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“Location, hosts and breakfast highlights, family room "tight"”

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Monkgate Guest House
Ranked #66 of 192 York B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
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186 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Location, hosts and breakfast highlights, family room "tight"”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

I note that Monkgate has some wildly divergent reviews. I think that there are some real pros and cons which, on balance, make it a place I would recommend.

Is the location good?
Yes. This is unquestionably the number one reason that you would choose Monkgate. We were touring the UK with a car, so wanted somewhere we could park in York but then walk into town. If you are going to York for the first time, I cannot recommend this aspect highly enough. Monkgate’s side of town is also a real positive. It was a simple and quick stroll to many restaurants, as well as all the places that you would want to see.

What is the room like?
We had the family room. This was tight. To get to the bathroom you have to walk through the kid’s room (between the beds), and this was really small. Having said that, the rooms were adequate, and a sacrifice that we were prepared to make to stay so close to the city.

But are the beds comfortable?
They were fine. Everyone slept well – there is some minor foot traffic noise that you can get as people walk home from pubs, but that is it.

What was the food like?
Good. The cooked breakfast and other options were fine, and if you wanted more toast etc, not a problem. The breakfast room was a pleasant place to be, and the hosts helpful. A nice touch was rotating guests around tables each morning.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2011

Great location for all attractions, there's a beautiful Italian restaurant just down the road which we loved. Lots of bars nearby. I'd be back in an instant. Owners are lovely and accomodating. Our room was a decent size, only issue we had was that the fan in the bathroom really wasn't powerful enough and so we had a bit of a 'steam room'. Tea and coffee facilities. A nice, big breakfast provided in the morning. Owners always had polite chit-chat and suggestions of places we shouldn't miss during our stay. We recommend the walking tours. They were helpful enough to allow us to leave our rucksacks a while until our train home.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Alnwick
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2011

We have been visiting York for over 18 years and stayed in numerous B&Bs until we discovered Monkgate and have stayed usually twice a year for the past five years. I think we have stayed in most of the rooms. It is everything a proper English B&B should be, with the most friendly welcome, excellent breakfast, clean, as well as being perfectly situated. We will be back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank LPurvesAlnwick
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

we came from holland and expected normal 3 star accomodation but but were blown away with room, hostpitality, food and location. we felt we were made welcome as i hope all the other guests felt. we recomend it highly. a big thumbs up thanks

Room Tip: we had double ground floor room and heard nothing from outside
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Blackpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

Just spent a weekend at the Monkgate Guest House, we had a family room for 2 nights. This Guest House gives first quality service and the best breakfast ever. Will and Jane are welcoming, friendly and go ouy of their way to spend time with all the guests individually. To some rooms may need an update but this is not a cheap chain hotel therefore it's individuality to us, made it special. We shall be returning.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

We picked Monkgate on the strength of reviews... I thought the room was dreadful. We had the family room which should have been perfect but was shabby and the carpet was grim. The beds were 'rubbery' to quote my 8 yr old and the bathroom ceiling had black mould. The windows were filthy and Teddys dusty. How this GH has 16 excellent reviews is beyond me.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

rooms comfy but could do with a bit of refurbishment. breakfasts were freshly cooked and very tasty. hosts very friendly and helpful. guest house in good location for walking into city. would recommend for interesting city break.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Monkgate Guest House
Address: 65 Monkgate, York YO31 7PA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Monkgate Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monkgate Guest House is 200 years old and is only five minutes walk from York Minster and the city centre where you will find beautiful shops and restaurants and all York's attractions close to hand. The property was originally three Georgian cottages so it is cosy and rambling with the quaint features you would expect from an older property. We have two rooms on the ground floor and the other rooms are on the first floor accessed by a flight of stairs. Our breakfast room is warm and inviting and we provide a full, freshly cooked English breakfast with eggs cooked to your requirements alongside the other menu options. We have limited off street parking in a narrow driveway at the side of the house, you will be able to forget your car then and walk to all the amenities! We can however try to arrange more parking if necessary. Free wifi is available in the public rooms and most bedrooms. ... more   less 
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