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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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