York is a beautiful historic city. As well as a multitude of attractions there are lots of accommodation options. A little disorganised, I left booking to the last minute and most places were full. The Royal York Hotel had just a few rooms left so despite some unfavourable reviews I booked. Calling the reservation number proved to be a bit frustrating as it was all automated. I ended up going online to book.
The pictures on their website have been artfully taken and they describe themselves as "the leading luxury hotel in York". I think this might be a slight embellishment but overall my husband, baby and I did enjoy our stay. The hotel has also received a AA four star quality standard.
We arrived early for check in as we were heading off to a wedding. The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful. Despite our room not being ready yet (we were early), the receptionist called housekeeping to find an alternative room. We then retired to the Tempus Bar for a quick bite to eat while our room was sorted and the key was brought to us.
The Tempus Bar is light and bright but lacking a little in atmosphere. I ordered French onion soup and my husband the same plus a chicken mayonnaise sandwich. I wasn't expecting much from a hotel lunch but the soup was surprisingly tasty and just what I needed on a crisp November day. The chicken sandwich had good quality slices of chicken breast and a spread of mayonnaise but that's it. A little salad in the sandwich rather than just on the side would have given it a more appealing look and crunch.
Our room was large with a big double bed and a great sized bathroom. The decor is more 'granny' style with different florals and stripes creating a bit of a clash. The images on their website are of more stylish contemporary rooms and I'm guessing part of the hotel has been refurbished and a part is still waiting.
The hotel itself is huge and quite an impressive building both outside and inside with the large staircase winding up from reception. There's a health and fitness suite with heated swimming pool but I didn't have time to try these out, maybe next time.
The greatest advantage of this hotel is the location. Set right next to the railway station and just a 5 minute stroll into the very centre of York, you have everything you want to see on your doorstep. The Royal York Hotel has parking (£6 a day not included in your room). We had a slight panic on arriving as the car park was very full and it's on a first come first serve basis. Luckily they allowed us to park on the grass.
I usually only review places I want to sing and dance about and wasn't 100% sure on whether to write up on this Hotel. However, if you set your expectations for a large room, friendly service and great location then you won't be disappointed. Click here for 7 great attractions to visit in York
We were in York in the summer and stayed at a self-catering apartment called the Old Brewery. It was lovely. Just round the back of the Minster. I suppose the downside was that we needed to make our own breakfast, but there were plenty of little cafes and restaurants when we didn't feel like it.