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Ramada Encore (York)

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Micklegate, York, YO1 6JG.

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      15.09.2009 18:48
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      A great hotel for a nice trip to York.

      The Ramada Encore York is situated on Micklegate in York City Centre. It makes an ideal base for a short break in York (whether it's for business or pleasure). I booked the hotel room through the hotel's website - www.ramadaencoreyork.co.uk - They had a number of offers on the website, but in the end I chose the York Pass Package (otherwise known as the "Ultimate York Tourist Break") as it suited us the best. The York Pass Package is a 2 night offer for £198 (although we only paid £196 for our stay in mid August). This rate not only includes 2 nights accommodation (for 2 people - twin or double room) at the Ramada Encore York plus continental breakfast, but it also include a two-day York Pass for each adult which gives free entry into many attractions, museums etc across York and beyong as well as special offers and discounts. This offer can be varied so that if you are travelling alone it would cost you £158 for two nights or children can be added into the offer at £22 each when sharing their parents room. The York Pass proved very useful and ended up saving us a fair bit of money - I would certainly recommend it! Checking into the Ramada Encore York was simple and swift and the staff were friendly. I gave them my reservation print our and the receptionist produced a slip of paper with my details on which I had to sign. We were then handed our room key and our York Pass cards (with accomanying Guide Book) and pointed in the direction of the lift & stairs. Our room was on the 3rd floor of the hotel, which also turned out to be the top floor. Thankfully, our room faced the back of the hotel rather than the front, so we didn't have to worry about traffic noise, but the room was quiet. The view from the window was lovely, we could see York Minster, the Yorkshire Herald Building and a couple of church towers. The room was a typical Ramada Encore twin room with a TV, desk (with tea/coffee making facilities, a lamp and an information folder and a chair on wheels), a bin, a comfortable chair, handing space, and, of course, two single beds with bedside shelves. There was also a phone and hairdryer in the room. The room was simple in decoration, with cream walls, yellowy gold curtains and wooden floors. The beds had white light duvets (ideal for summer) and 2 pillows each. The ensuite bathroom had a wash bowl set in a glass shelf (though I thought the tap was a little far away from the bowl because if the tap wasn't turned on enough, water went over the edge onto the glass shelve), a toilet (which was rater noisy when flushed), shelves with enough towels for the both of us, and a wet room type shower. The soap/shampoo smelled coconutty, which I loved. We went down for breakfast (at the "Breakfast Hub" on the first floor) at 8.15am on both mornings and it was already quite busy, but we found a table for two OK. Continental breakfast was included in the room price, but it as only £4.50 extra for a cooked breakfast (alongside the continental). The Continental breakfast included croissants, pain au chocolats, cereals (with skimmed milk available), yoghurt, toast, fruit, fruit salad, butter, jams, marmite, marmalade, bread rolls and a selection of tea, coffee, water and fruit juices. We weren't rushed away from our table, yet tables were swiftly cleaned and new cutlery put out after a table had been vacated. Downstairs in reception there was a computer for internet access and a few comfy chairs. There's also a bar which which always seemed quite quiet. There are plenty of shops and eteries on Micklegate, but the main shopping area of the city is just over Ouse Bridge. Next door to the hotel, there's a corner shop selling a variety of items (we popped in for some fruit, bottled water and crisps). The King's Slaith landing for the York Boat is just a short walk from the hotel, as are many other attractions. We went everywhere on foot, apart from a 45 minute ride on the York Cityseeing open top bus and a 45 minute ride on the York Boat. York's train station is also withing walkin distance, but if you arrive by car there is onsite parking for blue-badge holders and nearby off-site public parking (payable) available. I chose the Ramada Encore York because I'd stayed at the Ramada Encore Milton Keynes. I'm glad I chose this hotel for my "Mother & Daughter" trip to York. It's a great location and the York Pass offer turned out to be a great idea. I would certainly recommend this hotel to others wishing to stay in York.

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