There are seven of us arriving by train from London in the middle of an August week for a two night stay in York. We are looking at the Premier Inn on Blossom Street as a possibility, since it is close to the train station. Since four of our party are in their late 60s and early 70s, (there is also an 8 year-old with us too), we wanted to make sure the area around the Premier Inn would be safe after dark with a few good local restaurants/pubs that would be a few minutes from the PI. It would be nice if we could just walk a few minutes from the train station and drop off our bags, then head out for sight seeing.
So, any comments about the safety of the Premier Inn area after dark would be appreciated, as well as recommendations for local family pubs or other places to eat that are close to the PI.
Finally...we are planning are renting a car and heading to the Lake District after our stay in York. Are there any rental car companies close to the train station in York where we could pick up the rental car when we are ready to head out?