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Two smart hotels in York

York's distinctive antique charm and historic tourist sights such as York Minster and The Shambles mean that it is always busy with visitors. The city also boasts small cobbled lanes, Victorian architecture as well as museums showcasing the city's Roman and Viking past. Yet, when staying overnight, it can sometimes be hard to locate the best hotels York has to offer. Whether you are visiting for a weekend break, or a longer vacation, here are some of the top York hotels available.

The Churchill Hotel sits in York's plush Bootham neighbourhood, just a few minutes walk from the old town, and a stone's throw from the River Ouse. The three-star hotel dates from the early 19th century, yet has been sympathetically brought up to date with a sensitive and stylish modern refurbishment. Bedrooms have been furnished and designed by style gurus Oliver Redfern and David Richard Mellor, and include LCD televisions, complimentary wifi, walk-in wet-rooms and hand-crafted brass bath tubs. Prices for this hotel, which offers a perfect blend of York history and modern bling, start from under £120 per night.

The Hotel Du Vin York is a stylish addition to the York hotel scene, and offers the usual range of bespoke luxury, attentive service and gourmet appeal that the Hotel Du Vin brand is famed for. The boutique hotel sits just outside the old town district of York, a short walk from both the city walls and the train station. The building is a newly-renovated Georgian villa and bedrooms feature large, comfy beds, goose down pillows and luxury toiletries. Rooms start from under £125 per night for weekend rates.

If you are staying at one of the hotels in York, make sure you pick the right one. While hotels right in the heart of the old, medieval city cost extra, they do give you the best location. However, since many are housed in very old buildings, they don't always offer the best mix of convenience and character. The two hotels above, whilst just outside the old town, are only five minutes walk away from the tourist sights, offering the best of both worlds. Whichever York hotels you choose, make sure it is the one that suits your taste and budget before booking.

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