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“Authentic hotel in great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Guy Fawkes Inn

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Guy Fawkes Inn
Ranked #42 of 192 York B&B and Inns
Stafford, United Kingdom
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“Authentic hotel in great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2010

We have just returned from a post christmas break staying in the Belfry suite,which was much bigger than we expected with a landing connecting the bedroom,living room(with two double sofa beds) and bathroom which were all of good size. As the suite is within the eaves of roof I had to stoop quite a lot . I was happy to find the central heating working well when it was so cold outside and found the need to turn the stats down. From the living room window there is great views of the minster.Downstairs the public rooms are wood panelled and gas lit with breakfast served in the rear dining room. There was a wide choice for breakfast which was all good quality and all the staff were helpful with a positive friendly attitude. The only drawbacks I would say would be the numerous steps to the bedrooms and the car parking being a fair distance away but both of these issues are a trade off for staying in a 400 year old inn set right in the middle of York.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2010

Positives:- Great location, Hotel steeped with history,Staff friendly and efficient, great breakfast, Decor and furniture in keeping with interesting and historic building. Food looked great though we only had breakfast.
Negatives:- Had to move rooms as 1st room (rm 10) was dingy and smelled damp. 2nd room was very small but nothing else was available. Overpowering smell of bleach from the toilets at the bottom of the stairs, I have read other comments on this so it's not just me! Staff said they had a problem with the plumbing. The courtyard of the hotel could really do with a spruce up as was a bit like a back yard, bin area for smokers and given that several rooms lead off this area it was a bit off putting. Also cleanliness was ok on visible areas but I found a thick pile of dust, fluff and hair clinging to my coat which has fallen under the bed - nice.
If I was to stay at this hotel again I would book a different room as I had a peak around the door and those on the 1st floor (except petite double) looked lovely, airy and spacious (everything the 2 rooms offered to us were not!). Oh and don't forget that this hotel is a pub so will be noisy until closing time.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2010

Literally just walked through the door on return from Guy Fawkes, can't rate it enough. After months of researching on the internet this jumped out at me. I wanted somewhere authentic, with a real fire (being December I was aiming for cosy!), a fab location, good food, service and lots of atmosphere, This checked every single box. If you are after, ultra modern, shiney new swish hotels with no character, then please listen to the other reviews and go elsewhere, this is a fab traditional olde wold inn! The room (room 7) was beautiful, a huge 4 poster (sooooo comfy!) with modern touches such as the flat screen TV, kettle (plenty of tea/coffee/hot choc), hair dryer etc. Bathroom was a little on the small side, but didn't exactly spend a lot of time in there. Location is amazing - we watched the bell ringers at the Minster through the window, everything is on the doorstep. Service was brill too - only ate breakfast there as they dont serve evening meals on a Sunday. Breakfast was lovely, fresh juice, tea, coffee, pastries, fruit and cereal and a lovely full Yorkshire! In the evening the pub was packed and had a lovely atmosphere. There is no reception, you check in at the bar which was really quirky - I liked it. Make sure you go to the hotel first to get your car parking pass, its about a 5 minute walk back to the hotel from Marygate carpark. Tons of shops, restraunts, bars etc on the doorstep. It also had free wi-fi, just ask at the bar for the passcode. I really can't speak highly enough of this hotel it's fab!!! Can't wait to return!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2010

Just home from our yearly weekend stay in York at Xmas,and as always the Guy Fawkes is our favourite place to stay! The bar was VERY busy when we arrived but the staff booked us in quickly and let us put our lugguage in the rooms even tho we arrived well before the check in time! The bar areas are the best place to unwind with the gas lamps and flickering candles! Anybody on this site critising the lighting or furniture has no soul and should get themselves off to a Travelodge! The beds are superbly comfortable and the rooms warm and very very cosy,perfect at Christmas! Room 7 is our favourite with its wood paneling wonderful views of the Minster.Breakfast is hearty and well cooked with great choice! FRESH orange juice too! This must be our 10th stay at the Guy Fawkes we stay at least 3 times a year and as soon as we arrive the stress of modern life falls away! The ONLY downside is the outsde area which is a bit untidywhich is a shame because with a little work ,heaters,decent furniture and lighting would make a great place to enjoy a drink and a meal! Be back soon!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2010

Stayed for one night with the wife. The Inn is on the doorstep of the Minster and excellent for exploring Stonegate and the shops of York. Parking a short walk away. Service was good. Had some beautiful soup for lunch and a nice glass of red wine. Lots of choice of beers and Addlestones cider. Room was sympathetically decorated. Quirky, but in keeping with the 16th century buidling. Breakfast was amazing. All locally sourced and very tasty indeed.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2010

I've just returned from a 2 night stay at the Inn with my husband. This our third trip to York but our first stay at the Guy Fawkes Inn & we would definately return! The location is fantastic, right next to the Minster and walking distance to all tourist attractions. The staff at the inn were very helpful, and although we arrived on an extremely busy Saturday and had a short wait to check in, the service we received was good. We stayed in room 12 which is in the courtyard on the groundfloor and we were very pleased. We only have 2 complaints which were that although the room generally was clean, the floor was absolutely filthy with dust, dirt and hair in both the bathroom and the bedroom, not really what you'd expect for £109 per night. Also as we were on the groundfloor and due to the age of the property, we could hear every footstep from the room above. Maybe they were also inconsiderate guests but it was extremely noisy every time they moved and did wake me up in the middle of the night. This could possible be helped a little by the inn having carpets in the room above but be warned if you are a light sleeper don't choose a room on the ground floor. Also being an inn with rooms, be aware that the customers from the pub do use the courtyard as a smoking area, on Saturday it was noisy until about 11.30pm but the Sunday was much quieter and we were told by the staff that it had been an exceptionally busy Saturday so maybe it's not normally as noisy? Breakfast was delicious and the service was good. Car parking is in a council run car park a very short walk away through the York Museum gardens and really isn't a problem, just buy your vouchers from the inn for a discounted rate of £5 per day. You can park just up from the inn to drop your bags in but the York Minster staff are quick to move you on so if check in is busy don't risk a ticket, get someone to wait in the car! Despite our few complaints, as i've said we'll definately be returning to the Guy Fawkes inn.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2010

My boyfriend and i have just got home from a weekend in York. We stayed at the Guy Fawkes Inn and we liked it very much. If you like traditional old style building that haven't been modernised then this is the place for you. Clean rooms and friendly staff. Also we didnt get chance to eat an evening meal there but wish we had have but breakfast was very nice indeed. York was fabulous! Yorkshire passes are advised too as you pay £30 for a day pass and it's worth £50 of admissions for just about all attractions. The Inn is situated right next to the MInster so very central. We managed to book a executive double on a good deal so we did get god value for money so not sure of the actual rates and how you would value this for money but i would definitely recommend staying here if you like the traditional york atmosphere

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 192 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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