The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in York

Enjoy the afternoon sunshine along the River Ouse in York
Enjoy the afternoon sunshine along the River Ouse in York | © Travellinglight / Alamy Stock Photo
Chloe Dickenson

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.

1. Hotel Indigo

Hotel

Smart room at Hotel Indigo with wooden flooring, exposed-brick walls, double bed and hanging mirror
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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.

2. The Churchill Hotel

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Smart room at the Churchill Hotel with four-poster bed, claw-foot bathtub, velvet armchairs and teal-green walls
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This Grade II-listed Georgian building exudes luxury in an understated manner. Think bespoke furniture and soft bedlinens; some rooms even have roll-top baths. At the on-site Dewsnaps Brasserie, you can expect excellent traditional fare, such as succulent pork belly with crisp crackling and fish and chips, while the Wellington Bar serves 20-odd craft beers – perfect for washing down an indulgent main course.

3. The Judge's Lodging

Boutique Hotel

Room at the Judges Lodging with floral wallpaper, fireplace, floral sofa and bed
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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.

4. Hotel du Vin

Hotel

Room at Hotel du Vin with wooden bed, wardrobe, television and large windows
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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.

5. Marmadukes Town House Hotel

Hotel, Luxury

Smart room at Marmadukes Town House Hotel with four-poster bed, wooden floor, rug and large windows with green curtains
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With uniquely decorated rooms and warm greetings from staff, Marmadukes Town House Hotel is known for its attention to detail. With a variety of rooms to suit all budgets, there’s something at Marmadukes for everyone. We recommend the King Suite with its double power shower and not-so-discreet barrel sauna. Yes, you read that correctly, a whole private sauna to yourself.

6. Judges Court

Boutique Hotel

Room at Judges Court decorated in green tones with a bed and chair and a black-and-white mural on the wall
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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.

7. Jorvik House

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Room at Jorvik House with a double bed, sofa and claw-foot bathtub
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Inspired by York’s very own Scandinavian heritage, Jorvik House is a boutique hotel that should not be missed. Think wooden floors, minimalist decor and deer skin rugs – the Loft Suite even has a view of York Minster. Located on the periphery of the famous city walls and directly opposite the Museum Gardens, Jorvik House is perfectly placed near the city action.

8. The Queen's Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Room at the Queens Hotel with twin beds, blue carpet and floral curtains and throws
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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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