Moxy - The New Kid On The Block In York
These are unprecedented times that we are living in with all but essential services closed for business. The hospitality business has suffered more than most. New hotel openings have been put on hold and staff at existing hotels have been furloughed. Moxy opened in York 6 months before the pandemic, I made a visit in early March to check out York's newest hotel.
Hotel chains these days seem keen to explore other brands in their portfolio that serve a specific market. The Marriott chain have started to push their new brand Moxy. The tech savvy hotel appears to be aiming at a young market with affordable lead in rates.
If you took the best bits of Ibis Syles, Citizen M and dare I say easyhotel you would probably come up with Moxy.
The York hotel is in an ideal position for visiting all the main attractions of the historic city - the Minster, the Jorvik Experience, the Shambles, shops and Cliffords Tower are all within 5 minutes walk of the hotel. If you are lucky enough you might even get a room that looks onto the Minster.
Unless you are staying in a top end hotel in York, the train station is a good walk away - in this case 15 minutes, so you would have to get a taxi, but if coming by the car the hotel does not have a car park - they do however have an agreement with a nearby car park which gives discounted rates.
The reception area is also the bar area - it's a big space with an austere cold feeling with concrete floors and a huge painted mural on the wall which catches your eye - I could have been in New York and not the original York.
I look for anyone who looks remotely over 25 years of age but I would have more luck on backing one of the winners in a race at York's Ebor Festival. Horses for courses couldn't have been a more apt saying.
With books, board games and a table football game it did give the impression of walking into a youth club rather than a hotel. Mind you, full marks for giving you something to do, not that you would be bored in a city like York with all its attractions.
Bar and lounge area
I got the feeling that some of the staff were still learning the ropes - the receptionist had to hand my reservation over to a more experienced team member. Things began to look up as the warm Yorkshire welcome seemed in contrast to the stark surroundings. A free cocktail is offered to all guests on arrival - a nice touch which would be welcome after a long journey and one up on the hotels other competitors.
View from bedroom
The rooms themselves are quite big for a hotel in this price range. They obviously do not anticipate you staying for more than a night or two - there is no wardrobe, just a few hangers to put your clothes on and a few hooks. Good air conditioning comes as standard.
What you also get is a large TV, fast free wifi and most importantly a very comfy bed that is not too soft or too hard. A novel idea is that the lighting comes on at night with your movement - a great idea if you want to use the bathroom during the night. The bathroom leads off at the side of the bed, it is only small but I found the shower adequate and extremely powerful.
Four chalks are left by the huge room window "It's time to become the painter, we help you - please paint your view on the window" goes the blurb. Great if you are lucky enough to have a view of the Minster, not so good if your room looks out into a soulless office block. If you are the right side of 20 or a budding artist then fine, but to me it all seemed a bit juvenile a bit like those silly road signs you used to see on the motorway when roadworks were taking place that said, "let's all drive safely then we can all get home for tea".
The minimalist theme means that if you want a free coffee or tea you have to go down to reception to help yourself. If you want to iron your clothes then there is also an ironing room. I was surprised to find a fitness room in the hotel - basic it might be but it had all you needed.
The Breakfast area consists of long communal tables though there are a few stand alone tables. If you are after hot food then beans and omelette are your only choices - the rest of the breakfast consists of breads, croissants, ham, cheese, yogurts and fresh fruit - enough to satisfy you until lunchtime.
If the weather is good there is a beer garden and there is also the local pub next door to the hotel.
Moxy is young, trendy and really they would have been better calling it Vibe, because that is what it has - a youthful vibe. The staff were friendly and the bed just as good if not better than many a 5 star hotel I've stayed in.
For a one or two night stay in York it's a good bet. Just remember to book ahead if you are going to the Ebor Festival!
Moxy, Black Horse Lane, York YO1 7NE
Tel 01904 211043