Monkbar Hotel,York: Ideally Located for The Races, Shopping and Sightseeing.

Ian and I had a fabulous time at York Races last week. I have already written about what I wore and about our day out.

Although living in Skipton means the journey to York is less than two hours, it was a treat to stay in a hotel afterwards. Visit York had kindly arranged for bed and breakfast at Monkbar Hotel in central York. It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from York railway station and a 15-minute taxi ride from York Racecourse, so it was in the ideal location. Not only this, it sits just metres outside of the city walls and is a very short walk, less than ten minutes, from York Minster and the restaurants, shops and attractions that this beautiful city has to offer.

Monkbar Hotel, York

The hotel is currently undergoing a significant refurbishment which precluded me taking photographs of the exterior and some of the public areas, but do believe me when I say it’s a lovely building with an interior that is stylish, contemporary and well thought out. The reception staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating because we needed our luggage storing and a place to change before the races (we checked in early so our room wasn’t ready), and they did their utmost to facilitate this.

We had a second-floor suite away from the main building which meant it felt like a private escape. The soft furnishings and wallpaper in the bedroom were beautiful and the bed large and super comfortable.

Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar York hotel

Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York, soft furnishings

The sloping roof made the spacious room feel very cosy and added character.

Sitting area hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

There was a lounge/dressing area with complimentary fruit and bottled water. As well as the usual tea and coffee making facilities was a separate coffee machine, which was a nice extra.

Hotel suite bedroom dressing area at Monk Bar Hotel, York

The bathroom was very stylish with a lovely amenity kit including shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton wool, cotton buds and toothbrushes.

York Hotel Monkbar hotel bathroom

York Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

York Hotel suite bathroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

York Hotel suite bath at Monk Bar Hotel, central York

Breakfast at Monkbar Hotel, York

Breakfast was buffet style with pastries, cheeses, meats, yogurts, fruit, cereals and fruit juices along with hot food. Tea and coffee was served at the table and it was all absolutely divine.

Breakfast at York Hotel, Monkbar

York Hotel, MonkBar Hotel breakfast

cooked breakfast, central York hotel, Monkbar hotel

Cooked breakfast buffet, York city centre hotel, York. Monkbar

Thank you to the staff at Monkbar Hotel for making our very brief stay surprisingly restful, (we were at the hotel for less than 12 hours in total, yet it still felt like a break) and very enjoyable. Thank you too to Ana Ignatova from Visit York for arranging our stay.

Best Western Plus Monkbar Hotel
St Maurice’s Road
North Yorkshire
YO31 7JA
01904 638086

Ian and I had a complimentary stay at Monk Bar Hotel, courtesy of Visit York. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands, companies and organisations that support What Lizzy Loves.

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  1. Porcelina
    July 22, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Looks lovely Lizzy, it has a bit of character – which so many hotels lack these days. I'll keep it in mind if I ever stay up in York! x

  2. Elizabeth Yeowart
    July 23, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Thank you and yes you're right, our suite did have character and the decor was really lovely. I'd highly recommend it and once the refurb is complete, it'll be even better! xxxx

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