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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.

Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD – 01904 380038

No 1 Guesthouse York bedroom

No.1 By GuestHouse

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 By GuestHouse 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, seasonal dishes cooked over flames at The Pearly Cow, one of the best afternoon teas in York, drinks from the bar and a spa centred on bespoke therapies. No 1 by Guesthouse is a strong contender as one of the best hotels in York.

1 Clifton, York, YO30 6AA – 01904 644744

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Middletons York hotel bedroom

Middletons Hotel

A short stroll from the iconic Cliffords Tower, the historic Middletons Hotel has fantastic offerings for foodies and tourists alike. With a variety of intricately designed rooms to choose from, Middletons Hotel in York has every type of stay covered. Need a short but relaxing stay with just the essentials? Their ‘Cosy’ rooms are for you. Or, for a luxurious break with your partner or family, their Sir Joseph Terry Cottages are a home away from home.

Middletons York, Cromwell Rd, York YO1 6DS – 01904 611570

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The Principal

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 spaces 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

Guy Fawkes Inn Bedroom interior with four poster bed

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

The Fat Bagder Bedroom Interior 4 Poster Bed

The Fat Badger

Sat within the beautiful and historic city walls stands one of Yorkshire’s most-loved inns, The Fat Badger. If a characterful stay if what you’re looking for, there’s no need to look any further. Inside you will find 12 ensuite bedrooms, each with their own individual style and charm that perfectly suit the city. Also, its ideal for a stopover in between sightseeing and shopping, and during the summer months you can take full advantage of the best secret beer garden in York. With cosy rooms, traditional Yorkshire charm and an extensive bar list, The Fat Badger certainly sits 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 truly 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 644 456

Hotel Indigo Cosy Bedroom Interior

Hotel Indigo York

This award-winning boutique hotel is located near the historic medieval centre of York on 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, the York Minster cathedral and the National Railway Museum.

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


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