York hotel, good experiences
Hotel Newington (York)
Member Name: julwhite
Hotel Newington (York)
Advantages: Friendly staff, good value, clean
Disadvantages: Decor a little dated, could do with free wireless!
This is a review of the Hotel Newington in York, a hotel situated about ten minutes walk from York city centre. The full address is 147, Mount Vale in York, and their phone number for bookings is 01904 625173. You can also book on their web-site at http://www.thenewington.co.uk/.
I booked this hotel from a third party web-site, and was able to get very cheap rooms (20 pounds a night including breakfast) which was superb value. I did however go well out of season, in a freezing cold January, and so that rate is not the normal price! Rooms vary in price depending whether you want single or double, but rooms seem to be around sixty to eighty pounds on average.
One minor quibble was that I did e-mail the hotel twice to confirm my reservation, and it wasn't clear they had received it. I didn't receive a response, which did worry me a little, but to be fair, this was the only real concern that I had about the hotel.
The breakfast room was empty for most of the time that I visited, which certainly meant that there wasn't a queue! The breakfast room, which doubles up as the restaurant in the evening, was clean and modern. It was in a cellar of the hotel, but was still warm and bright even in the depths of winter.
Food-wise, there was a selection of cereals and milk, four choices of drink, yoghurts and jams. The server then came to take the order for cooked breakfast, along with the order for tea and coffee. The service was very good, the toast with the meal came first with the coffee and then the meal itself.
The cooked breakfast was very good, the normal selection of tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, black pudding, bacon and baked beans, and the food was of a good quality and well cooked. They did forget the baked beans on the final day, but I'm prepared to forgive them that! The server offered more coffee and toast without requesting it, and was very helpful.
The room was a single room on the second floor of the main hotel. There does appear to be a courtyard area at the back with rooms in what is known as the coach house, and judging by some other reviews, these seem to be rated quite badly. It may well have been fortunate that I was in the main part of the hotel.
The room was clean and tidy, with two chairs, desk, large bed and was kept nice and warm despite all the snow outside. The decor in the en-suite bathroom was quite out of date in terms of fashion, but was clean and so sufficed fine. There was a good selection of biscuits, coffees, teas and the like, which were replenished each day.
HOTEL APPEARANCE AND OTHER FACILITIES:
It is a little bit of a maze to find the room, although it is well-signed as the building is a little bit of a rabbit warren of different rooms, but the staff were always helpful and efficient, and the building itself seems tidy and clean.
The hotel was easy to find from the outside and the signage on the front of the hotel was clear. There is free parking for those that want it at the rear of the hotel, which could prove to be very useful. There is also a swimming pool, although I didn't use this, it is apparently quite small.
There is unfortunately no free wireless connection of any sort, or indeed a paid one, but the connection via my wireless dongle to O2 proved to be more than sufficient.
The restaurant does also serve evening meals usually, but it was explained on arrival that it was just the daughter and her Dad running the hotel, and they couldn't provide this on the week I was staying. That was fine by me, but it was nice to be informed, and quite understandable why they weren't serving meals in the evening out of season. I'm confident though that the standards of the evening meal would be good from my experiences at breakfast.
There is also a small bar in the hotel, which I didn't use, but I got the impression from other reviews was quite expensive. Given the limited use I'd imagine that this gets, that is understandable. For those that want really cheap drinks, there is however a Wetherspoons just a few minutes walk away!
The reviews on this hotel from others are quite mixed, depending I think on the expectations that the visitors had. I had been able to book cheaply and my expectations were low, but I was pleasantly surprised with the standards in the hotel. The whole hotel was quiet and welcoming and felt warm with pleasant staff. I'd definitely book again, decor might need updating, but the service offered and the cleanliness was good, and to me that's definitely the priority!
Summary: Pleased with my stay at Newington