This could be the best historic hotel in Britain

This could be the best historic hotel in Britain

Looking for the best historic hotel in the UK? You might fancy a break at The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa, York, which we can announce has just been awarded 'Best Historic Hotel' in's annual awards. has today announced the winners in its 2016 Simply the Guest Awards – the UK’s only hotel awards based solely on genuine guest reviews. Glowing reviews from hotel guests on over the past 12 months have seen The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa in York take the winning spot in the Best Historic Hotel category.

The epitome of country house living, this luxurious hotel is situated at the top of The Mount, which is one of the oldest and most picturesque approaches into York. Built during the reign of William IV, the hotel was founded by Richard and Christine Oxtoby in 1967 and oozes with character.

Etched with history, the hotel even has its very own ghost. The ‘Grey Lady’, an old nanny of the previous owners, is said to wander the halls looking for a child that mysteriously passed away under her care. A number of guests have claimed to have glimpsed a sighting of her during their stay.

The impressive grounds have a real ‘secret garden’ feel, with each pathway opening up into something special for all to discover.


“I think what really sets us apart and what our guests say brings them back time and time again, is the friendly, caring nature of the staff," says Stuart Oxtoby, manager of The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa.

“The team is what makes our hotel great. Some of our staff have been with us for over 27 years and the thought and care they put into each guest’s stay is evident from the feedback we receive. Most notably our guests ask us not to change anything we do and just keep doing what we’re doing.”

The annual hotel awards recognise and reward the highest standards in the hotel industry across a number of categories and are the only ones in the UK to focus solely on reviews and ratings left by guests.  Customers are only able to leave a review on after they have completed their stay at the hotel, meaning that The Mount Royale Hotel and Spa has consistently wowed the people who matter most over the past year – its guests.

See all of the Simply The Guest Awards winners and finalists

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