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The boutique hotel in York that’s named ‘one of the best new hotels in the world’

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One of England’s oldest and prettiest cities, York, really does have it all.

Where medieval architecture, towering cathedrals and iconic cobbled streets meet contemporary shopping, bars and dining. There’s a real sense of vibrancy we all know and love at this cultural hot spot.

But one thing we’ve discovered is this new boutique spa hotel in York that’s a must-book this spring.

After recently being voted as one of the best new hotels in the world in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2023(just to drop that in there), here’s everything you need to know about No.1 by GuestHouse, York…

HLN TOP TIP: No.1 York can collect your luggage from the train station letting you explore the beauty of York from the off. Follow this link to request your luggage pick-up.


This charming boutique hotel is right at the heart of the vibrant and medieval walled city of York. Nestled in the stylish Clifton area, No.1 by GuestHouse, York, is just a short walk from the city centre and is just a 10-minute walk from the impressive York Minster.


Set in a Grade II-listed Regency townhouse, you’ll be blown away by the stately proportions as you arrive at the boutique hotel. With huge, dreamy sash windows, higher-than-high ceilings, a sweeping central staircase and modern interiors, expect a grand welcome that will also make you feel right at home.


The bedrooms

The 38 spacious boutique bedrooms, including three standout suites, are dotted around the building’s three floors. Each one has its quirks courtesy of the building’s heritage detailing and antique furniture bringing the best of old-school styling but with modern touches.

With four poster beds, sink-in memory foam mattresses and duck feather pillows, Beth our digital manager who stayed at No.1 by GuestHouse, York, said ‘it was the best night’s sleep she’d ever had.’

Plus, there’s an adorable little doll’s house which hides a kettle and coffee machine with complimentary tea and coffee to make sure you start your day off the right way.

The special unique touches

What we love about No.1 by GuestHouse, York, is the thoughtful touches that make your stay that extra bit more special.

There’s a Crosley Record player in every room along with a selection of records (think Spice Girls and David Bowie), so you can listen to your favourite tunes getting ready for a night out or a day of exploring. There’s also a bigger selection of records to browse in the vinyl library in the lobby.

No.1 by GuestHouse, York, makes sure everyone feels at home. Little ones can look forward to playing in mini tipis in the room, as well as bedtime books and free use of Instax cameras. Your four-legged friend is also welcome, too.

But a personal fave of ours is the complimentary pantry where you can help yourself to snacks, everything from pick and mix, savoury snacks, homemade sweet treats, soft drinks and fresh fruit – you name it.


Pearly Cow

Discover Pearly Cow, the all-day intimate dining gem next door to the hotel. From land to sea, they serve up tantalising dishes cooked over fire or served over ice. The talented kitchen team skilfully blend familiar British flavours with creative twists. Expect everything from light breakfasts to hearty lunches and divine desserts. You have to try their award-winning Sunday roast.


The Marmalade Lounge

Experience the cosy charm of The Marmalade Lounge, ideal for working or unwinding with No.1 York’s unique twist on classic afternoon tea. Indulge in the perfect afternoon, where savoury and sweet treats await. Enjoy dainty sandwiches, canapés, scones and cakes crafted with fine British ingredients. Why not pair it with English fizz or tea?


The Bar  

Embark on a sensory journey with signature cocktails that capture the cosy warmth of a fireside retreat after a refreshing walk in the Dales. Savour local honey, so heather fragrant like the North York Moors. Sit back for a sophisticated sip as you watch the steam train running along the cornice and windows – a nod to York’s proud status as one of the UK’s oldest railway towns.



Experience ultimate relaxation in No.1 York’s cellar spa, offering bespoke therapies and five treatment rooms, including a romantic couples’ room. Enjoy tailored massages and facials with local lavender in a serene setting. Let the skilled therapists personalise each experience, using organic, vegan products.

HLN TOP TIP: Make sure to book your treatment in advance to avoid disappointment.



High Life North

Escape the Everyday – the two-night city break

Price: from £506 per room

The offer includes:

  • First night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Early check in at 2.00pm
  • Pre-Dinner Glass of Sparkling wine & canapés
  • £50 per adult credit towards dinner in Pearly Cow, No.1, York (on first night only)
  • Second Night – Bed & Breakfast
  • Late checkout until 12noon
  • Plus a saving of 15% off our Best Available Rate


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Sunday Sleepover

Price: £275 per room

The offer includes:

  • Complimentary glass of fizz on arrival
  • £50 per person credit towards Sunday lunch or dinner in Pearly Cow, York
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Complementary room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Noon check-out


High Life North

A Slice of Heaven

Price: £99 per person

  • 60-minute Lessen Your Stress ritual at the spa
  • Complimentary organic spa kit
  • A hot drink and a slice of something sweet at The Marmalade Lounge



No.1 by Guesthouse, York, 1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA

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Rachael Nichol
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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…


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