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Dean Court Hotel, York
This well-established hotel, with its unrivalled position opposite the famous west end of the Minster, is a firm favourite with British and international guests. A collection of townhouses, it has a gentle British charm from its light, classical bedrooms - spread over a warren of corridors and staircases - to its traditional but well-priced menus. The low-key, contemporary styling of the ground floor - dark-wood floors, feature walls - make the most of its small bar and sitting area while the dining room capitalises on its Minster views. Although there are few facilities, the hotel scores highly for the warmth and friendliness of the staff, who are experts on all things York.
Slipping out of the hotel at night to gaze up at the spot-lit Minster is magical.
The hotel is next to York Minster in the city centre, surrounded by pubs, restaurants and shops and a short walk from the university.
By car: Dean Court is 45 minutes from Leeds, 1 hour 40 mins from Manchester and just over 4 hours from London. The hotel offers paid valet parking.
By train: London Kings Cross to York takes around 2 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Anyone who wants to be in the historic heart of York will enjoy staying here, and who isn't bothered about designer looks or a period feel. The quirky staircases and little passageways and landings have a curious charm, and are certainly better than corporate blandness.
Service & Facilities
It may be a small bar but it turns out some mean cocktails, and if you get a window seat it's a cracking way to start the evening.
- Room service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Family rooms
- 24-hour front desk
Any room with a Minster view we like; even one of the Cosy Doubles on the top floor has a rooftop view. We love the attention to detail, such as good bedside reading lights and bathrobes plus, in the top-tier rooms, a local gift, such as a tin of toffee, as well as fruit.
Single Room, Cosy Double, Double or Twin, Accessible Double/Twin, Deluxe Double, Family Rooms, The Holgate Suite, The Langley Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, TV, umbrella, fridge, desk, mineral water, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
If you can bag one of the window tables, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a view of the Minster without having to jostle amongst the crowds. Afternoon tea is nicely old-fashioned and with Yorkshire leanings - perhaps Whitby crab sandwiches and Yorkshire curd tarts.
DCH Restaurant: traditional British cuisine, steaks, local produce, seasonal menus. Open every day for dinner. Mains from £12.50
The Lounge-Bar: sandwiches, light bites, British classics, cocktails, afternoon tea. Available every day from 10am-9.30pm. Afternoon tea 12-5.30pm. Mains from £10.95.