The Absolute Best Cheap Hotels in York

Discover plenty of historic charm on a walk down the Shambles in York
Discover plenty of historic charm on a walk down the Shambles in York | © Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
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11 November 2020

York might be renowned for being one of the pricier cities to visit in England. But you can still find affordable accommodation for a weekend getaway to explore York Minster, the Shambles, Jorvik Viking Centre and more. Here’s our roundup so you can get the best value out of this historic city.

Marmadukes Town House Hotel

Hotel, Luxury
4.3/5 (495 Reviews)
Marmadukes Town House Hotel
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Dog-friendly rooms, antique furnishings and a desirable location is what you can expect from your stay at Marmadukes Town House Hotel. Just a stone’s throw away from the ancient city walls, Marmadukes provides its guests with convenient and stylish lodgings, all for a price that won’t have you recoiling at the bill.
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Guy Fawkes Inn

Inn
Guy Fawkes Inn
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There aren’t many places in the world where you can stay overnight in the birthplace of one of Britain’s most infamous criminals. While centuries have passed since the birth of Guido Fawkes, the Guy Fawkes Inn still remains to tell the tales of the notorious rebel. Embrace the enigmatic past as you cosy up in the candlelit restaurant while dining on a feast of W. Peat’s award-winning sausages from the inn’s very own Conspirator’s Menu.
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Middletons Hotel

Hotel
Middletons Hotel
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Upon first glance, it’s hard to believe that the Middletons Hotel in York could be deemed as an affordable place to stay. Spread across an impressive six Grade II-listed buildings, Middletons is teeming with history – you don’t need to leave the premises to be transported back in time. The homely Cosy Room comes with proper chunky biscuits and fresh milk for a morning brew.
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Safestay York

Hostel
Safestay York
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With a hostel vibe at its core, Safestay York boasts both private and dorm rooms inside its quirky walls. The on-site bar area serves traditional pub food with an affordable price tag. Additionally, there are several common areas, including a dining hall kitted out with kitchen appliances, such as a toaster, kettle and fridge to store your own goods. Safestay York has thought of your every need when it comes to a comfortable, convenient stay.
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Vikings Accommodation

Hotel
4.2/5 (55 Reviews)
Vikings Accommodation
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In the dreamy location of Bootham Crescent, Vikings Accommodation has an added touch of luxury at an affordable price. It encompasses everything about the Victorian era that it was built in, yet its rooms feel as though they were expertly decorated only yesterday. Inside the guest rooms, you’ll find a cosy fireplace, ornate wooden desks and fluffy throws for the ultimate cosy sojourn.
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Lil's on the Waterfront

Hotel
Lil's on the Waterfront
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Just a heartbeat away from the locals’ favourite Lowther pub, Lil’s on the Waterfront is located right on the River Ouse. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location, and the subtle blue and white hues in the rooms pay homage to their surroundings. At Lil’s, you’ll find its signature restaurant, the Waterfront, where you can order an array of tapas-inspired dishes, such as the patatas bravas, spicy prawns, calamari and meatballs.
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  • Judges Court Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    Judges Court
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    More than 200 criminals were convicted by the judiciary who ruled at Judges Court for more than 80 years in the 18th century. While your stay at the hotel might not be quite as enthralling as past events, this affordable accommodation would have the judges banging their gavel in approval. There are four-poster beds in several rooms at Judges Court, and a fabulous free-standing roll-top bath in the Deluxe King suite.
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    Elmbank Hotel

    Hotel
    Elmbank Hotel
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    Rarely will you find a York hotel with an outstanding location for such an affordable price, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Elmbank Hotel. Overlooking the remarkable grounds of York Racecourse, the rooms feature bright, bold fabrics and modern furniture with a chic vibe. Leetham’s Brasserie is the hotel’s on-site restaurant – the chefs’ expertise in Yorkshire dining boasts dishes such as ham hock terrine, lamb leg steak and succulent Angus beef burger.
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    Holmwood House Hotel

    Hotel
    4.2/5 (271 Reviews)
    Holmwood House Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $115 per night
    With carefully restored rooms maintaining the original charm of the listed building, Holmwood House Hotel is a wonderful hotel in York for a quiet break. Each room has its own elegant, unique decor, while the rest of the property feels warm and welcoming as you make your way through the hotel’s walkways. While dinner isn’t available at Holmwood House Hotel, you can certainly enjoy a fabulous breakfast feast of croissants, fruits, muesli, kippers and more.
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    Astor York

    Hostel
    Astor York
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    Astor York is a hostel, with room options in the form of private rooms, small dorms and large dorms. Comforts such as a self-catering kitchen, bar area, dining hall and outdoor terrace are all included in your stay at Astor York. Those looking to hit the town while in York will be pleased to know that your electronic keycard grants you 24-hour access to the property, while lockers, padlocks and adaptors are on hand to make your stay accessible and enjoyable.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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