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.
The sloping roof made the spacious room feel very cosy and added character.
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.
The bathroom was very stylish with a lovely amenity kit including shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton wool, cotton buds and toothbrushes.
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.
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
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.