Most Romantic Hotels in York – whether you are celebrating an engagement, anniversary or special birthday, there are lots of romantic hotels in York to indulge the occasion.  Have a look at our list of York’s most romantic hotels, from five star luxury to more affordable places that still have a romantic touch with a four poster bed.

Guy Fawkes Inn

25 High Petergate, York, YO1 7HP

The Guy Fawkes Inn has an amazing location right next to York Minster with some serious incredible views.  Make your stay really romantic and book this beautiful four-poster room.  The Guy Fawkes Inn is a “medieval inn in York that stands in the shadow of York Minster, the very birthplace of the notorious plotter, Guy Fawkes. Offering thirteen en-suite bedrooms with flat screen TV’s, regional real ales and classic British food in our AA rosette restaurant.”

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Guy Fawkes Inn

Grays Court

Chapter House St, York YO1 7JH

I have a great fondness for Grays Court as it was part of St John’s University when I studied there in the late Nineties.  I remember fondly my lectures in these beautiful rooms.  It has since been transformed into a boutique hotel with a fine dining restaurant.  They won the Visit England Award for Excellence 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year.   It’s very central with amazing views of the Minster on one side and the Bar Walls on the other.  There are lots of great restaurants and pubs on Goodramgate too.  Why not indulge in a romantic four poster bed?

“The rooms at Grays Court have been lovingly restored to provide a mix of ageless character and modern comfort. From the William IV poster bed of the Willoughby to the double monsoon shower in the Cumberland; delight in the luxury of a stay at Grays Court. From a wonderful family get away to a romantic weekend for two, we have something to suit every occasion.

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A romantic bedroom at Grays Court, York

Judges Court – Hidden Romantic Hotel in York

Coney St, York YO1 9ND

Judges Court is a 15 bedroom city centre townhouse “tucked away in a secret courtyard”, just off Coney Street, right in the very centre of York.  This isn’t one I have personally visited, but I would like to!  I love the look of the romantic décor and it’s in such a fab location.  One of the Luxury King bedrooms was occupied by the honourable Sir William Chapple Knt. Judge of Assize during the trial that was to decide the fate of the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin in 1739.  Incidentally, you can visit Dick Turpin’s grave, just a ten minute walk from the hotel in a churchyard on Lead Mill Lane.

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Judges Court Hotel

The Grand – Romantic Hotels in York

Station Rise, York YO1 6GD

The Grand was York’s first 5 Star Hotel.  It’s a beautiful Edwardian hotel in the building of the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, with views of the Bar Walls and The Minster.  The rooms are plush, romantic and luxurious.  There is an on site spa, with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam and sauna, as well as a relaxation room.  Beauty treatments are available.  The Grand serve an excellent afternoon tea which is definitely worth doing during your visit.

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The Afternoon Tea at The Grand, York

Being in the centre of York, there is no on site parking, but the hotel has their own fully secure 24 hour car park that is charged at £25 per night.  The luxury hotel is less than a four minute walk from York Train Station.  The hotel is dog friendly in certain rooms.

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View of The Grand, York


The Principal, York

Station Rd, York YO24 1AA

The Principal York (formerly known as The Royal York Hotel) is an historic Grade II listing building.  Built in 1878 and the North Eastern Railway Company’s flagship luxury hotel.  It is right next to the York Train Station.  The hotel is beautifully decorated throughout in soft shades of grey.

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The Garden Room at The Principal, York

Free WiFi is available through the hotel, and the leisure club includes a sauna, steam room and heated indoor pool. Try the Twilight Afternoon tea that is served in the Garden Room (one of my favourite places in York).  In the summer, Sol Ast takes up residence in the Principal’s gardens, a lovely way to spend a balmy evening.

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SOL AST – a Viking popup bar in the grounds of The Principal in the summer


The Judge’s Lodging

9 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ

The Judge’s Lodging has a great position in the centre of York, with a beautiful courtyard bar, where you can sit and watch the world go by.  At Christmas, there are often stalls of the York Christmas Market within the grounds.  Another hotel very close to The Theatre Royal as well as The Museum Gardens.

“Rich in detail and history, our rooms offer comfortable and stylish relaxation.  Bespoke furniture and a mix of fabrics, we’ve filled our rooms with characterful details. From cosy doubles to our grand feature rooms, all have beds that have been hand-selected for quality and comfort.  Whether a short or long break, rest in comfort and fall in love with your own private haven.”  It’s a perfect spot for a romantic getaway in York.

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The Courtyard at The Judge’s Lodging

The Golden Fleece

16 Pavement, York YO1 9UP

The Golden Fleece is very central and located opposite the bottom of the Shambles.   It’s one of York’s earliest recorded coaching inns dating back to 1503.

The Golden Fleece proudly claims to be the ‘Most Haunted’ pub in York.  “A ghost named One Eyed Jack, wearing a 16th Century red coat and carrying a pistol, has been seen in the bottom bar.”  The Golden Fleece is a quirky, narrow building that looks squeezed in – but goes back a long way.

The pub has several rooms to stay in including a romantic four poster bed.

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The Golden Fleece

Not found what you were looking for?  Have a look at our post on the Best Hotels in York as well as the  Best Places to Stay in York. (Includes more than just hotels, like glamping, camping, caravan parks and B&B’s!)

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