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.
- 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