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The Gillygate
Ranked #41 of 205 York B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Preston, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Very good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

The owner Brian was friendly, the other staff were nice, the location was excellent and the breakfast was lovely. Free parking was a big bonus and the room was a good size. If you are a light sleeper be aware that some of the rooms overlook the main road. This isnt the most romantic or fancy place to stay but was very good value for money and I would definatley go back. I should also mention that Brian told us the pub/rooms are getting a refurb but even if they werent the fact some people are complaining for £65 including breakfast and parking is unbelievable. If you want luxury pay £100 a night at the best western or somewere similar and this does not include breakfast either. You get what you pay for normally and for the price this was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jennifer S
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

A very short stroll from York Minster and the centre. Welcoming friendly staff.
Extremely good value. It only cost £65 for a twin room including breakfast, so we kept an open mind.
Just as well we did.
We only booked for one night. The room, in fact the whole hotel was very dated and would have benefitted from a complete redecoration. It could have been undertaken over the slack winter season.
The bedding was clean, the bed a little too firm for me.
Our room was overlooking the street and the constant road noise was disturbing, especially the occasional sirens from the passing emergency vehicles.
We used the bathroom sink to "bathe", we wouldn't use the shower, as the shower cubicle and shower head were showing black mould everywhere. The cleaner had also missed some bits, it was a bit dusty.
There was an intermittent strong sewage smell coming from the bathroom drains and no facility to ventilate. The bedroom window wouldn't open.
Breakfast was delicious, served by a smiling, helpful barman.
The staff were absolutely charming, We were given full use of the free parking facilities for the remainder of the day, even though we had already checked out.
With a little bit of attention to the décor, this could be a gem of a place.
I would definitely return if the minus points were attended to. Oh and I would ask for a room at the rear.

Room Tip: As for a room at the rear of the building.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank margidoll
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

A central location but room rates much lower than other apparently similar establishments. What could possibly be wrong?
I arrived at this attractive pub, entered and was warmly greeted by Harrison, who was behind the bar. He showed me up to my room and helpfully carried my luggage up for me.
My room was clean, well appointed with a nice bay window, and well arranged table and chairs overlooking the main road outside.
The room had all the facilities that one would expect. Tea/coffee facilities and tasty biscuits, a working retro hairdryer that was located by a suitable mirror and dressing table, a flat screen television, and a very comfortable bed. There was even a nice full length mirror located near the en suite, for the Lady or Metrosexual Male to preen themselves before hitting the streets of York.
What could possibly be wrong?
Well, the room decor was about twenty years past it's sell by date but the room was clean and tidy.
What could possibly be wrong?
I opened the door to the en suite facilities. Many years previously, the owner of the pub had clearly decided to update his bedrooms to have modern facilities. He had, however, omitted to install extractor fans to remove the moisture (and, of course smells). Dear Reader, you can but imagine. Despite the efforts of Brian and his team, it would not be possible to raise the standard of these facilities to an acceptable standard, due to the ingrained dirt and mould.
However, I understand that Brian, is fully aware of these problems, and I had the pleasure of hearing from him, that the pub is closing in May for a full refurbishment.
So why would I give this location a five star accolade?
Well, the staff were great, friendly and helpful. The Pub and it's customers were also very welcoming.
The Pub has an interesting food offering and I, particularly enjoyed the Chef's "Belly Pork & Tasty Black Pudding".
So, I have "Great Expectations" for the future.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have traffic noise.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nick B
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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

My friend and I shared the twin attic room, with most stupendous views of the minster.

Gillygate house was lovely, with comfortable beds ... Though the sloping ceiling a challenge! Be careful. The stairs are steep too

We were made to feel welcome, and the landlord took our cases up and down for us which we appreciated. The breakfast was nice with good cafetiere coffee, and choice of 8 or 9 am sittings.

So much to do in York that 2 nights wasn't enough so we will come back and hope to stay here again

Room Tip: If tall avoid the attic room, but it is excellent for shorties. Welcome exercise climbing stairs aft...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lorna K
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

my wife and i , are just back from a 2 day break in york , we stayed at the gillygate pub ,the staff were very friendly and welcoming ,the pub is in an ideal location , close to the centre , the room itself was clean and tidy , with tea , coffee, and biscuits , the cooked breakfast was very good and a good choice of cereals and fruit juice , would recommend the gillygate quite highly and will be booking again in the near future

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gary c
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37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

Simple surroundings with locals at the bar. .. Nice. We had a good dinner of local gillygate steak pie and gravy with lovely veg sides. The landlord was chatty and helpful and we would go here again. We've were unfitness they have refurbished the hotel bedroom areas too. ... so we may consider staying here sometime

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Thanks to Ellie for a warm welcome (enjoyed my birthday egg). Staff are super friendly. Location is phenomenal. The decor is tired and we got a special 2 4 1offer which gave us value for money. Breakfast was varied and if you ask for a veggie breakfast ensure you request an egg/s. There is a fexible atmosphere around breakfast. Lovely City we will book again. The parking is great and our main reason for booking.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Gillygate
Address: 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 205 B&Bs / Inns in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Gillygate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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