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“A delightful, atmospheric and charming Inn in a stunning location!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Guy Fawkes Inn
Ranked #41 of 205 York B&B and Inns
Wales
1 review
“A delightful, atmospheric and charming Inn in a stunning location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2009

When booking our hotel in York, I had been looking for somewhere to stay in York which would be totally different from the typical hotels such as Holiday Inn, Premier Inn etc, and I was not disappointed by the Guy Fawkes Inn. I had read the reviews on Trip Advisor and it certainly appeared to tick all of the boxes. In reality however, this little gem was everything I had anticipated and more - a charming little Inn in a stunning location, right on the doorstep of York Minster - full of atmosphere, character and a sense of history, wonderfully enhanced by the gas lighting, the dark uneven wooden floors and the candles. You felt as though you were stepping back in time as you left the bustling street outside and entered the dark and atmosperic interior of the bar area.
We were checked in and shown to Room 2 on the first floor, which was up a wonderfully uneven dark wood staircase. The room was divine, a wonderful bed with white bedlinen and an enormous window, which looked out onto the courtyard at the back, where people were sitting enjoying drinks (and where we headed ourselves not long after). The ensuite bathroom was up a couple of steps and contained the expected shower, toilet and handbasin, with complimentary tolietries. The room also contained a kettle and along with the usual tea and coffee provisions a nice touch of some local Yorkshire biscuits. A fan was provided which was very welcome in the warm summer weather.
We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant at the Guy Fawkes Inn, but there was an interesting menu for those who enjoy traditional English fare. The breakfast however was wonderful - an extensive menu of hot items to choose from, aswell as cereals, toast and preserves, juices and tea / coffee. The muesli was particularly impressive, as it was a much more luxurious muesli than that traditionally offered in hotel breakfasts. My husband opted for the full English breakfast, which was cooked perfectly and delicious, although he admitted that the authentic black pudding was an acquired taste which he had yet to acquire. The service was faultless.
We really enjoyed our night at the Guy Fawkes Inn, and for those looking for an authentic experience in a really atmospheric old English Inn, in possibly the best location in York, on the doorstep of the Minster and a stone's throw from the mysterious winding pasageways of the Shambles, I can highly recommend the Guy Fawkes Inn.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rugby, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2009

We booked 2 x deluxe rooms, on arrival after previously phoning to check the area for parking as we know York is beautiful therefore popular, we were told to drive into the pedestrian area. No need to tell us twice. 40minutes later and nearly killing half of Yorks visitors, my Husband and I agreed to differ, he satayed with the car and I and my grown up Son and Girlfriend went on foot to find the place.

Check in was chaotic. They could only find one booking, then they offered us a 4 poster room for the missing deluxe over the bar so we took it, but neither of them were ready this was 3pm! In fairness we did leave our luggage and headed off on retail therapy and a stiff drink to calm the nerves.

The Car park wasnt qa couple of minutes stroll it was 10, not a problem for us but for people with a disability of any sort it would be. That was full too, so the next game after find the Inn was to find room in the car park....eventually we did. By the time this was accompolished we missed visiting at the hospital which was the whole purpose of our trip.

Eventually the rooms were done, but as we sat outside in the very nice courtyard we observed the staff walk straight into my sons room without knocking, we were sitting 5 foot from the door and no attempt was make to even knock once, They just walked in and left more towels and out again. This shocked us and particularly my nearly daughter in law as she had her brand new pink laptop on the bed, asssuming its safe, door locked an we outside!

The charm of the place is not to be mistaken, it is beautiful and crooked...everything is crooked. We didnt pay full price and nowhere near, and to be honest we wouldnt. We got a bargain location, a confortable bed, stale coffee and an average full english breakfast. With little or no attention to service. When I asked if they had sweetener, they said no. Not sorry, just no. My husbands diabetic, and to be fair we normally do carry them ourselves, but we shouldnt have to, or is that asking too much?

The Wifi didnt work and the car park which is 'discounted' still cost us £10 for an 18 hour period, ie 2 x one day 'hotel permit' parking at £5 each, as each day is from 8am to 8pm, and was NOT as convenient as its made out to be.

Would we return again, yes, but only to york, not to Guy Fawkes, we'd probably stay across the road at the Best Western to be fair, a bit of a dissapointing stay, in a charming inn with 'careless' staff.

The same staff were 'all over' a family from California that came in, I suspect they paid the £175 not the £50 we paid though......shame. It served a purpose but I coudnt recommend it to anyone for anything apart from it being right beside the Minster.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Isymac
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St Albans
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2009

I stayed here with my girlfriend for two nights over a weekend. We found a half-price deal and paid £75 a night for a "deluxe" room. For such a central location and smartly-presented room this was excellent value. The room was spacious, clean, very comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The staff were friendly, and we were able to pay by credit card.

I am not sure I would pay the full rate though. For £150 a night I would expect better quality toiletries (a minor point, perhaps) and I thought the breakfast was below par -- limited choice, small portions and no fruit available. Also, the rooms are situated above a pub (a cozy pub, with eight well-kept ales, it must be said) so the noise could be a problem if you want to get an early night.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan65536
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dumfries
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2009

this inn hasa hidden charm once you stay there you will see, rooms were really very nice
four poster beds were the best i have had, we will go back any time

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gateway72
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DUMFRIES
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

Just returned from staying at The Guy Fawkes Inn and was worried about the comments on the site about cash problems. Hotel called us and advised us that they could not take credit cards so we were made aware.

On arrival the staff were helpful and the rooms are immaculate with traditional decor, comfartable bed and a hidden modern en-suite.

It is right opposite the Minster and a bit difficult to find but once you are there it is central to the whole of York.

Could not fault the hotel in any way and if they have cash flow problems then I think it will only be short term as the pub, food etc seemed busy without it being overcrowded.

Only point to note for travellers is that you do not need an alarm for the Sunday as the MINSTER bells start at 9am and go on for nearly an hour, but only on a Sunday.

As stated an excellent venue and we will probably be back there next year or possibly even sooner.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dfshopes
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Sheffield
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2009

We had booked a weekend break here and were really looking forward to it. Having read reviews on trip advisor about cash only and the car park being a 5 minute walk away I was not bothered by these comments at all. The hotel is fantastic, the staff are attentive, the rooms are beautiful with a nice en-suite we stayed in Room 6 and it was a gorgeous room. The breakfasts were good and the location is second to none. This hotel is a real gem and the perfect base for exploring York. Also you must try the italian just up the road from it on the left hanside not sure what its called but it was the former York college for girls. It was fantastic. A great weekend break and would definately go back.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mr_TomSheffield
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Bristol
Level Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

We had booked for 11 & 12th May, & phoned the week before to confirm. On arrival, were told "There's a problem with the electrics, but we've arranged for you to stay at our sister hotel, the Lamb & Lion"... they hadn't, but luckily a room was available.

That evening, we noted the Guy Fawkes closed, as it was the next, & next morning. Are there no electricians in York?

In the Lamb & Lion, they had signs up saying they could no longer accept credit cards, similar to what we've heard about the Guy Fawkes Inn.

Oh dear, as a former accountant, I recognise some signs of business in trouble.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sid_Severn
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Additional Information about Guy Fawkes Inn

Property: Guy Fawkes Inn
Address: 25 High Petergate, York YO1 7HP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 205 B&Bs / Inns in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Guy Fawkes Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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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