We have just returned from a 3 night stay in the Novotel, York and had a great few days.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful - nothing was a problem for them.
We had booked a standard room at a great price and had opted for room only - we were really lucky and were upgraded to a superior room at check in! The room was slightly smaller than that of Travel Inns however the rooms are to a higher specification in the Novotel. The TV channel selection was great from our son's point of view (childrens channels) and we also had a mini bar - quite steeply priced but at least we had a fridge to use. Our room overlooked the front of the hotel which was not overly noisy but we are not used to traffic passing by and that took a little getting used to! Our only complaint about all the rooms at the Novotel is that there is no air con! Our room was very warm and we did ask for a fan which was in our room in no time - this made a huge difference. At the time of our visit the sun did decide to shine and it was a lovely warm weekend - maybe this was why our room was so warm and ordinarily the heating would be on!
Another good point of the rooms at the Novotel is you don't get noise from other guests in their rooms - maybe we just had quiet fellow guests but the hotel was full!
Breakfast was really good and worth the discounted price at check in (see tip below) The choice of continental and cooked breakfast was excellent and very fresh.
We also chose to dine in the hotel one night and chose the buffet offer - again no complaints and plenty choice for our son and for us too. The food was again to a high standard and what we really liked was the chef regularly checked the food.
Our 9 year old son loves swimming and the small pool was ideal after sightseeing or in the morning - there is no supervision from hotel staff but that was not a problem as we were there anyway. The added bonus was the Wii and Xbox at the reception / bar. This was where the children met and had great fun and as parents we could clearly see them all from the bar area. The bar prices are high for a hotel (Glass of wine was £5.90)
Ask for a room at the back of the hotel which has a lovely view of the river.
Don't book breakfast online at £12.50 per head - at check in you are offered breakfast at £8 per head and children under 12 eat free.
Should we return to York, I would stay at the Novotel again - in fact if there is a Novotel where we decide to next visit, that would be my first choice.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Novotel York Centre Hotel York
- Accor York Centre
- Hotel Novotel York
- York Novotel