The stunning cathedral city of the Archbishop of York is one of the most beautiful destinations to immerse yourself in heritage, history, and hospitality. Its pretty cobblestone streets are brimming with gorgeous independent shops and fine restaurants as well as upscale boutique hotels, historic inns, and famous hotel chains. From my time spent living here and my many visits back, here are my favourite cool and unique hotels in York, England...
I love Moxy! It’s one of my favorite places in the heart of York City, surrounded by medieval landmarks and historic sites, just a stroll away from the Shambles.
While visiting, the open floor layout and well-lit lobby immediately caught my eye, creating such a fantastic and vibrant atmosphere. The mix of classic old-meets-new vibes, contemporary finishing, and modern furniture set the perfect tone.
During my stay, I enjoyed exploring different accommodations to suit my needs. The Moxy Sleeper, Moxy Double Sleeper, and Moxyfied Family Sleeper all impressed me with their elegant furnishings and thoughtful amenities, providing the ultimate in comfort.
As a digital nomad, I absolutely loved the Plug and Meet lounging spaces. They were so convenient, offering ergonomic seating, massive 56-inch screens, and top-notch presentation projection equipment. The writing walls were a game-changer for brainstorming sessions.
Contemporary and tech-savvy hotel
On-site restaurant and evening bar
24/7 Moxy gym
Lack of storage space in rooms
Lively vibe might not suit everyone
Not for all ages
Malmaison became one of my favorite places during my visit to York. Positioned on the iconic Rougier Street, it offered me a quintessential York experience with its historic landmark site, elegantly appointed guest rooms, and an opulent in-house dining experience that included bubbly cocktails. The fancy address and breathtaking views of York Minster added to its allure.
I explored the extensive range of accommodations it had to offer. From the standard Mal Club guest rooms to the sprawling family-friendly suites and chic luxury rooms, the options cater to various preferences.
During my stay, I loved immersing myself in the 150 tastefully designed rooms and suites. The luxurious sleep stations, eclectic mood lighting, smart appliances, and spa-like bathrooms provided a perfect retreat.
One of the highlights was the onsite Spa. I experienced an day of self-pampering with various ESPA and NIMUE beauty treatments.
Trendy and Eco-friendly hotel
Malmaison restaurant and bar
Rooftop Sora restaurant
Massive meeting and event spaces
Fully equipped gym and spa
Hotel Indigo York, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo is one of my favorite places, curating a lavishly opulent experience that caters to travelers like me who love to indulge in finesse and elegance. The supremely luxurious bedding, designer furniture, and spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showers made me feel truly pampered.
I couldn’t help but appreciate the commendable staff. Their diligent attention to detail left no stone unturned in making me feel well looked after. The concierge and the entire staff were extremely helpful in mapping out local experiences and providing valuable insider advice that enhanced my stay.
One of the highlights of my visit was the in-house No.88 Walmgate, an eclectic bar that quickly became a favorite spot of mine. I love this place for its crafty cocktails, locally brewed ales, and an extensive selection of rare gins.
Quirky-chic themed hotel
Restaurant and bar
Air-conditioned gym rooms
Some rooms are small
Breakfast isn’t included
No 1 by GuestHouse, York
No. 1 by GuestHouse quickly became one of my favorite places to experience York’s regal charm. Nestled in a Grade-II Regency-era townhouse, this boutique hotel effortlessly blends vintage interiors and elegant Regency architecture.
While visiting, I loved the aesthetic feast that greeted me—high ceilings, a dramatic staircase, idyllic windows, and intricate ivy wood detailing. The 39 beautifully appointed bedrooms, adorned with heritage furniture and modern amenities, provided a perfect retreat.
I tried one of the three luxurious suites, each telling a unique heritage story. The in-house restaurant and bar became my go-to spots, offering delicious meals and an impressive selection of wines, cheeses, and rare blends.
One of the highlights of my experience was the onsite spa, a true cocoon of indulgence with five treatment rooms. I experienced bespoke therapies and beauty treatments, adding an extra layer of relaxation to my stay at No. 1 by GuestHouse.
Upscale pet-friendly boutique hotel
On-site bar and restaurant
Novotel York Centre
One of my favorite places to stay is the Novotel York Center hotel. From my room, I had a captivating view of the scenic River Foss and the historic city walls – truly a romantic setting. Nestled in the heart of York’s cultural and historic hub, this 4-star gem was the perfect family-friendly accommodation for our action-packed adventure.
I love the tastefully appointed bedrooms and suites. The contemporary décor, ergonomic furniture, and smart appliances added a touch of luxury. The designated workstations in the room were a thoughtful addition, and the ensuite bathrooms were both stylish and convenient.
I couldn’t resist trying out the Gourmet Bar. It offered an extensive variety of English snacks. The international cuisine available was a treat for my taste buds. We also took advantage of reserving the conference and banquet rooms for a meeting – the facilities were top-notch.
While visiting, the central location proved to be ideal for sightseeing. We explored the historic city walls, went club-hopping, indulged in cultural musings, and even immersed ourselves in York’s world-famous theatre scene.
Modern and Ergonomic comfy hotel rooms
On-site restaurant and bar
Several meeting or event spaces
Only one elevator
No swimming pool
Jorvik House is now one of my favorite places. While visiting York, my obsession with Viking heritage led me to this gem. Nestled in a bustling neighborhood, this 1750 Georgian townhouse stole my heart with its quaint charm and tranquil surroundings. From its vantage point, I soaked in the beauty of the 11th Century Church of St. Olave’s and the Museum Gardens.
The Scandinavian interiors are a blend of ancient and modern, inspired by Viking heritage. The result? A laid-back, eclectic Nordic aesthetic that I love. What sets Jorvik House apart is its commitment to hygge – the Danish warmth that creates a cozy atmosphere.
My room was a uniquely appointed retreat, a testament to thoughtful design. Luxury bedding, finely crafted furniture, and modern comforts made it hard to leave. The loft-style suite, in particular, left me in awe with its sweeping views of the York Minster.
Chic and cool boutique hotel
Loft-style suite for mesmerizing city view
A hotel bar for breakfasts
Some bathrooms are small
Breakfast isn’t included
The Churchill Hotel
I love The Churchill Hotel in York—it’s one of my favorite places. Nestled in the heart of York City, this majestic 1827 Georgian mansion truly lets you experience British heritage at its finest.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but admire the classic English heritage seamlessly blended with modern design accents, creating a warm and ambient setting that feels just right. The exterior gives off a postcard-worthy charm, resembling a countryside home—a perfect retreat after exploring the nearby tourist attractions.
I discovered the exclusively appointed bedrooms with their deep Georgian hues, polished wooden furniture, bespoke comforts, and modern appliances. It felt like stepping back in time with a touch of contemporary luxury.
I tried the Wellington bar onsite and was impressed. It’s a cozy spot to unwind and enjoy the evening. Meanwhile, Dewspans, the modern brasserie, became a highlight citywide for me, serving classic Yorkshire cuisine with a delightful farm-to-table experience.
Unique Instagrammable hotel
On-site restaurant and a garden bar
Event or party rooms
Parking is extra
Some rooms are small
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro York
Nestled in the heart of The Mount, one of my favorite places, Hotel Du Vin beckoned with its 19th-century charm, just a stone’s throw from York’s lively historic center.
During my stay, I fell in love with the chic boutique atmosphere. The 44 exquisitely designed bedrooms and suites were a haven of luxury, boasting indulgent features like roll-top baths, invigorating drench showers, smart TVs, and the softest Egyptian cotton linens.
While visiting, I couldn’t resist immersing myself in the opulence of Hotel Du Vin. The private dining rooms, a charming courtyard, and an impressive wine collection added a touch of extravagance to my experience. Mingling at the iconic Bistro and dining in the courtyard became cherished moments.
Being a business traveler, the availability of meeting rooms and event spaces made my stay even more convenient. The sprawling courtyard, with its dreamy ambiance, proved to be an ideal setting for corporate gatherings or even weddings and engagements.
On-site restaurant and bar
Incredible breakfast with lots of choice
Romantic boutique vibe
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Nestled on the fringes of the city, Sandburn Hall is now one of my favorite places. It’s a majestic estate surrounded by 1000 acres of wilderness and lakes, offering a retreat that lets you enjoy countryside splendors without distancing yourself from the city.
During my stay at Sandburn Hall, I fell in love with its charm, attracting golfing enthusiasts, wedding parties, and those seeking serenity. The 40 divinely appointed rooms and suites impressed me with high-end furniture, cozy bedding, and stunning oak wood detailing.
As a golf enthusiast, the 18-hole championship golf course made my experience truly special. Families and retirees alike seem to love this inn-like hotel. Tykes Restaurant, the onsite dining establishment, became a personal favorite of mine. I love this place for its renowned Yorkshire cuisine, prepared with locally farmed produce and seafood.
Golf course and sports hall
On-site restaurant and bar
Meetings and events hall
Can get booked up at peak times
A bit crowded when large events are on
Grays Court Hotel
Staying at Grays Court Hotel was like stepping into a time when kings were greeted with grandeur, royal courts indulged in matchless extravagance, and nobles received the gift of knighthood. It’s truly one of my favorite places to immerse myself in York’s rich history and antiquated charm.
What sets Grays Court apart is its direct access to the historic city walls, making it the only private venue with such a privilege. The hotel seamlessly blends history with modern comforts, offering themed rooms and suites that tell captivating stories.
During my stay, I fell in love with the Willoughby room, where countryside splendors came to life with a William IV poster bed. The Cumberland room, on the other hand, showcased exquisite wooden craftsmanship and featured double monsoon showers.
The Bow Room, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, became my go-to for an elegant fine dining experience. The ambiance elevated the overall glamour of Grays Court, making my time there even more unforgettable.
Elegant lavish boutique
Fine dining restaurant
Beautiful garden with breathtaking views
Parking is extra
Limited breakfast menu
The Fat Badger York Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Staying at The Fat Badger York was a treat for my luxury-loving heart. This hidden gem boasts resort-like guest rooms that redefine indulgence. I immersed myself in the opulence of 12 beautifully decorated rooms, each adorned with rare antiques, promising a hedonistic experience complemented by gracious hospitality.
The views from my room were breathtaking, offering a glimpse of historic landmarks and nearby attractions. What added to the charm was the exclusive locally crafted ale, a delightful touch that made me feel truly connected to the inn’s essence.
Dining at the AA Rosette award-winning restaurant was a highlight. This pub-style eatery stands out as one of York’s finest, inviting me to savor traditional British cuisine with a modern twist. The 4-star establishment’s strategic location made my visit even more memorable.
Outdoor garden bar and restaurant
Ideal location for travelers
Steep stair and no lift
I love this place! The Judge’s Lodging, part of the incredible House of Daniel Thwaites collection, is a favorite of mine. While staying at this prestigious venue, I immersed myself in a blend of old-world charm and modern splendors. The history, architectural beauty, and lavish comforts make it truly special.
I tried out several rooms during my visit, including the Terrace Room, Courtyard Room, Character Room, Feature Room, and Judges Suite. The Character Room stood out with its bespoke wooden furniture, delicate fabrics, and charming vintage details. And let me tell you, the Judges Suite was an absolute oasis of extravagance and grandeur.
One of my favorite experiences here was dining at their award-winning in-house restaurant. The restaurant not only boasts a grand setting but also serves up traditional Georgian cuisine that’s truly delightful.
Terrace rooms for astonishing city views
On-site restaurant and pub
Ideally located for travelers
Noisy due to bar
The Bootham Tavern
I love this vibrant spot in the heart of York – the Bootham Tavern. It’s genuinely one of my favorite places to stay. While visiting, I couldn’t get enough of the energetic and eclectic atmosphere. The tavern, known for its free-spirited vibe, is a hidden gem, especially if you’re into live sports events and action-packed music evenings.
During my stay at the Bootham Tavern, I had the pleasure of experiencing their delightful inn with six uniquely themed guest rooms. Each room is a masterpiece in itself, with its own distinct charm.
The Grand Old Duke of York room stole my heart; it’s a luxurious double room perfect for romantic getaways. For solo travelers like me, the York Minster Room offered a cozy and comfortable retreat. What I found fascinating was the variety in the double rooms, each inspired by famous city landmarks – from The Castle to St. Mary’s Abbey and Ouse.
Classic and newly renovated hotel
On-site hotel bar
Located in the center of the city
Limited bathroom amenities
Golden Fleece York
One of my favorite places, the Golden Fleece in York, is a charming pub with cozy inn-like accommodations. I love the rich blend of history and haunting tales that make it a standout in the United Kingdom.
While visiting, I enjoyed staying in one of the four brightly lit and spacious rooms. The traditional aesthetic, adorned with polished hardwood floors and antique furniture, created a warm atmosphere. The luxury guest rooms were a delight, featuring a relaxing lounging area and elegant four-poster beds with luxurious linens.
While staying there, I couldn’t resist indulging in the onsite restaurant and enjoying the charming beer garden. The live music shows added a delightful touch to the experience. What truly fascinated me were the available ghost tours, allowing me to personally experience the paranormal mysteries that surround this historic hotel.
Cozy rooms with traditional interior
Some rooms have romantic four-poster beds
Hotel Pub and restaurant
Drinks are pricey
The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel
The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel on Micklegate is one of my favorite places. While staying at this centrally located gem, I explored 13 newly renovated apartments that boast stunning views of the historic city walls.
I love the variety of options, from 1 to 3-bedroom apartments to spacious penthouses. Each one is a homey haven with fully-equipped kitchens, cozy lounging areas, dining spaces, and private balconies. The chic furniture, vibrant colors, and modern appliances make these loft-style apartments truly special.
While visiting, I experienced the perfect blend of luxury hotel service and the independence of a home away from home. The Lawrance pays attention to every detail, ensuring guests like me enjoy both opulence and autonomy.
Contemporary trendy stylish rooms
Fully equipped kitchens
Great location-everything is easily accessible
A private courtyard
No coffee machine
No on-site parking
All Hotels in York Ranked
The following table compares the Top 15 Cool and unique Hotels in York.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Moxy York||Black Horse Lane||$124-$157||Yes||0.4||3|
|Malmaison York||Rougier Street||$149-$256||Yes||0.5||4|
|Hotel Indigo York, an IHG Hotel||Walmgate||$162-$212||No||0.3||3|
|No 1 by GuestHouse, York||Clifton||$195-$270||Yes||0.9||5|
|Novotel York Center||Fishergate||$124-$280||Yes||0.3||3|
|The Churchill Hotel||Bootham||$295-$462||No||0.7||3|
|Hotel Du Vin & Bistro York||The Mount||$162-$369||No||0.9||4|
|Sandburn Hall||Scotchman Lane Flaxton||$225-$306||No||9.1||1|
|Grays Court Hotel||Grays Court||$249-$400||No||0.2||4|
|The Fat Badger York Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western||High Petergate||$200-$230||No||0.4||6|
|The Bootham Tavern||Bootham||$113-$176||No||0.5||4|
|Golden Fleece York||Pavement||$151-$182||No||0.2||5|
|The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel||Micklegate||$132-$565||No||0.5||3|
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Beth Pinches – writer and photographer
Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road-tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. Other places she loves include Croatia, Finland, Japan and India. In between adventures, travel writing and performing she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele. Find Beth on Linkedin or Facebook.
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