Monkbar Hotel Review

Monkbar hotel review

St Maurice’s Road York North Yorkshire YO31 7JA

Room rates vary from £99 – £210 per night depending on dates and room type.

 

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Location

This hotel is part of the Best Western chain, not to be confused with the Monkbar Guesthouse which I also stayed in. This is a 4 star hotel chain just outside the city walls within walking distance to the city and all its amenities. The location has to one of the best things as its also near a hop on bus stop, shops and restaurants are also very close.

The hotel has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment, transforming it into a 4 star from a 3 star. It was a nice hotel to stay in but Im not quite sure what warranted its increase in stars. The hotel is really clean although it already seems to be showing signs of wear and tear.

Rooms

I was hosted by the Monkbar Hotel during my visit to York in a superior king twin room. They have a total of 125 bedrooms. It was a large room which was great since I was sharing with another travel blogger.

The beds were really comfortable and I had a great night’s sleep. However, the rooms are lacking plug sockets, now I’m not sure if this is because two travel bloggers were sharing the room but we had to fight over the three sockets on offer to charge up all our devices. I think in the modern days of the electronic age they need more sockets. I had a socket next to my bed but I did have to crawl on the floor to plug anything into it as it was behind the bedside table. My companion however didn’t have a socket next to her bed and was slightly miffed as she likes to charge her phone up and have it close by, as uses it as a clock.

The bathroom was adequate although I did have difficulty getting in the over the bath shower due to how the shower glass door was situated and no handrail or anything to hold onto to get into the bath. There were some nice toiletries supplied for your use, or to take home lol.

I liked the little touch of a bag of sweet and a note with our names on saying welcome. It doesn’t take a lot to impress me but sweets and chocolates will always work.

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There was a large TV with Freeview channels. A kettle with tea coffee and hot chocolate and biscuits which was a nice touch.

Food

The breakfast is a buffet with the added option of paying a supplement for some cooked dishes. I was happy with the buffet as it had all the usual’s, bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding, beans, hash browns, mushrooms. The bacon was really tasty and I enjoyed the breakfast. They also had cereal, fruit and juices on offer.

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One night we had room service but this was mainly due to being so tired from touring the city and we got back to our room and started watching a film that we were quite interested in so didn’t want to leave to get something to eat.
It was a bit of a hassle ordering room service. First of all, there is no number so we had to keep ringing reception and asking them to put us through. I say keep ringing as it took a total of 3 times and still no answer so in the end the reception took the order for us.

The food was nice I had a burger which was lovely but not sure it was worth £13 but I guess that’s because we were being lazy so had to pay the premium of having it in our room rather than in the restaurant. And it was nice after a day of touring to be able to relax and eat whilst watching the telly, not something I get to do often when travelling.

I enjoyed my stay here and I have also included it on my list of places to stay in York as the mid-range option as the location and easy check in make it worthwhile.

Thank you to BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel for hosting me during this visit. Even though my stay was complimentary it hasn’t influenced my review and all opinions are my own. Also thank you to visit York for organising this visit

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