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#4 of 55 guest houses in York
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Award-winner of Visit York Tourism Awards 2017, 2019 & 2022 B&B of the Year, Tower guest house offers boutique-style accommodation in a grand Victorian town house in York, just a 10 minute walk to York Minster and The Shambles. We offer 8 luxurious en suite rooms with high-quality bedding to help ensure a restful night's sleep. Free WiFi and free private parking. Ideal for romantic breaks and leisure or business trips. Sorry, but we cannot accept children under 8 years of age.
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Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Taxi service
Adults only
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
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Air conditioning
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Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
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Aimee G wrote a review 24 Feb
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Excellent hidden gem of a hotel in York. Lovely breakfast cooked to order every morning. Rooms were comfortable and clean with everything provided. Walking distance or approx. £6 for a short taxi ride into the city centre. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at our hotel in York! We're thrilled to hear that you found us to be a hidden gem and that you enjoyed your stay with us. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated our cooked-to-order breakfast and found our rooms comfortable and clean with all the amenities you needed. We strive to provide a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests, and we're glad to hear that we succeeded in making your stay enjoyable. Thank you for recommending us! We truly appreciate your kind words and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future.
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Leaves16 wrote a review May 2022
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Chose the Samurai room on the Internet as a bit of a punt, had no idea what to expect. We arrived a little early and asked to use the toilet before we headed off for lunch and would come back later to check in. The owner gave us a little preview of our room and told us if we waited 5 minutes he would get it hoovered and let us in early, we were fine to wait though so headed off for lunch first. Came back late afternoon to relax- we both absolutely loved the sunken bath and the rainfall shower! The attention to detail in the room was impeccable, spotlights, main light and bathroom lights on dimmers controlable right beside the bed, electric blinds in the bathroom and a fog free mirror. There was a mini fridge with complimentary cans and a chocolate bar as well as milk for making hot drinks- a pack of tea, coffees and sweets was also available and hot drinks such as lattes and hot chocolates could be fetched from the dining room at any time. Air conditioning could be set on the app from your phone so you could cool the room down before you got back in for the day (and the weather was hot so this was fantastic!) and you could select your breakfast for the following day. I'm vegetarian and there was plenty for me to choose from, everything was cooked very well and very tasty. We could tell so much effort had gone into making the stay special and would definitely stay again if we come back to York in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Sept 2022
We are so pleased that you loved everything about the Samurai Room and the amenities it has to offer. We have eight individually designed rooms, each there own unique character, so if you return, you can choose to have the same room or enjoy a different experience in one of our other rooms. Please remember to book direct from our website (link above) to get our direct booking discount.
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Explore44412570627 wrote a review 21 Feb
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Stayed for our honeymoon and it was such a lovely guest house, the host was super friendly and the attention to detail was superb. The extra thick carpet on the stairs to limit the noise, the decor, the cleanliness were just amazing. There is even a Web app to control room temperature and order your breakfast and select the time you want to eat. While we are on the subject of breakfast it is very high quality (thoroughly recommend the foccacia by the way) if I had one issue it was the door to the room didn't always fully shut and had to be pulled or pushed to be fully shut. It was such a lovely stay though. The room was comfortable and clean and we really enjoyed our stay. 15 minutes steady walk into York centre and free parking too. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us for your honeymoon and for taking the time to share your wonderful experience! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time at our guest house and that it contributed positively to such a special occasion. It warms our hearts to know that you found our host to be super friendly and appreciated the attention to detail we put into every aspect of your stay. We take great pride in providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for our guests, and we are delighted that you noticed and appreciated details such as the extra thick carpet on the stairs, the decor, and the cleanliness of our establishment. We are glad to hear that you found our breakfast options to be of high quality and that you thoroughly enjoyed the focaccia! Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we will certainly look into the issue with the room door to ensure it is promptly addressed for the comfort of our future guests. Thank you for highlighting our convenient location, just a 15-minute walk into the York center, as well as the complimentary parking available to our guests. We are pleased that our amenities added to the overall enjoyment of your stay. We truly appreciate your kind words and recommendation, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay in the future. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly if there is anything we can do to make your next visit even more exceptional.
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Peter K wrote a review 17 Feb
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I would not advise going here, I was expected to pay through an app which stated I would be given a code to get access to my key for the room. I did this and the key was not in the lock and had been taken this made me panic and if not for another guest arriving and instructing me on who to deal with I would have had to find somewhere else to stay. I had an important interview the following day and this was the last thing I expected to deal with before preparing for it. There are no continental breakfast options, and because I had to leave very early, I had no breakfast options.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback regarding your recent stay at our establishment. We value all feedback as it helps us improve our services, however, we feel that your review does not accurately reflect the experience we aim to provide to our guests. Firstly, we would like to clarify the situation regarding the key collection process. While we do utilize an app for key collection, please note that guests are never locked out of their rooms. The key was not in the key box because our reception was open during your arrival. Had you rung the doorbell for attention or called the number provided above the key boxes, our staff would have been readily available to assist you in obtaining your key. Additionally, we understand your disappointment with the breakfast options available. While we do not typically offer a continental style breakfast, we made every effort to accommodate your request for a quick breakfast to go. We prepared a bacon sandwich, along with tea or coffee, fruit, or cereals, as an alternative option for you to enjoy on your way out. Regrettably, despite having the sandwich ready for collection at the agreed-upon time, we understand that you did not come into the reception or dining room to collect it before your departure. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or stress caused during your stay, especially considering the importance of your upcoming interview. Please rest assured that we take all feedback seriously and will use your comments to improve our services and communication with guests. Once again, we appreciate your feedback and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future to provide you with a more positive experience reflective of the high standards we strive to uphold.
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Linda C wrote a review 16 Feb
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A lovely place, decorated beautifully. We received a warm welcome on arrival. The room was spotlessly clean. There is a fridge in the room which was stocked with fresh milk, water, cans of fizzy drink and a kit Kat, a nice little touch. The breakfast was delicious. If we visit York again I would definitely stay here and fully recommend Tower guest house.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at our guest house! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that it left such a positive impression on you. It's wonderful to know that you found our guest house to be lovely and beautifully decorated. Providing a warm welcome to our guests is a top priority for us, so we are delighted that you felt welcomed upon your arrival. We are pleased to hear that you found your room to be spotlessly clean and that you appreciated the little touches, such as the stocked fridge with fresh milk, water, fizzy drinks, and a Kit Kat. We strive to provide our guests with everything they need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay, and we are glad that these amenities added to your experience. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our delicious breakfast offerings, and we truly appreciate your recommendation. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back to Tower Guest House if you find yourself in York again in the future. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to make your next stay even more memorable.
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David M wrote a review Jan 2024
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom40 contributions36 helpful votes
Quirky, and a refreshing change from bland hotels, each room has its own personality, with quality furnishings. The hosts are very professional and polite with a personal touch. Breakfast cooked to order, with an excellent choice. Free parking on site, with a pleasant walk into York.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our guest house. We are delighted to hear that you found your stay to be a refreshing change from bland hotels and that you appreciated the quirky personality of each room, along with the quality furnishings. Providing a personalized and professional service to our guests is very important to us, so we are pleased to hear that you found our hosts to be professional, polite, and attentive to your needs. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed our cooked-to-order breakfast options and found the choices to be excellent. We aim to offer a variety of options to suit all tastes, and we are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We are also happy to hear that you found our on-site parking convenient and that you enjoyed the pleasant walk into York. Our location is indeed one of the highlights of staying with us, and we're glad you found it enjoyable. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our guest house in the future. If there is anything we can do to enhance your next stay, please don't hesitate to let us know.
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GoodFriday24 wrote a review Jan 2024
Billingham, United Kingdom11 contributions
Extremely attentive B&B. Amazing breakfast. Lovely big, quiet, clean room with everything you would need having already been thought about. Booked last minute for one night, great parking, rare with accommodation around York, room fantastic and easy to access - room 1 Versailles Gold King. Uber to centre of York was £5, would’ve just walked if the weather had have been better. Excellent bed, great range of pillows with more in the wardrobe. Shower was very powerful. Tea, coffee, sweets, water, two cans of soft drinks and fresh milk all in the silent fridge. Breakfast was beautiful, made to order which you select on the web app the night before, cereal, fruit and yoghurt also available to help yourself to. The poached eggs were the best we’ve ever had. We went to The Ivy for an evening meal and it wasn’t a patch on the food we got served in the Tower Guest House. Fantastic stay, thank you very much.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for sharing your experience at our B&B! We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic stay and that you found our staff to be extremely attentive. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed our amazing breakfast offerings and that you found your room to be spacious, quiet, and impeccably clean. We strive to anticipate our guests' needs, so we're delighted that you found everything you required already thoughtfully provided. We're pleased to hear that you found our parking convenient and that accessing your room was easy. Our aim is to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience for all our guests, whether they book in advance or last minute. We're glad that you found our bed comfortable and appreciated the variety of pillows available. It's also great to hear that you enjoyed the powerful shower and the complimentary refreshments in your room. Thank you for your kind words about our breakfast service. We take pride in offering a delicious and customizable breakfast experience, and we're thrilled that it exceeded your expectations. We're honored that you found our poached eggs to be the best you've ever had! We're delighted that your stay with us was such a highlight of your trip, and we sincerely appreciate your kind words. It was our pleasure to host you, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Tower Guest House in the future.
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zAndy1uk wrote a review Nov 2023
Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom134 contributions44 helpful votes
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Second visit to this wonderful guest house , on our first visit we had the Samurai 4 poster, wow! Wasn't available this time so we went for the Golden Versailles King which was completely different (but that's the idea here) but equally as wow. Absolutely gorgeous room that makes you feel like royalty. Hosts as usual were all very pleasant and accomodating. Breakfast was ok, I'm not going to say it was the best guest house breakfast I've ever had but it was absolutely fine. Excellent quality fruit juice and mixed fruit and yoghurts etc, no penny pinching there as you sometimes find. Overall a very pleasant stay and our first choice accomodation when we visit York which we hope to do again soon as this was a very last minute rushed visit so we will do a couple of nights next time and give ourselves more time to enjoy this wonderful city. And it was much appreciated being able to leave our car in the car park after checking out while we got the bus into the city (bus stop literally just across the road), made life a lot easier for sure. Oh and I almost forgot , we paid a visit to Diana's cafe and had amazing spring rolls and sticky rice and cake and ice cream, definitely recommend paying a visit as it's very reasonably priced and the food was delicious.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for choosing to stay with us again at the Tower Guest House, and for taking the time to share your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your second visit and that you found our Golden Versailles King room to be equally as stunning as the Samurai 4 poster room. We're pleased to know that you felt like royalty during your stay and that we were able to make your experience pleasant and that we were accommodating to your needs. Your feedback regarding breakfast is appreciated, and we're glad to hear that you found it to be of satisfactory quality. It's wonderful to hear that you consider us your first choice accommodation when visiting York, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a longer stay next time. We're delighted that our convenient parking facilities and proximity to public transportation made your visit more enjoyable and convenient. Thank you also for recommending Diana's cafe; we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit there and found the food delicious and reasonably priced.
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carolamy37 wrote a review Nov 2023
west yorkshire751 contributions133 helpful votes
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We stayed here for 2 nights a couple of weekends ago. I messaged the owners prior to arrival and we were allowed to park on the carpark and collect our keys a few hours before check in time. Our room was amazing. It was furnished to a very high standard and had everything we needed including a fridge with fresh milk, drinks and a KitKat. Breakfast was delicious. The menu is varied and included things you don’t find on most breakfast menus. We would highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Tower Guest House and for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful two-night stay and that our accommodation exceeded your expectations. It's great to know that our pre-arrival communication allowed for a smooth check-in process and that you appreciated being able to park on-site and collect your keys ahead of the standard check-in time. We're thrilled that you found your room to be amazing and furnished to a high standard. Providing our guests with everything they need for a comfortable stay is our top priority, so we're glad to hear that you found the amenities, including the stocked fridge with fresh milk, drinks, and a KitKat, to be convenient and enjoyable. We're pleased that you enjoyed our breakfast offerings and found the menu to be varied and unique. It's our goal to provide our guests with a delicious and satisfying breakfast experience, and we're glad that you found it to be delicious. Thank you for your recommendation! We truly appreciate your kind words and are honored that you would recommend us to others. We would love to welcome you back for another fantastic stay in the future. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there's anything we can do to make your next stay even more enjoyable.
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Chloe E wrote a review Oct 2023
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We were both very impressed by the Tower Guest house. Both hosts Dianna and Tony were very helpful, kind and accommodating. Being our first time in York they gave great recommendations on things to do over our stay. Our room was Beautiful,cozy and spotless. We absolutely loved the spa bath. I particularly loved the small touches like the fridge containing 2 cans of drink, a chocolate Bar and fresh milk. They even have a small first aid kit and sewing kit in the room just incase. Breakfast in the morning was also very good, lots of cereal and fruit also available if you don't fancy a full breakfast that morning. We would definitely stay again! Thank you very much!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience at the Tower Guest House! We are thrilled to hear that you both enjoyed your stay. It's wonderful to know that you found your room to be beautiful, cozy, and spotless. We're delighted that you loved the spa bath and appreciated the small touches, such as the stocked fridge and the inclusion of a small first aid and sewing kit for added convenience. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast offerings, and we're glad that we could provide a variety of options to suit your preferences, including cereal and fruit for those looking for a lighter meal. Thank you for considering us for your future stays in York! We would be delighted to welcome you back and provide you with another enjoyable experience. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to make your next stay even more memorable.
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United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireYork
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tower Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Tower Guest House?
Nearby attractions include York Minster (0.7 miles), Treasure Hunt York (0.7 miles), and Fudge Kitchen York (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tower Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Tower Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tower Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Tower Guest House?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tower Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wheldrakes, Cafe No.8 Bistro, and Love Cheese.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tower Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Tower Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting York Cold War Bunker (1.8 miles), Holy Trinity Church (0.8 miles), and Merchant Adventurers' Hall (1.0 miles).
Is Tower Guest House accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.