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Minster Hotel in York
Minster Hotel (York)
Member Name: julwhite
Minster Hotel (York)
Advantages: Warm and friendly rooms, breakfast was enjoyable, nice atmosphere
Disadvantages: Some rooms in the coach-house are not as good
This review is for the Minster Hotel, a 34 room three star rated hotel in the centre of York, in Yorkshire.
The hotel is situated on Bootham, which is less than a five minute walk from the Minster, which is also the heart of the city, its shops and historic attractions. I've stayed at numerous hotels in York, and I was pleased with the central location of this one. I note that an old review on this site is quite scathing of the hotel, although my one night stay was more favourable. I booked on Laterooms, so paid a little less than the usual advertised rates, which I'll detail a little further on.
My first impressions of the hotel were positive, the lady at reception was helpful and the whole procedure was smooth and it seemed that renovations had taken place recently. I use Laterooms a lot, and occasionally there are problems with the payments, but there were no problems on this occasion. The hotel gave the appearance of being generally welcoming and also being kept clean and tidy. On this occasion, the room was 69 pounds including breakfast.
The room itself was more than satisfactory and was of a good size, it had coffee and tea making facilities, was warm and had a comfortable double bed. There was a flat-screen TV, which I didn't use whilst I was there, but was well positioned as there's nothing worse than a TV stuck in the corner of the room which is hardly bigger than a postage stamp. I noted from the hotel's literature that there was a selection of Freeview channels for those that might be interested!
I'd say at this point that the reviews guests may leave might depend whether they're placed in the outbuilding, an old coach house, or in the main hotel. I was placed in the latter, but I heard from another guest at the hotel, and I've noted on some review sites, that the quality of the rooms is lower in the coach house. I'd therefore recommend that if you can to ask for a room in the main part of the hotel.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and is a freshly cooked breakfast, along with other usual sides such as fruit juices, cereals and yoghurts. The breakfast room looked like it had just been renovated and was clean and well maintained. The breakfast itself with fine, a reasonable portion, served promptly and with a welcoming cup of coffee. You won't be able to take any other meals in the hotel however as they currently only serve breakfast, but York isn't short of delightful eateries to choose from, including some of my favourite pubs!
There is wi-fi in public areas, although not in the room, or at least not the room that I was in. Although wi-fi in the rooms would have been preferable, it's useful to have access to wi-fi which is much appreciated. There is also a bar, which didn't seem very well used when I was there, and looked a little expensive, but it's nice that the option was there if I had wanted it. As I mentioned above, York has a lot of fine pubs to choose from, so I was happy to support their finances instead.
In terms of car parking, I don't have a car as York is well served by railways (and as an aside, the York Railway Museum is a fascinating museum with so many interesting exhibits and is free of charge to visit), but I understand that parking is provided free of charge for guests outside.
The hotel's address is 60 Bootham, you can book on the site itself, or through booking sites such as Laterooms.com. It's definitely worth checking this site, as it's cheaper to book via this than via the hotel itself, although you aren't of course guaranteed the same availability. This price differential might certainly be disappointing to some customers however, I always prefer when the hotel offers the cheapest rate possible when they're contacted directed.
In summary, this is a satisfactory hotel, I think that I may have been lucky in the room that I was given, and satisfied with the service I had, but others have clearly been more unfortunate. I'd suggest that this wouldn't be my first choice if I was staying in York again, but I certainly would be happy to stay here again.
Summary: A recent renovation seems to have improved the hotel, but still some work to do
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