, vegetarian and vegan, so perfect for everyone.

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York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York #Review

York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York Review: September 2020 #Gifted

York’s only licensed pedicab City tours are the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds with transport and tour rolled into one!

The cabs are weather protected, fitted with seat belts, have cosy cushions and blankets for colder nights and have no environmental impact so are 100% free of carbon emissions, so that is a big thumbs up from me!

All round nice guy and cheeky chappy John provides safe sightseeing York tours with some historical info thrown in for good measure.

Hear about the Romans, Vikings and all things medieval, so board your chariot, hold onto your Viking armoury and prepare for a fun and historical encounter like no other.

Discover the exciting tales and tribulations of historical characters such as Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Henry VIII, Richard III, Constantine the Great, William the Conqueror and Queen Victoria who all played their part in the exciting story of how York has become what we love and know today.

Throughout your tour, you will visit iconic sights such as the York Minster, The City Walls and Gateways, Clifford’s Tower, Treasurers House, the Shambles and Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate.

Photo opportunities are plentiful and I can tell you John is pretty handy with the camera, so yet another perk of this amazing service.

John was patient and took time to get the perfect photos and create much loved photographic memories.

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Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York #Review

Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York – Review: February 2020 #Gifted

Looking for a chic, sophisticated and an elegant place to stay in York, the 4 start AA rated Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head, enjoy a romantic break or time with family and friends

Situated within a central location minutes from York’s ancient Roman walls this Victorian hotel, that previously belonged to a Victorian gentleman, has all the charm and character one would expect.

The cosy countryside feel to the place provides a snug cosy hub and a hideaway to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil break away.

The breathtaking beautiful four poster room is rather regal, sophisticated and a perfect place to spend your time while in York.

The large room provides enough space to relax with writing/vanity desk and seating area with freestanding traditional full length mirror.

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Guy Fawkes Inn York #Review

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review: January 2020

We all remember the 1605 attempt to blow up parliament and the ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Now it is your chance to relive history in the shoes of Guy Fawkes and enjoy a unique experience by staying in the alleged birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes conspiracy plotter aka Guy Fawkes.

Warmly welcomed and looked after throughout by the lovely team including Delightful Dan and super Stacey.

Our fabulous four poster room had bags of character including the most amazing four poster bed and 3 large windows with the most wonderful views of the majestic York Minster cathedral.

The Guy Fawkes medieval Inn is located within a prime spot adjacent to the York Mister Cathedral in York city centre and the views from our room – just breath-taking and the ideal photo opportunity.

Our room had all the modern conveniences including a flat screen television and tea tray with biscuits.

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The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie #Review

The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie Review: January 2020

Quaint and cosy, located within Stonegate, the Botanist York is the perfect place for family and friends to meet.

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some fabulous food and drinks, as you unwind.

The décor is rustic and relaxed creating a beautiful and gorgeous setting for lunch or dinner.

Christmas in full swing, we loved the festive vibes and the charming Christmas tree.

Even though the place was super busy the staff including Christian, Richard and our super server Kyley all remained as friendly and efficient as always, a true test of professionalism and skill especially during the crazy Christmas season.

Equally impressive was the staff knowledge of allergens, without faff or fuss, providing both useful advice and alternatives which made our visit super smooth.

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The Hilt York Axe Throwing #Review

The Hilt York Axe Throwing – Review: January 2020

Prepare to unleash your inner Viking warrior, arm yourself with an Axe and chop down your competition a peg or two.

The Hilt York offer an immersive, exciting and entertaining experience right in the heart of York city centre.

Alex and Josh York residents and founders of the Hilt aim to captivate the crowds, push boundaries and enable people to seek out adventure.

Right from the offset, the welcome, quality set up and authentic interiors provide a relaxed and realistic setting to conquer the Axe throwing challenge.

Yes, there was a safety briefing, but delivered with flair and finesse, so to keep you alert and on focus.

Additionally, on a serious note, the whole set up including type of axes used, blue chipped flooring, upper board panels and caging have been built for your safety which makes this Axe throwing session, as safe as it can be, so you don’t need to worry and can get ready to sling them Axes.

We loved every minute of our session, fun, informative and what’s not to like about hurling an axe threw the air at a target right?! There are even trick shots to be learnt, my personal fav the Gun Slinger – Pow!

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York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada #Review

York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada Review: January 2020

This lovely cute, independent quality Chocolate café York cocoa Works is run by owner Sophie along with her team including the marvellous Michelle.

Their beautiful bespoke city centre York location is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy some you time.

Fixtures and fittings have been carefully thought out mixing the traditional and contemporary to create a warm and welcoming hub.

Get cosy and snug and craft your very own chocolate lollipops, perfect to gift or enjoy for yourself.

Why not go all out and enjoy an exquisite York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada…pure yumminess!

The bonus about being independent is their ability to tailor make options especially when it comes to dietary requirements.  Not only were dietaries such as no milk, no egg etc not a problem, but the way Michelle reassured myself before the visit put my mind at ease.

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