Teeming with fascinating ancient ruins dating back to the Roman period, York is one of Britain’s most popular city break destinations. Many visitors choose to explore its attractions on foot, with a number of organised walking tours available, complete with knowledgeable guides who will regale you with stories and facts about the city.
Of course, after a day’s sightseeing, there’s nothing better than returning to the comfort of a cosy and inviting hotel. We’ve picked out some of the best 4-star options available in York, which you can find below.
The past and the present sit together harmoniously in the city of York and this can also be said of The Grange hotel, which combines classical décor and design features with the very latest in contemporary luxury. Just a short walk from York’s historic centre, the 19th century hotel has undergone some eye-catching changes in recent years, including the arrival of a casual new restaurant area aptly called The Vault due to its setting in brick vaulted cellars, as well as five new premier bedrooms on the ground floor. But the owners of this charming hotel have also gone to great lengths to ensure it retains its distinctive character by restoring the Library and Drawing room to its former glory, while antique paintings and a real open fire add to the ambiance. For those arriving by car, parking is provided at the rear for a charge, and there is also free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Nestled in tranquil gardens, this excellent hotel is just a 10-minute walk from famous York attractions including York Minster cathedral and the Theatre Royal. Guest rooms are decorated with eye-catching period furniture, while more contemporary amenities include modern private bathrooms and tea-coffee making facilities. There’s also a highly regarded on-site restaurant where you can enjoy an extravagant Tasting Menu or, for those with smaller appetites, choose from a la carte options instead. After your meal, relax in the residents lounges or, on a balmy evening, enjoy a nightcap in the private walled garden. For those seeking to explore beyond the city, York Railway Station is 20 minutes away by foot.
Another well located hotel for exploring all that York has to offer, the Best Western Monkbar is reaping the fruits of a significant revamp. As part of this, all guest rooms were given a fresh splash of modern luxury and style, bringing them in line with cutting edge design trends. Some also overlook a pretty walled garden, so if a room with a view is high on your priorities, be sure to request one when booking. Other hotel amenities include an on-site restaurant called The Yorkshire Bar and Grill and a separate bar area with comfy armchairs and booths – ideal for a nightcap or pre-dinner drinks. Breakfasts are also available each morning.
Housed in an impressive Georgian mansion amid picturesque grounds in the centre of York, this hotel is exceptional both inside and out. High ceilings and a smattering of historical artefacts offer a resonant reminder of the building’s rich heritage which dates back to the mid-19th century, while modern amenities include a flat-screen TV and modern bathroom in each guest room, as well as free WiFi throughout the hotel. There’s also an award-winning brasserie serving seasonal, locally sourced food, and a separate bar area. The famous York Minster cathedral is just seconds away by foot.
Boutique-style guest rooms with themed décor characterise this stylish hotel located in the heart of York. Guest rooms feature 100% Egyptian cotton linens, a bathroom with rainfall shower, a flat-screen TV and free WiFi, while complimentary water, fresh milk and snacks are topped up each day. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s an on-site bar serving signature chocolate cocktails and local craft beers. A wide choice of shops and restaurants can be found within a 10-minute walk.