“ Address: Toft Green / York / YO1 6JT „
I decided I wanted to go away for the school half term. I had found a holiday park with a really good offer but ummed and arred and lost out on the deal.
So, we decided to go for York. I searched the internet for a B & B and got a sale for Hampton By Hilton. We paid £299 for 4 nights for 2 adults and two children, which I thought was quite good. It advertised being two minutes away from the train station, so we thought it would be more exciting for the girls and less stressful for us if we got the train.
So was it really two minutes walk from the train station - we did do a little de-tour so it wasn't at first.
I would say 5 minutes to walk from the station to the hotel maybe a little longer depending on how fast you walk.
The location of this hotel was ideal, close to the railway station, the town centre and all attractions were within a short walking distance. (proof my youngest never moaned to be picked up).
The check in on the website say 2pm and check out 12 noon.
We arrived around 2.30pm and was told the room wasn't ready (not a good start all I wanted was to get to the room and have a cup of tea). They did say we could either store our luggage behind reception and go out or just wait and it would be about 10 minutes. We decided to wait but our youngest was getting impatient which started to stress my husband.
About 20 minutes later we were in the hotel room.
As you walk into the hotel there is a waiting area with couches and the reception and the bar is to the right. The seating area and breakfast bar is to the left. We were told if it was busy at breakfast we could sit anywhere including the bar area (which wouldn't be open).
We were given a code for the free wifi and told breeakfast was between 6 am and 10 am.
We liked the fact that breakfast was served until 10 as it would give us time to get up and ready, rather than rush which is what we have to do sometimes if it is served until 9. We don't like to eat as soon as we get up, and as we were on holiday the girls would stay up later so hopefully sleep longer. (which they did).
There are 119 rooms spread over 5 floors. Our room was on the 5th floor, which we entered using the card that was given to us, then we had to put it into a slot near the door so we could turn the lights on.
The bathroom was immediately to the left as you walked in the room. It had a toilet, sink and shower. There was some basic shower wash, shampoo and conditioner in the shower and handwash and moisturiser near the sink.
The bathroom was clean, which was good but there was only two bath towels and 2 little towels. The next day we got three.
The room was quite compact as there was a sofa bed that came out near the dressing table so the one chair had to be moved or you were squashed.
The sofa bed was the type that I don't like. It had a metal frame that pulled out very easily but the frame was bigger than the matress which meant there was a gap from the matress to the frame. We put a pillow either side as our children wriggle a lot in bed so they could have easilly banged their heads or hurt their faces.
There was very little storage space one wardrobe with one shelf and one rail to hang things, also there was was a small chest with a safe in the first (drawer) and then 2 drawers beneath. As we only stayed 4 days it was enough for us (just).
In the wardrobe was a hairdryer, iron and ironing board which was a good touch as you don't always get an iron when the room is as cheap as is was.
There was the usual complimentary tea and coffee.
The room had a small dressing table, a 32 inch TV and air conditioning.
The air conditioning made a bit of a noise and took some getting used to (even when turned off).
The TV had free view.
The hotel served food but we never ate there as the menu was burgers, fish and chips etc and said ask about the vegetarian option. We don't eat meat and I don't want to ask about a vegetarian option as I feel awkward if I ask and it's not what I want. But the menu did just seem like snacks. There was also a sweets and crisps that could be bought.
I did look at the prices of the drinks and they seemed quite reasonable to me, although we didn't have a drink there. For a 250ml glass of wine it was £4.50ish and lager £3.50.
This hotel also had a basic gym, i didn't go in it but had a glance (I couldn't get in as I didn't have the card at the time) and it had a couple of running machines and some weights, a cross trainer maybe but couldn't see much else; as I was peering throught a little bit of glass in the door.
This hotel is very well situated for getting around York the only bad thing for me was our room was opposite a night club (why put a family on that side). The club wasn't open the Monday and Tuesday (or at least we didn't hear anything then) but the Wednesday and Thursday we could here the beat and the people queuing.
All in all I would stay here again maybe ask for a room away from the night club, but it didn't bother the girls. It is situated conveniently for the centre of York and the attractions. The breakfast was a serve yourself with cereal, bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, beans, little hash browns, fruit yoghurt, croissants, muffins and toast etc. There was fruit juice to drink as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
They could maybe do some vege sausages other than that it was a great hotel.