Fantastic stay - only there for one night but wish it could have been longer. Wonderful welcome and helpful check in process, including escort to room and mini tour of the hotel and history. Room was recently refurbished to a high standard and whilst quite small was perfect for our needs.
We didn't have an issue with this but if you're planning a stay, the car park is quite small and I would recommend booking parking at the same time as the hotel stay.
Overall a beautiful hotel in a great setting, convenient for exploring York City Centre and the surrounding area.
We stayed 2 nights and had a comfortable trip in a clean fresh room that looked like it had recently been renovated. Good size bathroom. We had booked a twin bedded room which was overlooked but they soon rectified it to our satisfaction. We had an evening meal in the hotel restaurant and it was quite enjoyable with lovely views of the river.
Took my 5-year-old son to meet up with a good friend visiting York from overseas, so booked two rooms. Extremely clean and well maintained rooms and halls. Old-fashioned and basic without the old-fashioned inconvenience. Shower rooms seemed new, or at least extremely well maintained. Beds very comfortable and great fluffy clean duvets and sheets. My friend, who used to run pub B&Bs in the 1980s-1990, was very favourably impressed.
The staff were helpful and were friendly to my son. And on-site restaurant had good-quality Italian food -- another pleasant surprise.
Friars Rest was SO accommodating! My travel plans were a bit on either side of regular check in/check out times and Phil was willing to hold my baggage while I had more adventuring to do in York. The room and bed was VERY comfortable and I had a great night of sleep. Breakfast was wonderful! The location is a 10-15 minute walk from the heart of York if you are comfortable with directions. Taxi service is very quick if preferred. Also it's on a bus line to the rail station. Great experience!
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