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Yorkshire's Best Town Hotels

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.

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels - York

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.

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels - Leeds

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.

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels - Harrogate

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.

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels - Coaching Inns

The White Swan Inn in Pickering has been updated from it’s original 16th Century state with tasteful modern decor and a good restaurant.

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels - to Relax

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.

If you haven’t found your idea of Yorkshire’s best town hotels on our Guru’s list then you could:

Yorkshire’s Best Town Hotels:

  • 42 The Calls 41 rooms from £89

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Leeds Art Gallery is home to some fantastic permanent exhibits, as well as a cafe with noteworthy small bites.
    Great walks  -  Head to the Moors for some fresh air, stunning views and a of course a hearty pub lunch!
    Views  -  River Aire.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Fodors
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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate 48 rooms from £179

    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!

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style with bubbely in the courtyard, massages in the elegant spa and gorge in the chic restaurant.
    Foodies  -  Foodie Mecca, with award winning cuisine in the hotel bistro, an extensive cellar and more than ample bar!
    Local exploring  -  Harrogate is a beautiful town full of history, architectural delights, trendy eateries and boutique shops.
    Great walks  -  Just across the road is the historic grassland of The Stray in Old Town, with 200 acres of lawns.
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  • Millgate House 3 rooms from £125

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Check out Norman-built Richmond Castle and Friary Tower and Gardens, both an easy five minute walk from the property.
    Local markets  -  Explore the cobbled streets of Richmond, orgianlly a market town it remains a gathering point for local producers.
    Great walks  -  Head out to Yorkshire Dales National Park for some fresh air and brisk walking.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children welcome, however good behavour is required.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Balmoral Hotel 23 rooms from £70

    Harrogate, NOT TO SHOW

    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.

    Great walks  -  The moors are at your doorstep.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa 33 rooms from £200

    Helmsley, Yorkshire

    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.

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the locally sourced and expertly crafted menu, plus a hearty breakfast is included in the price.
    Romantic Break  -  A secluded spot to getaway together, with tandem massages, deep soaking tubs, cosy corners and crakling fires.
    Great walks  -  The hotel is on the edge of the Moors and close to a National Park, an ideal spot for rambling.
    Sights nearby  -  Helmsley Castle, Castle Howard and Helmsley Walled Garden are all worth checking out.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • White Swan Inn 21 rooms from £159

    Pickering, Yorkshire

    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.

    Value chic  -  A charming and characterful spot with chic interiors, warm and heartfelt service and gourmet cuisine, at a reasonable price.
    Back to Nature  -  A warm a cosy spot to retire to after a tiring day exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Moors.
    Great walks  -  North Yorkshire Moors on the doorstep with miles od spectacular walking and breathtaking views.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park or Helmsley Walled Garden
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Bar Convent Guesthouse 19 rooms from £72


    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.

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the towns history in the library.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro York 44 rooms from £185


    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.

    Foodies  -  Boasting one of York's most popular restaurants
    Great walks  -  Walk the City Walls
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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