After a day of adventuring in York, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to rest your heads. Having endured many a night squashed together in a small hotel room, sorting out squabbles about who’s sleeping on the sofa bed and attempting to get a good night’s sleep while a small feet kick us in the ribs, we’re well aware of the potential pitfalls of staying anywhere other than home. Thankfully there are lots of lovely places to stay in York that are truly family-friendly, from hotels to cottages and lodges. Some York hotels even boast interconnecting rooms – the holy grail – while others have swimming pools and large gardens to roam around in before bedtime. With self-catering options, you’ll have the run of the whole place, and maybe even a few minutes’ peace once they’re in bed (no promises). Here’s our pick of the best places for families to stay in and near York.
– Family-friendly places to stay in and near York –
Family fun at York Marriott Hotel
Keep the kids entertained this summer with a staycation at York Marriott Hotel. Located close to the city centre, overlooking York Racecourse, this is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled family escape. There is so much to explore in the hotel’s beautifully landscaped grounds. While the little ones will love the giant garden games and ample space for outdoor activities, parents can unwind with a cold drink from the comfort of the terrace. There’s also a private tennis court which families can hire to practice their skills, or introduce the kids to the game.
Indoors, there’s a modern swimming pool that will provide hours of fun, and a jacuzzi and sauna for mum and dad. The Cast Iron Grill restaurant serves up a hearty full English breakfast (including the popular pancakes!) each morning, and delicious dishes packed with fresh seasonal ingredients and big flavours, prepared by expert chefs. There’s also interactive Kids and Young Diner menus, offering something for everyone. Guests love the Cast Iron Bar with its racecourse views, bright conservatory, outdoor terrace and tempting drinks list. Plus, local York residents can save 20% on food and drinks in the hotel!* (terms apply). With spacious family rooms and complimentary on-site parking, there is so much family fun to be had at York Marriott Hotel this Summer. York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ – Visit www.yorkmarriott.co.uk
Book a cosy family cottage at Middletons Hotel York
Middletons Hotel is a stunning historical property set in beautiful gardened grounds in York, situated a short walk from the famous Minster, the cobbled shambles and city walls, perfect for families ready to explore the history and all that the city has to offer. Check into one of the fabulous cottages, ideal for larger families of up to six. Middletons has plenty of beds to dive on and sink in with a king-size double, a sofa bed and 2 full-sized fun bunk beds. Relax together in a spacious living area after a long day exploring and enjoy all the extras; fluffy bathrobes, flat-screen TV, a Lavazza coffee machine and proper chunky biscuits.
Sit down for a meal in the relaxed restaurant and tuck into delicious and expertly crafted food and indulge in a great selection of tasty dishes perfect for all family members. Middletons Hotel is the perfect home away from home. Part of The House of Daniel Thwaites collection. Middletons Hotel York, Cromwell Rd, York YO1 6DS – Visit the Middletons Hotel York website
Fun for little ones at No.1 by GuestHouse York
No.1 York is a charmer of a boutique hotel, just a 10-minute stroll from York Minster. The building is a Grade II Listed Regency townhouse of stately proportions and head-turningly good looks. It has huge, dreamy sash windows, higher-than-high ceilings, a sweeping central staircase, and ivy around the door. Its grand-but-friendly face is full of charm, and inside you’ll find pantries stocked full of treats for the taking, great restaurant food throughout the day, delicious drinks from the bar, a spa centred on bespoke therapies, and a straight-from-the-heart welcome.
The 39 lovable bedrooms, including three standout suites, are dotted around the building’s three floors. It’s dog friendly and family friendly so you can bring the whole gang! Kids can play in the mini tipis, choose from a special kids’ menu and even have use of an Instax camera to capture York through their own eyes. There’ll be bedtime books, pantry treats, and adjoining rooms are available. Tired out grown-ups can enjoy a treatment down in the beautiful spa which sits down in the arches of the cellar. It’s a cocooning world of bespoke wellbeing experiences. No.1, 1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA – Visit the No.1 York website
A five-star family getaway at The Grand, York
Nestled within the walls of the picturesque city of York, The Grand is the perfect backdrop for your family getaway. The team are dedicated to ensuring that a stay at The Grand is magical for every generation, with Viktor the Viking Teddies, Grand Dollars and luxuries for little ones. It truly is five-star for all the family.
As former home to the North Eastern Railway Headquarters, the historic building boasts bright and spacious family bedrooms and serene spa facilities for you to create memories that last for a lifetime. In addition to this, the AA Rosette Award Winning restaurant, The Rise, serves gourmet food for an evening of indulgence for all the family. For an experience to remember, give your little ones an exciting experience with a children’s afternoon tea, complete with all the trimmings.
Take a break from seeing the city’s sights and keep those little hands busy with a Parent & Child class in the state-of-the-art Cookery School at The Grand. With a range of classes available you’ll be sure to find something that your little chef will love. The Grand, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD – Visit The Grand, York’s website