The Best Hotels to Book Near the Shambles, York

Visit the Shambles to experience Harry Potters Diagon Alley along with some impressive medieval architecture
Visit the Shambles to experience Harry Potter's Diagon Alley along with some impressive medieval architecture | © Eye35 Pix / Alamy Stock Photo
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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.

1. Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

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Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa - York
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Set in extensive landscaped grounds is a mansion house fit for a period drama – Middlethorpe Hall is 2mi (3km) from the city centre of York and feels as though it is set in a bygone century. Rooms are furnished to uphold the traditional country house motif, while the main suites make it easy to imagine you’ve stumbled into the pages of a Victorian novel. The hotel has undergone some modernisations, however, with a luxury spa and swimming pool available to guests.

2. The Grand, York

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A doorman outside the impressive entrance to the Grand Hotel
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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.

3. The Principal York


Columns, parquet flooring and plush seating in the elegant lobby at the Principal York
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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.

5. Hotel Indigo York


Hotel Indigo York
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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.

6. Holiday Inn York


Holiday Inn York
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With a major chain hotel like Holiday Inn, you’ll always have a pretty good idea of what to expect from a night’s stay here. If you’re looking for the familiarity of white and green branding and comfortable, no-frills accommodations, then the York branch will not disappoint. The pillow menu is a neat touch, as the right pillow can make the difference between a good or poor night’s rest. The grave of Dick Turpin – the legendary highwayman – is just outside this hotel, too.

7. Guy Fawkes Inn


Four poster bed with blue velvet drapes and floral curtains at Guy Fawkes Inn
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This inn is named after another infamous outlaw of yore, Guy Fawkes. There’s an ornate charm about the place, though – with floral curtains, four-poster beds, vintage sofas and carved wooden chairs all quirky features of the suites here. The pub downstairs is similarly outfitted, with gas lamps and a cosy fireplace for the winter months. This hotel is impeccably situated, across the road from York Minster and a few minutes from the Shambles.

8. Novotel York Centre


Novotel York Centre
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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.

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