Hello, Hoping to find a nice Guest house with in walking distance of the Train Station in York. Anyone try Briar Lea Guest House ? Thanks :)
We stayed at Airden House around the corner from there and it was fine. We chose it primarily for the parking and the proximity to the train station. It wasn't anything more than that so I wouldn't necessarily call this a ringing endorsement because I felt it lacked the personal touch or charisma of what I consider a proper BnB but the room and breakfast were fine. http://www.airdenhouse.co.uk/location.htm It's not clear from Google Maps necessarily but that area is closer to the train station than it seems because there is a pedestrian bridge over the river that leads directly to the train station so any place in that area will be good for that. Hope that helps,
Thanks Tod, Yes, the location is why I chose it but even when I contacted Briar Lea, they say that there is 1 train an hour travelling at 15 mph until 10 pm. so, I was wondering if anyone else stayed here or somewhere in the area. We get off the train, and want to get rid of luggage and explore. Location looks to be close to things.
You're on the right track then - this location is well situated for walking to the sights and has proximity to the train station. Even without the pedestrian bridge it would a decent choice but with bags you'll want to use the bridge. We you get to the platform that exits onto the street walk down the platform towards the river (I think this runs through the rental car pickup lot) and you'll come to the bridge. It was well used the morning we used it to get to the train station so you can probably just watch for the stream of people. York was fun - enjoy!
We stayed at the Abbey Guest House, just across the river from the station, you can walk from there across the railroad bridge. Nice people, nice room, good breakfast. http://www.abbeyghyork.co.uk/ It's also a short walk to the Yorkshire Museum, the Minster, and the medieval town center, all well worth visitilng. And the railroad museum, which is next to the station.
If you want to spend less there is a Premier Inn and Travel Lodge south of the Micklegate. Just be careful to book early enough in summer if you want Saturday and Sunday--accommodations fill up with locals.
Thank you all.
I do see the Abbey Guest House that does seem like a nice location. & looked like a nice place. So, did you notice any train noise? Was it quiet? There is a place right next to it Riverside Walk. Did you see this? Do you remember what you paid, including taxes? Is there additional tax in the UK? Thanks
Is there any good hotels within walking distance of station? Family of four need hotel or even better an apartment hotel for a 2 night stay. I would feel way more comfortable being able to walk early in the morning to catch the 630 am to Manchester airport than relying of getting a cab that early.
For hotels I second John's recommendation of the Premier Inn. It can be a bit confusing booking on the website as there are two separate branches of the hotel chain within the same block - looks like the hotel tried to buy the whole block but one owner in the middle wouldn't sell. You want either Blossom Street North or Blossom Street South - no difference. If you have more money to spend the Royal York Hotel is also very close to the station and people I work with have stayed there and liked it.
No, No money to spend to stay at the Royal York...besides I was hoping to get a nice quaint B & B with some English character. Thanks for the ideas.
Shelley, I don't know exactly how you get to the Briar Lea Guest House. It looks like you cross the bridge and there must be a gate or small street that goes from the parking lot through which you walk on the opposite side of the river from the train station. We have stayed at the 23 St. Marys twice and found it very nice. It is at the south end of St. Marys, so it is just beyond the parking lot I mentioned above. It is only rated #40 on tripadvisor, but, I suspect, deserves far higher. The Abbeyfields guest house is rated #5 and is in the same vicinity. The response above mine gave you good directions to get to the bridge. There are stairs on either end of the bridge. After you cross the river, you turn right on the walkway, and take an almost immediate left into a parking lot to get to either St Marys or a walkway to Briar Lea or others mentioned in earlier postings.
We stayed at he Abbey Guesthouse a few years ago. It is very convenient to the train station and the Minster etc. It is right next to the riverside walk. I do not recall any train noise but could be wrong on that. It was well run typical English B & B at that time. Notice the rate on the website is 78GBP. Suspect it was less when we stayed there. I hope this helps you some.
Shelley, responding re Abbey Guest House. Their website has their rates. We were in a room in the back with window closed (May) and didn't notice train noise. I think the Riverside Walk must be the pedestrian street that runs along the river in front of the Abbey GH. From the front door a left takes you to the park where the Yorkshire Museum and St. Mary Abbey ruins are, or further down the river to the bridge where the major north-south street leads to the Minster and medieval center. Or you can shortcut through the large parking lot behind the guest house. The people who ran it were nice, he a retired bus driver (tourist coaches, not city buses), she a very warmhearted younger lady. The breakfast is very good. Room, bed, and bathroom were comfortable though typically small by US standards. No guest "living room" downstairs as in many B&Bs, but you meet fellow travelers at breakfast. We enjoyed it.