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.

The Guy Fawkes medieval Inn is located within a prime spot adjacent to the York Minster Cathedral in York city centre and with a bar and restaurant onsite you have all that you need.

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 – just breath-taking and the ideal photo opportunity.

Hotel Indigo York

Located on one of the oldest streets in York, the Hotel Indigo York, in the Walmgate neighbourhood is a beautiful boutique hotel hub which also has an onsite bar and restaurant too so you are all sorted.

Décor takes inspiration from York’s historic rich chocolatey past and heritage and this theme is clearly carried on once you step into your room, as the bedoom area was stunning with decor centralising around York’s history, the attention to detail and finishing touches made all the difference.

The most superior rooms are finished to a high specification with quality fixtures and fittings creating a lovely snug stay and made even better by the friendly and fabulous York Indigo team.

Get bubbly in your superior room deep sunken standalone bath with plush complimentary toiletries and there is even a wonderful walk in double person shower with side spray jets and rainfall showers, so you feel fresh , fabulous and ready for another day enjoying your York adventures.

The Judges Lodging’s

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in the heart of York city centre are perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976.

Our refurbished room was a snug hub with bath tub was made even better with a Minister View and then a visit to their onsite private dining alpine lodge wooden cabins – a must do experience for sure!

Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel

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

Situated 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.  There is even the onsite resident cuddly resident Mr Bear to make you feel right at home.

Providing a range of guest accommodations, opting for a breath-taking beautiful four poster room is a rather regal, sophisticated and a perfect place to spend your time while in York.  Sit down and get scribbling at the writing desk to update your journal notes about your York adventures.

Novotel York Centre 

Novotel York Centre, situated close to the historic city walls and overlooking the beautiful banks of the River Foss, is a fabulous four-star hotel.  Recently, the hotel has carried out extensive quality refurbishment to the property providing guests with an even more fabulous experience.

Take a dip in the pool, then why not enjoy dinner at the Gourmet Bar and retire to the lounge to simply sit back and chill out.  Decor a mixture on industrial and retro chic, the perfect place to play, picture or people watch.

The newly renovated Junior Suite really is something else, a spacious open plan contemporary family hub to kick back and relax in as you plan all your amazing York adventures.

The bathroom is super large includes double sinks, vanity mirrors, deep sunken bath, separate stand up shower unit and complimentary toiletries.

 Lamb & Lion Inn

The lovely Lamb & Lion Inn, just around the corner from York’s art gallery and York Theatre Royal literally is an Historic homely hub providing a home away from home experience.  The team always provide a warm welcome, so much so you feel that you have just stepped into a friends home.

The four-star Inn, adjoining Bootham Bar at one of the four key Roman Gateways to York’s Walls is steeped in historic charm and character, ideal place to stay of you want to be in the heart of the historic action.

Get cosy beside the coal fire, as night falls and enjoy their super scrummy pub grub such as the classic fish and chips and a pint of ale.

Our rather regal and relaxed room elegantly presented in muted shades looked amazing and was in touching distance of the York city historic walls. a unique and exciting experience.

Moxy York

Think perky personality with a hint of pink, Moxy York located within the city centre is the perfect place for a stay in York any time of the year.

Moxy sleeper rooms have all you need, but Moxy is all about the main hub downstairs which consists of a huge bar, lobby and lounge area with Plug and Meet gathering areas, huge 56-inch televisions, the ideal place to relax, work or play.

We previously stayed over New Years and the place felt festive and fabulous, as they go all out on the decks with the stunning Christmas tree and the super cool swinging chill chair, we were so glad to spend New Years Eve with such a fabulous and friendly bunch or guys and gals.

Décor is cool and quirky with guitars on the wall and Beatles books which I loved! Moxy have embraced York and the York themed details throughout the hotel is brilliant including the gym lockers and Viking wall art. “Imagination is the highest kite you can fly” the last artwork seen before leaving and I agree this place is a fun vibrant hub and a perfect place to stay.

The Grange Hotel 

The Grange Hotel York, a classic Regency townhouse with a luxury boutique feel, formally known as Bootham Grange was built and occupied by the wealthy Richardsons in 1829.  In 1989 Jeremy and Viven Caseel converted the building, into the luxury four-star hotel, opening to the public in 1990.

The opulent reception consists of a plush period sitting area along with a spiral style staircase.  The grandeur continues into the marvellous Morning regency room, with typical English décor, for a traditional afternoon tea.

A breathtakingly stunning room ideal for relaxing, recharging and refreshing after another day of exciting York adventures.

After dinner pull up a chair by the real roaring fireplace, get cosy and settle in for the evening before retiring back to your onsite accommodations.

Now you have seen my best York hotel picks, all that is left is for you to get planning your York staycation.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Melanie xx

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DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa #Review

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Built in 1889, the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Harrogate.

The hotel sits on eight acres of lovely landscaped gardens and is near to all that Harrogate has to offer.

The warm welcome was much needed and the stay got off to a flying start when handed some of the DoubleTree signature warm chocolate chip cookies to take up to our room.

The room had the Hilton Clean Stay guarantee, a breakable seal to show that no one has entered the room since cleaning which was great reassurance and along with the room view across Harrogate we knew our stay was going to be fabulous.

The super stylish Junior Suite with a cosy King bed with 250 thread count sheets, LCD TV, Seating area with sofa, vanity area/workstation, blackout curtains and a Nespresso machine is the perfect way to stay and play.

The bathroom with full standing power shower, complimentary toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, toothbrush, mouthwash made our stay even more relaxed and easy.

The beautiful bath was the ideal place to simply sit back, soak and unwind after a busy day in Harrogate.

Even with Covid-19 and some facilities such as the steam room and sauna not on, the onsite spa is absolutely next level and has a huge indoor poor to enjoy some swim time.

Importantly, the spa has been traffic controlled extremely efficiently and effective by the team, so there is never a ‘busy’ period.

Poolside is the perfect place to relax kick back and enjoy a book while enjoy some liquid refreshments.

Treatment rooms have different themes such as the amazing Aqua Marine and Jess who delivered me a full body and head massage could not have been more graceful delivering a gorgeous treatment.

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A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York #Review

A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review: September 2020 #Gifted

The Principal Hotel steeped in history and old school charm and character.

The gorgeous and glowing golden building emits the feeling of warmth and the welcome from Christopher was even warmer.

A lovely Scottish chap who clearly had a natural flare and passion for customer service and the buildings historical heritage.

Check in with the concierge with their cute royal red-letter box in pride of place.

Pass the rather lovely lounge, a perfect place to read the daily news, people watch and enjoy a refreshment once you have checked in.

Make your way up the iconic stunning sweeping staircase with mirrored details and neutral colouring.

The Principal York provide a range of accommodations from standard rooms to suites, we visited on two separate weekends to check out what both room types had to offer.

The Royal Suite

The Royal suite located on the first floor is a fabulous experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The spacious Suite has beautiful period detail and a tasty tuck box filled with a range of complimentary yummy treats.

This is the perfect time to enjoy some you time have a break have a kit kat along with a good Yorkshire cuppa.

Things get even more marvellous with the magnificent Minister view, a perfect viewing point, as you kick back and relax in the lovely lounge area.

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The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton #Review

The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton Review: September 2020 #Gifted

Located in an enviable postcode right in the heart of Skipton town centre, the wonderful Woolly sheep provides lodgings, food, drinks all with a home away from home feel.

Andy and the wonderful Woolly team provided a warm welcome and really made us feel part the family.

Our super Superior room with sofa bed was a clean, contemporary space and perfect for a Skipton staycation.

The room also has a separate vanity desk which could double into a work space, if you need to get the laptop out during your stay.

The tea tray is next level with Yorkshire tea, coffee, hot chocolates, some beautiful biscuits, still and sparkling Harrogate water and an absolute winner with some very generous ‘Have a drink on us’ vouchers.

The en-suite bathroom was perfect with overhead shower, sunken deep tub, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and complimentary toiletries to use throughout your stay.

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The White Hart Hotel, Apartments & Fat Badger Restaurant Harrogate #Review

The White Hart Hotel, Apartments & Fat Badger Restaurant Harrogate Review: April 2020 #Gifted

The White Hart Hotel is a grade II listed building located within the Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate North Yorkshire.

The hotel offers a range of in-house rooms and a range of luxury serviced apartments over in Montpellier House.

The McCrae Suite is a four bedroom apartment, ideal for groups, providing guests an extra special stay.

From the moment you walk in you can see the Victorian grandeur and elegance.

The Bedroom was plush, comfortable and cosy with monogrammed Montpellier House cushions which was a nice touch.

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The Yorkshire Hotel & Scran Restaurant Harrogate #Review

The Yorkshire Hotel & Scran Restaurant Harrogate Review: March 2020 #Gifted

The Yorkshire Hotel right in the heart of Harrogate is the perfect place for leisure and business ideal for family, couples and business trips.

From the moment you walk in you are warmly welcomed in true Yorkshire fashion.

Loved our accommodations including the fully stocked tea tray with these fabulous Yorkshire Lass and Yorkshire Lad mugs.

The Yorkshire theme is subtle with the addition of lovely Yorkshire wall prints.

A spacious room with a super snug bed with cosy cushions and the perfect place to lay your head after exploring Harrogate.

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Grassington House Hotel Grassington Village #Review

Grassington House Hotel Grassington Village Review: February 2020 #Gifted

Grassington House located within an enviable position within Grassington Village in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales National Park is the perfect place for a rural retreat and a hidden gem.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 1The Hotel has a whole plethora of awards including consistent Gold award from Visit Britain, 5 stars & 2 rosettes from the AA, Yorkshire Life Award Winners, Welcome To Yorkshire Finalist and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.

Family run since 2008, as soon as you arrive both Sue and John welcome you with open hearts making the hotel feel like a home away from home.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 2The accommodations all have their own unique charm and character, we stayed in The Square Room.  A boastful and beautiful room which had delightful and decadent French château-style furnishings including some rather grand armchairs and two sparkling chandeliers.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 3The opulent vanity area was well thought out with a cosy seating space, mirror at the right height and complimentary cotton wool and ear buds to use, as you pamper yourself.

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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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Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York #Review

Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York Review: February 2020 #Gifted

Think personality with a hint of pink, Moxy York located within the city centre is the perfect place for a stay in York any time of the year.

Also, with Valentines day just around the corner why not treat your loved one to a lovely Valentines break away at Moxy.

We stayed over New Years and the place felt festive and fabulous with the stunning Christmas tree and the super cool swinging chill chair, we were so glad to spend New Years Eve with such a fabulous and friendly bunch or guys and gals – amazing staff.

Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York Review 11The Moxy Sleeper room was a cosy compact double room, offering a comfortable bed with a modern reading chair.

The walled wardrobe is decorated with a mural of all York’s key landmarks and if any of your clothes do get a bit creased there is always the option to iron out in the communal ironing room at the end of the corridor, but the chap will not be there to iron your clothes lol.

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Christmas Celebrations at Novotel York Centre #Review

Christmas Celebrations at Novotel York Centre Review: February 2020 #Gifted

Novotel York Centre is the perfect place for family and friends to celebrate Christmas in style.  Also, with Valentines Day fast approaching, Novotel York Centre would make a perfect Valentines retreat for yourself and a loved one.

Recently, the hotel has carried out extensive quality refurbishment to the property providing guests with an even more fabulous experience.

Their reception area even has super sweetie shop style displays which is a very cool addition.

The newly renovated Junior Suite really is something else, a spacious open plan contemporary family hub to kick back and relax in as you plan all your amazing York adventures.

With a queen bed, desk, tea tray, iron, minibar with complimentary bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, safe and hairdryer, you really do have all the modern conveniences.

There are two huge flat-screen televisions for viewing both in the bedroom and lounge.  Along with complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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