Hotel Indigo, York
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Tucked away at the bottom end of Walmgate in York is the cosy 4 star boutique Hotel Indigo.
The hotel won the Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year, North Yorkshire for the second year running at the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards and with good reason. Service and standards are exceptionally high in this highly regarded retreat.
The hotel is within easy reach of the city's famous landmarks and if you are gong to see a concert at the nearby Barbican centre, the hotel is ideal for spending a night over in York.
There are 101 bedrooms consisting of standard, executive and suites. Our standard room had several Yorkshire touches, like Yorkshire tea, toiletries from H2K of Harrogate, a table that said 'made in Yorkshire' and even Yorkshire Tourist Board brochures.
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The fridge had complimentary Kit Kats, a bag of fruit and nuts, 2 bottles of water and a small carton of fresh milk to go with the tea and coffee, which I thought was a nice touch.
The bed was very comfortable and a good nights sleep was had. I should imagine it would be most welcome if you walk along the length of the city walls.
The walk-in rainfall shower felt a little underpowered to me, but the hot water was always instant.
The on site restaurant used to be a branch of the Great Yorkshire Meatball Company, but since last year it has been renamed as No. 88 Walmgate. The restaurant tends to be used mainly by the residents of the hotel.
The menu is influenced by Yorkshire with Yorkshire Pudding and Yorkshire Rarebit on the menu. My starter of Yorkshire Pea and Ham soup was thick and full of pieces of ham whilst my Yorkshire Wagyu Steak burger was very meaty. My partner's 8oz Rib Eye Steak was described as "tender and gorgeous".
Desserts of Strawberry, Doughnut and Almond Sundae (very sweet) and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake rounded off a delightful meal.
Breakfast is buffet style and very comprehensive: Full English breakfasts are cooked to order, meaning they are always fresh and hot.
The waffle maker seemed to be very popular with our fellow guests. The Danish pastries I tried were just as good as the ones I had in Copenhagen last summer.
After all this food you will be pleased to know that the hotel has a gym on the top floor to burn off all those calories.
Outside noise was not an issue. A good quality hotel with exceptional standards of service and quality.
Hotel Indigo, 88-96 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Telephone: 01904 231333
Hotel Indigo, York, 16th March 2017, 20:15 PM