“ Guy Fawkes Hotel is without doubt in one of the finest positions in the whole of the Historic City of York. This delightful non smoking Town House Hotel offers 12 very attractively furnished rooms, some with 4-Posters. Standing in the shade of York Minster, this 16th Century Town House has at the rear a Cottage, which is reputedly the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, one of York's famous sons. Just a minutes walk from the main attractions and shops, make this hotel an ideal destination for you to enjoy York. „
Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how amazing this place is. I went to York for 4 days with my mum on monday, and we were very lucky to discover this little gem on our first day.
We didn't stay there, I'm going to suggest our hotel to the catalogue because it was absolutely amazing. This dinky little Inn however,has 12 rooms, but you would have to check out the other review for details here, as I wish I had stayed there but sadly I didn't! Believe me, I will be staying here next time I stay in York.
As we were walking into the centre from our base at Marygate, we very nearly missed it, nestled snugly in High Petergate, looking unassumingly like an office, and nothing like the aladdins cave it turned out to be. I only noticed it, when my attention was caught by the English Heritage Blue Plaque (oh yes...).
This inn is the building where Guy Fawkes was born, and lived. It is directly across the street from St Michael Le Belfry Church, which, nestling in the shadow of the minster, was Guy's church. There is so much history embedded in the walls of this building, and you can feel the atmosphere as soon as you enter the door.
I knew that I wanted to go inside when I noticed a sign on the doorstep advertising it as the only Inn in York (and as far as I know, ever) still to be lit mainly by gas light. I tell no lie.
It's amazingly atmospherical, the lights are dim and flickering, and you can smell that smell, that was new to me, but took my mum right back. The decor is suitable, plenty of dark wood and navy walls. It is dim inside, I wouldn't attempt to read, for fear of eye strain, but it is incredibly cosy, especially for a date, perhaps. Very flattering light!
The first room is small, and contains the bar, and a couple of tables. The barstaff do have some small ceiling halogens behind the bar, so no worries about receiving the wrong beverage! There are two further medium sized rooms, with amazing cosy decor, all still lit by gas. There is also a beautiful garden terrace, enought to make me want to take up nicotine!
In all, this pub is total heaven for anyone seeking a truly unique experience. We didn't dine there, but the food looked and smelled amazing, and all for a decent price. I would definately go there again, we went every night of our stay. And, on reading the description of the rooms in the other review, I would most certainly stay there too.
They had the most amazing range of ales I have never heard of, and I can tell you that the rum that I ordered was a thing of beauty. The prices were fair too, no cheaper or dearer than any other pub in York.
~ About The Guy Fawkes Inn, York ~
This inn is named after the notorious plotter himself Guy Fawkes who was born here. You certainly step back in time as you enter this dark and mysterious Inn. The inn is still lit by gas lights. Although the Inn is dark inside it is full of character and charm with wooden floorboards and stairs. The wooden stairs are creaky and a bit uneven but it all adds to the atmosphere of the place. There are twelve bedrooms some of the rooms are in the Guy Fawkes cottage at the back of the inn.
~ Location ~
We choose this Inn because of it's location right next to York Minster.
Guy Fawkes Inn
25 High Petergate
~ Reception/Check in ~
This is at the bar as you go in to the Inn, it is computerised and reception staff are very friendly and helpful.
After giving in your details you are given a key card for your room.
~ Parking ~
This is the only problem we could find because the Inn has such a good location the car park is round the corner about eight minutes away. But this wasn't really a big problem because the staff were great they took our case/bag to our room's for us whilst we parked up.
Free parking permits are given to guests staying here and must be requested when booking.
~ Our Rooms ~
We stayed for four nights Monday to Friday in The Belfry Suite which is right at the top of the Inn and consists of a double bedroom, study, lounge and bathroom with a jacuzzi bath. The rooms are well set out and very clean.
Our rooms were full of character with olde world furnishings and oak beams. A chaise lounge in the study, a games table, two two seater settee's and a large flatscreen television in the lounge. Be careful though some of the beams were low and I cracked my head on them a couple of times ouch.
The bathroom was modern though with a jacuzzi bath which was lovely after a day walking around one of my favourite cities. Lots of large white fluffy towels where provided along with L'ocitane toiletries (bath foam, bath fizzers and soap) these were changed/replenished everyday.
In the study there was a kettle and a good supply of various teas, coffees, chocolate, fruity teas, milk, sugar and biscuits which were also replenished daily.
There was a very high standard of cleanliness and rooms where cleaned daily.
The views from the windows are fantastic and in the lounge and bathroom you can see the minster up really close, so close you feel like you can touch it. The study and bedroom windows look out over York City. In the mornings and early evening you can hear York Minsters bell's which I thought was lovely although I realise some people would not appreciate this.
~ Breakfast ~
Breakfast is served in the bar and is very well laid out. You help yourself to a choice of cereals (All bran, Muesli, Weetabix, Cornflakes) and juices (orange, grapefruit and apple). When you have picked your table and sat down you choose from a menu what you would like for your main breakfast you can choose from:
Haddock with poached and lemon butter.
Yorkshire breakfast which is pork sausage, black pudding, wild mushrooms, back bacon, eggs (poached, fried or scrambled) Tomatoe and beans.
Salmon with lemon and black pepper.
You also get toast white or brown and tea or a cafeterie of coffee.
I tried all of the breakfasts except the salmon. The haddock was lovely moist with a lovely flaky texture it was delicious and the poached egg and lemon butter really addded to the taste. This was my favourite breakfast.
The Yorkshire breakfast was also really good and I liked the wild mushrooms.
The porridge was of the thick homemade variety and came in a very large bowl.
The bacon sandwich was also good and made with nice thick back bacon.
I also had fresh juice and toast and a pot of tea each day.
~ Dinner ~
Dinner is available Monday to Thursday from 5.30pm-9.00pm. Simple snacks are served Friday and saturday evenings ( we did not try the dinner menu because we have lots of favourite restaurants in York we did try The Fish Co though) but if you require something a bit more substantial the staff are happy to make a reservation at any of their other fine restaurants which are:
Serves pure Aberdeen Angus and English Longham beef steaks in deco surroundings.
The Chop Room at Marmadukes
This award winning restaurant specialises in fine yorkshire cooking using only fresh, local ingredients. Holy island oysters, Nidderdale lamb cutlets, Whitby lobster and prime beef. And lots and lots of puddings!
The Coctail Lounge
On the top deck of Harvilles You'll discover what a mixologist is all about.
The fish Co.
One of the best fish restaurants in York with a fresh fish counter and a saltwater tank with live lobster and crab. They serve lovely fish and chips too.
We both tried the Haddock and chips here which were the nicest I have ever had. The fish was succulent, flaky and you could tell it was really fresh. We weren't very adventourous I know but I have never tried lobster or crab and wasn't brave enough to this time.
Lamb and Lion Inn
Good simple food with the best beer garden in the city and a great view of the Minster.
We called here for a glass of wine and will visit again to eat and yes the beer garden is lovely, you can see it when you are walking round the walls and it really does have super views.
~ Guy Fawkes Inn Rates ~
Prices are per room per night and although they are expensive I think its well worth it. It is worth having a look online to see if you can get rooms cheaper:
Sun-Thurs ** Fri-Sat
Belfry Suite £200 ** £250
Four poster £130 ** £175
Deluxe Double £110** £150
Petite Double £90** £120
Whilst the rooms where being cleaned I did have a peek at some of the other rooms and they all looked lovely and very clean.
~ My Opinion Overall~
I really enjoyed our stay and will be staying here again in the future. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and I dont think you could find a better location in York than this. The rooms and cleanlinesss were maintained to a very high standard and breakfast was substantial and delicious. I have given the Guy Fawkes Inn five stars and am already planning another visit.
Thank you for reading my review which is also on Ciao with photographs :o).