York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.
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York’s station hotel has had a sumptuous makeover, and it’s imposing facade – those Victorians certainly knew about commanding buildings – now houses a plush, calming oasis from the busy city.
Bedrooms are crisp and chic, furnished in a muted stone-and-cream palette and come with a tuck-box of goodies, including Kitkats (5 million are produced each year at the nearby Nestle factory).
The Garden Room – with sweeping views across to the minster, is made for settling in with an indulgent afternoon tea, and the buzzy Refectory restaurant means you don’t have to stir outside the door for an excellent dinner.
Linked to York station by covered walkway, this is an excellent choice for those planning a car-free break.
The area around some stations in Britain can be a bit grotty. Not in York. The hotel is located on a busy main road but, once crossed, you’ve got the city’s medieval walls in front of you. Close by there are gardens, and, a five-minute walk away, the River Ouse and Lendal Bridge which connect you to the centre of the city proper.
This isn’t the place to stay if you want to be right in the thick of things; but if you want to explore beyond York it’s ideal, with the bus and train stations just next door. And although York is a very walkable city, if you’re venturing further afield, plenty of buses leave next door from the station too.
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