I have stayed at this hotel, many many times. The last was for week ending 27th July when I was there for much of the week with my 14 year old daughter. That the manager, Tony Furlong, must be doing something right is obvious given the number of times I've been there over the last ten years.
So what is the attraction for me?
For a start it is right in the centre of York and nowhere in the city is too far to walk from here. The National Railway Museum is just over a footbridge away, access to the historic Bar Walls is five minutes walk and only slightly further away is the Minster and Shambles.
A big extra plus for anyone with kids is that the hotel does sport a very good swimming pool which we have used often. The hotel is also very spacious which means they can run around without causing too much havoc.
The hotel itself is a bygone from the days of 'Rail' when every company needed to have its own, showcase hotel. This hotel used to be called 'The Station Hotel' before it became 'The Royal' and is built right next to York Station. So for those arriving by rail it could not be easier. So the building is a large, rambling Victorian style edifice with all the plusses and minusses that entails. The downside is the lack of air con in most of the main body of the hotel (if you want it then ask for a room in the Garden Wing) and that with a hotel of this size sometimes things go wrong.
And like large hotels of this type The Royal does like to host weddings at weekends. This is not good for normal, paying guests who can get the bum's rush when it comes to bar service or even getting a meal! Then the service can fall to below two star!
A continuous issue for me has been the hotel's restaurant. Breakfast is always fine - this time round the sausages and tomatoes were particularly good - but evening meals can be very hit or miss. At the time of writing there's a new chef in charge. As a result I would have awarded them 7 out of 10 for my meal (cheese soufle for starters, main of blade of beef, dessert of creme caramel all washed down with a fine but not expensive wine). As an alternative 'The Tempus Bar' does good bar meals and sandwiches. However York is awash with good restaurants, some a short walk away (try 'Zen' in Hudson Street less than two minutes away). Staff are always attentive but this time round seemed even more so.
York is my home town ( I have been gone more than forty years) so perhaps I am more glowing about this place than I should be. However, it is an excellent start point for anyone visiting the city for the first time and wanting a central location to start from. I've tried all the hotels in the city,some more expensive, some the same, some cheaper, but this is the one I always come back to. That should say it all.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal York Hotel Grand Victorian
- Royal York Hotel York