My partner and I stayed in Flat 61 for a week in July 2011. First of all I would like to say we absolutely loved this flat and looked forward to returning to it every evening after a long day of activities as we found it very homely and comfortable.
Upon entering the flat a staircase leads up to the bathroom and living area. The living area makes very good use of space with a two seater comfy sofa and two single seater comfy chairs. In the corner is a Sony Bravia flat screen TV with freeview, which pleasantly surprised me as I was expecting a great big grey TV that is pictured on the website. To the left of this is a four seated dining table and along the left wall is the kitchen units, cabinets, ample utensils and cookware along with a fridge freezer and cooker (unlike a previous review we had no problems with the electric hobs, maybe they are a gas person). We loved the living area the bright green rug, wooden flooring (also a previous review states this is uneven, well it certainaly was not in July 2011) and pictures on the wall created a relaxed athmosphere. There is also a really nice fireplace, but due to the dining table it is hidden, which is ashame really, but cannot be helped as the layout appears to be economical space- wise.
The bathroom has a tall bathtub, with a built in shower, a toilet, a sink and a washing machine/tumble dryer. There is also a mirrored cabinet and a four shelf rack so storage for toiletries is not an issue. There is one window in the bathroom which opens really wide, which is very useful so no condensation builds up. Regarding the washing machine/ tumble dryer i'd recommend you use it during the day when you are out and not at night as it is extremely noisy and shakes the whole bathroom.
Then up a set of stairs leads to the bedroom...... WOW!! I loved this room! there are beautiful black beams and the main window is surrounded by bare red brickwork, these two factors made this room feel very rustic and cosy. In fact when we discovered the bedroom I lay on the bed for a good 20 minutes taking in the surroundings, I thought it was absolutely lovely. The decor of the bedroom consists mainly of a very nice king size (I think or we are just very small people!) bed, a single bed (which I found very useful to escape my partners heavy breathing during the night!) accompanied by bedside tables and lamps. There is a chest of drawers and a wardrobe so plenty of storage space for 2 or 3 people.
Overall we loved our stay in flat 61 and have already talked about going back possibly for a winter break. Even better on the first night we discovered we were right above a sushi restaurant, we are massive sushi fans and bought it most nights to take up to the flat after a long day of sightseeing! The flat is in an excellent location both a 5 minute walk away from Sainsbury's Local and York Minster. Yes the flat is on the noisy side as it is single glazed, but most buildings located in central York are single glazed and anyhow how much time do you spend indoors during the day on your holiday that the noise is going to be of bother. By nightime the traffic is less thus less noise, in turn a good night's sleep! The cleanliness of the flat was up to standard, there was dirt if you were looking for it, but none that stood out. In fact this slight bit of dirt if anything only added to the homelyness, it gave the flat that 'lived in' feeling, if the flat was sterile, super clean, it would not be homely as you would feel scared to live in it for fear of making the slightest bit of mess.
There were very few criticisms about flat 61, most were very minor, all homes have flaws and this one is no different. The main ones though are the flat does get very hot, as the window in the living room does not open, ventilation is a problem. We sort of overcame this by opening the bathroom window and the skylight in the bedroom when we were in the flat, then on the second last day I found what I called the 'secret window' which was hidden behind the blinds in the bedroom window! The other main criticism would be the noisyness of the washing machine, I was half expecting either the washing maching to break through the floor and land in the sushi restaurant or a member of staff from the restaurant to come knocking at the door!
As for the price of the accomodation it was very reasonable, we looked up hotel prices and they were more than that of Flat 61, considering too that you get a holiday home opposed to a holiday room, I think this was a great deal!
I would also like to say Betty is very helpful, especially as we left an item in the flat, which Betty is very kindly sending back to me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 city centre self catering flats and 1 brand new town house ideally situated just 5 minutes walk from York Minster. These contemporary and stylish flats and townhouse are perfect for tourists, business guests and family visitors. They have been refurbished and decorated to a high standard. Guests can expect a warm welcome and relaxing atmosphere. The flats can accommodate up to 3 , 4 or 5 people in each; the townhouse sleeps 8 people. All with free private parking & high speed WiFi. Amenities are conveniently close by. Also the townhouse has got a beautiful Minster views. ... more less