York, UK, photo by Lison Zhao

The Best Hotels in Yorkshire

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Tired of the city? Let’s hit the countryside. Think gorgeous villages, stunning landscapes, and national heritage sites galore – think Yorkshire! Take a much needed staycation at one of these hotels, the best in Yorkshire right now.

The Best Hotels in Yorkshire

Some reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide. You can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here

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Exterior of The Grand from Walls

The Grand, York

Nestled in York’s city centre, The Grand is an elegantly-designed hotel boasting over 200 rooms, suites and studio apartments (as well as a fancy Penthouse suite overlooking the city walls). Culinary delights are handled by Executive Chef Nicolas De Visch, who oversees the best of British cuisine at The Rise Restaurant and al-fresco dining at The Courtyard. If you fancy wearing the chef’s hat, The Grand also offers classes at its onsite state-of-the-art Cookery School run by Head Chef Tutor Andrew Dixon. Looking for something a bit more relaxing? Head downstairs to the former vaults, home to the hotel’s spa – think heated pools, aromatic steam room, Nordic dry sauna, whirlpool and gym.


+44 (0)1904 380038 / thegrandyork.co.uk

The Alice Hawthorn, Yorkshire

The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton

Named after a local racehorse, this charming Grade II-listed pub in Nun Monkton has long had an outstanding reputation for its Michelin-plate food. Now, it has added 12 new rooms too, four above the pub with exposed beams and a restful colour palette (two also have lovely views of the village green). The garden rooms made from home-grown Douglas fir with corrugated iron roofs – a nod to the area’s agricultural heritage – and exude contemporary style.


+44 (0)1423 330303 / thealicehawthorn.com

Grantley Hall
, North Yorkshire

Grantley Hall, Ripon

A shining north star, newcomer Grantley Hall is a real destination for luxury, fun and fine dining. Dating back to 1680, this Grade II*-listed mansion house on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales boasts an English Heritage-listed ornamental Japanese garden in its beautiful grounds. A multi-million-pound restoration project by Valeria Sykes returned the mansion’s Palladian beauty to its former glory, capturing its elegant grandeur as well as adding several new buildings.


+44 (0)1765 620070 / grantleyhall.co.uk

Feversham Arms, North Yorkshire

Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley

A wonderfully spoiling hotel with all the advantages of being in a town, plus stunning countryside on the doorstep. Situated next to the church in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, this former coaching inn, built in lovely old York stone, makes an elegant yet laid-back bolthole, with chic contemporary interiors, in-house art gallery, glossy Verbena Spa and dedicated staff. The food is served in airy restaurant, The Weathervane, and the menu is rooted in Yorkshire, with as many locally sourced and foraged ingredients as possible.


+44 (0)1439 770766 / fevershamarmshotel.com

Middlethorpe Hall, North Yorkshire

Middlethorpe Hall, York

If the exterior of this gorgeous, mellow red brick 1699 house looks straight from a Jane Austen novel, the interior is no disappointment. You’ll find a magnificent oak staircase, quaint sitting rooms (each with a roaring fire) and views of the ha-ha. The atmosphere is serene and there’s a tranquil spa across the road. Expect classic country house style bedrooms, floral bedspreads, homemade shortbread and kind attention from the staff.


+44 (0)1904 641241 / middlethorpe.com

Middleton Lodge Estate

Middleton Lodge Estate, Richmond

The independently owned Palladian estate, Middleton Lodge, is just about the coolest hotel in Yorkshire. There are 45 bedrooms scattered across the 200 acres of carefully landscaped grounds: the newest addition is the Dairy Cottage, which comprises a mezzanine bedroom with a double-height living area, wood burning stove, round copper bathtub and hot tub on the terrace – plus, of course, ample original details. Another favourite is the old Head Gardener’s Cottage, hidden within the walls of the Grade II-listed walled garden and with doors that open out onto the two acres of year-round colour.


+44 (0)1325 377977 / middletonlodge.co.uk

Raithwaite Sandsend

Raithwaite Sandsend, NR Whitby

Ideally located between the sweep of Sandsend beach and the wilds of the North York Moors, Raithwaite Sandsend is a relaxing coastal retreat. Stylish, newly refurbished bedrooms range from cosy in the eaves to spacious two-bedroom family suites, each with a private outdoor space and views of the orchards. Bar 1822 is the spot for a post-walk pint or a pre-dinner cocktail on the terrace, before sitting down to eat in the redesigned restaurant. Here, just-picked vegetables from the Dales, the freshest seafood from Whitby, mushrooms foraged from the grounds and herbs from the organic garden all regularly feature on the menu.


+44 (0)1947 661661 / raithwaitesandsend.co.uk

Featured image: York, UK, photo by Lison Zhao

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