Yorkshire charm at its best
Product: www.mountroyale.co.uk Price: £125.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
What they say…
A very individual hotel situated on the top of the Mount.
What our tester thought…
This characterful hotel was founded by the Oxtoby family in 1967 and thankfully has retained that family feel. On arrival we were welcomed warmly and after a three-and-a-half-hour drive (much of it spent sitting stationary on the A1) this really did help us ‘relax’ into a weekend away.
We stayed in a garden suite room, which had its own veranda leading into the mature English gardens. We were blown away by the size of the room and at how well equipped it was. It featured a large bedroom with sitting area, good size bathroom and a walk-in closet complete with fridge, safe, iron and coffee and tea making facilities. The room was furnished with a mix of antique furniture and although not the sleekest room I’ve stayed in – it was certainly interesting.
Due to our late arrival and the promise of continuous rain the next day, we decided to head straight into York to catch some of the cities sights. Although, I confess, we did head to the hotel bar on the way and it was here that we were really impressed. The cosy bar with its roaring fire and the adjoining lounge are the perfect place to kick back and relax. My other half was in his element discussing (and tasting!) a host of different ales with the friendly and knowledgeable bar tender and I’ve never tasted such amazing cocktails!
The hotel is located on the top of the Mount, a ten-minute walk to the centre through Micklegate Bar. Then it’s just a short walk to the many historic sights, shops and restaurants. We wandered along the Shambles (the city’s oldest street), visited the shrine to Margaret Clitherow and then headed to the stunning York Minster. My absolute favourite thing to do in York is wander through the Museum Gardens and sit on the benches outside the Yorkshire Museum – perfect for watching the world go by.
While we didn’t dine in the hotels Oxo’s restaurant, the setting looked lovely and the food delicious and all reasonably priced. You can also dine outside overlooking the gardens. We requested breakfast in our room the next morning for no additional cost (book the night before) and it was delicious and plentiful!
The pretty mature gardens hide a heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September), an open air hot tub, sauna and steam room. Within the hotel there is also a spa, which offers a range of treatments from head massages to pedicures.
Prices vary depending on room type. A standard double or twin room is a reasonable £125 per night, while the garden suite we stayed in is £225 – including a full English breakfast.
Overall we had such a lovely stay at this charming hotel – a taste of true Yorkshire hospitality.