York is a popular city break destination with people from both home and abroad. Brimming with magnificent historic buildings, fascinating museums and wonderful independent shops and eateries, it’s no wonder this stunning Yorkshire city is one of the most visited in the UK.
When booking a city break, it’s easy to head straight for the big hotel chains to look for the best deal. However, with big chains and budget brand hotels, you often sacrifice the level of personal service and thoughtful little extras that boutique hotels usually provide. With a smaller, independent hotel you’re more likely to get local treats waiting for you on arrival. Dining is usually a more intimate affair without lengthy queues to disappointing buffets. Plus, you’re less likely to have to climb three flights of stairs and follow a maze of endless corridors to reach your room after a long day exploring the city.
We believe that boutqiue hotels are always the best option when booking a city break. If you’re planning a trip to York, then check out this list of our favourites. There’s no shortage of accommodation in the city of York but these guys all offer something a little bit special…
5 of The Best Boutique Hotels in York
The Parisi Hotel
Located within York’s famous medieval city walls, The Parisi is a small hotel with a huge amount of character. Ideally situated in the heart of the city, this 11-room hotel is perfect for a weekend sightseeing city break.
Owned and run by sisters Maria and Sophie, this tiny boutique hotel is housed in a converted Victorian rectory in York’s historic merchants’ quarter. The charming building has been beautifully decorated with quirky, colourful interiors, furnished with an eclectic mix of retro and antique items and has a team of dedicated staff that offer an efficient and personal service to all guests. With the hotel only having 11 rooms, you can book out the entire hotel for you and your fellow travellers. The perfect venue for wedding guests or family reunions!
The three public areas are equally as pretty as the bedrooms. There’s a bright and airy breakfast room, a cosy library with an abundance of books and a stunning little courtyard garden, ideal for al fresco drinks and catch-ups with your companions.
They have quite an extensive breakfast menu at The Parisi and, with it being such a small hotel, the staff here will gladly make anything you specifically request. They also have a superb cereal bar which allows you to make your very own muesili from a selection of cereals, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
Stays at The Parisi hotel start at £119 per night and the price varies depending on room size and time of year.
The Parisi Hotel, 51 St Denys Road, York. YO1 9QD
Located within the city walls and in the heart of York’s foodie area, Hotel Indigo is a luxury boutique hotel with 103 individually designed rooms. Dedicated to supporting Yorkshire suppliers, their furnishings and fabrics are all made by talented Yorkshire designers and crafters.
The rooms and all the public areas at Hotel Indigo are all super stylish and incorporate unique design touches which pay homage to the local area. Even the lampshades in some of the rooms feature details of a 19th century local census.
The hotel itself is ideally situated in York’s popular foodie district so you won’t have to walk far to find exceptional food. In fact, the hotel’s own restaurant is pretty impressive. Their traditional Yorkshire restaurant offers an array of beautifully prepared British classics, made using locally sourced Yorkshire produce and served with Yorkshire craft ales and beers.
Hotel Indigo has won numerous awards in recent years and with its swanky interiors, central location and excellent restaurant, it’s quite understandable. If you’re heading to York on business or hoping to sample some great Yorkshire food, then this is the hotel for you.
Hotel Indigo, 88-96 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
01904 231 333
The Grange is one of the most beautiful hotels in York. Built in 1829, the Grade II listed Regency townhouse still has its original sweeping staircase with cast iron balustrade. Decorated in an elegant Regency style throughout and scattered with period antiques, The Grange is a truly remarkable hotel offering a real taste of luxury.
The 41 ensuite rooms all include a flat screen LCD television, a generous hospitality tray with Taylors of Harrogate refreshments, laptop safes, free WIFI and luxury toiletries from The White Company. In the premier rooms, you’re also treated to underfloor heating, air conditioning and a TV in the bathroom.
In the cellars of The Grange Hotel, you will will find their 2 Rosette fine dining restaurant. The Ivy Brasserie offers a menu of perfectly presented classic dishes with a French influence, served in a stunning dining room featuring exposed brickwork and industrial lighting. Although The Ivy Brasserie is a fine dining restaurant, chef, Will Nichols, showcases his culinary talents in a relaxed and informal environment.
Stays at The Grange Hotel are priced at the higher end of the scale, but with such attentive staff, elegant interiors, luxurious rooms and an impressive restaurant onsite, it’s well worth it for a special occasion!
The Grange Hotel, 1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
What a gem we have here! Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York and one of the most historic buildings in England. With it’s long and fascinating past, York attracts history lovers from across the globe. If you’re heading to York to learn more about its history, then this hotel should be at the top of your accommodation list!
The house was built in the late 11th century and has passed through many hands over the centuries. Before becoming the residence of the famous Gray family for over two hundred years, previous owners included Lord Fairfax and the Squire family.
Now, the Grade I listed building is one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in York. With just 12 rooms set across two floors, Grays Court offers exceptional comfort and attentive, yet discreet service. All the rooms are elegantly decorated and furnished with stunning antique furniture. A few of the rooms even boast spectacular views of York Minster.
Headed by Bradford-born Joe Clapham, the restaurant at Grays Court serves fresh, locally and substainably grown local produce – much of which is grown in the hotels own gardens.
Grays Court is an intimate and elegant hotel in a secluded yet central part of York, so it is perfect for last-minute romantic breaks or honeymoon getaways.
Grays Court, Chapter House St, York YO1 7JH
Situated in the heart of York’s bustling shopping district, Judges Court is a 15-bedroom boutique hotel nestled in a hidden courtyard. The Grade II listed Georgian townhouse once provided lodgings for high-ranking judicary figures who came to York to sit in judgement for the city’s most serious crimes. One previous resident of Judges Court was the man who convicted and sentenced the infamous Dick Turpin.
This boutique hotel still has the original wooden panelling of the period and is stylishly decorated throughout with Georgian colours and polished woods. Each room boasts tasteful modern decor that complements the orginal Georgian features and reflects its links to the judicial system.
Small, but stylish and within a short walking distance of York’s wonderful array of quirky shops and boutiques, this hotel would suit couples or business travellers who appreciate sophistication. There isn’t a restaurant at the hotel but each room includes a Nespresso machine, handmade biscuits and a mini bar packed full of indulgent treats.
Judges Court, Coney Street, York YO1 9ND
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