The Parisi Hotel | Hotel in Yorkshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Parisi Hotel - Hotel in Yorkshire

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51 St Denys Road, York, YO1 9QD, Yorkshire
England, United Kingdom

Maria & Sophie Scott

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+44 (0)1904 658815(landline)

What’s not to like? This is a cool hotel with an arty feel within the city walls - kind staff, yummy breakfasts and York Minster wait

This lovely small hotel makes a great base for a night or two in glorious York. It stands within the Roman wall, opposite St Denys Church, which lost its spire to cannon fire in the Civil War. It’s all the work of two sisters, Sophie and Maria, who renovated from top to toe, bringing a chic, colourful style to this Victorian rectory. Inside, you’ll find original art on every wall in the airy breakfast room, sofas in front of the wood-burner in the beautiful library, then a door that leads out to a gravelled courtyard, where you can sink into wicker armchairs when the sun shines. Bedrooms are just as good: cool colours, smart fabrics, excellent beds, ‘60s retro furniture. You get lots of art, coffee machines, iPhone players, flat-screen TVs. Some rooms are smaller, all have sparkling bathrooms, one has a free-standing bath in the room. Cross the river, weave through lanes, arrive at York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Back at the hotel, five excellent restaurants wait within 200 meters. Northern Soul nights take place locally, too. You won’t want to leave.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Maria & Sophie Scott:

Local points of interest from
Maria & Sophie Scott:

  • Our area is renowned for its burgeoning food and drink scene with modern French, Polish, Argentine, Thai, British, Sardinian, Spanish and Indian eateries and everything from organic wines to craft beers and cocktails all a short stroll up the street.
  • The first Victorian Rector to live here was a learned man with many children. One of his sons grew up to be a Rector also as well as a beekeeping photography expert! We like to think he would have approved of the bee-friendly garden we have planted here.
  • York is a history lover’s dream and we are right at the heart of it. Circle the city defences and admire Tudor mansions, Roman ruins and medieval streetscapes (one was the inspiration for Diagon Alley!). We have loads of ‘off the beaten track’ suggestions…
  • Shop without dropping! Easily pop back during the day to unload bags and recharge with a cup of tea in the garden before heading out again to sample York’s unique mix of independent boutiques, major high street brands and the nearby designer outlet.
  • York is a bit of a hotspot for big name music and comedy acts with a Fringe Festival, its own producing theatre and venues for touring productions. The National Centre for Early Music (just round the corner) hosts world-class classical and folk music.
  • This is a great starting point for many a daytrip and we love to help our guests plan their travels – see the stunning Moors and Dales, charming fishing villages or head out east to the Wolds (where the mysterious Celtic tribe the Parisi were found).
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  • 10 Doubles
  • , 1 Suite for 2
Price:(i) £99 to£229 per night

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekends.


Restaurants 2-minute walk.


3 weeks in January.


51 St Denys Road, York, YO1 9QD, Yorkshire

Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 99 to £ 169 per night
Hotel 6 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 129 to £ 189 per night
Hotel 1 Suite, sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 179 to £ 229 per night

Maria & Sophie Scott

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1904 658815(landline)