Where to Stay in York for a Local Experience

York doesn't get more atmospheric than a quiet morning on the Shambles
York doesn't get more atmospheric than a quiet morning on the Shambles | © Lankowsky / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 November 2020

No matter how many times you visit, you can’t help but fall in love with this city. Stroll the cobblestoned Shambles, visit York Minster and explore the City Walls – this historic city has so many authentic experiences. Here are our top recommendations for where to stay in York – bookable on Culture Trip.

Guy Fawkes Inn

Four poster bed with blue velvet drapes and floral curtains at Guy Fawkes Inn
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Taking its name from the notorious criminal, this inn was the birthplace of the infamous Guy Fawkes. Locals frequent the bar and restaurant, so you’ll have ample opportunity to rub shoulders with York natives during your stay in York. The Conspirators’ Menu offers traditional British pub food in a highly authentic setting. Be sure to try the crème brûlée for dessert; it will set your taste buds ablaze.

Moxy York

Coworking space at Moxy York has a long wooden table, eclectic furniture, modern metal lighting and egg chairs
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Moxy York is a trendy and vibrant, York hotel, just outside the main hub of the city. It’s situated near many of the city’s offices and apartments, so you’ll often find freelancers and digital nomads frequenting the Plug and Meet lobby areas where there’s a 24/7 food and drink service. Whether you’re in the city on a work trip or for leisure, you can still take advantage of the minimalist, reasonably priced rooms that Moxy York offers.

Roomzzz York

Kitchen and lounge area at Roomzzz has grey and white furnishings, a modern kitchen and unique lighting art
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Just a short walk from Rowntree Park – a favourite stomping ground for locals – Roomzzz York boasts six different room options, including a swish two-bedroom loft apartment complete with a kitchenette, living and dining area, plus a workspace to take care of those important calls. Some rooms have a view out over the River Ouse, and there is a free gym on-site along with a cosy coffee shop.

York Pavilion Hotel

Grand exterior of York Pavilion Hotel has a red brick building with moss growing on it, flower bushes and a side walkway
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York Pavilion Hotel, in the Fulford area and near the University of York, allows the perfect opportunity to delve into student life in York. This hotel provides you with the perfect base for your stay, each room decorated in a distinctive theme and some with elegant four-poster beds. It also hosts an array of events throughout the calendar year, including festive shindigs, disco nights, and events for the whole family.

B+B York

Gold framed bed in a room at B+B York, with a green sofa, yellow walls and mood lighting
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This is a fantastic place to stay in the trendy neighbourhood of Bootham, a 10-minute walk to the City Walls. B+B York is pet-friendly, so bring your furry friend along and join the local dog walkers through Bootham Park for an early morning stroll. Along with a free on-site car park, the hotel also offers complimentary bicycle hire, so you can cruise through the city like a local commuter.

Lamb and Lion Inn

Two leather chairs and a double bed with wood frame in a hotel room at Lamb and Lion Hotel
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The Lamb and Lion Inn is one of York’s most beloved local pubs. In the warmer months, you’ll find the lush beer garden teeming with families, friends and locals sinking afternoon pints while enjoying the view of York Minster. During winter, it’ll be squish central inside, as regulars nab a seat next to the homely fireplace. The Lamb & Lion Inn oozes warm, snug comfort and the characterful bedrooms above make it a convenient place to rest your head after sampling one or two of the local ales.

Minster Walk Guest House

One activity that can’t be missed in York is climbing the tower at York Minster. The Minster Walk Guest House is just a stone’s throw away from the Minster on Marygate, so you’ll be in a prime location to enjoy the sweeping views that the top of the magnificent cathedral offers. If you’re inclined to splurge, the top floor is home to a spacious suite complete with wooden beams.

DoubleTree by Hilton, York

Lounge area at DoubleTree by Hilton has eclectic furniture, a vibrant orange sofa and a nautical light
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DoubleTree by Hilton York is an acclaimed hotel right in the city centre, not far from the Shambles. It overlooks the Monk Bar section of the city’s famous bar walls, one of the most popular attractions in York. If you’re looking to incorporate both exercise and sightseeing during your time in York, join the locals on the 3.4km (2mi) stretch of the ancient monument.

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