When the hotel website says that it is across the road from York Minster, they aren't stretching the truth. We could see York Minster from our room (number 41).
Our Double room was locates on the first floor, opposite the elevator and very close to the stairs (which we used more often). The room is also directly above the hotel entrance - and surprisingly enough it wasn't especially noisy.
The room has a bar fridge, TV, chest of drawers, closet, desk, iron & ironing board, complimentary tea/coffee/bottled water on arrival, two chairs and a full length mirror. The free WiFi was very reliable.
The bathroom is a reasonable size with a bath/shower and plenty of shelf space. The towel heater is always nice, except we couldn't work out how to turn it off, so the bathroom became very warm.
Our car was valet parked (for a fee), but we walked around York, so we didn't need to get it back until we left. And the staff were very quick to return it to us.
There were probably two negatives. I noticed a number of older guests struggling to get up the six steps into the hotel and with only one, small elevator it was hard to use during peak times (i.e. check out time). Secondly, one of the reasons we booked this hotel was because it claimed to have a guest laundry. When we arrived, I discovered that it did not, which was very disappointing.
The dining options were good. The complimentary breakfast buffet was lovely - five fruit juices, danishes, bread, cheese, cold cereals as the 'buffet', then we could choose warm options from a menu. The staff were lovely - they made you feel like regulars.
The only dinner we had at the hotel was in the Bistro (which was more like a bar). Since it was busy, we had to squash four people on a table better suited to 3. However, the service was quick, the food quality was great and the serving sizes generous.
If you are visiting York Minster... I would definitely recommend staying at BW Dean Court, unless you have serious trouble with stairs, the you might want to look at other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dean Court has the finest location in the city, standing in the shadow of York Minster. Everything is within walking distance, including city walls and all York's famous attractions.The hotel recently received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and is a previous winner of the regional Hotel of the Year Award.Entering one finds contemporary design, with emphasis on elegance and comfort. Rooms are well-equipped and individually styled. Superior and de Luxe rooms have outstanding views of the Minster. Rooms have flat screen TVs, 30 ftv channels and DVD players. There's an extensive range of DVD's and an iPOD docking station. Little "extras" include robes, brollies and mineral water. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The Dean Court is notably child-friendly with four well equipped family rooms. Guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs will also enjoy facilities in a quartet of rooms. Ramp access is available with staff assistance, all public rooms and restaurants are on one level, no steps. D.C.H the Restaurant has a 2AA Rosette Award whilst THE COURT Bistro & Bar offers a more informal menu in a setting with mixed seating styles. Both eateries offer the finest food and service, with local and seasonal local produce predominant in menus.There is an impressive range for vegetarian guests and those with gluten free diets. The eighty-bin wine list offers twenty wines by the glass, and a large choice of beers from local breweries and around the world. An extensive cocktail list is available too.The hotel is non-smoking. Public areas are air-conditioned. The hotel has its own secure car park which is competitively priced and includes a valet-parking service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western York
- York Best Western