Are you planning a visit to York and looking for the best accommodation options to suit your travel style and budget? In this guide, you will find our curated selection of the very best places to stay in York to ensure you make the most of your visit to this beautiful English city.
Popular with visitors from abroad (and UK residents) York in Yorkshire is undoubtedly one of the most visited of England’s cities. Attractions such as York Minster (the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe), the Shambles, the National Railway Museum and historic city walls feature on most visitor’s itineraries.
York is also the perfect stopping off point if you are travelling by train from London to Edinburgh. As well as the many things to do and see in York there are some great day trips from York that are also worth incorporating into your schedule.
Below you will find our choice of 11 best places to stay in York. Most of these hotels, guest houses and B&B’s and are located in the city centre which makes them suitable options if travelling by train.
- Best places to stay in York – Quick picks
- Best York hotels & accommodation
- York Travel Guide
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Best places to stay in York – Quick picks
Best York hotels & accommodation
The Grand York – £££
The Grand Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa located next to the station and a few minute’s walk from York city centre. This 5-star hotel offers guests utmost comfort in elegant surroundings.
Stylish rooms are located in the Grade II listed former railway headquarters. Bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and luxury toiletries.
Dine-in at The Rise Restaurant or treat yourself to a cocktail in the hotel Terrace and Bar.
Spa facilities include a 13-metre swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.
Malmaison York – £££
Situated only 600 meters from York Minster Malmaison York offers guests the perfect stay in an ideal location.
Facilities include a restaurant, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and room service. Rooms are air-conditioned with flat-screen TVs, a safety deposit box and WiFi is available free of charge.
Private parking is available onsite (reserve in advance) Charges apply.
Grays Court York – £££
Once the home of King James I the Grays Court Hotel offers guests views over York’s medieval walls. Set within leafy gardens next to York Minster this is the perfect choice for guests who wish to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
The Bow Room Restaurant serves an award-winning 9-course tasting menu. Enjoy a cream tea during the day while relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.
Bedrooms feature antique furniture, fine linens and scenic views of either gardens or York Minster.
Principal York – £££
The Principal York is centrally located and set in beautiful gardens next to York train station. This 4-star hotel offers guests free WiFi throughout plus access to leisure club facilities including a sauna, steam room and heated indoor pool.
Stylish and modern rooms include a flat-screen smart TV, tea/coffee making facilities, ironing board and hairdryer.
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the Garden Room plus tasty dishes from the Refectory Kitchen and Terrace or Chapter House bar.
This boutique hotel located in the heart of York offers guests stylish and modern accommodation. Themed to reflect the city’s chocolate-making heritage the decor features soft furnishings in the shape of confectionary and jelly-mould lampshades.
All rooms have a mini-fridge, rainfall shower and 32 inch flat-screen TV. There is an on-site bar offering craft beers and a menu based around local Yorkshire ingredients.
On-site parking is available.
This modern, stylish hotel is located in York city centre. It offers guests access to a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and free WiFi.
Rooms are reasonably priced with tea/coffee making facilities, walking showers and complimentary toiletries.
This hotel offers family rooms and has excellent reviews reflecting on the friendliness of the staff.
Judges Court York – ££
Judges Court is located in a quirky four-storey Georgian Grade II listed building in a secret courtyard in the heart of York.
Modern, ensuite accommodation with bespoke furniture and contemporary design. A room only hotel Judges Court is located near numerous eateries offering a wide variety of dining options. Coney Street is nearby and is where you will find some of the best pubs in York.
All rooms have drench showers, luxury Molten Brown toiletries and Egyptian cotton bed linen.
Guy Fawkes Inn – ££
Offering traditional rooms and suites located in a cosy pub the Inn was the birthplace of Guy Fawkes.
The Inn offers free 2 hour guided tours of York to all its guests (though not on Mondays and Tuesdays)
There are 13 rooms many of which feature four-poster beds. All have ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy classic British pub food and real ales in the candle and gas-lit restaurant.
Note that reviewers have mentioned that it can be a little noisy at night due to the location.
23 St Mary’s – £
This traditional B&B is located in a Victorian townhouse near York Minster. Breakfast is reported to be delicious and this B&B has the added benefit of free car parking in the Marygate car park.
Rooms are clean and comfortable and provide a homely and relaxing environment from which to explore the city.
23 St Mary’s receives consistently high reviews for accommodation in York.
The Bar Convent – £
The Bar Convent is located around the corner from York train station and offers comfortable and modern en suite guest rooms. For those on a budget rooms with shared facilities are available.
Stay in England oldest living convent and enjoy peace and quiet in these beautiful surroundings. Breakfasts have an excellent reputation (even winning an award in 2019)
This award-winning accommodation in York offers guests boutique accommodation in a Victorian townhouse.
With 8 en suite rooms, full English and continental breakfast, free WiFi and private parking the Tower Guest House is the perfect choice for your stay in York.
York Travel Guide
Plan your visit to York (and Yorkshire) with our informative guides
- Yorkshire Travel Guide