After thoroughly enjoying our trip away to Newcastle together (minus the bad weather of course, courtesy of Storm Doris) me and my girlfriend decided to book another trip away during the Easter holidays. We opted to stay for an additional night as opposed to the one night we spent in Newcastle in order to enjoy the many wonders of the historic city of York, and feel less rushed to see all the sights.

After conducting research I came across the wonderful Staycity York Aparthotel. It is situated around a 20 minute walk from York train station, right next door to York Barbican. There are several options to get there should this be too much of a walk for some however. There is a taxi rank handily placed outside the train station, or you could take a bus, or cycle if this suits you.

We took the option to walk as the weather was on our side, and at first it seemed a long walk but this was perhaps due to us having our luggage with us, and since it had been a while since either of us had visited the city we had to get our bearings about us, once we had done this walking around exploring was rather pleasant. York itself is a very historic city, and there were plenty of tourist attractions to visit suitable for all ages, including York Castle Museum, York City Walls and Rowntree Park, all of which we visited and thoroughly enjoyed. We had hoped to go on a ghost walk also, having been recommended this, but the one we wished to take part in unfortunately was due to take place the day after we had left.

Upon arrival we were greeted and checked in by a polite and professional woman on reception. She checked some details and since we chose to pay on arrival this was done promptly and we were provided with our room key and she even offered us a map of the city which came in very useful.

In addition to this she explained to us the quickest route into the city centre and so this was very much appreciated and she seemed very knowledgeable. In terms of overall customer service provided by the reception staff I cannot fault them in any way whatsoever, all enquiries were dealt with promptly and efficiently.

We stayed in a studio apartment and all necessary amenities were provided. Small kitchenette with sink, hob, microwave, dishwasher with one tablet provided, kettle etc were provided along with cutlery, plates, bowls, all the necessary equipment. The bathroom was a good size with a decent shower with plenty of hot water. There are no windows to open however A/C is provided so not so much an issue.

Good quality of sleep is easily achievable through a large, comfortable bed and there are blackout curtains. There are signs around the corridors of the hotel which state between the hours of 10pm and 7am there are restrictions on noise, luckily we had no issue with any noise from neighbouring rooms at any time so I cannot comment on the staff’s procedure of dealing with any excessive noise, although I have no doubt if we had any issues the staff would be able to deal with this promptly and professionally.

There is a Co-op conveniently located next door to the hotel and so no need to bring much in terms of food/drink prior to arrival, and there are plenty of restaurants within easy reach of the hotel. On our first night we visited local Italian restaurant Totos and enjoyed a lovely two course meal here, highly recommended.

Overall I would definitely recommend the Staycity Aparthotel. Couldn’t fault the room, the staff and location as the walk into the centre really isn’t that far once you have got your bearings. Easily accessible to all the big attractions, particularly the city walls and York Castle Museum/ Clifford’s Tower. Upon checking out the staff allowed us to store our luggage, much appreciated seeing as we checked out at 11am and our train wasn’t until 6pm. Perfect place to stay if visiting York and offers excellent rates particularly during the week.