We have a series of contrasting memories of The Gillygate; indeed it is an odd mixture of friendly, convenient and tatty. There is a car park behind the pub, just a few minutes' walk from York Minster, the City Walls and many good eating places. The staff were all friendly and welcoming, and our cases were instantly whisked to our room on the second floor. It was clean and comfortable with a small en-suite and plenty of wardrobe space. We were not disturbed by road noise, and breakfast next morning was very tasty and cheerily served.
That's the good news.
The pub itself is dingy and depressing beyond words; certainly not somewhere to linger. The climb from the back door took us over threadbare stair-carpets past walls and doors which had been strangers to the paintbrush for many years. While our room was in good order the outside windowsills were peeling down to the bare wood.
Perhaps the Gillygate has absentee owners, for it seems odd that such hospitable staff would not notice that the property which has so much going for it in many respects is in desperate need of a fundamental revamp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gillygate is a newly refurbished 'pub with rooms' just a stones throw from York city centre we are in the perfect position for you to explore this beautiful city. Our aim is simple, to make everyone's stay with us as memorable and hassle free as possible. Our rooms are luxuriously appointed and downstairs in the pub you will find a great mix of locals and visitors enjoying themselves over a drink from our extensively stocked bar. We have twice weekly quizzes and visiting performers passing through from time to time. Guests can also enjoy an evening in our 'Whiskey Snug' and take advantage of our growing selection. If there is anything else we can do to make your stay more enjoyable just let us know. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gillygate Hotel York