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Novotel York Centre
Ranked #33 of 47 Hotels in York
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Filey, United Kingdom
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“A Brilliant Break!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed in the York hotel for 3 nights (our first stay at a Novotel) during the recent heatwave and had a super holiday. Yes , the hotel room was warm, but the room staff left us a fan to cool our room and were extremely helpful. The hotel is very welcoming with friendly staff on reception who also helped us find our way around York, providing us with a map and suggested routes. The provision of the Wii and xbox downstairs for the children (and me!) were an added bonus. Breakfasts (self-service) were delicious and had a wide variety of hot and cold choices. We certainly will visit again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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ChristopheUghetto, General Manager at Novotel York Centre, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Good morning. Thank you so much for your review. I will share it with the team as I know they will appreciate reading your comments. I am happy to read the children enjoyed the WII (and you too...). I am looking forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you once again for taking the time to write a review.

With kind regards,

Christophe Ughetto
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff. Nice room. Over all a great few days in the central hotel. Handy for the motte tower, shambles and cathedral. Would come again. Only downfall was that it was a little noisy at meal time.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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ChristopheUghetto, General Manager at Novotel York Centre, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Good morning. Just a few words to thank you for your very kind comments. We are all delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back soon. Thank you once again.

With kind regards,

Christophe Ughetto
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

We were here as part of a weekend break to start the school holidays. The weather was warm, hot even. But the rooms were stiflingly hot. There is no air conditioning and the windows don't even open properly. Needless to say we didn't sleep either night of our stay. To make it even more unpleasant the pool was closed two of the three days of our stay. We were offered use of an alternative pool but we had to drive to it and pay for parking! As the pool was part of the reason we booked this made the choice of hotel pointless. The breakfast service was appallingly slow with long waits to be seated. The reception staff were less than helpful and could only offer a feeble 'sorry' in response to our complaints - no help to us! Having stayed in a Novotel on precious occasions in other cities with no complaint, this experience has put us off the chain.

  • Stayed July 2014
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2 Thank Adventuring4
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ChristopheUghetto, General Manager at Novotel York Centre, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Good morning and thank you for your review. First, I would like to apologise for the closure of the pool. We have had to take the decision to close it at short notice as we felt it was not safe to keep it open. I am sorry you felt the alternative offered was not satisfactory and we will take your comments onboard should a similar rare event reoccur in the future. it is also true the hotel has not got any air conditioning and that the weather has been especially hot over the past two weeks in York with temperatures rarely going below 20 degrees even at night time. I have also share your comments with the reception team as this is very much out of character. Finally, breakfast can get busy at times especially duringg the school holidays. We will of course endeavour to communicate better the slots when we can expect breakfast to be quieter.

Thank you once again for your review.

With kind regards,

Christophe Ughetto
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Our stay here was a real mixed bag, the staff are really helpful and nice making you feel really welcome. However we stayed on 2 very warm evenings and were on the top floor - it was roasting. No air con in rooms but reception did find us a fan, albeit a small one.
There were video games and computers in reception for kids to play on which was great but it looked a little like a refugee camp in the venings with people all over the floor everywhere! I think the hot rooms might have had something to do with this as well as reception had air-con
The room was superficially clean but there was dust on the shelf beneath the TV, someones hair in the bath and a few other bits. The small fridge in the room just about got below room temparature. They could do with cleaning the swimming pool too, our kids were desperate to have a dip as it had been so hot walking round town but you could not see the bottom in the shallow end it was so murky. In fact you could not see anything!!
If you want to go into York go out the back of the hotel and you can take a lovely walk along the river. Breakfast was really good and a varied selection.
It was a good budget hotel and in normal weather would be much much more comfortable I think

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank deanohants
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ChristopheUghetto, General Manager at Novotel York Centre, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Good morning and thank you for your review. I am pleased to read you found our team to be pleasant during your stay. It is true the hotel was quite hot over the past two weeks due to extremely high temperatures which are rather not the usual here in York. I am pleased to say the pool is now back to normal. Thank you once again for your comments and I hope to see you again soon.

With kind regards,

Christophe Ughetto
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here as part of a large group doing a cycle ride. Fantastic welcome from the receptionist and staff were very helpful in helping us store our bikes.
The lobby area had loads of computer consoles which a lot of children were entertained by. We had a spacious room overlooking the River Foss. Large bed and good quality power shower. It was a red hot day and reception kindly gave us a fan. This helped a lot. It was a pity the window couldn't open wider as it was so hot.
Breakfast was very good and there was a range of food to choose from. The free newspapers were a nice touch.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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ChristopheUghetto, General Manager at Novotel York Centre, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Good morning and many thanks for your kind comments. I am delighted to read you had a good stay and hope your cycle ride is going very well. I will certainly share your review with the team as I am sure they will appreciate the praise. We all hope to see you again very soon.

With kind regards,

Christophe Ughetto
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Property: Novotel York Centre
Address: 4 Fishergate, York YO10 4FD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in York
#8 Business Hotel in York
#9 Family Hotel in York
#14 Luxury Hotel in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel York Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy 4 Star, Family Friendly service at the Novotel York Centre. Situated close to the celebrated historical City walls and only a short Riverside stroll from the centre. Novotel York is the perfectly located for exploring the historic and cultural delights of the city as well as its shopping, restaurants and bars. Relax with a drink in our stylish bar or our outside terrace while the kids have fun in our indoor & outdoor play areas. Car Parking is available from £13 per night. ... more   less 
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