The Royal York Hotel
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I woke up with a bright light on my face. As it shown on me, I felt my face grown warmer. What the HECK was on my face? Oh yea, that's the SUN. The sun was finally shining in England and it wasn’t just out a little bit, it was out in full force. Only took 8 days for this to happen, but what a wonderful way to wake up!
We departed from Edinburgh (Waverley station) on the 10 o'clock train and passed through some of the most scenic railway. For the majority of the first hour of the journey the coast line of Great Britain was within our visual range and it was stunning. The route from Waverley station to London's Kings Cross is a route that is steeped with history, …
So here is our super vague plan for the first few months of travel. The aim is to avoid air travel as much as possible!
7th November - fly into Bangkok, Thailand. Hang out for a few days in the city before spending a relaxing week on the beach near Koh Chang. Then back to Bangkok to hire a card and head north ...
Checked into our Uber Modern B&B in the old walled city of York. The friendly owner has gone all out in redecorating our room in a Japanese theme and electronics and buttons galore (press button shower, smart 3D TV, silent fridge etc). The old city has a myriad of narrow winding streets and 14th century houses and, of course Minster Cathedral, a sprawling example of a 13th century ...
... by the arrival of the Viking hordes, lead by Ivar the Boneless (I laughed out loud when I read his name on the information panel). Having gone into the details of the Viking occupation in yesterdays entry I will bore you no further, however...
Viking fun fact #1:
Viking women were in charge of keeping the keys to the house. The English word "husband" comes from the Norse words for house-bound.
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Royal York Hotel
The Shambles - don't go
This hotel is very smelly, tatty and dirty. It overall gives the appearance of a run-down past its sell by date establishment. Not recommended if you want decent accommodation. Why is it rated as 4 star?
Awful, don't waste your money!!
This hotel is a crumbling dump, I would not house my dog in it!
I stayed at the hotel with my boyfriend last summer Fri-Mon. We got a room with 2 large double beds for £60 prpn via ...Our room was at the front with great views of York Minster.I thought the room to be very spacious with a high standard of decor. However my boyfriend did find a lipstick mark on one of the coffee cups.The best thing has to be the power shower. Wow, it was like having a massage!The restaurant was beautiful however I am vegetarian and all they had was risotto with aubergine. I asked if it could be made without aubergine only to be told that it is pre-made and so this was not possible. Instead I was offered pasta with vegetables in a tomato sauce. It was OK but nothing I couldn't have made myself. The fudge ice cream was to die for and so made up for the bland main meal :)
Past its best
Whilst convenient to the railway station and the city centre this hotel is very run down and in need of serious refurbishment. For example many of the hotel signs still had the name of the previous hotel on them in spite of changing owners eighteen months previously. The rooms smelt as though they had not been aired and the fixtures and fittings were not always working. Staff also were not very friendly.
This hotel likes to think that it is "posh", it isnt! - The rooms are old fashioned and dark. I booked a suit, The York Suit, which sounded impressive but was nothing more than a large room with very standard features and was not worth the extra money. A friend staying in the same hotel had a room at the rear near the station which was very noisy, also, I didn't realise that hotels still did single rooms with single beds - they do there. I didn't bother with breakfast so can't comment but overall this hotel has the thumbs down from me. I now stay at the Hilton or the Ramada Encore which are much better and cheaper.
Avoid this hotel at all costs!
Let me warn family travelers, this is not the hotel for you. We were given a room on floor -1, yes minus one! It was located between a noisy conference room and the kitchen. No AC, and we could not leave our window open because it was easily accessed from the street (out window faced a retaining wall you had to look up to see the sidewalk!). We were tired and took it, but the next day when we tried to change rooms, we were told that all their family rooms are in the basement. Not only that but the room smelled like mildew. The rest of the hotel looks a bit threadbare and in need of some serious attention. Do yourself a favor and do like we did and moved to the Dean Court Hotel, which is right next to the York Minister and quite charming!
Fabulous Location, relaxing break
I have to disagree with the other comments, we stayed at Le Meridien in March and booked a room overlooking York Minster which is one of their newly refurbished rooms. It was lovely and bright, gorgeous cotton quilts and very spacious. It was also on a special offer at £90 for two including the mentioned breakfast. I think if you want a great location, leisure facilities and a four star experience this is the place and I have recommended it to all my friends!
Whilst it would have been rather grand in its day this hotel is now shabby and past it sell by date.Had we booked a cheaper hotel like a Travelodge, we wouldn't have been disappointed, Le Meridien we felt was very overpriced and over-rated.On a positive note the breakfast was very good and the grounds of the hotel are lovely with a superb location in York, however we wouldn't recommend this hotel to friends.
Stayed here in the past, got a family room, it sounds very much like the room mentioned by the reviewer from Scotland.