This review of the Radisson Hotel York is by one of our contributors, Graham Clark.
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Radisson Hotel, York
Previously known as the Park Inn this central hotel has been transferred across to sister brand Radisson with a refurbishment prior to re-opening earlier this year. Centrally located, the hotel is a short five -seven-minute walk from the railway station. On-site car parking is available costing £18 per 24 hours with dedicated disabled parking spaces at the side of the hotel with an NCP car park on Tanner Row located nearby. There is also on-street parking outside the hotel too, though spaces are limited. Rooms on the western side of the hotel overlook the river Ouse with rooms on higher floors providing a stunning view of York Minster.
I was welcomed by a friendly receptionist who was informative and welcoming, this was a far better experience than using one of the self-check-in terminals which are available. Check-in was quick and efficient.
A nice touch was the jar of rhubarb and custard sweets placed on the reception counter for guests to sample and along with a dispenser of chilled water and a bowl of apples for guests to take. Not something you tend to get in hotels in the UK, this reminded me more of hotel visits in the rest of Europe.
Decorated in dark, soothing hues the Superior Room with Minster views felt homely. With two photographs on one of the walls of an aerial view of the city there was no mistaking that you were in York. A large and comfy king-size bed with quality bedding added to the experience.
The large screen TV came with British and European channels, A Nespresso Coffee machine, kettle and of course, Yorkshire tea bags to make a cup of tea. I liked the idea of the large safe that was big enough to accommodate a laptop. The free Wi-Fi was fast and reliable. Good selection of USB ports.
There were two drawers to put clothes in and plenty of hanging space from the open wardrobe with a good drop for ladies’ dresses.
Small but well equipped. Good selection of toiletries, and pleasing to see a shaving plug-in point that seems to have disappeared from many hotel bathrooms. No bath but a powerful rain shower with good water pressure.
It was good to see a box of tissues in the bathroom that was full of tissues as opposed to being practically empty with only a few tissues in the box – as happens regularly. Fluffy and thick towels.
Served from 6.30am to 9.30am on weekdays, which seemed early, especially where tourists are concerned, thankfully at the weekend, the breakfast room closes later. The room was light and airy, with views overlooking the river Ouse.
Served buffet style, this was a real feast with a full-cooked English breakfast and a good continental section including Wensleydale cheese from Yorkshire along with ham, croissants, and pain aux chocolate.
Gluten-free selection available. All quality produce with the added touch of self-serve coffee machines that were quick as were the toasters, which meant no long queues developed.
This took a while to locate as it is situated at the far end of the building. Well equipped with running machines and weight training equipment.
I would stay at the Radisson York next time I visit York as the hotel is clean, comfortable and within easy walking distance of all the main tourist attractions and the shopping area. There are two small supermarkets nearby for any groceries. Staff were attentive and not intrusive; in a city where there are many hotels to choose from, the Radisson ticked all the boxes.
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