I have read the reviews, and some seem rather unfair from my experience of staying at The Bishops. Yes the car park is a bit small, but so what. People who do not care if they open their car door onto yours do not stay at The Bishops!
The welcome and all other contact with the staff was enjoyable and extremely helpful. The small individual touches in the rooms (Sunflower Suite) and the rest of the hotel are what makes it feel a little more than a B&B, but I do agree that it is an upmarket B&B and not really a hotel. I would like them to lose the family photos of the children, just that little too much really, but that is a small point.
The room was warm, comfortable and in top hotch condition, felt as clean and neat as my own home, and to us that is very important and I am willing to pay more to get it, yes it is expensive but I feel it is worth it for the comfort you get.
The bathroom fan was loud, but you realise that when you go to the room when you check in, we just did not bother to put it on when we returned later! The bathroom towels, soaps, body lotion (yes Body Shop!) were a really lovely touch as was all the teas (Earl Grey, regular, decaf...) and coffee tray, far exceeded what you usually get in a room. You could pick up a book or video from numerous points throughout the Bishops and you could enjoy the glory of Marco's football career on the top floor, would have preferred if he had played for Arsenal, but you can't have everything! These small things are what made our too short stay so comfortable.
My only small disappointment was the breakfast. The hour long serve between 8 and 9am is completely silly and it really needs to be extended to 10am. The waitress was bright and friendly and Terry Wogan on the radio was nice. The portion were a little small and the bacon over cooked to the point of burnt. However the room is bright and extremely clean, tidy and decorated in a first class manner (better in reality then the photo) There is actually real fruit, which was a nice touch.
All in all I would advise anyone who has standards, but does not like the impersonal touches of the bigger hotels, to book into The Bishops. I will certainly use it again if I go to York. The city centre is 15 minutes away, unless you crawl there then maybe 25 minutes! Well done Debbie and Marco, keep up the good work (and extend breakfast times!) and thanks for a comfortable stay in a beauitful city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bishops offers 5-star Guest Accommodation with a silver award. Our restored Victorian villa has individually designed en-suite rooms in comfortable, family-run surroundings. Relax with a delicious award-winning Yorkshire breakfast, served in a sunny dining room with views of the gardens. Alternatively, unwind with a drink in the licensed lounge. Bishops is within walking distance of many of York's main attractions. Take advantage of our local knowledge to find hidden treasures and unique restaurants. Free off-road parking available. It is a short walk to bus and train stations, making Bishops an excellent base for exploring Yorkshire's countryside and coastline. ... more less
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