York’s most photographed street, Shambles, looks as though it has barely changed in centuries – the ramshackle assortment of medieval buildings converges over a narrow lane, with upper storeys overhanging the street below. More recently, the street became Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films, bringing a new generation of visitors to the quaint shops and cafes of the Shambles. Stay in one of these top hotels nearby – bookable on Culture Trip.
One of York’s most endearing features are its old city walls, which still encircle most of the centre. The aptly named Grand is a five-star hotel located right beside the old wall – and the handsome red-and-white brick, Edwardian facade is just a sneak peek at the elegance that lies within. Rooms are individually decorated in a range of plush fabrics, including crushed velvet headboards and Egyptian cotton sheets. A spa, a restaurant and a courtyard bar are just some of the hotel’s many amenities for you to enjoy here.
Presenting more like a palace than a hotel, the Principal York is a vast, sturdy Victorian pile sandwiched between York train station and the city walls. The building has been thoroughly refurbished so that modern amenities and comforts reign supreme, without losing the charm and atmosphere of the building’s heritage. The furniture is modern but elegantly designed – while modern tile bathrooms and rainfall showers ensure a night’s stay is a comfortable one.
Another major highlight of York is its fabulous Gothic Minster, which happens to be a close neighbour of the Dean Court Hotel. The hotel was constructed in 1865 to house the clergy – look for the crossed keys on the side of the building, representing the keys to heaven. Rooms range from smaller doubles to suites, with elegant fleur de lis wallpaper and a separate living space with a sofa. For a special occasion, afternoon tea is available in the hotel restaurant.
The modern Hotel Indigo York is located across the River Foss, a five-minute walk from the Shambles. This boutique hotel’s creative flair juxtaposes contemporary sensibilities with more traditional elements, such as elegant wooden wainscoting behind the bed facing brightly painted murals on the opposite wall – while bathrooms are clean and pristinely decorated in white tile with rainfall showers. The Indigo’s No.88 Walmgate restaurant specialises in Yorkshire cuisine made from locally-sourced produce.
Are you looking for a hotel that is big on guest facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, room service and meeting rooms? Then the Novotel York Centre is a great choice for you, along with the trendy bar space with its flagstone floors, exposed ceiling pipes and extensive cocktail list. Rooms blend calming charcoal and white tones, while behind the headboards are woodland-themed murals – providing a playful touch to an otherwise modern hotel.
Looking for great places to stay in York? Check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in York, bookable on Culture Trip.