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“Beautiful rooms, lovely staff, superb location. Can't wait to return!”
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Guy Fawkes Inn
Ranked #42 of 193 York B&B and Inns
Tameside
1 review
“Beautiful rooms, lovely staff, superb location. Can't wait to return!”
Reviewed 8 November 2009

We came here for a short honeymoon after getting married last week. We honestly could not have picked better. On arrival, they were still cleaning our room, so we had a drink in the bar. Fortunately for us, we had chosen to stay on the weekend of the beer festival, so we had a brilliant selection to go at!
The staff are friendly and approachable, chatting easily and knowledgably about the beers, the Inn and the local music scene.
We were up so late on the Friday sampling the ales that we slept through breakfast, which is a mistake I won't be repeating as the Sunday morning's eggs benedict was lovely!
Two teeny complaints - the champagne we ordered wasn't in our room on arrival and the rooms are very dimly lit - which certainly adds character, but makes doing hair and make up a bit tricky!
Everything else more than made up for that though and we would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

First thing to bear in mind is that this is a busy inn - do not expect to turn up to a quiet/slick hotel lobby. You check in at the bar which is always bustling with both locals and tourists. We liked that. The service was friendly, helpful and welcoming from the moment we arrived. As we had rooms 11 & 12 in the cottage we had to go through the courtyard at the rear which does need some attention as it is frequented by the smokers from the inn - and their debris was very much in evidence. However the rooms more than made up for this - spacious and tasetfully decorated/furnished. Our only problem was that they were overheated - even with the heating turned off they were very warm. Bathrooms were beautiful. Location was perfect - you can practically touch York Minster from the front door - this is prime York real estate! We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant but we had pre-dinner drinks in the bar and this is like stepping back in time. Lit by gas and candles it is charming and there was a great atmosphere - just like being in your own local. Breakfast was great although we were all looking forward to the homemade black pudding but they had run out. That said it was nice not to be confronted with the usual hotel breakfast buffet of items that have been sitting there for hours - this was cooked to order and there is an excellent selection of dishes.
All in all a lovely stay and we would return

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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crewe
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

We booked this weekend away, to celebrate our 6th anniversary, so thought we would push the boat out, and pay a little more for our stay than usual. We left it quite late, and booked the mini double ( £120.00 per room per night) We decided after reading various reviews, that we would travel by train, so as not to encounter any problems with parking. On our arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by Karen, who was lovely, showed us to our room and went to the trouble of marking our guide book with favourite restaurants for to try.!!!! The room as expected was very small, but the afternoon sun shining in, was lovely, although the room was very chilly early morning, and in the evening. The radiators in both the bedroom and bathroom, although set at 6 did not work. We had an early start Saturday, being one of the first down for breakfast, which we thought was lovely. We then set off for some retail therapy and a trip to York Dungeons ( highly recommended) We meandered back to the inn at around 2pm. The bar area was packed, but we managed to get two stools at the bar. I have to say that the guy who I believe was one of the manager's was not particularly friendly to the customers/guests, surprising what you summise when people watching!!!! We spent the rest of Saturday exploring York, eating and drinking.!!!! sunday mmm, we went down to breakfast at around 9.30am, there were two tables already enjoying breakfast, we seated ourselves, and a few more people came down. We were offered coffee more or less straight away ( not the best coffee in the world) then we waited, and waited and waited.!!!! Other tables appeared to be getting served or at least asked what they would like!!!! Occasionally a waiter/waitress would glance at our table but nothing. I wouldn't have thought it difficult to see as all our cutlery remained untouched, that we hadn't eaten. It took at least 20 minutes after seating before anyone came to us, and another 30 minutes before the breakfast appeared. This was plonked unceremoniously by the bar manager (must have a duel role) from the day before who immediately turned his back and walked off, no offer of sauces etc, I actually called him back. Other tables complained and questioned why it was taking so long, but were told by the waiter it was nothing to do with him.!!! The breakfast though was worth the wait. All in all a disappointing stay. I just thought that staying somewhere like The Guy Fawkes, would have offered us a little more tlc, it was just like staying at a Travel lodge for double the price.!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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tyne &wear
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

my partner booked this as a surprise romantic night away, and i was not disappointed. We arrived just after lunch and went straight to the hotel, where we were shown straight up to our room, number3. It was lovely, with a 4 poster bed. The room was decoracted in an old fashioned style, but not dated it was very tastefully done. Unfortunately we did not dine at the hotel, but the smell of the food was fantastic and downstairs in the restuarant appeared busy. However the location was great just in the centre, it was quite noisy, with the minster bells and streams of people going past. The room itself was very hot and the windows had to be kept open, which also did not help. There were no bottles of water in our room which i could have done with and was a pain. The lighting was also poor. I realise that the hotel is supposed to be authentic, even a lamp on the dresser drawers where there is a mirror would have been useful. The breakfast was great and very tasty, however we went back to our room to get ready and staff told us that the windows were being cleaned, we had to shut the windows and close the curtains, which made the lighting conditions even worse, but i know this has to be done at some point! overall i would definatley recommed this hotel, our stay was lush.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

I can confirm that this hotel is in administration, and in my opinion should be closed down.
We stayed at the Guy Fawkes inn 2 years ago and had a fantastic stay, unfortunately since than it has changed hands and without beating around the bush it is an absolute shambles, no thought is given to the guest and all attention is focused on the Bar customers, it is really important to remember that this is a working pub which doesn’t close until 1am, and it does get really rowdy.
My wife and i checked in to the Guy Fawkes and were met by a friendly young lady who showed us to our room telling us if we encountered any problems just come down and there would be someone to help, room was spacious and looked clean and tidy, after a busy day in York we returned to the hotel and found it to be bursting at the seams with drunks, after making our way through the rabble we entered our room which was on the 1st floor, the noise was unbearable, however we did keep telling ourselves that this is a pub and not a proper hotel, i tried to turn the TV on and there was no picture, i reported this and was told someone would be up shortly, after a while i reported it again and was told the same thing, the next morning i was still waiting.
At 1am the noise finally subsided and it was our chance to sleep, or so we thought, the porter / late bar tender was entertaining 2 young ladies in the bar and courtyard, eventually i snapped and had some choice words which did the trick, finally at 01.30 some well deserved sleep was granted by the now peaceful Guy Fawkes Inn.
Morning came and with bags under our eyes we made our way down to breakfast, before the takeover breakfast was a joy in the guy Fawkes, a real abundance of choice and a cooked breakfast to die for, now its carton orange juice and a cooked breakfast made of the cheapest ingredients known to man, and trust me i know my food. My wife ordered a bacon roll which was burned so badly it was inedible.
I stay in hotels at least once a week and have done so for the last 5 years, i can say with my hand on my heart this is one of the WORST experiences in a hotel i have ever had, shoddy service, noise levels far exceeding the acceptable to 1am, and a bad breakfast, which is a real shame as this used to be a fantastic hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

We did a DVD documentary on the place about the hauntings, yes it is haunted but nicely, and I was really impressed with the place. The rooms are great, well presented and clean, the staff are friendly and the food was really good. The breakfast was excellent and I would eat there again. 5 stars.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
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Salisbury, Wiltshire
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

First a confession - we didn't stay here but we did have a good nose around and looked at a couple of the rooms. We heard about it after we asked the tour guide on the excellent York Viking Walk for a nice pub for an evening meal. We wanted somewhere old fashioned and homely. We enjoyed our meal so much in the old fashioned restaurant that we asked to look at a couple of rooms and they were fabulous - big, comfortable, great views, clean - I could go on, We will definitely stay here next time we come to York!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Phil068
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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 #42 of 193 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):
Standing next to York Minster, the Guy Fawkes Inn was the birthplace of the notorious plotter, Guido Fawkes. The Inn offers en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s and AA Rosette Food. Each of the thirteen rooms have been decorated individually, feature antique feature, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. Many of the rooms also enjoy a landmark view. The inn retains many of its original features including gas lighting, real log fires and the timber staircase. You can also dine by candlelight in the restaurant, which serves classic pub-food from locally sourced ingredients and the bar stocks a range of real ales. The York Ghost Walk Experience leaves from York Minster each Saturday at 19:00 and both York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum are just a 5-minute walk away. ... more   less 
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