Whether you want to be close to all the local attractions or have a business meeting in the city, there are some great hotels in York city centre which are in easy walking distance of almost everything.
Dean Court Hotel
Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EF
York Minster – 1 minute walk, Merchant Adventurers Hall – 6 minute walk
Overlooking – or overlooked by – the Minster, Dean Court is a well-presented 4 star hotel within a minute’s walk of York city centre. They offer a range of accommodation options including deluxe doubles and entire suites.
All of the front facing windows have been secondary glazed to reduce noise from outside and ensure you get a peaceful night’s rest. Although York’s restaurants are in easy reach, the Dean Court Hotel’s own eatery D.C.H. is a fine place to dine and was recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes.
Hampton by Hilton York
Toft Green, York YO1 6JT
York Minster – 9 minute walk, York Dungeon – 6 minute walk
Only a short walk from the station, the Hampton by Hilton is one of the newest hotels in York city centre. This stylish purpose built hotel offers guests excellent value for money.
The rooms are spacious and well-equipped – with air-conditioning as standard – there are gym facilities, a 24-hour bar, 24-hour business centre and a 24-hour pizza service. To cap it all they serve a free hot breakfast in the morning (or you can grab a takeaway alternative if you’re in a rush). Although within the walls, it’s on the other side of the river to most of York’s attractions.
Guy Fawkes Inn
25 High Petergate, York YO1 7HP
The Shambles – 3 minute walk, Jorvik Viking Centre – 6 minute walk
This characterful medieval York city centre hotel is overlooked by the Minster and round the corner from the Shambles. Despite the odd wonky floor the 13 en-suite bedrooms have all the amenities the modern traveller requires. The location is fantastic but just be aware that if you’re after an early night noise from the street outside can be an issue.
Although its claim to be the birthplace of Guy Fawkes is difficult to prove, we do know from church records that he was definitely christened in St Michael le Belfrey – the church immediately opposite.
St. Maurice’s Road, York YO31 7JA
York Minster – 5 minute walk, Merchant Adventurers Hall – 6 minute walk
After a recent £3 million refurbishment, Monkbar has been upgraded to a 4 star hotel. The bedrooms, restaurant and interior spaces have been been given a stylish makeover and now look more boutique than Best Western.
Although just outside the city walls the hotel is located with easy reach of the city’s attractions – with both York Minster and The Shambles being within 5 minutes walk. Onsite parking isn’t available, however, the hotel can supply parking permits for local City of York car parks at a cost of £8 per 28 hours.
53 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PL
Cliffords Tower – 3 minute walk, Merchant Adverturers Hall – 5 minute walk
With floor to ceiling windows in the main foyer and cocktail lounge, Hotel 53 feels like a place you’d find in a city much larger than York. The rooms are modern and comfortable and contain everything you’d expect to find in the more well-known chain hotels.
Although not to everyone’s tastes, if you’re a traveller on a budget there is a largish Wetherspoons pub opposite where cheap meals are available throughout the day. On-site parking is available (yay!) downside is it costs extra (boo!).
The Lamb & Lion Inn
2-4 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH
York Dungeon – 8 minute walk, Jorvik Viking Centre – 8 minute walk
Butted right up against Bootham Bar, The Lamb & Lion Inn looks and feels like a living part of York’s history. Rebuilt after a 17th century fire, the pub and restaurant area is divided up into a network of interlinked separate rooms linked by narrow corridors. Upstairs they have twelve 4 star en-suite bedrooms spread across multiple floors.
Location wise, the hotel is very central – the Minster is around 200 yards in one direction and York Art Gallery 100 yards in the other. The only downside perhaps is a lack of parking for guests arriving by car.
The Park Inn by Radisson York
North Street, York YO1 6JF
York Minster – 6 minute walk, York Dungeon – 3 minute walk
The Park Inn has recently had a facelift both inside and out. The multi-storey building is still not much to look at from the outside, however, it offers fantastic views over the city once inside. Although on the ‘wrong’ side of the river for York’s attractions – everything is at most 5-6 minutes walk away.
For those travelling for business, the hotel has 12 meeting rooms, high-speed WiFi and is within easy walking distance of the train station. On-site parking is available but costs an additional £12/night.
1 Tower Street, York YO1 9WD
Cliffords Tower – 2 minute walk, Jorvik Viking Centre – 2 minute walk
With views of Cliffords Tower, the Hilton York benefits from a superb city centre location with multiple attractions within just a couple of minutes walk (their website claims the hotel is also within easy reach of ‘the business district’ – although I’m not sure where exactly they think this is).
Although they have an in-house restaurant, there are a number of excellent eateries within a couple of hundred yards. There is a car park beneath the hotel – very handy if you’re travelling to York by car. One downside is the lack of free WiFi – although this may well be addressed in the future.
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