An apt place to begin is in York’s main independent area of Fossgate and Walmgate. Located on the latter are two top drawer hotels that both provide a personal service in an impressive setting.
Hotel Indigo is an award winning boutique beauty that delivers fresh design which is at once cool, classy and comfortable. With a hip bar and restaurant alongside the 4 star rooms, this place creates an elevated Yorkshire loveliness.
Just up the road, The Parisi Hotel take pride in their wonderful Victorian building, decorated appropriately attractively, but more so in pleasing their guests. Stays are customised based on individual preferences, and few leave with anything but the most enhanced experience. The vibe is laid back yet elegant, packing character and charm throughout this small and perfectly formed gem.
Also on this one street is a relaxed and convenient boozer with thirteen rooms to stumble into. The Watergate Inn is a no thrills guesthouse, but one with a rich and interesting history, an idyllic riverside location, and all the essentials one could want. The story goes that this place may be haunted, but rather than put people off, as with much of York’s ghostly sightings this all just adds to the fun of the inn.
Venturing elsewhere, other pubs provide equally comfortable accommodation above their drinking quarters. The Gillygate Pub, named after the fine street on which it is positioned, is one such establishment. There are only three rooms here, but grabbing one is a worthwhile coup, as they’re done up to a decent spec in a terrific location by the minster; plus, of course, a stay here makes for no faff getting to bed after a night on the ale in this historic house.