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Secret Hotels YorkFounded by the Romans in 71 AD, the exquisitely unique medieval walled city of York exudes vibrant heritage and rich history. Nestled in the panoramic natural beauty of the Vale of York and divided by the mighty River Ouse this northern city is crammed with ornate architecture, charming cobbled streets, mouth-watering gastro pubs and a lively cultural and arts scene. A city that embraces the new whilst preserving its prolific past and influence on English culture, York is a pure delight for visitors young and old. Make your city break to York that bit more special by bagging a bargain on your accommodation with Secret Hotels, the best kept secret in travel.

The imposing silhouette of York Minster is without a doubt the most prominent and recognisable symbol of York and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Ornately and painstakingly constructed in an unmistakably Gothic style, the breathtakingly beautiful stained glass windows and the exotic dome of the Chapter House are sure to enchant and impress any visitor. Dominating the skyline and visible from across the entire city, the towering spires of the cathedral cannot be ignored or dismissed. Other examples of fine architectural might displayed in the city are the York Crown Court, The Mansion House, The Guildhall and the remains of the Roman settlement of Eboracum. Visitors can even stroll down perfectly preserved medieval streets in the city centre such as The Shambles for a unique insight into the city’s bygone eras.

Visitors to this glorious city can delight in the abundance of charming traditional English tearooms and gift shops that line the ‘Snickelways’ or narrow pedestrian routes through the quaint cobbled streets; the perfect place to indulge in a old-fashioned cream tea. Shopaholics are sure to be in their element due to the number of picturesque boutiques and independent shops that populate the area as well as the numerous shopping centres that house well-known brands and designer retailers.

York is also host to a variety of excellent museums and galleries including York’s City Art Gallery, the Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum, ensuring an informative and stimulating day out for all.

We at Secret Hotels endeavour to provide you with an exclusive handpicked choice of the finest accommodation in the city at fabulously discounted rates. By booking with our providers Secret Hot Rate,, LowCostHolidays and Expedia you are guaranteed a hotel to suit your every taste and need. With prices so low that hotels don’t wish to advertise them, choose from lavish traditional 5* establishments enjoying unrivalled views over York Minster to stylish boutiques crammed with only the most modern amenities and achingly cool interiors. Whatever your reason for visiting this globally renowned Roman city, be it for business or pleasure, Secret Hotels is sure to match you with accommodation to make you smile – just remember to keep it a secret!

Superb central hotel with views of York Minster! – 4 star – York

This superb central hotel with views of York Minster places you at the heart of the historic city of York, providing you with the ideal location to explore the city on foot!

Rooms provide a variety of modern comforts whilst still maintaining traditional features, ideal for those looking for a relaxing break. The en-suite bathrooms provide a sense of luxury and style, so you can enjoy a relaxing hot bath and enjoy some peace and quiet! For your entertainment needs rooms include a state of the heart television, and there is also high speed Internet access free of charge. There is also a hot drink station in the room, so you can make yourself a cup of tea or coffee without having to go far!

The property has a number of superb leisure facilities for guests to enjoy, including a fantastic gym, a large indoor pool, and there is even a spa on site so you can really pamper yourself! Guests who are visiting on business can utilise the excellent business centre, which includes conference and meeting rooms, as well as presentation equipment such as an overhead projector.

With a view of the fabulous York Minster from your hotel, it would be a waste to not visit one of the UK’s most famous cathedrals. Enjoy admiring the amazing stained glass windows, stunning architecture and historic artefacts as you take a guided tour around this wonderful attraction. Your guide will explain the history of the cathedral itself, and how it has helped to change York over the hundreds of years it has been the focal point of the city. Having a guide take you around also allows you to find out some of the secrets that you won’t know about if you explore alone, and will also allow you to ask any questions you might have.

York has a fantastic range of quaint little cafes, and they don’t come much better than Dyl’s Café Bar at Skeldergate Bridge. Here you can enjoy delicious fresh sandwiches and salad, whilst taking in the picturesque views of the river as you sit outside in the wonderful seating area. There is also a range of ice-cold bottled beers, perfect for the warmer weather for diners to enjoy some quality beer, fantastic food and amazing views. A particular favourite for locals here is the roast beef toasted sandwich, with the beef being locally sourced to make it that little bit more special. An ideal location for a drink and a snack, don’t miss out!

Enjoy your stay in York!

Stylish, contemporary York city centre hotel! – 4 star – York

Enjoy fantastic modern facilities at this stylish, contemporary York city centre hotel. Rooms are beautifully designed and fitted with a range of superb modern comforts so you can live in style during your visit to York. Enjoy relaxing on your comfortable four-poster-bed whilst watching your favourite shows on the flat screen LCD television, before indulging in a wonderful hot bath in your luxurious en-suite bathroom! Guests also have high-speed Internet access available from bedrooms, and there are coffee and tea facilities available as well.

The property has a number of parking spaces available for guests to use, and reception is open 24 hours a day. There is also an efficient laundry and dry cleaning service for guests, as well as a room service option. Guests who are visiting York for business can use the fantastic Business Centre at the property, which includes spacious conference rooms, state of the art audio and visual equipment, and photocopying facilities.

The Shambles is one of the most famous streets in York city centre, with a variety of wonderful shops, cafés, restaurants and other attractions for visitors and locals to enjoy all year round. The 15th century architecture and beautiful cobbled streets have resulted in The Shambles being voted Google’s Most Picturesque Street, and is York’s oldest street. Enjoy a relaxing and delicious cup of tea at the fabulous Earl grey Tea Rooms, which has a secluded courtyard area where you can eat delicious cream scones and a range of hot dishes. If you would like a souvenir from your visit here, there is a wonderful gift shop where you can purchase a range of teas and beautifully decorated presents for yourself or loved ones.

York is home to the fantastic Antiques Centre, which at first glance looks like a tiny gift shop but once inside you’ll soon see otherwise! The Centre has 5 superb showrooms spread across three floors, with a range of unique and beautiful antiques, jewellery, watches, clothes, pictures and more from over one hundred dealers. Items range from Ancient Roman times right through to more contemporary pieces, you’ll be sure to find something you’ll want to take home! The Antique Centre also has a quaint little café on the first floor, serving a variety of delicious snacks, full English breakfasts and dessert treats.

We hope you enjoy your stay at this fabulous Top Secret Hotel in York!

Stylish hotel located in the heart of York – 4 star – York

This fabulous Top Secret Hotel provides guests with comfortable rooms, excellent facilities, and is just a short walk from York city centre!

Rooms at this stylish hotel, located in the heart of York, are very spacious and provide guests with a variety of superb modern comforts to make you feel right at home. Enjoy relaxing on your comfortable bed whilst watching your favourite shows on the state of the art plasma television screen, or take advantage of the pay-per-view movie option available! High-speed Internet access is available from rooms, and there is a large work desk should you wish to catch up with any emails during your visit. Rooms are fitted with a stylish en-suite bathroom, complete with a range of complimentary bathing products, a hairdryer and make-up mirror.

The property is ideal for those visiting York on business, providing superb conference and presentation facilities for guests to use. The Business Centre includes an executive lounge, conference centre, computer facilities, and audio and visual equipment, meaning you can host meetings without having to leave the hotel! There is also an efficient laundry service, a number of parking spaces, and a 24-hour reception for your convenience.

York has a diverse and exciting history, and visitors can learn about the darker side of the city’s past at the fabulous York Dungeons! Enjoy a thrilling interactive tour, where you will spooked by the fabulous cast of actors recreating some of the city’s most famous villains, in amazing costumes and with some brilliantly funny dialogue. Have your photo taken when you arrive in a variety of scary poses, including the chance to have a picture of you guillotining your partner put onto a key ring! There are definitely some jumpy moments on the 70-minute tour, and although the tour is suitable for children it isn’t for the faint-hearted!

If you fancy eating out in York and trying a new cuisine, why not head to Oshibi Korean Bistory, a fabulous Korean restaurant situated in a courtyard in the city centre! Enjoy a fantastic range of authentic and traditional Korean dishes, including Bibimbap – a signature Korean dish of mixed rice and sautéed vegetables. Oshibi aim to make your dining experience informal and relaxed, and the experienced staff are happy to make any recommendations if you are new to Korean cuisine and are not sure what to try! There is also a fantastic range of Korean drinks, including delicious Bubble Tea.

We hope you have a fantastic time in York!

Fabulous hotel overlooking York city walls – 3 star – York

Enjoy superb accommodation close to the city centre at this fabulous hotel overlooking York city walls! Rooms are modern and provide guests with plenty of space to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the fantastic attractions that York has to offer. Enjoy the superb home comforts such as high-speed Internet access, a superb flat screen television, and hot drink facilities all from the comfort of your room. Your private en-suite bathroom includes a stylish bathtub, and there are a number of complimentary toiletries just in case you leave something at home accidentally! The property has 24-hour security and the reception desk is always open, and those arriving by car can park for free on site. There is also a bar in the lobby, providing a relaxed atmosphere before or after an evening meal out in the city. Guests who are visiting on business are welcome to use the superb facilities at the property, including spacious conference rooms, state of the art presentation equipment, and computer facilities as well.

Located not too far from your hotel is one of York’s main attractions, the York City Walls. Almost 2,000 years old, the walls offer visitors a chance to discover the history of one of the UK’s oldest cities, and the role these walls have played in the development of York. The walls are held in high regard not only because of the lovely walk visitors can enjoy around it, but the fact that the walls are the longest intact walls in the whole of England! Enjoy learning about the history of the walls and the city with a self-guided audio tour, allowing you to enjoy the 2-mile walk at your own pace- totally free of charge. The views of the Minster and the rest of the city are simply stunning, so be sure to bring your camera!

York is home to the National Railway Museum, providing visitors with a fun day out for all the family. The spacious halls at the museum offer visitors the opportunity to step aboard the Japanese Bullet Train, as well as the luxurious Royal Trains too! Visitors are also welcomed to watch the engineers at work, and children can take part in the exciting interactive exhibits on display. On weekends and during school holidays there are a number of different events on show, including science exhibits, steam rides and craft activities, an ideal way to combine learning with fun for the kids!

Have a brilliant time in the historic city of York!

Central hotel with stunning views in York – 3 star – York

This centrally located Top Secret Hotel provides guests with amazing views of one of the UK’s most beautiful cities!

Rooms are designed in a contemporary style, and are fitted with a range of quality modern comforts to help you relax in style. Enjoy pampering yourself in your beautiful en-suite bathroom, before relaxing on your comfortable bed in front of your stunning flat screen television! There is also high-speed Internet access available from bedrooms, and there are hot drink facilities in your room so you can wake up to a fresh cup of tea or coffee every morning. The daily housekeeping service ensures that you can return from a day out in the city to a freshly made bed, meaning you can really relax in style!

The property has parking spaces available for those arriving by car, and guests are welcome to use the efficient laundry service. There is also a state of the art fitness centre, so you can get in your morning workout before heading out into the city, or relax and enjoy the superb sauna! Choose this central hotel with stunning views in York for an unforgettable stay.

York is home to one of the UK’s finest historic houses, Castle Howard. This amazing 18th-century building is situated within 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside surroundings, and the estate also includes farming and forestry businesses. The stunning architecture is perfectly complemented with the glorious gardens that surround the area, which include tranquil lakeside walks and green woodland for the children to run around in. Those who enjoy finding gifts for loved ones will love the range of fantastic gift shops at the estate, which includes a delightful farm shop using local produce. Visitors can make a day out of their visit here, and can eat in the superb restaurant or café on site as well.

With so many fantastic restaurants to choose from, York is one of the UK’s finest cities when it comes to dining out. Located close to York Minster and the city centre, Bombay Spice serve a superb range of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, with specialities including duck and fish delicacies. The restaurant aims to make your experience as relaxed as possible, and with the beautifully designed interior and friendly staff, who have great knowledge of the menu, will do their very best to make sure you have a wonderful time here!

With so much to do and so much to see, you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time in York!

Stunning Manor House, 17 miles from historic York! – 4 star – York

Enjoy this stunning Manor House, 17 miles from historic York, and the fantastic facilities on offer at this superb Top Secret Hotel!

Rooms are beautifully furnished and contain a number of modern comforts to make your stay one to remember. As well as a state of the art television with cable channels, there is also high-speed Internet access available so that you can surf the web without having to get out of bed! There are also hot drink facilities so that you can make yourself a fresh cup of tea or coffee whenever you like. Rooms are also fitted with a luxurious en-suite bathroom, so you can enjoy a relaxing bath after a day of exploring the wonderful attractions that York has to offer!

The property also has beautiful gardens for guests to enjoy, as well as friendly staff who are happy to help with anything you might need during your stay. Reception is open 24-hours a day, and there is parking available for those arriving by car.

Enjoy a great meal out at Melton’s on Scarcroft Road, which aim to use the best local and seasonal produce in their dishes to make your dining experience one to remember. With great offers on 2 or 3 course meals, enjoy amazing dishes including artichoke fritters, hand-dived scallops, and home cured pork loin – all washed down with one of the delicious wines from the carefully selected menu. Melton’s have also recently brought in a 5-course Yorkshire tasting menu, offering five small portions of delicious traditional Yorkshire dishes which are definitely a treat worth tasting!

One of York’s most famous landmarks is the Clifford Tower, which was used by the Romans as a cemetery and is now a popular site for visitors to York. You can also see the last remaining part of York Castle, later rebuilt in stone by Henry III after the wooden tower was burned in 1190 as part of the persecution of the city’s Jewish population. As well as having an amazing history, the tower provides stunning views of the city if you climb the spiral steps to the top of this magnificent building. The Tower also has a number of guides who are happy to tell you about the history of the tower, and answer any questions you may have. There are also a number of information boards, which explain more about the tower, and there is a small visitors centre and gift shop too!

We hope you have a fantastic time during your stay in York!

Quirky hotel close to York city centre – 3 star – York

Enjoy fantastic facilities and a great location at this quirky hotel close to York city centre! Located close to the heart of the city, the property provides free parking for those arriving by car so you don’t have to worry about trying to find somewhere to park in the city centre. Bedrooms are designed in a contemporary style, providing guests with fantastic facilities including a luxurious en-suite bathroom with a stylish bathtub for you to relax in. There is also a state of the art flat screen LCD television, free high-speed Internet access and a radio for all your entertainment needs! If you fancy a drink whilst in the room there is a stocked mini-bar, as well as coffee and tea facilities too.

York Minster is one of the cities most famous attractions, and once you’ve been to see this fabulous building you will realise why! The stunning church of England cathedral contains some of the most intricate and detailed stained glass windows you are ever likely to see, and there are also a number of tombs and other interesting pieces of architecture to be amazed by. The guided tours of the Minster are highly recommended, as they allow you to discover the vast history of this fascinating building and make the experience far more enjoyable. Visitors can also go to the top of the tower and get some stunning views of this beautiful city. There are also a number of interesting exhibitions underneath the minster itself, providing you with even more information and history that really makes the trip one to remember!

York has an excellent and diverse range of restaurants to choose from, many of which serve cuisines which visitors may not have tried before! Krakatoa serve some of the finest Indonesian food in the UK, with a great range of classic Indonesian dishes ranging from the mild to the very hot for those who think they can handle it! There are also a number of fantastic vegetarian options available, the menu really does cater for all tastes and encourages you to try something new. The staff are very friendly and are happy to provide any advice you may need on what to choose, and the beautiful interior really makes you feel like you can relax and enjoy the delicious food in front of you!

We hope you have a fantastic time during your stay in the wonderful city of York!

Contemporary boutique hotel in York – 4 star – York

This superb Top Secret Hotel provides guests with stylish rooms in a great location!

The friendly staff at this contemporary boutique hotel in York will make you feel welcome as soon as you arrived, and reception is open 24-hours a day should you have any questions during your visit. Rooms are designed in a contemporary and modern style, with plenty of amazing entertainment facilities that might have you not wanting to leave the room! As well as a stocked mini-bar and hot drink facilities, there is an efficient room service option to really eat and drink in style. Rooms are fitted with a fantastic flat screen LCD television, and there is Wi-Fi available for guests to use in the lobby. Rooms also have an extensive CD library for you to enjoy, and a superb CD and DVD player for you to play your favourite songs and movies on! If you feel like relaxing, why not take a soothing hot bath in your luxurious en-suite bathroom, which comes with complimentary toiletries and a cosy bathrobe so you can really pamper yourself.

Whether dining out with friends, business colleagues, family, or for a romantic date, The Go Down restaurant is the ideal location. The fixed price menu includes some local favourites at great value for money, including huge Yorkshire Puddings, fantastic Posh Bangers, and a sweet Apple Tart. The staff make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive, and are happy to let you know their personal favourite dishes on the menu in case you are struggling to choose! The wine list provides a great variety without being too long, and there is even a House Recommendations section so you can get a little bit of advice here too.

If you are looking for a fun day out with the family in York, why not visit the fantastic York Maze? As well as a superb maze made out of huge maize plants, there is also over 20 different rides and attractions to make it a day out to remember. Visitors can also feed the animals on site, with staff giving out feed for free and providing information about the animals, which allow children to learn whilst they are feeding. Some of the other attractions include a bouncy trampoline and slide, a variety of mini-mazes, and a large playground for the younger children to enjoy. A fun day out for all the family, and ideal to tire the kids out so you can have some peace and quiet in the evening!

Enjoy your stay in York!

Luxurious boutique Hotel in the Heart of the City

A stone’s throw from the hallowed steps of York Minster and the exquisitely archaic medieval city walls, this luxury 4* hotel is a refreshing mix of tradition and cool contemporary chic. Boasting double en suite rooms with clean modern interiors, decadent room service, flat screen LCD TV, lavish 4-poster beds, high speed Wi-Fi and complimentary toiletries and bathrobe, guests are guaranteed an opulent and comfortable stay. The hotel endeavours to cater for its guests’ every need and also offers a 24 hour concierge, VIP services, night porter, free parking, banqueting facilities and even a traditional library with fireplace. Those on business can make the most of the fully equipped, hi-tech business centre fitted with a variety of meeting and conference rooms to meet any occupational need.

Tucked away in the heart of this fascinating Roman city, this luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the city enjoys a highly desirable location at the centre of the action. A short walk from the Gothic elegance of York Minster, York’s most recognisable and remarkable symbol, guests are on the doorstep of some of the most celebrated architecture in Europe. Marvel at the shimmering vibrancy of the stained glass windows or take a look inside the cathedral itself and be inspired by the magnificent domes of the Chapter House; York Minster will not fail to impress or enchant.

Those fascinated by York’s colourful past can walk to the Jorvik Viking Centre which is located nearby. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, the interactive museum comprised of a reconstruction of a Viking village is complete with genuine artefacts and old Norse speaking ‘citizens’. An ideal day out for families, the Jorvik Viking Centre is built upon the huge archaeological excavation site that inspired the remodelling of the Viking village and is sure to fill its visitors with a sense of adventure and wonder.

Step out of the hotel lobby and walk the few steps to the Shambles, a spectacular preserved medieval street complete with charming cobbled pavements and overhanging timber buildings as if straight from a film set. Lined with quaint traditional tearooms, independent boutiques and old-fashioned gift shops this street is a sheer delight for tourists young and old. Why not indulge in a cream tea or treat yourself to a pretty handmade souvenir?

The central location of this sublimely stylish boutique Secret Hotel guarantees that traditional English pubs serving locally brewed beers and ales, trendy designer bars, fine dining restaurants and family-run bistros are all within short walking distance.