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York’s best gin bars

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For many of us, January means blues, abstinence and resolutions. However, our budget hotel in York thinks it’s time to shake things up a little, forget Dry January and partake in “Ginuary” instead. York is home to some of the best gin bars in the UK and in this blog, our hotel near York centre gives you a run-down of our favourites.

 

Evil-eye

 

The Evil Eye lounge is one of York’s most iconic bars, situated on central Stonegate hidden behind the Gin Shop, it holds a Guinness World Record for stocking the greatest number of Gins. With 1028 types of gin to choose from and a house G&T for £8.50, it is safe to say you will be spoilt for choice. Our budget hotel in York recommends Ableforth’s Bathtub Navy-Strength Gin and tonic – it packs a real punch. Alternatively, for something a little sweeter be prepared to be taken back to a taste of childhood with Boe Violet Gin. With bursts of violet, lavender and blackcurrant, best enjoyed with a splash of lemonade – it tastes just like Palma Violets.     

 

Evil-eye

 

Circles Café and Gin Bar

 

Best known as a café, Circles is situated on the famous Lendal Bridge and serves a large range of specially selected gins from around the globe. The quaint family run café and bar has some of the finest, hand-picked local gins complimented by a select range of botanicals to excite the taste buds. Our York hotel recommends York Gin served with lime and juniper berries – a local dry gin made with nine botanicals, it has a distinctly smooth taste.

 

Circles Café and Gin Bar

 

Sotano bar and restaurant

 

The lesser-known independent bar and restaurant Sotano on Little Stonegate is a real hidden gem for gin lovers. Serving over 27 hand-selected gins with delicious tapas, this bar should definitely not be missed during your next visit to York. Our budget hotel in York would recommend getting creative and trying one of the delicious gin cocktails – better yet book a cocktail masterclass, we have heard it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with lots of laughs and amazing cocktails to boot.

 

Sotano bar and restaurant

 

Holiday Inn Express York is a modern and affordable bed and breakfast in York, close to the city centre and top attractions. To check availability, contact the York hotel team on 01904 438 660 or email reservations@hiexpressyork.co.uk

 

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Holiday Inn Express York Reviews

James,

Bathgate

From arrival to departure (3 days) the staff have been excellent, even when I arrived back early, they always were on hand to ask if everything was okay, and gave complimentary cookies and coffee. Would highly recommend to anyone.


Neil,

Gibraltar

A friendly Yorkshire welcome greets guests here which is a good start.
I've stayed in several Holiday Inns in Florida on business and this beats them all.
Good clean room with all you need for a short stay. I'm always tempted to go full English breakfast when away from home and I can say that the ingredients are top end.
We will definitely return next time we visit York.


David,

Macomb, Michigan

The staff here is super helpful and really made us feel welcome. Chris the manager sets the tone. We needed some adapters for our electronics and he spent a lot of time testing out adapters. Then I mentioned having trouble with the GPS and he even went out to the car to try and figure out what was wrong. We have found that in Yorkshire the people are extremely friendly and helpful and this hotel was too. Whenever I asked for anything, like trouble with heating, or opening the windows, the staff was up within minutes. Chris the manager even managed to get us one of the larger rooms, and worked out the best possible rate. Would recommend this hotel highly.


Andy,

Lincoln

Stayed here with a group of friends on a stag weekend which tied in with York Races. Hotel clean, breakfast very good choice and all nice and fresh. Spoke to the manager complimented him on the excellent staff. Even great to see the Manager ‘hands on’ during busy periods. Would 100% say here again.


Richie,

Redcar

Stayed over night whilst in York. Nice friendly staff, room warm and nice and clean. Had breakfast in the morning and couldn't complain about anything. This is a really nice place to stay, cannot fault it in any way.


Aman,

Watford

Stayed at the hotel in November as we were visiting family in York. Great stay, easy check in, lovely room and the shower was great! Breakfast was varied and had everything you would want from a buffet. Very pleased and would recommend to others!


Heather,

Norwich

The staff were very helpful and informative about the local area. Gave us a print out of the city car parks and park and ride. room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was good and had quite a lot of choice.


Tony,

Bridlington

For a very modest price we had a very comfortable room with all amenities. The breakfast was an unexpected delight. The staff were attentive and quality and choice of food a very pleasant surprise. Definitely would stay again and recommend to anyone.


Edith,

Middlesbrough

Fantastic little overnight stay, excellent value for money. Breakfast included & children stay free. Great base for all shopping centres in York and surrounding area. The Staff are lovely, helpful & welcoming too.


James,

Harlington

Nice hotel that is on the outskirts of York but only a few miles into the historic centre. Rooms are clean and bright with good showers and WiFi. I use this hotel when up on business as its good value.


Kath,

Newcastle

We stayed here on a trip to Castle Howard, which is quite close by. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the staff and given directions to our room and breakfast was explained to us for the following day. The rooms were very clean and comfortable and provided everything we needed. We all had a good nights sleep and the beds were very comfortable with a choice of firm or soft pillows. The WiFi was fine and worked without a problem. We were very impressed with the breakfast in the morning as it is included free. There was plenty of cereal, yoghurts, muffins, bread for toast, croissants, bacon, sausage, beans and scrambled egg as well as a nice drinks machine for the tea and coffee. We would highly recommend staying here and will no doubt book again when we are back in the area. Couldn't ask for more at the price charged.


Phil,

Derby

It is always with slight trepidation that you book in somewhere you are not aware of and have no previous experience off. This was a last minute booking and we took advantage of a reduced rate offer including breakfast.

From the minute we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and directions were given to our room.

The cleanliness was impeccable and the room layout excellent.

Rising from our very comfortable bed we headed down for breakfast which is buffet style. Superb in every respect.

We have stayed in hotels which offer lesser service at a premium price and we would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and look forward to visiting again.

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