Dean Court Hotel
Of all the hotels in York, The Dean Court Hotel has the most enviable position, opposite the most iconic building in England, York Minster.
An historic building, with connections to the Clergy of The Minster, with 37 unique individual bedrooms. The Dean Court is a 4AA Star intimate hotel, oozing charm and personality. A real home-from-home experience!
All major attractions, museums and shops within just a few minutes walk, inlcuding The Railway Museum, York Chocolate Story, the Castle Museum, The Shambles and much more.
It also boasts a choice of two fantastic places to eat:
D.C.H – the Restaurant has Minster views, an AA Rosette award, and is rated in Michelin Hotel and Food Guides.
THE COURT Cafe & Bar – the very popular and more relaxed informal eatery. Serving a wide range of food and beverage items including Afternoon Tea Menu, wines, beers and cocktails.
The Hotel was originally built in 1865 as three separate dwellings, to house the Clergy of the Minster, and is situated on the corner of Petergate, which was the main Roman road that ran through the city of York.
The Builders were actually J.B. & W. Atkinson who were prolific York Architects. They also built The Retreat Hospital, Foss Bridge, Ouse Bridge and the Chapel of St Peters School.
The hotel has a rare sign on the side elevation – a set of crossed keys. These represent the keys to heaven given to St. Peter and endorse the original building’s association to York Minster. Just after the end of World War 1 the Thwaites family bought the middle section and opened it up to take paying guests.
Over the years ownership changed and the hotel expanded to take in all of the original building. In 1969 the Washington Family bought the premises and, in 1978, acquired the adjoining property. It was on the site of a medieval cottage and had a mock-Georgian front bolted on. It too has a history as it had been a small Guest House in the 1930s, then known as Vollens. In 1986 three business partners bought the Dean Court and the cottage, which was then integrated into the main building. It was during this conversion that the mock-Georgian frontage was revealed and almost disintegrated!
In 1993 the Hotel came the under the sole ownership of one of the partners. The Dean Court is continually going through refurbishment and in 2016 a major project was started to completely re-style the interior, including upgrading of bedrooms and the creation of two new suites. Our plan will eventually transform the building into a unique boutique – style hotel. It is certainly winning great approval from its guests – especially those who knew it of old!
Dean Court is a member of the Best Western Premier Collection where each distinctive hotel incorporates its local personality, setting them apart from other hotels, delivering a truly unique guest experience. The Best Western Premier Collection hotels are selected for their superior services and amenities and provide an exceptional travel experience with all the usual benefits of being part of Best Western. The hotel is also proud to hold a rating of '5' from York City Council's food hygiene assessment for the Dean Court Hotel.
What a hotel we have passed this hotel a lot over the year but booked in with friends for a weekend birthday party and the hotel was great the food first class the whole weekend we felt relaxed and treated to first class service.
Some recent comments on Trip Advisor:
Just returned from our 3rd visit this year. Everything was great once again.Many thanks for the lovely refurbished room which we were allocated.Would not like to stay anywhere else in York.We will be back in April.
Me and my girlfriend had a great stay, couldn’t have asked for anything more, amazing hotel, nice helpful staff, great location and great value for money. I booked the wrong type of room but this was sorted with no problem whatsoever. Will deffo be visiting again! Can’t recommend this hotel enough! If you’re thinking of stopping in a hotel in York, choose Dean Court you won’t regret it!
Stayed here for our ruby anniversary, was too early to check in when we arrived but was able to leave our bags and start sightseeing straight away, when we went back later we were shown to our room and the suitcases had been taken up by the staff, we had what was described as a small room on the second floor , it had a great view looking out at the minster the room was modern and big enough for our needs with tea/coffee facilities with biscuits and water in the fridge replenished daily,rooms and hotel in general were cleaned to a high standard breakfast was lovely with plenty of choice we also had an evening meal one night which was very nice. All staff reception, cleaners and waiting on staff were very friendly and accommodating, they even phoned me on arriving home to tell me the cleaner had found some in our room which we had searched high and low for but couldn’t find so shows how though the cleaners are even arranged to post them on to us, best placed hotel in york for all attractions would def recommend a stay here.
All of York is walkable from the hotel. We also enjoyed people watching as we ate breakfast over looking the Minster. Dinner in the restaurant was lovely we had lamb and sea bass . The staff were great ,friendly without being obsequious. A card for our 30th anniversary was a lovely touch. I highly recommend this hotel.
Myself and my family, 12 of us in total visited York for my grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary. When we first arrived we were warmly greeted by the reception staff, we checked in with no fuss or hassle! Another member of staff showed us around the hotel and then helped us take our bags to our room. The room itself was beautiful, we got a brilliant view of the Minster! A very comfy bed, brilliant shower and mini fridge. On our first night we had tea in the hotel and wow...it was delicious! None of us could fault the food at dinner or breakfast. Staff couldn't do enough for us! A nice little touch which was very appreciated by my grandparents were a lovely card and gifts off the hotel congratulating them on sixty years of marriage!
Very good location & only a few minutes walk from the train station. Breakfast was very good & had a wide variety of choices to go with your hot breakfast. We ate at their café & had their court club which was a BLT plus grilled chicken & chocolate cake. Both were very good. The service was great throughout the hotel.
My wife and I live not far from York but decided to stay overnight so we could celebrate my wife's birthday. We arrived prior to checking-in, we were welcomed by a team of smiling and helpful staff, handed our bags and car keys over and off we went to sight- see and shop. After several hours we returned and check-in our bags were already in our room (14) which overlooked the front of the hotel with a view of the Minster, the hotel had left a birthday card and a small gift of sweets I had organised a bottle of prosecco which sat in a ice bucket on the side. The room was well presented not huge but had everything needed a lovely en-suit shower room.