Six Most Stylish Hotels in York

Last updated on July 27, 2020

Best hotels in York - Churchill Hotel

York is a place that embraces its history with gusto, so lodgings tend to be more on the traditional end of the scale – but that isn’t to say they aren’t stylish. This is our pick of the most design-led, boutique hotels in York, England. All have an emphasis on style, be that contemporary or historic. And don’t miss our guide to the best things to do in York.

The Best Hotels in York

Jorvik House

The stylish, recently refurbished Jorvik Hotel draws on modern Scandinavian style and York’s Viking past. The result is one of York’s most stylish hotels with lots a nice design touches, such as freestanding baths in some of the rooms and chandeliers crafted from antlers. It’s mission is to recreate the Scandinavian feeling of ‘hygge’ or cosiness.

There is no restaurant, but you can order a continental breakfast to your room or simply go out to one of the many local restaurants.  

Hotel: Jorvik House

Price: From £62 per night

Address: 50-52 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH

The Parisi Hotel

Within the city walls in the residential area of Walmgate, this friendly guesthouse housed in an old Victorian vicarage is run by two sisters and has a bold, retro style. The charming, standout hospitality is the star of the show at Hotel Parisi and makes for a warm and welcoming stay.

There are 11 rooms to choose from, all with an eclectic, colourful style, many with accent wall, chosen by someone with a keen eye for colour. Most have baths as well as showers. There’s also a shared sitting room for guests with a well-stocked collection of books and a cosy wood-burning stove. Plus there’s a garden for the warmer months.

Breakfast is included and features classic cold options plus a cooked-to-order menu, all served in a bright, cosy dining room.

Hotel: Parisi Hotel

Price: From £140 per night

Address: 51 St Denys Rd, York YO1 9QD

Hotel Indigo York

The Hotel Indigo brand can be trusted upon to deliver stylishly hip, boutique-style accommodation inspired by the local area, and the Hotel Indigo York is no exception.

Picking up on the city’s history of chocolate-making, some of the rooms have a chocolate theme, including chocolate bar wooden paneling, smarties cushions and lampshades in the shape of cake moulds.

And the open-plan receptions/bar/restaurant features plenty of vintage photos of York, which complement the décor of leather-bound books, wooden floors and warm, vintage design.

The restaurant serves a menu with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and Yorkshire dishes, and the buffet breakfast is impressive, especially for the price.

Hotel: Hotel Indigo York

Price: From £80 per night

Address: 88-96 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

The Churchill Hotel

Housed in an old Georgian mansion, the 41-room Churchill Hotel was recently refurbished to create a hotel that branches out from its traditional roots to create a modern space, characterised by dark charcoal shades, pops of colour and bold wallpaper and titles.

Some of the rooms are more successful than others (the wallpaper borders on garish in some while others are left a little bland), but overall it has a fun style with plenty of interest and character.

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There’s an in-house restaurant serving a small menu of British fare, but there’s no breakfast buffet (only cooked-to-order dishes). The hotel is only five minute’s walk outside the city walls and about a 10-minute walk to the Minster.

Hotel: Churchill Hotel

Price: From £55 per night

Address: 65 Bootham, Clifton, York YO30 7DQ

Middletons Hotel

Currently undergoing a staged renovation process, you ideally want to book one of the newer and infinitely more stylish rooms at this 56-room hotel spread over six buildings. Most of the buildings at Middletons Hotel are Grade II-listed and as such have an in-built layer of character, but the older style rooms are looking dated.

The newer design is varied across the different buildings, but tends to include neutral tones with stylish design accents and pops of pastel colour. The cottage rooms are particularly cosy with exposed brickwork, warm tones and space for up to six guests.

There are two on-site restaurants and all guests have use of the Emperors Health and Fitness Club. The hotel is outside the walls in a residential area, but still only a 10-minute walk to the Minster, and also to the trendy Bishopthorpe Road.

Hotel: Middletons Hotel

Price: From £70 per night

Address: Cromwell Rd, York YO1 6DS

Trembling Madness Apartments

Housed behind the quirky and iconic pub of the same name, these two characterful Trembling Madness Apartments are a fun place to stay right in the heart of York, just steps from the Minster.

The Old Gallery apartment is a homage to the seventies with retro décor including a bright orange sofa, and psychedelic wallpaper in a bold seventies print. Other highlights include retro boardgames, a record player and a seventies circle bucket chair.

In contrast, The Chamber apartment is themed with a Medieval style, including a grand, four-poster bed, wooden floors, exposed beams, and dark, antique furniture. There’s a freestanding bathtub in the bedroom and a little courtyard with BBQ.

Food is available from the neighbouring pub.

Hotel: Trembling Madness Apartments

Price: From £135 per night

Address:  52A Stonegate, York YO1 8AS

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