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The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge

The Mount Driffield Terrace, York YO24 1GE England
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#20 of 51 in York
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
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
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Room features
Room service
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Portuguese, Romanian
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C2kky wrote a review Yesterday
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On arrival the price of the stay was disclosed to my partner, this was a surprise Birthday of which the hotel were aware because I asked for the birthday package which for the price was not worth it, 4 crap balloons and a daft banner which seemed to be used before. The room wasn’t the cleanest the window ledge was dirty with dead flies, sanitary wrappers on the toilet floor, lamp beside the bed not working and the socket was very loose. Air con did not work in the room. Went for dinner as part of the package, the waiter unfortunately suffering from bad body odour, there was numerous wasps in the room and it was apparent we were moved into a different room due to a booking, as part of the package it was £27per person towards the dinner which would have brilliant if it was not overpriced main meals alone were a minimum £24. I paid for the additional items in the restaurant then went to York centre for the night. Breakfast was also part of the deal however again wasps in the room and both my partner and I ordered full cooked breakfast with poached eggs. There was only one slice of toast each, the bacon was rubber (clearly cooked some time before serving), the eggs were under cooked and the beans were cold. Had to ask for refills on the apple juice. On checking out I was requested to again pay for extra items at the dinner and only on the management seeing my bank statement was it accepted that I had paid for it. Overall disappointed as this was ment to be a surprise relaxing time for my partners 30th birthday which it wasn’t.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Luke S wrote a review 06 May
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Reception staff very welcoming and friendly. Entrance loby and toilets are stunning and very clean. Sadly, however that was as good as it got. When we first entered our room it smelt very badly of cigarette smoke and was not clean, albeit a big lovely space. We found mould in the windows, dirt on the bedding and doors. We also found a plastic cup on the floor. We did not have a good night sleep either. The ventilation system was extremely noisy and there was no way of turning this off which also made the room hot. We were on the top floor yet it sounded like we could hear people walking around above us which must have also been the heating? We were also surprised to not see any hotel information in the room such as how to call reception or the emergency evacuation procedure? However the tea/coffee supplied in the room was ample. We were then treated to masonry drilling from 8am which was non-stop - not ideal for what was meant to be a relaxing break. The breakfast was ok but we were not offered any condiments or additional drinks. At checkout again staff were friendly but did not ask how the stay was and therefore no opportunity to address the issues above. Benefit is the location, easy walk into the town.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Ali Williams wrote a review 01 May
Edinburgh, United Kingdom12 contributions20 helpful votes
Wow. We just spent two nights at this wonderful hotel. The room was beautiful and the original decor of the hotel is Arts and Crafts, and they have tried to keep this detail throughout. We ate in the restaurant one night and we couldn’t fault the food and the ambiance. The breakfast was innovative and tasty. Excellent chefs and kitchen staff. I was I’d taken a pic of my dessert. It was so beautifully presented. If we visit York again, we will definitely stay here. Loved every minute. Lovely staff and surroundings. So respectfully preserved.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Holly Page wrote a review Apr 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom52 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night last August and I was very surprised and impressed by our room. The exterior of the hotel appears very dated so I wasn’t expecting much but honestly the room was lovely! We were put in one of the rooms outside of the main hotel building. It was nice, modern and very clean. The hotel is located in an easy enough location to access the touristy spots.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Charlie wrote a review Apr 2022
Telford, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
My mum and I had a fabulous stay for 2 nights. It’s a lovely designed and decorated hotel and the room followed suit. Great bathroom with excellent shower and lots of hot water( us ladies like it hot) . We had a dinner b&b option which was amazing value and the food is of a high standard. Loved the petit fours with coffee option. Staff were extremely helpful. Very clean throughout. We caught the bus which is 50 yards from the hotel, super easy and inexpensive and they ran very regularly. Took 5-10 mins to the centre. I will definitely stay here again on our next visit to York, thanks to all the staff.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
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 The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Melton's, skosh, and Dough Eyed Pizza.
Is The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of York.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Portuguese, and Romanian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge?
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 The Elmbank Hotel and Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.