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“Excellent location close to everything and suited my business needs”
Review of The Watergate Inn

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The Watergate Inn
Ranked #129 of 193 York B&B and Inns
Bourne End, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Excellent location close to everything and suited my business needs”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

I stayed in the 5 Lions for 2 nights and the staff were very helpful with storing my case (both when I arrived early and on my last day when I was off on business in the city and returned in the evening to collect my case). I didn't need any of the car park spaces but it was ideally located near many bus stops.

The cooked breakfast on Saturday was delicious - pity it wasn't available on other days of the week as well.

It was cheaper than other B&Bs I enquired with in York but it was still dearer than other tourist hot spot accommodation I've stayed at in other locations around England.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

When we arrived the nine of us were welcomed into the hotel by Sarah who made us welcome from start to finish on our trip to York.

The rooms were all ready for us in a timely fashion and very clean and tidy, with York City Centre on the doorstep, you were close to all amenities

Every one of our group members commented on how clean and presentable the rooms where and loved the breakfast in the mornings, so much so we are going to be making a return trip next year.

Credit must go to all the staff working in the hotel that from start to finish never stopped to make our stay a pleasant one, reflected in the fact we will be returning sooner rather than later.

In summary a friendly, clean, well situated place to stay, close to all local amenities with breakfast included and with a price to reflect this truly amazing oasis in the middle of York.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Huddersfield
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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We were greeted with friendly smiles when we checked in to the five lions hotel. The rooms were clean and well set out, and had everything you could want from a budget hotel. Car parking is included in the price with permmision granted to stay a bit longer on the day of departure, a bonus considering its position.
Beds were comfy, breakfast was good, although we did have to wait quite some time for breakfast, I think this is because of the late start 09.30, everyone arrived at once.
One downside, the shower in our room was just a trickle, but apart from that we really enjoyed our stay.
The strong ale in the pub gave me a headache, but it soon wore off when I had another one.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Don't listen to the bad reviews...this hotel was very clean,the staff we're very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was one of the best we have had at any hotel.the location couldn't be any better,rooms are a bit basic but clean...the only downside I could fault it with was the shower could have been a bit more powerful

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife and I booked this owner-run hotel for a night in York to follow on from a friend's party at another location within walking distance. We really appreciated the free parking, even though York traffic congestion is so bad it took us on a late Saturday morning ¾hour to get from the 30 mph limit boundary to the hotel - it can't have been more than 4 miles.

The hotel is more like an Inn, but no worse for that. Our room was in a converted stable block and quite narrow - not as narrow as a horse loose box but nearly - but otherwise comfortable, and clean. Breakfast was satisfactory. The price at £80 was not cheap but this is York. Service was efficient and friendly, which counts for a lot. We'd stay there again - York has so much to offer and at the Five Lions you are right in the centre of it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Me and 4 girls stayed in the five lions pub for a night away and we were happy with the location of the hotel, the spacious rooms and cleanliness. The only problem we did have was the entrance on arrival, we weren't bothered that we were staying in a pub however the landlord that took us up to the room made us feel uncomfortable as she said to the locals 'what are they doing in here' it made us feel very unwelcomed.
Apart from that we enjoyed the stay and would go back again. Great for a night out and cheap bookings.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Checked in at the Five Lions over the weekend for a stag do with 5 other lads. The best man had left things a little on the late side so remaining York hotel options were expensive. Then he chanced upon the Five Lions which met the budget. However, reading the reviews on here we weren't expecting much except ofcourse for the brilliant location. However, when we got there we were greeted with smiling faces and complimentary tea/orange and biscuits. Infact more biscuits kept appearing throughout our stay! Our rooms were prepared early for us so we could get changed before heading out. they were clean, warm and we all slept soundly when we eventually got back from the lash. The bar was staffed by a hat-trick of bubbly young very attractive barmaids who were friendly and a great laugh the whole time. The next day they were happy to laugh at us in our sorry states and have a bit of banter! Overall a fantastic stay. Special mentions go to Laura and Katie. Cheers girls!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Watergate Inn
Address: 24 Walmgate, York YO1 9TJ, England (Formerly Five Lions Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
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Ranked #129 of 193 B&Bs / Inns in York
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Number of rooms: 13
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