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10 of the best hotels in York city centre

10 of the best hotels in York city centre

York is truly a magical place, that deserves to be done right. So why not take a look at the creme de la creme of the best hotels in York city centre, handpicked for those who wish to escape.

Arguably the most beautiful city in the UK, York is a northern gem. With preserved medieval architecture hemming the city and Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral at the epicentre, it is no wonder York has some of the most incredible restaurants, landmarks and hotels. It’s easy to get happily lost in the cobbled side streets, 13th-century buildings, and languidly flowing river Ouse. York proves to be the perfect location for a long weekend getaway.

The Grand York Exterior front of building

The Grand York

For guests seeking a touch of luxury from their visit to York, the centrally located 5 Star Grand hotel lives up to its name. The lavishly decorated suites offer large plush beds, a full mini-bar, in-room dining and access to the luxury spa located in former vaults.

Upgrade your stay with a bottle of bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting upon your arrival or a sprinkling of rose petals on the bed for those extra brownie points on your romantic weekend away. Guests can enjoy private transfers or even choose to arrive Bond style with a helicopter chauffeur that will guarantee the city’s best views.

What also makes The Grand one of our best hotels in York, is their in-house cookery school, which offers a tempting selection of 43 classes catering to all kinds of abilities, tastes and ages.

What’s more, Yorkshire Food Guide customers save up to 25% off afternoon tea, dinner and cookery school classes.

Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD – 01904 380038

Afternoon Tea at The Grand York

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The Principal York

Taking inspiration from the adjacent York railway station, The Principal sits loftily with views of the Minster. With interiors crafted by award-winning architects, you can expect a stylish stay in one of the superior suites, with separate living space as well as the bedroom.

Let off some steam in the sauna, dip in the pool and jacuzzi, or work up an appetite at the gym. Guests can enjoy drinks and dining in the light and airy Garden Room or buzzing Refectory Kitchen Restaurant & Terrace. Offering you everything and more, the 4 Star Principal tops our list of the best hotels in York city centre.

Station Road, York, YO24 1AA – 01904 653681



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Grays Court

This historic court has had knights, kings and royalty walk the halls proving to be the perfect stay for those wishing to escape into a fairytale. Grays Court sits in the heart of the city with direct access to the medieval York walls. The rooms at Grays Court certainly bring the wow factor, with freestanding copper bathtubs, William IV poster beds, all with perfectly framed views of the Minster or the gardens below. Perfect for a romantic weekend away, Grays Court is without a doubt one of the best hotels in York city centre.

Chapter House St, York, YO1 7JH – 01904 612613



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The Parisi Hotel

In a sleepy spot next to St Denys churchyard, sits The Parisi. A great central location close to all of the historic attractions, makes The Parisi one of the best hotels in York city centre. Enjoy the sunlit courtyard for family dining or lounging around the cosy wood-burning fireplace in the library. A five-minute walk to the spellbinding Shambles and a stone’s throw from a selection of York’s best restaurants and teahouses, The Parisi offers an ideal stay for explorers.

51 St Denys Road, York, YO1 9QD – 01904 624800

The Cookery School at The Grand York

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Guy Fawkes Inn

The medieval Guy Fawkes Inn is a landmark of its own in York. As the birthplace of the man himself, the Inn has run with the theme of the infamous parliament plotter. Offering thirteen en-suite rooms, stunningly painted alcoves and wooden furnishings creating an atmosphere of sixteenth-century England. Matching perfectly with the city of York so steeped in history. With a stylish restaurant, bar, and courtyard to enjoy local ales and AA Rosette-awarded British dining, the Guy Fawkes Inn is certainly one of the best hotels in York city centre.

25 High Petergate, York, YO1 7HP – 01904 623716



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Lamb & Lion

With all rooms facing different windows of York, it’s a dice roll of what scenic view you will get. A stony cityscape, mornings overlooking the Minster, or snapshots of historic cobbled streets. The Lamb and Lion pub’s bonus below is an ideal base for business, shopping or sightseeing. The Minster stands tall and magnificent next to the courtyard, where you can enjoy the secret gin garden and award-winning pub grub at its finest. Each cosy room has every amenity, the Lamb and Lion sit high on the list of best hotels in York city centre.

2-4 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH – 01904 612078

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The Churchill Hotel

With industrial-style rooms and underground railroad fashioned arches, The Churchill provides a unique stay. If you’re after luxury, the superior rooms have a roll-top bath and four-poster beds to sink into after a long weekend of sightseeing. Their classy Wellington bar with its subway style character is ideal for a city hideout, serving craft beers, spirits and more. If you’re not out tasting the flavours of York, then the dining room invites you in with quintessentially British cuisine. The entire Georgian mansion drips with sophistication and class.

65 Bootham, York, YO30 7DQ – 01904 644456



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No 1 Guesthouse, York

A charmer of a boutique hotel with a restaurant and spa, in the heart of the historic city of York.

Just a 10-minute walk from the city’s iconic Minster, No 1 GuestHouse in York is a Grade II listed Regency townhouse. Expect stunning sash windows, high ceilings and a sweeping central staircase.

Inside you’ll find pantries stocked full of treats, great restaurant food throughout the day, one of the best afternoon teas in York, drinks from the bar and a spa centred on bespoke therapies.

1 Clifton, York, YO30 6AA – 01904 644744



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Hotel Ingio York

This award-winning boutique hotel is located near the historic medieval centre of York in Walmgate. It picks up on York’s chocolate heritage with a fun, semi-industrial feel. Foodies will be in heaven here, as the street is lined with a parade of restaurants, bars and cafes. Chocaholics will revel in The York Chocolate Story museum nearby, while culture buffs can visit The Shambles, Gothic York Minster cathedral and the National Railway Museum.

88-96 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL – 01904 231 333



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Trembling Madness apartments

To end with some fun, the famous House of Trembling Madness has apartments for you to stay in after you’ve been positively stuffed in the cosy bar (if you know, you know). Channel your inner Austin Powers in the 70s pad, orange-hued lava lamps and Atari included! Fancy a more mature setting? If exposed original timber-framed, four-poster paradise sounds more fitting, then The Chamber is for you. With beautiful medieval furniture, views of the cobbled streets of Stonegate and neighbouring the stunning York Minster, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked back centuries.

52A Stonegate, York YO1 8AS – 01904 289848


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Alexandra Thompson

17/03/2022

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