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After swinging by Leeds City to pick up Kat we were on our way to York, which is a beautiful fortressed town located between Leeds & the Yorkshire Moors. We took the scenic route which took us past York into the Moors & stepping through history, bringing back some childhood memories.
Our first stop was Wetwang, a sleepy town in …
... surround the city.
York is located at the junction of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. York has a rich heritage and has been in existence for 2000 years. The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik.
The day was spent exploring the city. There are a number of well touristed areas. The city offers many ...
... wasted (though it later appeared to only be flat at the bottom)! The alloy wheel also looked cracked, so we tried phoning Avis from our kiwi phones, which didn't work. Andrea accosted a passing woman who offered to take her back to her house to use her phone. An hour later (and after I thought I would have to make like Liam Neeson in Taken) she came back. We had to wait another hour until the AA man came and sorted us ...
Today we successfully caught the 810 train to York. The train was a pretty neat experience, they waste no time! The tracks went along the coast and it was a beautiful ride, if you could stay awake! Reaching York we walked to our hostel, dropped off our bags and started exploring. We went to the Golden Fleece for lunch (apparently the most haunted place in York) and learnt all about their ...
... us...yes WE left, we were not asked to leave). It was a tour to try and see if you can see a 'ghost'. A tour like this one we went on in York, telling you of a cities dark past, is so interesting and really gets you thinking.
All of those things i wrote about above all happened before Australia was discovered.
After the tour we went and had dinner in the pub where it all began. It was a skinny little pub with uneven wonky floors, an ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Royal York Hotel
The Royal York Hotel was beautiful with its chandelier that dipped between the 3 level stairwell.
The rooms were spacious & had great ensuites. With the York Eye out front you get the best mix of modern & landmark while looking out over the splendid gardens, nearby river and the city view in the distance.
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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.