The boutique hotels of York offer chic accommodation and are often more affordable than your average chain. Memorable quirks highlighting York’s chocolate industry heritage, Viking history and Georgian style make these the best places for a weekend escape. Here are our top recommendations for the best boutique hotels in York.
Inspired by the city’s rich, chocolatey past, Hotel Indigo York has designed its rooms in sumptuous cocoa colours, complete with antique jelly-mould light fittings and muted, soft furnishings. Once you’ve devoured a tuna niçoise or a hearty cheeseburger at the No. 88 Walmgate restaurant, step into the rainfall shower before sinking into the velvety Egyptian cotton bedlinen for the best night’s sleep of your life.
With a prime location in York city centre, this Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse was home to judges attending Assize court sessions from the 1700s until 1976. Settle into your characterful room before heading down to the Cellar Bar for an ale and a tender meat pie. Enjoy the outside seating area on a warm day – it’s the perfect place for people-watching.
Hotel du Vin is the ultimate York boutique hotel, and features free-standing roll-top baths, chandeliers and a first-class restaurant. Tuck into steak frites or veal cheek bourguignon for dinner, and indulge in a glass or two from the extensive wine list. The intimate, cosy rooms have chunky wooden beds adorned with soft bed linen, guaranteeing you an excellent night’s sleep.
Concealed within a secret courtyard, Judges Court offers lush accommodation in a Grade II-listed townhouse with an enigmatic past. Each room has an Nespresso machine, handmade biscuits and Molten Brown bath products. Inside the rooms, you’ll also find authentic apothecary jars, waiting for you to concoct your own cocktail. Alternatively, enjoy Judges Court’s own creations, including the Judges Tipple or Turpin’s Ruin.
The Queen’s Hotel is in the heart of the city, along the Ouse riverbank, and has all the expected amenities of a traditional boutique hotel. With refreshment trays in every room, tremendous views of the river and rooms with a vintage feel, the Queen’s Hotel is an idyllic place to stay in York, whether it’s for business, pleasure or both.
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