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Elmbank Hotel

The Mount Driffield Terrace, York YO24 1GE England
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#20 of 48 hotels in York
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Located in the Mickelgate Ward of York overlooking York Racecourse and the Knavesmire Strays lies The Elmbank Hotel, a historical 19th century townhouse that has been elegantly restored to offer a boutique guest experience in the heart of the city. Our interior has been tastefully rejuvenated to offer a harmonious blend of old and new features, seamlessly complemented by plush, colourful interiors, all inspired by Art Nouveau patterns and the equestrian roots of the city to which it calls home.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Street parking
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian
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Paul W wrote a review Jan 2021
Braintree, United Kingdom18 contributions10 helpful votes
We were in York for a Funeral. The hotel was really impressive. We were only there for one night. But really enjoyed our brief visit. Unfortunately we were there during COVID so could not enjoy the hotel to the fullest. However what we did see of it was stunning. The room was very nice and the bathroom was very high spec. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
CarolVonTrapp wrote a review Dec 2020
Yorkshire, United Kingdom33 contributions19 helpful votes
We had a fabulous time staying at the Elmbank. The deals we booked were excellent value - well worth booking direct with the hotel and seeing the deals they have available. We were given a complimentary room upgrade on arrival to one of the rooms in the main house. The room was beautifully decorated and spotless. Aside from a minor confusion over the lunch that was included in our deal, the staff here were brilliant and did a particularly good job when the hotel was forced to stop serving breakfast etc when Tier 3 restrictions came into force on our final night. Every member of staff we came across was really pleasant, cheerful and helpful and the gentleman serving us in the restaurant on our first 2 nights particularly stood out. What really made this break special though, was the food! The choice on the menu was fantastic and we struggled to choose each night and were never left disappointed! Everything was beautifully cooked, interesting and tasted incredible - hats off to the chef! Thanks to the staff here for a lovely experience.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
tmzn wrote a review Dec 2020
England, United Kingdom161 contributions41 helpful votes
Short flying visit but the hotel was beautiful. I usually stay down the road but saw a deal for this one. The hotel is super clean, the rooms are immaculate and they have all the distancing things in place you need. The decor throughout is beautiful, the rooms are decorated all Art Deco and they’re fab. The bathrooms throughout are amazing too. And super super clean. Bed is the comfiest thing ever, and wish I could’ve snuck the mattress home.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
3 Helpful votes
christina175 wrote a review Dec 2020
Wirral, United Kingdom220 contributions164 helpful votes
Just spent one night here with family in two rooms, both of which were huge and really well furnished with great bathrooms. The beds were really comfortable.The highlight of the hotel is its Arts and Crafts Art Nouveau interior which has been thoughtfully retained although in parts it feels rather dark as there is a lot of wood panelling and dark purple paint. .I personally would have used lighter paint/wallpaper to complement the dark panelling. Some people might find it rather austere however I’d say it’s atmospheric and quirky. Unfortunately the fabulous bar was closed because of COVID. The evening meal really was good for the price with a particularly good choice of starters and puds. The breakfast was less impressive... basic fruit salad and no toast. Service throughout was very good and the staff were very nice and friendly. The only slight irritations were the inability to provide a toothbrush after I’d forgotten mine and lamps in the room not plugged in (one standard lamp didn’t have a socket near) . There didn’t seem to be any pods to go in the advertised nespresso machine although we didn’t ask for any. First impression of hotel wasn’t good...dirty red carpet ( daft to have one in winter) and pavement littered with used masks!, Very good value stay.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3 Helpful votes
Lisa wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The room we had was in the main hotel and it was really nicely decorated and very clean. The communal areas were lovely and cosy. Hand sanitiser everywhere, good social distancing. Staff were very friendly, breakfast was tasty. Parking is only for about 6 cars, so don't expect to get a space. However, free on street parking is available on Knavesmire Rd, approx 5 min walk away. Or if you park after 4.30 pm you can park on the adjacent street for free until 8am. I would not hesitate in returning.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elmbank Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Elmbank Hotel?
Nearby attractions include National Railway Museum (1.1 km), Can You Escape? York (1.1 km), and Rowntree Park (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Elmbank Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Elmbank Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Elmbank Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Elmbank Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elmbank Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include skosh, The Rattle Owl, and Enoteca by L'UVA.
Is Elmbank Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of York.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Elmbank Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Elmbank Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting York Cold War Bunker (1.4 km), Holy Trinity Church (1.6 km), and Merchant Adventurers' Hall (1.5 km).
Is Elmbank Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.