Does Staycity in York offer the best of both worlds for families, with an apartment and a hotel in one?
Aparthotels are a growing type of accommodation, especially in major cities.
The idea is to offer the facilities you would expect from a hotel, with the space and freedom of an apartment.
Staycity is one of the largest operators with aparthotels across Britain, Ireland and France.
We tested their York aparthotel to see if it was a good option for families and better for children.
Where is it?
Staycity Aparthotel York It is at the southern end of York city centre, just outside the city walls, next to the Barbican centre.
What is it?
Staycity describe their aparthotels as a perfect blend of home and hotel, in city centre locations. This one was built in 2016.
Is it family friendly?
Yes, when we stayed here, we found it excellent, our apartment was roomy with everything we needed and was much more relaxing than a cramped hotel room.
There are 197 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Ours was a two-bedroomed apartment with two modern bathrooms and a lounge/kitchen/diner with cooker, microwave dishwasher and all kitchen equipment.
The main bedroom had an en-suite, tv and double bed. The second bedroom had twin beds.
Food and drink
There is a relaxed café in reception where we ate a simple buffet breakfast for £7.95 per adult. Children’s breakfast is free (up to two children free per paying adult).
There is a Co-op store next door if you want to cook for yourself. Staycity is also near to several restaurants. We ate in a nice Italian called Totos.
The aparthotel is just outside the city walls, a five-minute walk from the city centre and near to lots of attractions including York Castle Museum.
*Our children could have their own room.
*The modern bathrooms.
*Towels are provided.
*The fully-equipped kitchen.
*As many guests eat in their apartments, breakfast was a relaxed affair despite there being only a few tables.
*Guests get discounted car parking at a multi-storey car park behind the hotel for £11 per day. We left our car here for the duration of our stay and walked everywhere.
*There is a gym and a laundry, although we didn’t use them and 24-hour reception.
Staycity Aparthotel York, Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH.
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We were given free accommodation for review purposes. All views are our own.