Middletons Hotel, York – A Historic UK Review
We were lucky enough to stay at Middletons on our recent trip to York, thanks to the kind folks at Visit York.
Opened in 1973, the hotel is spread out across a sprawling site within the city walls (second only in size to York’s famous Minster) and is made up of six historic buildings dating back to the 17th century. These buildings have played host to a number of influential guests over the years such as lord mayors, artists and composers like Benjamin Britten. However, as the name suggests, perhaps one of the more famous former inhabitants is Charlie Chaplin, for which Charlie Chaplin House was named.
Middletons itself is named after Dame Anne Middleton, benefactor and wife of Peter Middleton, 17th century Sheriff of York. Dame Anne funded the hospital and refuge for widows of the Freemen of the City of York in 1659 which would become the current Lady Anne House.
The hotel is made up of 56 bedrooms across the site ranging from £99.00 per night*. As a family of three with a two year old toddler we stayed in a deluxe room in Lady Anne House on a bed and breakfast basis. Whilst the bathroom was a little dated (as can often be the case with a listed property) we appreciated the extra touches in the room such as the coffee machine and fresh milk (which makes such a difference and is rarely offered!). As parents, the separate living room came in very handy since you don’t want to sit whispering in the dark on overnight trips once your little darlings are tucked in for the night!
Above: The master bedroom at Middletons
Breakfast the next morning was a help yourself buffet affair with plentiful, high quality continental and cooked options available and sufficient staff on hand to provide high chairs and top ups when needed.
The hotel’s location is ideal for exploring all that York City Centre has to offer and – miracle of miracles for the centre of York – car parking is also available on site, although it can be a little tight if parking is not high on your skills list. Being close enough to leave the car behind and secluded enough to nip back for an afternoon nap (whether you are a toddler or not!) made Middletons a winner in our book.
Above: Our living room at Middletons
Overall, we thought the size of the room and facilities on offer were extremely good value for a city centre hotel. What really made our stay though were the fantastic staff, who couldn’t do enough and always made us feel very welcome (not always the case when you have a lively, small person in tow!). From the complementary glass of milk promptly delivered for our toddler at bedtime to being able to leave our copious number of bags safely stowed long after check-out we felt very well looked after and would definitely return on future trips to York.
Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DS
*Please see the hotel website or call the hotel directly on 01904 611570 for a current price list.