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“Unbeatable Location, nightmare to find no attention to details and very little manners”
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Guy Fawkes Inn
Ranked #40 of 195 York B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 13, 2009

We booked 2 x deluxe rooms, on arrival after previously phoning to check the area for parking as we know York is beautiful therefore popular, we were told to drive into the pedestrian area. No need to tell us twice. 40minutes later and nearly killing half of Yorks visitors, my Husband and I agreed to differ, he satayed with the car and I and my grown up Son and Girlfriend went on foot to find the place.

Check in was chaotic. They could only find one booking, then they offered us a 4 poster room for the missing deluxe over the bar so we took it, but neither of them were ready this was 3pm! In fairness we did leave our luggage and headed off on retail therapy and a stiff drink to calm the nerves.

The Car park wasnt qa couple of minutes stroll it was 10, not a problem for us but for people with a disability of any sort it would be. That was full too, so the next game after find the Inn was to find room in the car park....eventually we did. By the time this was accompolished we missed visiting at the hospital which was the whole purpose of our trip.

Eventually the rooms were done, but as we sat outside in the very nice courtyard we observed the staff walk straight into my sons room without knocking, we were sitting 5 foot from the door and no attempt was make to even knock once, They just walked in and left more towels and out again. This shocked us and particularly my nearly daughter in law as she had her brand new pink laptop on the bed, asssuming its safe, door locked an we outside!

The charm of the place is not to be mistaken, it is beautiful and crooked...everything is crooked. We didnt pay full price and nowhere near, and to be honest we wouldnt. We got a bargain location, a confortable bed, stale coffee and an average full english breakfast. With little or no attention to service. When I asked if they had sweetener, they said no. Not sorry, just no. My husbands diabetic, and to be fair we normally do carry them ourselves, but we shouldnt have to, or is that asking too much?

The Wifi didnt work and the car park which is 'discounted' still cost us £10 for an 18 hour period, ie 2 x one day 'hotel permit' parking at £5 each, as each day is from 8am to 8pm, and was NOT as convenient as its made out to be.

Would we return again, yes, but only to york, not to Guy Fawkes, we'd probably stay across the road at the Best Western to be fair, a bit of a dissapointing stay, in a charming inn with 'careless' staff.

The same staff were 'all over' a family from California that came in, I suspect they paid the £175 not the £50 we paid though......shame. It served a purpose but I coudnt recommend it to anyone for anything apart from it being right beside the Minster.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

I stayed here with my girlfriend for two nights over a weekend. We found a half-price deal and paid £75 a night for a "deluxe" room. For such a central location and smartly-presented room this was excellent value. The room was spacious, clean, very comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The staff were friendly, and we were able to pay by credit card.

I am not sure I would pay the full rate though. For £150 a night I would expect better quality toiletries (a minor point, perhaps) and I thought the breakfast was below par -- limited choice, small portions and no fruit available. Also, the rooms are situated above a pub (a cozy pub, with eight well-kept ales, it must be said) so the noise could be a problem if you want to get an early night.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2009

this inn hasa hidden charm once you stay there you will see, rooms were really very nice
four poster beds were the best i have had, we will go back any time

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

Just returned from staying at The Guy Fawkes Inn and was worried about the comments on the site about cash problems. Hotel called us and advised us that they could not take credit cards so we were made aware.

On arrival the staff were helpful and the rooms are immaculate with traditional decor, comfartable bed and a hidden modern en-suite.

It is right opposite the Minster and a bit difficult to find but once you are there it is central to the whole of York.

Could not fault the hotel in any way and if they have cash flow problems then I think it will only be short term as the pub, food etc seemed busy without it being overcrowded.

Only point to note for travellers is that you do not need an alarm for the Sunday as the MINSTER bells start at 9am and go on for nearly an hour, but only on a Sunday.

As stated an excellent venue and we will probably be back there next year or possibly even sooner.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

We had booked a weekend break here and were really looking forward to it. Having read reviews on trip advisor about cash only and the car park being a 5 minute walk away I was not bothered by these comments at all. The hotel is fantastic, the staff are attentive, the rooms are beautiful with a nice en-suite we stayed in Room 6 and it was a gorgeous room. The breakfasts were good and the location is second to none. This hotel is a real gem and the perfect base for exploring York. Also you must try the italian just up the road from it on the left hanside not sure what its called but it was the former York college for girls. It was fantastic. A great weekend break and would definately go back.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

We had booked for 11 & 12th May, & phoned the week before to confirm. On arrival, were told "There's a problem with the electrics, but we've arranged for you to stay at our sister hotel, the Lamb & Lion"... they hadn't, but luckily a room was available.

That evening, we noted the Guy Fawkes closed, as it was the next, & next morning. Are there no electricians in York?

In the Lamb & Lion, they had signs up saying they could no longer accept credit cards, similar to what we've heard about the Guy Fawkes Inn.

Oh dear, as a former accountant, I recognise some signs of business in trouble.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

I booked two nights at the Guy Fawkes for our wedding anniversary. The location is simply amazing, literally a stones throw from the Minster.
We had booked into a deluxe double (no 12) which was on the ground floor facing the courtyard. The room was well furnished and was very pleasant. The bar stops serving at 11pm but guests can drink on. So, unfortunately the first night we were kept awake until nearly 3am which didn't make a good first impression! The following morning i spoke with a member of staff, who was extremely helpful and immediately upgraded us to a four poster suite at no extra cost. The room was superb and we had an excellent nights sleep.
Overall, the hotel was excellent, the breakfast tasty, the bar was a gem (gas lit) and the location unbeatable. Would highly recommend, as long as you don't stay in room 12!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank TimMCoventry
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Additional Information about Guy Fawkes Inn

Address: 25 High Petergate, York YO1 7HP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 195 B&Bs / Inns in York
Price Range: $137 - $368 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Guy Fawkes Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing next to York Minster, the Guy Fawkes Inn was the birthplace of the notorious plotter, Guido Fawkes. The Inn offers en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s and AA Rosette Food. Each of the thirteen rooms have been decorated individually, feature antique feature, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. Many of the rooms also enjoy a landmark view. The inn retains many of its original features including gas lighting, real log fires and the timber staircase. You can also dine by candlelight in the restaurant, which serves classic pub-food from locally sourced ingredients and the bar stocks a range of real ales. The York Ghost Walk Experience leaves from York Minster each Saturday at 19:00 and both York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum are just a 5-minute walk away. ... more   less 
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