we booked in for an extra night in york and we got a deal on a four poster room, the room was a little small but it was clean,although it lacked the quality finish that you would expect for a room that can go out for over a £130.00 per night, it may be said that the rooms are old and full of charachter, but you can still provide quality finishes. On arrival we were dealt with by a efficient ,polite and helpful member of staff, unfortunately i did not get her name.
In the evening we decided to eat at the inn so we booked a table and went into the bar to get a bottle of wine,how hard work did that turn out to be,my wife went to the bar and was totally ignored by the two staff that were on,one was more worried about the cider pumps that had gone off and the other guy was having a problem with another member of staff who could not operate the till and then they all walked off, in fact a contractor who seemed to be doing work behind the bar offered to go and get a member of staff.We eventually were served and we waited to go into the dining room.The food quality and service could not be faulted in fact the lady that ran the restaurant was excellent and breakfeast was the same.
We retired to bed only to find that the matress on my side was lumpy and did not help my nights sleep,I was not that bothered as i was looking for a haunting during the night, and boy did i get one. You have to remember that this place is not a hotel its a pub with bedrooms and until the pub closes you will hear the customers and the music especially if you are in the bedrooms over the bar and on the front which we were.As we were on the front street we knew there would be some noise from revellers going home but we did not expect it to go on all night, the other thing to bear in mind that when the steets are quieter they echo and the revellers talk louder. the first lot of noise i heard sounded like a hoard of maurauding vikings and i thought this is my first haunting but as it got closer i was soon dissapointed and that disappointment went on.
At 3.20am i heard movement from downstairs in the pub and i built my hopes up again for a haunting only to realise it was the night porter moving furniture around downstairs and then i herd the brush going round,at 3.36am i herd a dull buzzing noise outside which was getting closer,is this a roman legion marching down petergate, unfortunately not it was the noisiest road sweeper/washer ever and what a time to do it, at 4.02am a ghostly bin truck appeared and started to empty the shop bins and then proceeded to use the rear crusher and compacter, its not over yet the road sweeper/washer returned for another go.at 4.20am the pub bins were taken out onto the main street with a loud banging and crashing of doors.I was hoping it was a ghost hunt returning late but dissapointment again.The other annoyance is that cars go up and down the road and did do for most of the night.
Please be aware that if you are a light sleeper you may find it difficult in a town centre, although there are certain measures that the inn could take.
The Inn has a lot going for it but the rooms can be expensive and personally if i was paying the top room rate i would have felt that the value for money element was lacking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Guy Fawkes Inn stands next to York Minster and was the birthplace of the notorious plotter, Guy Fawkes. The Inn offers 4-star rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and home-cooked, AA Rosette food. Decorate with antique furniture and Italian fabrics, the rooms feature handmade beds, tea/coffee making facilities and bathrooms with complimentary toiletries from H2K of Harrogate. Many rooms have views of York Minster, the city or the courtyard towards the rear of the Inn where Guy Fawkes was born. The Guy Fawkes Inn retains many original features including the timber staircase, gas lighting and real log fires. Dine by candlelight in the Inn's restaurant, which serves traditional pub-food using locally sourced ingredients. The bar stocks a wide range of real ales and a broad selection of wines. The world famous Ghost Walk leaves every night just around the corner. York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum are both just a 5-minute walk away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Guy Fawkes York
- Guy Fawkes Hotel York