OK, so the bad - The room we were placed in was a) lacking of decent water pressure, so having a decent shower was pretty much impossible, and b) Our room, (while comfortable - extremely so) was at the very top of the boarding house...Something we really didn't want after getting in at 10pm, seven shades of tired, hungry, sweaty and simply wanting a bed to soothe my aching and her (extremely) blistered feet. Trust me, with backpacks and tired feet, three flights of stairs can feel more exhausting than a hike up Ben Nevis at the end of a day.
The Good - Check ends around 9, but thanks to conscientious and personable staff, we were informed that checking in at 10pm was no problem, as long as we notified the B&B before hand. The Bed was extremely soft, plentiful power sockets to recharge phones, laptops and what have you...It was useful to be given access to the free wi-fi as well so that we could e-mail family and friends, and generally update everyone on our progress. I'm the kind of man that believes that the little things make the difference, so the fact that warm towels, and coffee, tea and hot chocolate facilities were in the room to make use of more than made up for any bad points that the Holgate bridge may possess - and it was probably in the favour of the other customers that we were at the top of the boarding house anyway, as I snore so loud, I could probably wake the dead; if I didn't know any better, I'd swear that my girlfriend phoned ahead to warn them about the oncoming storm that is my snoring.
The next morning, we were given plenty of time for checking out, and greeted with a full and somewhat plentiful breakfast; cereal, juice tea or coffee, and a choice of an English Breakfast with toast. We had a long day ahead of us, so the choice, as well as the volume on the plate to feed the belly was more than welcome, and certainly not to be categorised as the worst meal I've ever eaten...In fact I'd go so far as to say that the welcoming atmosphere, charm and location of the Holgate Bridge (it's maybe 700 yards or so from Micklgate) made us at least consider spending an extra night - something we probably would have done if the payment we made to the YHA York were refundable. All in all, if you're going to stay in a B&B, it's because you don't want to pay hotel prices, and in this context, the Holgate Bridge fits the bill wonderfully - definitely worth considering, as it's an extremely reasonable £25pp for a double room.
I'd genuinely consider returning, should I ever head back to York.
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