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Finding the Best Family Hotel in York

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When you go with your family on vacation to York, there’ll be quite a few options for which hotel you’d want to stay in.

Naturally, not all family hotels in York are equal. When young children are factored in, it becomes even harder to decide which ones are suitable and which ones are not. Thankfully, you don’t have to do all the thinking by yourself.

In this article, we’ll go over a conclusive list of five highly rated options, from which you can decide which family hotel in York is the best for your needs.

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5 Best Family Hotels in York at a Glance

After reviewing the different family-friendly hotels, we have chosen five great choices for accommodation.

Best OverallLawrance Luxury Aparthotel 9.1Check Availability
Most LuxuriousThe Grand Hotel 9.0Check Availability
Most SecludedMiddletons Hotel 8.5Check Availability
Best for a Historical StayThe Bar Covent 8.8Check Availability
Best LocationThe Dean Court Hotel 8.8Check Availability

Let’s take a closer look at the options:

1. Best Overall: Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel

The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel building and skyline

Situated on the Micklegate and Tanner Row, the Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel is close to the heart of the city. Its accommodations are comparatively modern, with a free Wi-Fi connection as part of the package.

Conveniently enough, the York Train Station can be reached in a five-minute walk, giving you easy transport to the rest of the historic city.

Plus, the suites in Lawrance universally come with a lounge, each complete with a television and sofa. On the other hand, the kitchens are equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, and washing machine.

What Makes It More Special

  • Modern feel
  • Cribs can be requested for infants
  • Well-equipped suites for a practical stay
  • Luxurious four-star service
  • Ideal location for outings in the city

2. Most Luxurious: The Grand

The Grand hotel spacious room in York

Located in what used to be the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, the Grand is an Edwardian hotel complete with luxurious rooms.

The restaurant also happens to serve afternoon tea for children, which you might want to try for the little ones in the family. For entertainment and relaxation, the Grand has a golf course, a jacuzzi, a swimming pool, and a spa.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any onsite parking as the hotel is located in the centre of York, but you can still park in the secure parking space. For easy transportation to the rest of the city, you can walk about four minutes from the hotel to the York Train Station.

What Makes It More Special

  • Superb five-star service
  • Hotel boats for trips along the River Ouse
  • AA Rosette awarded restaurant
  • Close to the historic city’s Walls
  • Luxurious family suites

3. Most Secluded: Middletons

The Dean Court hotel building and entrance

The Middleton hotel is a cluster of renovated historical structures, all located within a spacious garden.

The accommodation in its cottages is ideal for larger families of up to six members, with a large living room for casual lounging. For sleeping arrangements, you’ll get a sofa bed, a king-size double, and two bunk beds.

In the room, your family can enjoy movies with coffee and snacks. If you want to get some exercise together, you can pick up on your workout regimen in the gym or simply wander in nature within the secluded garden.

What Makes It More Special

  • Quiet environment but still close to the main shopping areas
  • Caters to country vibes
  • Sit-out terrace for outdoor family time
  • Unique events throughout the year
  • Suites to accommodate larger families

4. Best for a Historical Stay: The Bar Convent

The Bar Convent building and skyline

Situated outside the city walls, the Bar Convent is part of the oldest operational convent in England since 1686. It has the reputation of being one of the more unusual of the hotel options in York, though that has a charm of its own.

The Bar Convent holds its own restaurant, walking garden, and museum. You can also visit and marvel at the baroque chapel located in the convent.

The suite accommodations are rather modest in terms of hotel standards, though they’re spacious and quite well-furnished with televisions, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a washing machine for your laundry needs.

The Bar Convent leans more on the tranquil side, so there isn’t much entertainment to speak of. However, the chapel hosts regular concerts, while the Exhibition Center records the history of the convent itself.

Many museums, such as the Castle Museum, are within walking distance. The prime sight in the city, the historic cathedral known as the York Minster, is also close.

What Makes It Special

  • The convent is open for visitation
  • Gift shop to bring souvenirs back home
  • Cultural exploration in the Exhibition
  • Absolute tranquillity
  • Cheaper rates (three-star service)

5. Best Location: The Dean Court Hotel

Middletons garden and building

Originally built as accommodations for the clergy of the York Minster, the Dean Court Hotel has been renovated to appear with a modern touch. The bedrooms here are especially spacious in design, so much so that even the smaller rooms don’t feel packed at all.

The Dean Court Hotel’s restaurant features a specially crafted children’s menu. That said, the restaurant mostly sticks to traditional English food.

On the other hand, it doesn’t have much in terms of extras other than an open guest computer, bicycle storage, and a quiet lobby.

It also happens that it’s one of the most well-known hotels in the city, thanks to its immediate proximity to the York Minster. Some of the other major attractions in York are all within walking distance of this hotel as well.

The Walls are the closest, reachable by a five-minute walk. You’ll arrive at the Station and Railway Museum and the Castle Museum in 10-15 minutes.

What Makes It More Special

  • Great location; most cultural sites are easily accessible from here
  • Balances historic vibes with a luxurious stay
  • Four-star accommodations
  • Boat trips on the River Ouse
  • 24-hour room service

Wrapping Up

The vibrant culture of York could be a lot to take in, but these hotels offer a place to rest with your family and prepare for more adventures to come.

With that in mind, we hope your stay in York will bring many memories that’ll never fade!

Written by
David Prior

David Prior is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and the editor of Big Family Breaks. He is also a father of five and an experienced traveller, especially with kids.

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