Saving money on your stay doesn’t mean you always have to settle for less. Here are some cheap hotels in York where you can get a great nights sleep without breaking the bank.

Ibis York

77 The Mount, York YO24 1BN

National Railway Museum – 15 minute walk, York Minster – 18 minute walk

If you’re visiting for the races and are looking for cheap hotels in York the Ibis is in a very handy location. It’s a short walk from the station on the south side of the city and then it’s another 15 minutes walk to the racecourse.

Rooms are what you’d expect from a hotel chain like Ibis – comfortable and functional. Breakfast is all you can eat and the hotel bar is open till late (and they have a pool table!). They have their own car park to the rear as well, although it’s a little small given the size of the hotel.

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Novotel

Fishergate, York YO10 4FD

Cliffords Tower – 5 minute walk, Merchant Adventurers Hall – 7 minute walk

Despite being located close to the city centre, the York Novotel is tucked away in a quiet corner next to the River Foss. The main attractions are within easy reach – Clifford’s Tower and the Castle Museum are literally round the corner.

Parking is available but costs £11 per day. There is a pool too, but with it being a large hotel with many guests it can get quite busy – so if you want a relaxing swim you’ll have to pick your moment. The York Novotel is not always that cheap – but they often have good deals on advance bookings so it’s well worth looking at.

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Holiday Inn

Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QF

The Shambles – 30 minute walk, National Railway Museum – 30 minute walk

The Holiday Inn is a cheerful and cheap York hotel. Although in an excellent location for the racecourse, it’s a little bit out of town. The distance is walkable but you’ll be better off catching one of the many buses that run along Tadcaster Road (a taxi will cost you £7/£8).

The hotel offers free parking which is nice as this is one of the hidden extras you usually end up having to pay for. If you don’t fancy the hotel restaurant the Fox & Roman and the Cross Keys nearby both serve some decent grub. There is also a Holiday Inn Express York which is located out near Stockton on the Forest – so make sure you book the right one!

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The Waggon & Horses

19 Lawrence St, York YO10 3BP

York Minster – 15 minute walk, York Castle Museum – 10 minute walk

If you’re looking for cheap hotels in York you might want to consider staying somewhere like The Waggon & Horses. More a pub with rooms than a typical hotel, The Waggon and Horses offers homely accommodation at very reasonable prices.

A short walk from town, it’s in a very handy location if you’re coming to York for an event at the Barbican – which is just round the corner. The pub itself is a really nice place to drink and they usually have a fine selection of ales on tap. It’s not a rowdy boozer so doesn’t disturb the rooms upstairs. There is a small car park to the rear which is free to use for guests.

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The Rose & Crown

13 Lawrence St, York YO10 3BP

Jorvik Viking Centre – 14 minute walk, Cliffords Tower – 12 minute walk

Another pub with rooms – and cheap place to stay in York – The Rose & Crown is a couple of doors down from The Waggon & Horses. The rooms are clean and modern and the pub is friendly and laid back. Walmgate bar can be seen through the pub windows and the city centre is less than 10 minutes walk away.

The hop on / hop off sightseeing bus stops nearby (very handy for over-weary legs). You can eat here too – the Rose & Crown has a rightly deserved reputation for serving excellent food. Parking to the rear is free and WiFi is available – although the speed isn’t great.

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Mercure Fairfield Manor

Shipton Road, York YO30 1XW

York Minster – 55 minute walk, Bootham Bar – 55 minute walk

Clean, comfortable hotel in its own grounds to the north of the city. The countryside views offer a relaxing change from the hustle and bustle of York during peak tourist season. The hotel is very much on the outskirts of town (which is why rooms tend to be cheaper and the parking is free).

You can obviously drive into the city centre but the parking isn’t cheap. Alternatively you can travel into York by bus – there is a stop outside the hotel – or use the Park and Ride at Rawcliffe Bar. The hotel bar is a little on the expensive side – which is unfortunate as there aren’t really any other drinking options nearby.

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York Pavilion

45 Main Street, Fulford YO10 4PJ

Cliffords Tower – 30 minute walk, York Dungeon – 31 minute walk

A listed building in the Fulford area of York, the York Pavilion Hotel has plenty of character and charm. A popular wedding venue, the hotel staff take care to maintain other guest’s peace and quiet.

Despite being on the opposite side of the river to the Knavesmire, the hotel is often a popular choice for racegoers – the walk across Millenium Bridge is pleasant if a little long. It is also quite close to the Designer Outlet which is less than a mile away. Town itself is a 30 minute stroll along the river, a £7 taxi ride or a short bus journey. The parking is free.

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Heworth Court Hotel

76-78 Heworth Green, York YO31 7TQ

York Minster – 15 minute walk, York Dungeon – 20 minute walk

A friendly independently-run hotel within 15 minutes walk of the centre of York. A great value-for-money option for those on a budget, the rooms are clean and simple but have a homely feel to them (unlike the bigger chain hotels).

Breakfast is excellent – whether you’re after a full English or something more continental in style – there is a restaurant and bar on site and the car parking is free – but can be a bit of a squeeze. Although the journey into town is short there is a bus stop outside the hotel if you don’t fancy the walk.

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