Marriott York Hotel
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I have stayed here 4-5 times in the past year, and my experiences have been pretty much the same. I do not think that this hotel should qualify for a 4 star rating. It would be a good 3 star. The good things are: it is within walking distance of the station (about 20 mins), there is plenty of parking, and the new extension with the "Grandstand Views" is very nice. Most of the romms are a good size. However, the rest of the hotel is rather old fashioned, based on a large victorian house with extensions. The heating systems in the older part are unreliable. Many of the rooms have connecting doors, which I really don't like. The hotel has started taking large tour groups such as Saga. The last two times I have arrived has coincided with large parties arriving, which does not make check-in pleasant. Also, when there is a tour party in, there is usually a queue for breakfast well past 9AM even on a weekday. THe last time I was there I did get an upgrade to a grandstand view room in the new extension and I have to say it was GREAT! Much bigger room, large balcony and bigger bathroom and shower. Definitely worth thinking about an upgrade. THe hotel has TV internet in all rooms. No exec lounge, as this is not really a "business" hotel, more oriented at tourism, not surprising in York. Anyway, much better than the Holliday Inn down the road!
York is short on luxury hotels and seeing that this one was part of the Marriott chain, I felt it would be a safe bet.
Sadly the whole property had a 'motel' feel to it, with the old house and the unattractive red brick early 90's extension being unsympathetically fused together. The public areas of the hotel with those 80's ceiling tiles and clashing carpets and decor feels tired and dated, as do the rooms and bathrooms. The lift is tiny and ancient. The whole place felt to me like an oversized guest house, and not a particularly plush one at that.
The views over the racecourse are pretty and the breakfast we had was as good as can be expected, and the staff were friendly and efficient, but all in all Marriott needs to pump some serious cash into this property to lift it up to the bar I'd expect from this particular upscale chain.
Pleasant but not central
We enjoyed our recent stay at this hotel. It has a refurbished old-fashioned hotel feel to it - high ceilings, good size room, big bathroom (which was a step up from the bedroom area). We had a nice view over the racecourse and the hotel garden below. The brochure said it was a 15 minute walk from York central; however, the front desk clerk said it was more like half an hour. We hopped on one of the frequent City buses out front, which was stroller-friendly and clean. We loved the buffet breakfast - good selection and good service. There was a nice little garden/lawn area out back, where our toddler could safely toddle. We would stay there again.
Loved York, Loved the Marriott
My boyfriend and I stayed here last week as part of a weeklong UK vacation. The hotel employees were very friendly and helpful. Our room was large with two double beds which had comfortable mattresses and comforters. The room was very clean and we had a view of the racecourse. The Marriott is located about a mile or so from York's City Centre so if you are a walker, it's a great walk. There is also a city bus which stops in front of the hotel which runs fairly often. Public transportation in the UK is safe, clean and reliable (unlike many of our US city systems.) We had breakfast included with our room and it was a full English breakfast. I am a picky eater so it was lost on me but my boyfriend insists that the food was very good and interesting at that (beans on toast and blood pudding, anyone?). If I were to return to York, I would definitely stay here again. It was clean, had a great location and very comfortable.
Lovely apart from the hole in the sink!
This hotel is situated infront of the racecourse, so if your room overlooks this you'll have a superb view (ours didn't!) We stayed in room 43, which was a beautifully clean room and in the newer wing. We had 2 double beds one for our two daughters to share, the room was very big and comfortably furnished, the only disappointment was THE HOLE IN THE SINK! The water poured from underneath effectively showering your legs & feet while you wash and clean your teeth! We did report this on 3 occassions and were told that maintenance would fix it! Besides this we had a enjoyable stay at the York Marriot Hotel, the staff were friendly and the breakfast was ample, kept you going all day. Although we wouldn't reccommend the sausages. For a great value meal try the Fox and Roman pub down the road on the right going away from the centre of york, delicious food well worth a visit. All in all we recommend the York Marriot and would definately return
Great Family Weekend
We stayed at the Hotel for a family weekend, we have a 16mth old daughter and find a lot of hotels are not very child friendly, this was the opposite, we booked a suite overlooking the race course, it was beautiful with a seperate lounge and a seperate dressing area. The food was fantastic certainly not what we expected. The staff were extrememly helpful and polite. The Hotel in general was very clean and tidy,very child friendly, can't fault it at all and the prices are really reasonable, definatley recommend
Once is enough!
I remember this hotel when it used to be called "The Chase" and it had an extremely good reputation. How things have changed!! We stayed there earlier this year and were most disappointed. The room was dowdy, dark and so small that we could hardly fit in with our suitcase. The dining room is reasonably attractive with views over the racecourse but the food costs a lot more than it is worth.
We stayed at the Marriott York at the end of January. The hotel is about 1 mile from the city centre and is set in its own lawned gardens at the rear overlooking York Racecourse.The hotel has a very pleasant reception area and bar, (however, a tad too small for the hotels size) and a pleasant pool and leisure complex.The staff are both friendly and efficient and are helpful in sharing their local knowledge. We had a very large room (room 28) which was large, roomy, very clean, with a large bathroom and very pleasant decor and furnishings. I noted that the rooms do vary in size quiet abit, so by American standards some rooms maybe classed as rather on the small side. The restuarant overlooks the York Racecourse, breakfast is plentiful and served buffet style.During the summer months I can imagine sitting outside in the gardens eating afternoon cream teas. A very pleasant hotel, I would recommend to anyone. Note the prices are about ?55/$85 per person per night with breakfast.
Best service in the UK!
We stayed at the York Marriott for just one night for a birthday celebration. The staff were able to offer us an upgraded room and even left us a plate of strawberries with a 'Happy Birthday' message.
The leisure area with pool, steam room/sauna and spa pool was very good. Others have commented on the size of the pool but it is more than adequate for the intended purpose unless you are in the next olympics!
Very clean and well maintained.
The restaurant was excellent, dinner was faultless as was the service from the staff. Breakfast was also very very good with a full selection 'buffet' style.
Overall, an excellent experience. I've stayed in many many hotels in the UK and abroad, both on business and pleasure - the York Marriott features very highly on my own list in all area's.
Not just for the Races!
My husband and I stayed at te Marriott last year after finding a good rate on a discount hotel internet site. When we arrived we asked for an upgrade to a room overlooking the race course and this only cost us £10 extra per night. Although there wasn't a race meeting the view and the room were superb. The pool and the gym were small but very clean and well maintained. The only thing we were disappointed with was the breakfast. It was selfservice and nothing was very hot. We will definitely return though and order breakfast in our room - on the balcony overlooking the course.
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