Yorkshire’s best town hotels are dotted throughout Yorkshire, in some of the region’s prettiest limestone villages and in some of the busiest modern cities.
From photogenic market towns to towns lodged within the North York Moors or the Yorkshire Dales, our Guru’s list of Yorkshire’s best town hotels is full of charming places to relax and see the sights of this charming country from.
York is almost more museum than city, remembering its ups and downs since the Romans founded it in AD71, which makes it a particular shame that there's a dearth of good hotels here. However the choice of character hotels is between Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, luxurious, pricey and just outside the centre, The Grange Hotel, in a Regency house on a busy road and the Bar Convent Guesthouse, which offers simple self-catering accommodation. The Hotel du Vin & Bistro York also deserves a mention for its consistently good wine lists.
Our other recommendations for Yorkshire’s best town hotels pop up in the bustling metropolis of Leeds, fastest growing city in the UK and a paradise for shopoholics. 42 The Calls is both Leed’s first boutique hotel and our Guru’s top pick in town. Converted from a riverside mill it’s now packed with modern art and style.
Harrogate is a traditional spa town which has shaken off its reputation as a genteel backwater and blossomed into a much cooler destination, confirmed by the recent opening of the buzzing Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate. The Balmoral Hotel is another of Yorkshire’s best town hotels, a traditional old hotel transformed with contemporary style, plush bathrooms and a lively restaurant.
The White Swan Inn in Pickering has been updated from it’s original 16th Century state with tasteful modern decor and a good restaurant.
If you’re looking for Yorkshire’s best town hotels for escaping to the country and relaxing then the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in Helmsley is an excellent choice. The surrounds are picturesque and the interiors modern and chic. And there’s a great spa and restaurant. You might also consider Millgate House, which is technically a B&B, but its three rooms are charmingly full of art and antiques and you’re well placed within historic Richmond.
Leeds (West Yorkshire)
This 18th Century corn mill converstion on River Aire was Leeds' first boutique hotel and remains a hot spot for both business and leisure guests. Contemporary rooms house art works, TV and the homely touch of daily made biscuits. The romantic notion of breakfast in bed is lived to the full here.
Harrogate (West Yorkshire)
A row of Georgian houses wonderfully restored to create this chic spa hotel in Harrogate's Old Town. The comfortable suites ooze grown up style, with free standing tubs, muted tones and hard wood furnishings. Feast on award winning cuisine, sip on champagne and book in for a spa treatment. Bliss!
Regency townhouse, now B&B, in the heart of Richmond known for its award-winning garden, love of art and antiques. Three large bedrooms exude comfort and classic style. Breakfast in the dining room or in the garden. Dinners can be arranged for groups. Charming find in a historic Yorkshire town.
Traditional, charming Harrogate hotel with a splash of the contemporary sitting in beautiful gardens. Unique rooms are plush with colours and design. The lively bistro is a great place to grab a cocktail and feel the buzz. A relaxing place to stay with prime location for local exploring.
Chic old York stone inn and spa located in a picturesque Yorkshire village. Contemporary interiors meet luxury features to make a relaxing stay. Enjoy a diverse menu at the Weathervane, relax at the heated pool and indulge in spa treatments. A luxurious stay for local exploring.
Traditional Georgian coaching inn, overlooking the market square, with creaky floors and low ceilings, a smart dining room and a choice of traditional or contemporary bedrooms. Great location and a genuinely friendly Yorkshire welcome.
Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and glass roofed entrance hall make this an impressive building. A cafe serves meals until high tea. Best of all is staying amongst the sisters of the convent.
Located in the Mount area of York - Hotel du Vin has delightful, elegant bedrooms in a charming 19th Century, listed building. Lots of cosy, romantic spots to enjoy drinks and nibbles before venturing out to explore this fabulous city. Quirky and unique fine dining rooms for big celebrations.