The Most Romantic Hotels to Book in York

Enjoy a walk down the Shambles to soak up the romantic atmosphere in York
Enjoy a walk down the Shambles to soak up the romantic atmosphere in York | © Efrain Padro / Alamy Stock Photo
Chloe Dickenson

York is a delight for couples looking for a romantic getaway. If you want to walk the cobblestone streets of the Shambles, cosy up with a beer in the underground bar Sotano, or have an intimate meal in a refined restaurant like Rustique, you’re in the right place. To help you find the perfect place to stay, we’ve compiled a list of the best.

1. Middletons


A bed, desk and chair in a traditional hotel room at Middletons Hotel, with some exposed brick
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Middletons is perfect for a romantic break in the city centre of York. There is a choice of four room packages – cosy, comfy, executive and cottage – and you can book champagne on arrival before dinner at the rustic Sawmill Restaurant. Wake up to fluffy bathrobes and the smell of coffee from the Lavazza coffee machine before heading down to enjoy smashed avo on toast for brunch.

2. Hotel Indigo


A bed with a beige runner and red cushions in a modern hotel room at Hotel Indigo York
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Close to the city shopping district on trendy Walmgate, Hotel Indigo packs a punch when it comes to style, sophistication and romance. It boasts unfathomably comfortable beds and rainfall showers. Dine in their coveted No. 88 Walmgate restaurant, serving finger-licking good chicken wings and a fabulous tuna niçoise. Hotel Indigo is a fantastic option for a romantic weekend in York.

3. Hotel du Vin


A freestanding bathtub, cushioned bench and bed with wood sleigh frame in a hotel room at Hotel du Vin
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If you’re after cool-toned colours, roll-top baths and an enviable wine cellar, you’ll feel right at home at Hotel du Vin. The hotel is described as “the epitome of northern splendour” – thanks to the fine-dining menu of steak haché and moules frites, the decadent dining spaces, and the stunning rooms located inside a magnificent Grade II listed building.

4. Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

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A spacious hotel room at Middlethorpe Hall and Spa with a double bed with patterned bedspread
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Middlethorpe Hall and Spa, inside the large grounds of Middlethorpe, strikes the perfect balance between country life and close proximity to York’s city centre. You’ll find the former home of famous diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, as well as bountiful parkland and garden areas. The lavish spa is also perfect for romance and relaxation.

5. The Churchill Hotel


A four-poster bed, freestanding bathtub and velvet armchairs facing the TV and wardrobe in a stylish hotel room at the Churchill Hotel
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The Churchill Hotel is one of York’s most luxurious hotels, making it an exemplary choice for a romantic getaway. It boasts a unique experience within the newly renovated garden area – its garden igloos, heated pods on top of outdoor decking, are perfect for a romantic night under the stars with a fancy bottle of chablis from Dewsnaps Brasserie, the hotel restaurant.

6. The Principal York


A hotel room with neutral colour tones at the Principal York, with a bed and sitting area with couch and armchair
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The Principal York is known for being one of the top wedding locations in the city, and easy to see why it’s considered a magnificent place to stay for romantics. Resembling a Victorian mansion, the Principal offers fabulous suites, magnificent hotel grounds, and dining options to rival even the most esteemed restaurants. Delicately decorated in hushed tones and furnished with plush couches, solid-wood desks and ornate glass tables, you’d be hard-pressed to pass up on a stay at the Principal York.

7. The Grange


A bed with elegant drapes and a light green velvet couch in a hotel room at the Grange
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A roaring open fire and ivy-clad exterior greets you upon entry to the Grange Hotel York, and their four-poster bedrooms are ideal for a romantic getaway. Dine in the on-site AA rosette restaurant, the Ivy Brasserie, run by expert chef Will Nichol, who favours local Yorkshire produce. The roast guinea fowl with red cabbage and shallots is a real favourite; follow it with the white chocolate mousse.

8. The Grand Hotel

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A bed, desk with chair and sitting area with two armchairs and champagne flutes in a hotel room at the Grand Hotel
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Treat someone special in your life to a weekend at the Grand Hotel. Set within the city walls, it’s known for its luxury king-size beds, romantic spa, and intimate 1906 bar, complete with Moët & Chandon cocktails. For the ultimate gesture, book the Grandeur Package, which includes two nights in the penthouse suite with champagne, chocolate, afternoon tea, spa treatments, and three-course meals. They can even accommodate helicopter arrivals, in case you were wondering.

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