N.B. Once again theres no category for the Travel Lodge in Piccadilly in York so this un'll have to do. Now I'll warn you now - I'm not the greatest of Hotel-Goers, I'm one where as long as there's a bed and a roof, I'm happy, but when she who must be obeyed and I decided to go to York for a few days (culminating in a good ole Paddy's Night P**s-up) it was obvious that it had to be a decent hotel - and with it being short notice - the only half decent hotel with vacancies was the Travel Lodge on Piccadilly, so of course - a booking was made and before you knew it I was destined to spend 4 nights there. ** Booking Process ** All done online at http://www.travellodge.co.uk, which is an easy enough site to navigate thats not too displeasing on the eye - all you do is pick which branch you want to visit by searching for the Town Name or Postcode of the area you're going to stay in, then add details of what type of room you're wanting and it'll throw back details of what they can offer you, but heres where my first qualm came - it came back with about 6 choices - but there was only actually 3 different ones to choose from - basically they'd replicated each choice on the page - but thats only a minor thing, once you've chosen your room you just put the usual contact details in before giving them your Credit Card details so they've got something to match the reservation against, within a few minutes of clicking submit you'll get your confirmation e-mail and you're away. ** Location ** Hmmmm, well - on the first night when walking to the hotel I was confronted by a drunk and to be honest the area around the hotel didn't fill either myself or my girlfriend with much confidence of it not happening again - there's just an air of uneasiness there. Having said that, once you know where you're going you've only got a 5 minute walk to get into
the city centre and its as easy as leaving the hotel and following your nose, and if you're walking from the Train Station then make it a 15 minute walk or a couple of quid in a taxi. ** Staff and Service ** On arrival the check-in was easy - all I had to do was hand over the credit card I booked with and pay the full fee on arrival (which for 4 nightas in a double room came to £239.80 - aka £59.95 a night) and I was immediately given my pass-card to get into the room. On finding a fault with the TV in our room, I immediately headed downstairs to get it sorted, and to be honest I had to fight a bit to get someone to come up to the room with me and check the TV, however it was eventually sorted almost immediately. Now on checking in they claimed that there was 24 hour cover on Reception - but there were plenty of times both myself and my girlfriend noted that there was nobody to be seen on the counter, not exactly 24-hour cover eh? ** Security ** This is where the hotel excels itself, to get into the hotel you have to either have a pass-card or talk to staff on the inter-com and get them to let you in, always a nice feature. However if you get past the front door you've then got the lifts to conquer - if you don't have a pass-card, you ain't using the lifts - and even then you're only allowed to go to your designated floor, once again its a great way to stop intruders getting anywhere near your belongings. ** On-site facilities ** There's a cash-machine but be warned, you'll be charged £1.65 per transaction, there's a small selection of ice-creams and general products (painkillers, toothpaste, soft drinks, sweets, etc) at the reception but we never used this facility so I couldn't really comment - on top of that theres a Weatherspoons attached to the hotel as well - its the same as all other Weat herspoons Pubs, cheap beer, average decor,
the usual guff, and finally the telephones - you don't have them in your room - but theres a pay-phone on the ground floor - so you'll either have to take your mobile with you (like I did) or use that instead. ** Rooms ** Well I'm impressed - as with most hotels you'll find you have 2 sections to your room - a bathroom, and the bedroom - in the bathroom you'll find all the normal facilities and it has to be said that the showers pretty nifty - the water does come out at quite a pace and if you want to change it to 'massage' settings by all means go for it - but its attached to the wall so instead of moving the shower itself you've got to move your own body - but thats nothing major and theres always a steady flow of hot water, so theres nothing to complain about, add on that there was a heated towel-rail in the room as well and you can safely say I was happy!. The Bed itself it has to be said is extremely comfy except for one bit - the headboard, it probably sounds like nothing but the amount of times I was banging my head against it was scary - saying that my girlfriend had no troubles at all - so its probably my own fault for being a tall git. Apart from that it was just the average niceties of a TV with all analog channels and BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 - the reception on all of these was fine no matter what time we sat watching TV or listening to the Radio. There was also facilities to make yourself a coffe or a tea if you wanted (milk, sugar, etc) along with general toiletries in the bathroom, but shockingly there was no tooth-paste (so guess who got sent to Sainsburys to get some - moi!). Finally of course we had an experience of how the cleaners sorted the room for us, whenever we came back from a day out you'd find that everything was changed (sheets, towels, drinks facilities, cups) and the one day that we were still in there they left all our new linen, etc in a
bag hung on our door-handle. ** Over-all ** For a few nights stay to be honest apart from the problems with Reception and Location you can't fault the Travel Lodge in Piccadilly, there were no major problems encountered and you always felt pretty secure because of the security in place (pass-cards, intercom, etc). So if/when I go to York for another holiday (I may be moving there anyway) I wouldn't hesitate in considering the Travel Lodge for another stay.
I LOVE York! It's a great place to visit for a romantic weekend, or a shopping trip, for sight seeing, people watching and having a drink (or two) at the pub. I've lived in York for over three years and have visited the city for both business and pleasure since moving away. "So what is accommodation like in York?" The answer is ... "it varies". A lot of it depends on what you're looking for and what you can afford. Fortunately, York being such a touristy place there is something for everyone (subject to terms and conditions, book early to avoid dissapointment :o) ) Accommodation ranges from youth hostels, providing a bunk bed for about a tenner to luxury hotels for that extra special occasion, to B&Bs and small and medium hotels. Here's a list of the places I've stayed at and my opinions: Holiday Inn, previously known as Posthouse hotel. (Tadcaster road, 0870 400 9085, www.holidayinn.co.uk) This hotel a mile or two away from the city centre convenient if driving to York (free parking is available at the hotel) but would need a taxi if getting to York on the train. The building looks rather dated and so does part of the interior (e.g. the lift). The bedrooms are not bad at all, quite spacious, with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of that range. The service was OK, not bad but nothing memorable either. And that's the word that describes the hotel.... OK. The location is good if driving and the standard of accommodation is acceptable. Sometimes it gets rather busy with groups of tourists. I would probably stay here again if visiting York on business for one night but would not like to stay there as it's away from all the "action" :-) You get Priority Club points though, which is good. York Moat House (North street, 01904 459988, www.moathousehotels.com) This is one of my favourite hotels. The location is great, next to the river, stagging distance from
a number of pubs and two minutes from the city centre. Rooms are ok, some of them a bit dated, the food at the restaurant is good but can always go out to one of York's numerous restaurants for dinner. If staying here ask for a room with a view. Had a room on the fifth floor with a view of the Minster for a whole week once, seeing the Minster cathedral lit at night was amazing. York Hilton (Tower street, 01904 648111, www.hilton.com) This is also a very good hotel, within the city walls, next to Cliffords tower (don't forget to ask for a room with a view). The rooms are nicely decorated, better than the Moat House ones but a bit smaller. Food is good, there is a restaurant next door where you can charge your meal to your room account (handy if you're staying on business :o) ) You get Hilton Honors points for staying here. Royal York hotel (Station road) The word to describe this is Grand :-) The interior is great, big staircase, nice rooms, great service. The location is good too, right next to the station, five minutes to the city centre. Last time I stayed there, the rooms in the Annex were decorated in a more ... modern style than the ones in the main building. Finally... Premier Lodge (Blossom street, 0870 700 1584, www.premierlodge.co.uk) Fairly new hotel. Rooms are fine, the standard you would expect from a Premier Lodge. Fairly cheap (about £50 for a room). Good location, just outside the city walls, near the train station. Near Micklegate we're you'll find a few pubs/bars. Or head into the city centre for something more traditional. City centre is only 5 mins away. Limited parking at the hotel. May be expensive to park at NCP or at the train station if travelling by car. This is not a complete list of hotels by any means. As mentioned earlier there is a lot of choice when it comes to accommodation in York. Do a quick search on the net, and bearing in mind your budget, the
occasion and what you're looking for, select one that best suits your needs. But above all, have a great time. Copyright steveuk 2002
I stayed at the Abbots Mews Hotel in York a few years ago and I have to say I would have ranked it with Fawlty Towers. The Moment I arrived there I thought the staff were rude. They also made you leave your bags in an exposed position which was not at all secure. I would also like to say that the decor in the rooms was terrible, with an old fashined and also frilly feel to it. The standard of food at Breakfast was also awful, sausages were very schrivilled. The only english the staff at Breakfast knew was "What do you want for Breakfast", I have not known that poor standard of English in a forign hotel let alone an English one. Also Anyone under 50 will feel quite out of place here as the clientelle is quite old. Those who are old might feel at home here though.
I recently stayed at the Posthouse, Tadcaster Rd, York and as I usually find with this brand of hotel it is always the same quality. Though for the price (£60) I feel that the quality should be a lot higher than you get. The location of the hotel is very close to the racecourse and very handy for viewing York itself. The price for breakfast was also a shocker at £11. It is a well laid out buffet, handy if you can eat as an olympic sport, but a little expensive if you only want cornflakes and a cup of tea.